Manor Farm

Painting of Manor Farm house
Manor Farm in the 1950s
View of Manor Farm towards North St.
Manor Farm in the 1950s
Manor Farm on the left - looking towards North St.

Occupiers of Manor Farm

Joseph Bull

Joseph Bull is mentioned in the 1841, 1851, 1861 census.
He was buried at Castlethorpe Dec. 26th 1862, age 62.
In the 1861 census he was a farmer of 500 acres employing 12 men & 4 boys

Northampton Mercury 18 April 1840

Steeple Chase Match for One Hundred Guineas aside.

The pleasant village of Castlethorpe was all bustle and confusion on Wednesday last, and unless we are greatly mistaken it is long since it was honoured with such a host of visitors. Steeple chasing has now become so general that it will excite no surprise that even a match of this magnitude should have taken place at a spot so comparatively secluded. The match originated over a glass of wine, Mr. Dring, a gentleman connected with the London and Birmingham Railway, agreeing to run his mare, Jenny Jones, four years old, against Mr. Wesley's The Queen, aged, Mr. W. giving Mr. D.'s mare seven lbs. So far as age, &c. &c. Mr. Wesley had decidedly the best of the bargain. The day was delightfully fine, and we were most hospitably received by Mr. Joseph Bull, of Castlethorpe, who very kindly pointed out the ground to us, and rendered all possible assistance. It was mutually agreed between the parties that Mr. Bull should select the line, and a man more fitted for the task, both as regarded the spectators and the contending parties, could not have been found. The line chosen was within a few fields of the railway, and within two miles of Wolverton station, starting from a field of wheat, in the occupation of Mr. Bull, descending gradually to the brook, a fair sporting jump, leaving a red flag placed in the opposite meadows to the right, into the parish of Haversham, along the meadows in the possession of Mr. Greaves, up a large wheat field to the common road leading to Wolverton station, over the road and a stone wall to a flag in a grass field, and over a fair sporting country for three quarters of a mile to another flag, one field from Haversham wood; from thence, down a large grass field, over a small brook, to Hanslope Park, in the middle of which stood the extreme flag. This was to be turned to the left, and the object then was to make the best way back again, without infringing the laws of steeple chasing. The two winning flags were placed in a large grass field belonging to Mr. Bull, and within one field of the start, the road only dividing them. The line, we should say, was a good four miles, and included thirty-three fences. After partaking of an excellent lunch at the house of Mr. Bull, who regaled his friends with everything heart could wish for, we set out to see the


which was to take place precisely at two o'clock. The time however taken up in showing the ground, and the absence of Jenny Jones when wanted, brought it to half-past three before the word " Off," was given. "The Queen" is known to most of our sporting readers. " Jenny Jones," although she has had the honour of exhibiting with the Duke of Grafton's hounds, never before appeared in public as a steeple chaser. But for ought we see to the contrary, she may one day have James Mason on her back. The exceeding fineness of the day drew together a considerable number of spectators. For several fields round the trees were full of men and boys, and the lasses came out in their holiday attire in numbers. The railroad lads threw aside pickaxe and shovel, and all seemed bent upon a holiday. The race is easily described. Both mares started together, and took their fences well. The Queen showed the way the whole distance, but as far as our opinion goes she did not make the running strong enough. The fencing throughout was good, but there was nothing to alarm any fair sportsman. They had the choice of a " rum 'un" or a gate, but the gate suited the best. In the race the two mares jumped three gates admirably. Mr. Wesley rode his own, and Mr. Leabird the other. Within a quarter of a mile from home it was " Lombard-street to a China orange" on The Queen. Jenny was evidently beaten, but, alas! at the last fence but one The Queen, in trying to get out of the road, pitched on her head, and stretched Mr. Wesley upon his mother earth. Shouts rent the air from the friends of Jenny Jones, but many were grieved to see so good a young sportsman as Mr. Wesley meet with so decided a piece of ill-luck. He would else have won in a canter. After the accident be remounted, but before he was well in his saddle Leabird had passed through the winning flags. Jenny Jones was however terribly beaten. After weighing, &c. a party of about forty adjourned to the Pea Hen, occupied by Mr. Soden, at Castlethorpe, where a most epicurean table was spread. The champagne was Moet's primest, and the port as good as if it had been picked from the cellars of the George itself.

Northampton Mercury 14 August 1852


To the Editor of the Northampton Mercury.

Sir,—l beg to inform you that in the neighbourhood of Castlethorpe. Bucks, there are many crops of Swede turnips which look much better and forwarder than I ever before saw Swedes early in the year. Mr. Bull, of Castlethorpe. has wonderful piece, drilled two feet apart from row to row, and set out 10 inches from turnip to turnip the row. The tops covered the ground all over a fortnight back, and bid fair for 40 tons per acre. Mr. Greaves, an opulent farmer, farming fine estate of his own, about 800 acres, Haversham, has fine piece of Swedes, equally good as Mr. Bull's; they are drilled 27 inches from row to row, and are10 inches from turnip to turnip in the row, and the tops covered the ground all over a fortnight back. The crops of corn belonging to these gentlemen are exceedingly heavy, but upon their newly broken up land their wheat crops are mildewed. Mr. Greaves feeds many fine Hereford oxen of the best quality, and he has superior breed sheep, crossed between the Leicester, Cotswold, and the Southdown : they have plenty of lean flesh and site. Mr. Greaves' farmyard buildings are all spouted round, to prevent the droppings of the eaves carrying away the strength or essence of the manure, the shape of black water, into the river to pollute the water and to manure the sea, like the sewage of London —a monstrous thing, in the middle of the 19th century, are laying hundreds of thousands of pounds out yearly in foreign guano and fertilizers manure our soil. Mr. Greaves is not only first-rate farmer but first-rate grazier. Mr. Scrivener, of Great Linford, has extraordinary fine piece of Swedes; he also a first-rate farmer, growing exceedingly heavy crops of corn. There are also many other good crops of Swede turnips in this neighbourhood, too numerous to mention. At Weston Underwood found a superior crop of Swedes, and also a wonderful prop, of spring beans, belonging to Mr. Whitworth. is plain the farmers in this neighbourhood are trying to excel each other in the growth of Swede turnips, much so that they are not to be beat in England—nay, they may safely challenge the whole kingdom. After great green crops naturally follows large white ones. Buckinghamshire, 50 years back, was considered famous for grazing first-rate oxen and sheep; now there are many men to be found second none in farming, and their Swede turnips will prove what I assert, coupled with crops of corn, more than can stand upon the ground. S. A.
Castlethorpe, 9th August, 1852.

Northampton Mercury 03 December 1853

MARRIED. On the 28th ult., at Castlethorpe, by the Rev. M. A. Nicholson, the vicar, Mr. John White, wine-merchant, Leighton Buzzard, Beds, to Eliza Louisa, only daughter of Mr. Joseph Bull, of the above place.

Northampton Mercury 25 February 1854


Frightful Suicide.—On Friday last the town of Hanslope was shocked by the discovery that Mr. Joseph Masters Bull, farmer, of that place, had committed suicide by cutting his throat in barn on his own farm, and within view of his residence. In the morning of that day he went out at eight o'clock before breakfast, and returned again at nine. He went out again and returned home at twelve, having been, during the interval, at the Watts's Arms, with his father, Mr. Bull, of Castlethorpe. He did not take any dinner, saying the smell was enough for him, and after going up-stairs for a short time, he went out again. It appears, too, that be had not taken any breakfast, at least he had none at home. About half-past three William Amos, a man who was at work on the farm, was going through the barn, near the house, to tie up the cows, when he saw his master lying on the ground, with a pool of blood near him. With the assistance of another man, named Hillyer, the body was conveyed into the house, when it was ascertained that death been occasioned by a terrific wound in the throat, extending from the left to the right angle of the lower jaw, and dividing all the principal vessels. Mr. Heygate, the surgeon, stated that nothing could have saved the unfortunate man, even though assistance had been immediately at hand. A razor, covered with blood, was found at his feet, and the case, from which it had been taken, in his pocket. He had given the case of razors three weeks back to F. Thompson, a schoolmaster, to send it to Northampton, to get the instruments ground, and they were returned shortly after. On the 22nd December, he and his father were thrown from a gig, by which deceased's hands were a good deal hurt, and complained of having been much shaken. He did not, however, have recourse to medical advice. Whether the accident may have been remotely connected with the melancholy catastrophe must be mere matter of conjecture. At the inquest, which was held on Saturday morning, at the Globe, Hanslope, before John Worley, Esq., Mr. Thomas Higgins, a farmer, of Hanslope, stated that he saw deceased at the Watts's Arms on Thursday, but he threw no light on the state of his mind, and he could not, he said, of his own knowledge, assign any cause for the dreadful act. Robert Allen, carpenter, who had been employed by deceased, said he had complained on Thursday of a headache, which, he said, was not like a common headache, and he put his hand to his head in a way which the witness described. He thought he had erysipelas, but Mr. Heygate stated that there was no traces of that complaint, and that he should infer, from the witness's description, that the headache arose from the stomach. Mr. Heygate had not attended him for any serious illness for years, nor on account of the accident. Allen was with him at the Watts's Arms at twelve o'clock, and he described him as appearing then to be very dull and low. He had glass of gin and water there. His man Hillyer had not observed anything unusual his manner. There was no further evidence as to the state of his mind, and the jury returned a verdict that “Deceased destroyed himself in fit of Temporary Insanity." He was but 27 years of age, and has left a wife and three children.

Northampton Mercury 16 September 1854

Castlethorpe.—On Wednesday night, between 10 and 11 o'clock, fire broke out on the farm premises of Mr. Bull, of Castlethorpe, which destroyed rick of wheat, two ricks of beans, one of hay, one of barley, and one of oats, besides large barn containing a great quantity of barley. A brisk west wind was blowing at the time, and carried the fire, which commenced at the west end of the premises, directly across the yard, and became evident, in a short time, that all endeavours to check the progress of the flames would be unavailable. The engines were fetched from Stony Stratford, but were useless from the want of water. The fire, however, had gained too complete mastery to admit of their being of any service. Mr. Bull, we believe, was insured.

Northampton Mercury 16 September 1854


On Thursday the 28th day of September, 1854 (by direction of the Administratrix of the late Mr. Joseph Masters Bull), on the Premises, situate near Long-street, COMPRISING 37 store Ewes, 15 superior fat ditto, 38 Shearhogs and Theaves, 46 Wether and Ewe Lambs, 2 half-bred Tups, 7 fat Heifers, 6 capital Agricultural Horses and Mares, superior colt Foal, Poultry, &c. Ransome's and Howard's ploughs and harrows, sheet and other harrows, narrow-wheel waggons, Scotch and other carts, roll, turnip cutter, Gardner; sheep troughs, cow cribs, &c, thiller and trace harness, saddles and bridles, &c, quantity of fire-wood, hurdles, stakes, &c.
The Sale will commence at Eleven o'clock for Twelve. Catalogues may be had at the inns in the neighbourhood; of Mr. James Barford, Hanslope; Mr. Bull, Castlethorpe; Messrs. Freeman & Son, Market-square, Northampton; or at the Office of the Auctioneer, Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury 28 February 1863

Highly important SALE of Valuable FARMING STOCK,
CASTLETHORPE, near Stony Stratford, Bucks.
By J. H. W. BULL,

On Tuesday, the 31st day of March, 1863 (without reserve), by order of the Executors of the late Mr. Joseph Bull, of Castlethorpe, the following Valuable FARMING STOCK CONSISTING of 89 Head of first-class Hereford, Devon, and Welch Oxen, 240 superior Cotswold and Half-bred Sheep, with their Lambs; 3 Fat Pigs, 2 Cart Colts, a capital Roan Cob, 5 years old, quiet in harness; modern-built Pony Carriage, and a neat Dennett Gig, in good preservation.
Castlethorpe is three miles from Stony Stratford, five from Newport Pagnell, 12 from Northampton, and three from the Wolverton Station on the North-Western Railway.
The Auctioneer begs to call the attention of Farmers and Graziers to the above important Sale; the Oxen are kindly sorted, well descended, fresh and healthy; the Sheep are of large size and heavy woolled.
Catalogues may be had one week prior to the Sale, the place of Sale; Inns the neighbourhood; and at the Auctioneers' Estate and General Agency Office, Shipston-on-Stour.
Sale to commence at Eleven for Twelve o'clock precisely

Northampton Mercury 07 March 1863


ALL persons Indebted the Estate of Mr. JOSEPH BULL, late of CASTLETHORPE, in the County of, Buckingham, deceased, are requested to pay the amount of  their respective debts to the Executors ; and persons having any Claim or Demand on the said Estate, are requested to forward particulars thereof to us, the undersigned, in order that it may be examined, and, if found correct, discharged, Executors
WILLIAM BULL, Shipston-on-Stour,
THOMAS AMOS, Castlethorpe,

Northampton Mercury 18 April 1863

CASTLETHORPE, near Stony Stratford, Bucks.
By J. H. W. BULL,
On Tuesday, the 28th day of April, 1863,

THE BITE of 224 Acres of rich old PASTURE LAND, from the day of Sale until Michaelmas next, the Castlethorpe Farm, late in the occupation of Mr. Joseph Bull, deceased.
Sale to commence at Two o'clock.
The above Keeping will sold in convenient lots, is on rich Feeding Land, well fenced and watered. An efficient Shepherd will be found to attend the Stock; and Credit given on the usual conditions.

Northampton Mercury 18 July 1863

CASTLETHORPE, near Stony Stratford, Bucks.
On Thursday, the 30th day of July, 1863, by order of Executors of the late Mr. Joseph Bull,

124 ACRES of Superior GROWING CROPS of CORN, with use of Barns and Yards to Spend the Straw. Also the BITE of 238 Acres of Rich Old PASTURE LAND, in Twelve Lots, from the 29th day of September next until the Fifth day of April, 1864. Credit will be given on the usual conditions. The above will appear in Catalogues one week prior the Sale, to be had at the Place of Sale; the principal Inns in the Neighbourhood; and at the Office of the Auctioneer, Shipston-on-Stour.
Sale to commence at Two o'clock precisely.

Northampton Mercury 08 August 1863

CASTLETHORPE, near Stony Stratford, Bucks.
 J. H. W. BULL
Is Instructed by the Executors of the Late Mr. Joseph Bull,
(Without reserve,) on Monday, the 17th day of August, 8, 1863,

8 Fresh active CART HORSES, 2 Dairy COWS (in full profit), Fat CALF, Trace and Thillers' HARNESS, the whole the useful FARMING IMPLEMENTS, which comprise a general assortment, and numerous other Effects.
Catalogues of the above may be had, one week prior to the Sale, at the principal Inns in the Neighbourhood ; the Place of Sale; and at the Offices of the Auctioneer, Moreton-in-the-Marsh and Shipston-on-Stour. The above Horses are young, fresh, active, and good workers ; the Cows are good milkers; the Implements, comprising general assortment, are very useful; the whole worthy the attention of purchasers, and will be sold without reserve.

Northampton Mercury 21 May 1864

DEATHS. On the 12th instant, at Leighton Buzzard, Eliza Louisa wife of Mr. John White, and daughter of the late Mr. Joseph Bull, of Castlethorpe, aged 34 years.

William Pike

William Pike took tenancy of the farm from 1863.

William Pike was born in Chichley Bucks. In the 1871 census he was a farmer of 500 acres employing 16 men & 8 boys. In the 1881 census a farmer of 540 acres employing 9 Men 4 Boys. In 1891 mentioned as a farmer aged 75. William Pike was buried May 6th 1893, aged 77.

Northampton Mercury 16 February 1894

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions - William Herbert and Jonah Gregory, of Hanslope, were charged with trespassing in search of rabbits, at Castlethorpe, Feb 5th.—Mr. Joseph Pike, farmer, Castlethorpe, proved the case, and fine of 12s. each including costs was imposed.

Northampton Mercury 10 February 1899

STONY STRATFORD. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before the Duke of Grafton, K.G., Mr. Grant-Thorold, Rev. G. E. Willes, and Mr. T. Grounds, James Clarke, Castlethorpe, was charged with stealing two mangold wurtzel, value 1d., the property Mr. Joseph Pike, farmer, at Castlethorpe, on  Jan. 20th. - Mr. W. R. Parrott appeared for the prosecutor, a member of the Stratford and Wolverton Association  for the Prosecution of Felons.—Mr. Pike proved value of the wurtzels, and mentioned that the defendant had worked for him and his father for 20 years.- P.C. Crewe stated that he met the defendant as was leaving work, and he had the wurtzels in his pocket. The defendant pleaded guilty.—Mr. Parrott said the prosecutor wished a put a stop to these petty depredation. The defendant was dealt with under the First Offenders’ Act to come up for judgment if called upon, to pay 10s. towards the costs.

Northampton Mercury 02 March 1900

CASTLETHORPE, Buckinghamshire,
Within five minutes' walk of the Station on the
London and North-Western Railway.
favoured with instructions from Mr. Joseph Pike (who is leaving),
On Thursday, March 22nd, 1900, at Eleven o'clock punctually,
The Valuable LIVE and DEAD FARMING STOCK, comprising
86 Head of Well-bred SHORTHORNS,
220 Superior Half-bred SHEEP and LAMBS,
Five Strong and Active CART HORSES and COLTS,
Brown Cob MARE, 8yrs., 15hds. 1in., quiet to ride and drive;
16 PIGS, 100 Head of Well-bred POULTRY,
The MACHINERY consists of a 6-horse-power Portable Engine (by W. Allchin, Northampton)-
Thrashing Drum, 3-knife Chaff Cutter with safe guard, Bean and Oat Mill combined, with shafting, and belting complete;
Also about 100 Lots of HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE.
Luncheon on the usual terms.
The Sale will commence with the Furniture Eleven o'clock punctually.
Catalogues may be obtained of Mr. Joseph Pike, Castlethorpe; at the principal Inns in the neighbourhood; and of the Auctioneers, 83, High-street- Bedford.

Northampton Mercury 01 June 1900

NEWPORT PAGNELL. Board of guardians, Wednesday.—Mr. John E. Wilmer was in the chair, and there a good attendance —A letter was read from the Local Government Board accepting the resignation of Mr. Joseph Pike as Guardian for the pariah of Castlethorpe.

Farmer Amos Memories

William Pike and Thomas Amos Farmer happy side by side.

Northampton Mercury 27 December 1901

DEATHS: PIKE. December 22nd. 1901, at Linford-road, Newport Pagnell, George, eldest son of the late William Pike, of Castlethorpe, aged 51.

Northampton Mercury 11 December 1903

Marriages: Pike-Davies.3rd Dec. the Parish Church, Sandy, Joseph, son of the late William Pike, of Castlethorpe, Bucks, to Beatrice, daughter of the late George Davies, of Old Warden, Beds.

William Stevens Holt

William Stevens Holt was born in Piddington Oxfordshire. In the 1901 census the farm is called College Farm, it later became known as Manor Farm. Ellen Markam signed an agreement on 28th February 1907 for a year commencing on 6th April 1907.

Census 1901

William S. Holt College Farm [Manor Farm] aged 52, Farmer, from Piddington

Northampton Mercury 04 August 1905

Stony Stratford Divisional Petty Sessions

On the application Mr. Law, of Bicester (on behalf of Messrs. W. S. Holt and Son, Castlethorpe), ejectment warrant was ordered to issue against Fred Wills, of Castlethorpe.

Ellen Markham - April 6th 1907

Memorandum of Agreement made this twenty-eight day of February 1907 between J. CARTER JONAS AND SONS of Cambridge, as Agents of THE RIGHT HONOURABLE CHARLES ROBERT EARL CARRINGTON, hereinafter referred to as the Landlord of the one part, and Mrs. Ellen Markham of Manor Farm, Hanslope herein referred to as the Tenant of the other part.

The Landlord agrees to let and the Tenant agress to hire subject to the following conditions:

All the Farm know as____ with the messuage, buildings, land and appurtenances containing Four hundred and twenty acres, one rood, and seven poles more or less and Five Cottages situated in the village situate in the Parishes of Castlethorpe and Hanslope in the County of Buckingham now in the occupation of William Stevens Holt.

A term of one year certain, commencing on the sixth day of April 1907.

Ellen Markam Ellen Markham came with her husband James, from Marsh Gibbon to Hanslope, where they rented Manor Farm from Mr. Watts.
James died age 38, on July 12th 1906. Leaving Ellen with 5 children.
Before James was even buried Ellen was told by Mr. Watts that he could not have a woman tenant so she would have to leave the farm.
Ellen signed an agreement on 28th February 1907 to take Manor Farm at Castlethorpe, and moved to the Manor with her children William David, Herbert, Arthur, Nellie, & Sidney on April 6th 1907.
Ellen Markham

Agreement document

Dated 28th February 1907
Mrs. Ellen Markham
for Farm
Rent £600:0:0
Description State

In Castlethorpe Parish

Great Meadow Grass
Great Lizard do.
Middle Lizard do.
Pond Close & Little Lizard do.
Howes Lower Ground do.
Fourteen Acres Meadow do.
Folding Yard do.
Five Acres Meadow do.
Upper Ground do.
Old Orchard do.
Homestead in Upper Ground
The Slade & Wiffer Leys Grass
pt 25a
Part of Wiffer Leys do.
Part of Backside Furlong do.
Part of Dean Ditch Close do.
Field Barn & Yard
Saxby Close Grass
Bushey Close Arable
Bartholomew Pasture & Randseays Spinney Arable
Portway Close, The Stripes & part of Sheeps Pen Close
pt 50
Backside Furlong Grass
Farm House & Homestead
Cocks Close Arable
pt 151
Part of Close do.

In Hanslope Parish

Hither & Further Bullington End Field Arable
Stone Pit Field Arable
Keelings Close Arable


Postcard marked 1908.
The window that appears in the side wall by the gate in the later views must have been put in after this date.

Manor Farm c1920s
A view of Manor Farm in the 1920s

Northampton Mercury 16 April 1915

WAGONER WANTED, also MAN to Help with Cattle and Sheep. £1 per week; good house and garden found in village close to work. Mrs. Markham, Castlethorpe, Bucks.

The Bucks Standard 08 September 1923


There was a full congregation at Gayhurst Parish Church on Saturday afternoon last when a wedding of unusual local interest was solemnised. The bride was Miss Grace Clara Crawley, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Crawley of Bunstye Farm, who during their short residence at Gayhurst have become very popular and have made many friends, and the bridegroom was Mr. Herbert J. Markham, the third son of Mrs. Markham and the late James Markham, of the Manor Farm, Castlethorpe, a family who have had long and honoured association with agriculture in North Bucks and are well known and highly esteemed over a wide district. Mr. Markham saw a great deal of active service with the 13th Hussars in the great war. The Church had been tastefully decorated with choice pot plants and flowers from the conservatories at Gayhurst House and arranged by Mr. Simpson, Mr. Walter Carlile’s head gardener. Mr. F. F. Freshwater presided at the organ and played appropriate music as the guests were assembling, and at the close of the interesting service he gave a fine rendering of the “Wedding March.” The service was choral and was conducted by the Rev. C. Stafford-Jones (rector of the parish). The hymns sung were, “O Father, all creating” and “O perfect love.” The bride was given away by her father, who looked charming in a gown of white charmeuse satin with veil and wreath of orange blossom, and carrying a sheaf of lilies. Her chief attendant maids were Miss Marjorie S. Cassidy and Miss Gladys Jefferson who were dressed in green crepe de chene and black silk tulle hats. Two little girls Marcelle Markham and Lennie Geary made a pretty picture in jade green crepe de chene frocks and wearing silver wreaths on their heads. The two older bridesmaids carried bouquets of yellow rosebuds, and the children had baskets of the same popular and beautiful flower. All four wore gold brooches the gift of the bridegroom. Mr. Hubert Sheen, who served with the bridegroom in the 13th Hussars during the war, was best man. After the ceremony a reception was held at Bunstye Farm, about 50 guests being present. Subsequently the bride and groom motored to Castlethorpe station where they took the 4.16 p.m. train for Llandudno where the honeymoon is being spent. The bride travelled in a navy costume and fox furs, the latter being a gift to her from the bridegroom. A large number of costly and useful presents were received.

Northampton Mercury 15 July 1932


The Wolverton Works Fire Brigade had to turn out to two outbreaks in less than six hours, having to deal with a burning haystack, and lorry on fire the Watling-street.
The rick, containing 20 tons of hay, was on the farm of Mrs. Markham, Castlethorpe, and the flames threatened three other ricks and the farm buildings. Fortunately, there was no wind, and before the brigade arrived Messrs. Markham were assisted by farm hands keeping the other ricks from danger. The brigade turned out under Sub Captain H. A. Canvin, and worked hard in confining the outbreak to the one rick, little of which was saved. The lorry, the rear part of which was saved from destruction, caught fire near Denbigh Hall, Bletchley.

Northampton Mercury 16 October 1936

GOOD Man Required for general farm work; milk if required. Good cottage in village. E. Markham. Manor Farm. Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 21 May 1937

WANTED, a kind domesticated person, as general help.—Mrs. Markham, Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 13 January 1939


A 72-years-old defendant wrote asking to be excused attendance at Stony Stratford Police Court. Ellen Markham, farmer, Castlethorpe, summoned in connection with the using of a motor tractor without a licence and causing to be used without a certificate of insurance, was fined £1 in each case and ordered to pay 5s. 1d. costs on the second summons.
Jack Collyer, farm worker, Castlethorpe, was ordered to pay 4s. costs on each of two summonses for using the tractor.
Mrs. Markham wrote asking the Bench to excuse her attendance. She was 72 and very deaf. She pleaded guilty to not having taken out a 5s. licence, and regretted having unknowingly committed the offence.
Constable Keen said the tractor was being used to convey two tons of lime to the water softening tank on the L.M.S. main line near the village. William Markham told him they had a royalty of 6s. per ton for carting the lime across their fields.

Edward S. D. Moore, manager gas and water department, L.M.S. Railway, Wolverton, said there was a verbal agreement between the Company and Mrs. Markham for 5s. a ton since operations began in July, 1932.

Northampton Mercury 10 March 1944


Cycle without red rear light: Maurice (36). cowman. Manor Farm Castlethorpe. fined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 11 March 1938


John George Saint, milk roundsman, Castlethorpe, was summoned for driving a car without being covered against insurance risks, and his employer, William David Markham, farmer, Castlethorpe, was summoned for aiding and abetting. Both pleaded not guilty.

Supt. Callaway alleged that the conditions of insurance of the car excluded its use for house-to-house distribution of milk.

P.C. Shear said that Saint ran over a dog and killed it in Wolverton, and on his insurance certificate being examined, witness told him that he was not complying with the conditions. Saint said he drove it under his employer’s order.

Markham, on oath, said that as the usual delivery van was garage for minor adjustments, he told Saint to take his car and collect the milk and he would meet him in Wolverton with the van. He had been to the Insurance company, who told him he was already covered.

Supt. Callaway objected to this evidence.


Markham: Well, I understand the certificate covers me selling goods in bulk. I have never used it for house-to-house distribution, and there has been no evidence brought to say so. My man ran over a dog and went to the police station, and they told him my insurance was wrong.

In reply to Supt. Callaway, Markham said, “If Saint told the police he was delivering from house-to-house it would not be correct.

” Where did you run over the dog ? —ln Stacey-avenue.

The Chairman (Mr. S. F. Jones): There seems to be some little misunderstanding. We will give you the benefit and dismiss the cases.

Markham: I have had 32 years driving motor vehicles, and this is the first time I have ever had complaint. I would not try to endanger that record.

Northampton Mercury 05 August 1938

Another local point of interest was that two members of the Bletchley Young Farmers’ Club carried off the first and second prizes in the Young Farmers’ class. Mr. L. G, Markham, Castlethorpe was first with Cherry Blossom, and Mr. E. G. Randall (Wing) second with Pansy
Northampton Mercury 12 August 1938


The postponement of this year’s Bletchley Show resulted in the two societies reverting to their former show place, Bletchley Market, for the joint show.
Marked evidence of the good effect of the Improvement Society was to be seen in all classes, heifers especially being a fine batch.
The Shirley cup for the champion female exhibited went to Edwin Powell, of Tattenhoe Bare. The same exhibitor also won the Missenden cup, which is solely for young farmers’ female animals, and took the premier place in the respective class. Reserve to the champion was shown by Mr. Jesse Ebbs, of Shenley. She was a loan heifer, first in her class, and winner also of the Scrimgeour challenge cup, awarded for the best female in the Improvement Society’s section.
Mr Ebbs also showed the reserve animal for the Scrimgeour Cup, and his successes reflected upon the efforts being made to grade up the Ebbsley herd.
Placings in five classes gained for  Price Bros., of Water Eaton, the Holland Cup for the exhibitor gaining most points, Mr. G. H. Holland, of Calverton, the donor, being a close runner-up, one point behind. ,Leslie Markham, of Castlethorpe, showed the best young farmers’ yearling heifer, gaining not only first in its class, but also the Colgrove cup. Arthur Randall, of Burcott, who is under 13 years of age, showed the reserve, which also took premier place in its class.

Northampton Mercury 02 September 1938


In the young farmers’ classes the yearling class was a particularly good one. A Castlethorpe exhibitor. L. G. Markham, won with a cow which had previous successes at Tring and the Bletchley Live Stock Improvement Society Show to her credit.
The judges were Mr. John T. Eady and Mr. W. R. Thomas, and the awards were: Yearling Dairy Shorthorn heifer. 1 L. G. Markham, Castlethorpe; 2 Miss Mary Hawes, Benthill, Buckingham: 3 E. D. James, Padbury; 4 Arthur Randall.
Two-years-old Dairy Shorthorn, 1 A. J. Rogers. 2 E. D. James. 3 Miss Jean S. Holland, 4 Robert King. Three-years-old Dairy Shorthorn heifer, in-milk or in-calf, 1 Miss Joan M. Hawes, 2 Edwin J. Powell, 3 F. Mattinson. Old Bletchley; 4 Miss Rita Holland.
The Brazier silver challenge cup went to Miss Joan M. Hawes for the three-years-old Wootton Queenie. Edwin J. Powell’s exhibit was reserve.

Northampton Mercury 13 January 1939


A 72-years-old defendant wrote asking to be excused attendance at Stony Stratford Police Court. Ellen Markham, farmer, Castlethorpe, summoned in connection with the using of a motor tractor without a licence and causing to be used without a certificate of insurance, was fined £1 in each case and ordered to pay 5s. 1d. costs on the second summons.
Jack Collyer, farm worker, Castlethorpe, was ordered to pay 4s. costs on each of two summonses for using the tractor.
Mrs. Markham wrote asking the Bench to excuse her attendance. She was 72 and very deaf. She pleaded guilty to not having taken out a 5s. licence, and regretted having unknowingly committed the offence.
Constable Keen said the tractor was being used to convey two tons of lime to the water softening tank on the L.M.S. main line near the village. William Markham told him they had a royalty of 6s. per ton for carting the lime across their fields.

Edward S. D. Moore, manager gas and water department, L.M.S. Railway, Wolverton, said there was a verbal agreement between the Company and Mrs. Markham for 5s. a ton since operations began in July, 1932.

Northampton Mercury 20 January 1939

Our Merry Comrades Circle


Auntie Dick welcome the following new members, and hopes they will become good helpers:—
Roy Barrett, Milton Ernest.

Barbara Barrett, Helmdon.
Reginald Bates, Kelmarsh.
Jeanette Cornish, Quinton.
Sheila Chapman, Long Buckby.
Beryl Digby, Hardlngstone.
Frank Digby, Hardlngstone.
Rosie Edwards Northampton.
Derek Holton, Abthorpe.
Victor Jordan, Long Buckby.
Pam Markham Castlethorpe
Elgar Osbom, Grimscote.
Brian Osborn, Grimscote.
Margaret Richardson, Abthorpe.
Ivy Somerton, Falcutt.
Jean Ward Holcot.
Dorothy Wootton, Helmdon.

Northampton Mercury 03 February 1939

Our Merry Comrades Circle


Eric Burge, Farthingstone, has sent a beautiful scrap book which has been made by his grannie, who is over 80 years of age His auntie gave him a little help Eric has sent 700 cigarette cards and books, his sister Olive, 1,100 stamps and 50 farthings, and his sister Dorothy 300 milk tops and silver paper. Norman Tate, of Piddington, has also been helped by his grannie and together they have sent silver paper, Christmas cards, comics, stamps and 24 farthings.
Donald Baseley, Badby, has sent books, comics, a puzzle, Christmas and cigarette cards
Pamela Markham, Castlethorpe, has sent books and offers to sell scent cards.David Martin, Rothwell, recently sent two cigarette albums containing sets of footballers and cricketers, story books and silver paper. He has now sent another parcel of silver paper.

Northampton Mercury 21 July 1939


GUERNSEYS Mr. W. D. Markham. Castlethorpe, headed both classes of Guernseys with two fawn and white specimens of the breed. His Adell of Les Pages was an easy winner of cows-in-milk, whilst his Fancy of La Villette beat one other exhibit in the class for heifer-in-milk with first calf.

Northampton Mercury 28 July 1939

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS Auntie Dick and Michael wish the following members very happy birthdays: To-day; Pam Markham, Castlethorpe, 10.

Northampton Mercury 11 August 1939


DAIRY SHORTHORNS In the two-year-old heifer class Mr. L. G. Markham, of Castlethorpe, was second and reserve, and Mr. Corbett Roper, of Lenborough, third.
Mr. E. C. Dickins judged the Young Farmer Club Shorthorn yearling heifer class, which was won by E. D. James, of Padbury, with Gem; L. G. Markham of Castlethorpe, was third, and Miss M. Markham reserve.

Northampton Mercury 18 August 1939


ANIMALS of excellent Quality were shown at the joint annual show at Bletchley Cattle Market, yesterday, of Bletchley and District Livestock Improvement Society and Bletchley Young Farmers’ Calf Club.
Ever since the Government’s livestock improvement scheme has been in operation the dairy farmers in the Bletchley district have taken the warmest interest in it. They were the first to weld the various Bull Societies together into one so that an exhibition could be held of the premium bulls and their progeny.
To-day there are no less than 15 premium bulls in the district, and a standard has been reached which, so far as dairy stock is concerned, has not been excelled in any other district. Co-operating with the Young Farmers’ Club the Society goes from strength to strength, with a membership of 20, no fewer than 15 exhibited yearlings, and yearlings of outstanding quality, which is an indication of the keenness of the Club’s members, the future farmers of the district. Yesterday was the fourth united show.


Mr. Jesse Ebbs, of Shenley, who is about to secure pedigree status with his graded-up dairy shorthorns, had a double success by winning both the Shirley Cup and the Scrimgeour Cup with the same animal.
The cup is awarded for the champion female animal of the show, and the Scrimgeour Cup for the best Livestock Society female exhibit.
Miss Pamela Markham, Castlethorpe, who is at present a patient in Northampton General Hospital, won the Colgrove Cup. Members of the Markham family won three firsts.
The Colgrove Cup is awarded to exhibitors showing the champion yearling.
The Missenden Cup (for best of twoyears-old heifers and three-years-old heifers and cows) was won by Mr. E. Powell, of Tattenhoe Bare, and the Holland Cup for the most points had to be shared by Mr. Ebbs and Price Brothers of Water Eaton.
Mr. J. M. Eady, of Broughton, who was deputising for his son, Mr. J. T. Eady. of Pytchley, judged the club’s classes, which were very strongly filled. Many of the exhibits had already appeared in classes such shows as the Royal. Tring, and Bedfordshire, and therefore had some reputation at stake.
Four yearling heifers, owned by members under 15 years of age, were exhibited. Miss Pamela Markham gained the first prize with Maisie, a fine animal, which was awarded a fourth at the Royal and placed third at Tring. The animal went on to win the Colgrove Cup. Second to Maisie in the class was F. Mattison's (Bletchley) red, which was making her show debut, and had the advantage of being the progeny of a dam well-known in Oxfordshire as a winner of prizes. E. Powell’s white heifer was placed third and B. Makeham’s red and white was fourth.


A member of the Markham family had two entries in the class for yearlings belonging to exhibitors over 15 years,'s M. Markham roan, Marcelle, being placed at the top of line of eight, whilst Leslie Grodon Markham exhibited another roan, Marigold, which was placed third. A calf exhibited by a Whaddon member, E. Reynolds, was second, whilst J. Holland’s roan was reserve. The first in this class was reserve for the Colgrove Cup. Leslie Gordon Markham exhibited a fine animal in Cherry Blossom, shown in the two-years-old heifer class. It was last year’s winner of the Colgrove Cup, and obtained first prizes as a yearling at Tring and Bucks County shows. At the Royal this year the heifer was first among two-years-old Dairy Shorthorn heifers, but was beaten by her herd sister, Wootton Bessie, at Tring. She went to the top of the line in her class yesterday, and was closely followed by Mr. P. Mattinson’s Nellie, which was third at the same show as a yearling and third at this year’s Royal. Another good roan of Mr. A Randall, Burcote, was third, and fourth prize went to a red and white of Mr. J. Holland, of Water Eaton.
Next came heifers and cows, three-years-old and upwards, and fine cow, Tattenhoe Star, belonging to Mr. E. Powell, which was in-milk to her second calf was first, although Mr. F. Mattinson’s Bess gave her a close run. Third stood Mr. J. Peverell’s red, and Mr. R. Holland’s exhibit was fourth. When the leaders of the two-year-olds and three-year-olds came out for the Missenden Cup, Mr. Eady gave first and reserve to the two older cows, so that Tattenhoe Star had the honour of having won the same trophy for the second year in succession.


The classes for the Livestock Society were particularly well filled, and came before the two judges, Mr. A. E. Lucas, of Stowe. Weedon, and Mr. A. G. Andrews, of Weedon, Aylesbury.
Leader in the junior heifer class was the youngest of the lot. Whitehouse Sally 6th. an 11-months-old heifer of Mr. G. H. Holland, Calverton. Well-grown for her age, the animal made a good impression. She is a granddaughter of Whitehouse Sally 1st, who was a wellknown winner in the district some years ago. A herd sister was second. The sire was Lovell Dairyman. Mr. Percy Carter, Burcott, came third with a red yearling.
It was a twin heifer of Mr G. H. Holland which won in the year-old class. Dorothy Gurney, Loughton. was second with a roan, and the third and fourth positions were filled by exhibits shown Mr. E. Randall, Burcott, and R. Price, Water Eaton, respectively.
Mr. Jesse Ebbs, of Shenfield. recorded the first of his many successes of the day in the class for heifers under three years old with Muriel 5th, an animal reflecting some of the qualities of her grand-dam, which years ago won the Hudson cup at this show. This was followed by Kate, a red and white novice of Mr. P. N. Kingham, of Cheddington, whilst Mr. R. Price’s exhibits were third and fourth.
In the three-years-old class, Mr. J. Ebbs gained the two top places. First came his red cow Cherry 5th, which yielding about five gallons day, having had her second calf. The animal led the same class last year, and also won the Scrimgeour Cup. Mr. R. Price’s dams filled third and fourth places.
The championship of the Society's female exhibits, represented by the Scrimgeour Cup, brought out a full ring. Mr. Ebbs’s Muriel 5th was awarded the cup and Mr. Kingham’s red and white heifer, Kate, the reserve. Muriel 5th was reserve for this cup last year. Even when the Calf Club winners were opposed to these two heifers in the Shirley Cup competition, they maintained their positions, although a third opinion, that of Mr Eady’s, was sought in the awarding of the cup. Miss Pamela Markham 's Maisie was placed second reserve for the cup, before older competitors.

Northampton Mercury 10 November 1939


Some exceptionally fine dairy stock came before Mr. H. Salmon, the judge, at the 13th annual dairy show and sale, promoted by Messrs. Peirce, Thorpe, and Marriott, Northampton Cattle Market on Saturday. There were over 120 entries, and prices ruled high. Awards, prices and purchasers were; Cow in milk, 1 R. P. Burt, Pattishall (£34 to G. Richards, Congleton); 2 R. Rose, Brixworth (£35 5s., G. Richards); 3 H. Eady Robinson. Higham Ferrers (£31 5s., H. Mayes, Wellingborough); 4 Berry Wood Mental Hospital (£34 10s., F. Brazier, Granborough); r. J. T. Wheeler, Woodford Halse (£34, F. Brazier). Heifers in milk, 1 W. Hackford, Willoughby (£38 10s., W. D. Markham , Castlethorpe); 2 W. Bailey, Roade (£38 10s., F. Brazier); 3 H. Eady Robinson (£31 10s., F. Brazier); 4 W. D. Markham , Castlethorpe (£32, J. Sawbridge, Hanslope;; r H. Whitlock, Grimscote £25, W. S. Squire. Melton Mowbray). The remainder of the cows and heifers sold well, a cow of H. G. Geary, of Hanslope, making £35 15s. to F. Brazier. Mr. N. Pittom was the auctioneer.

Northampton Mercury 24 November 1939


ALTHOUGH many Christmas Fat Stock Shows have been abandoned, it has not found necessary to cancel the usual dairy shows, and one promoted Merry, Sons and Co., Ltd., at Northampton Cattle Market, on Saturday, proved to be one of the most successful ever held in the market. The numbers remained about the same, but the quality had much improved, with the result that there was a keen demand and high prices were realised at the sale. The two classes came before the joint judgment of Mr. E. Turney (Brixworth) and Mr. C. E. North (Heyford). Prize-winners, sale prices and buyers were: Cow in-milk: 1 J. E. Pember, Creaton, £37 10s., to J. Green, Braunston; 2 C. Middleton, Emberton, £39 10s., to F. Brazier. Granborough; 3 W. Markham, Castlethorpe, £40, to G. Richards, Oswestry; r. Berry Wood Mental Hospital, £36, to J. Page, Preston Deanery. Heifer in-milk; 1 A. Betts, Stanwick, £29 10s., to F. Brazier; 2 R. Adams, Cold Ashby, £30, to G. Osborne, Blakesley; 3 B. Humphrey, Helmdon. £32 10s., to F. Brazier; r. S. C. Dickens, Grimscote, £34 55., to F. Brazier. Mr. T. Norton Merry was the auctioneer.

Northampton Mercury 15 March 1940




A van containing £35 was left unattended for five minutes. In the meantime a boy went to the van, sat in it, noticed the money, and stole £1 17s. 9½d.
This story was told at special Juvenile Court at Stony Stratford.
A New Bradwell boy, aged 14, pleaded guilty to taking £1 17s. 9½d. from the van, belonging to Mrs. Alice Gertrude Markham, farmer, of Castlethorpe.
Supt. Bryant said Louis Edward Petty employed by Mrs. Markham, was conveying £35 5s. 7d. in a milk van. Making a call at a house in Stratford-road, Wolverton, he was away about five minutes, and on his return he found in the van a lad who asked for a lift to Haversham. This was refused.
Petty was informed by the bank cashier that the money was £1 14s. short. The other 3s. 9½d. was missed from the takings.
In a statement to the police, said Supt. Bryant the boy stated he saw the van with nobody in charge. He got in and sat on the seat. He then noticed some bank money bags. He took some of the money, he did not know how much. When Petty came back he asked for a lift to Haversham.


He gave 2s. 6d. each to two boys, and they went to Newport Pagnell. The rest the money he gave to another boy.
The boy also pleaded guilty to taking 6s. 6d. in money from the shop of Annie Emily Parker, Church-street Wolverton, and another boy, aged 13, pleaded guilty to receiving 3s. of the money knowing it to have been stolen.
Supt. Bryant said the elder boy, after being twice visited by the constable, said that while going to the pictures at Wolverton he went along Church-street to a sweet shop. When he opened the door the bell rang, but no one came.
He went round the counter and took some money from the till; he did not know how much.
The younger boy said he was given 3s. He did not ask where it came from, and was not told about it.


P.C. Stevens said the boys went to a public-house and bought lemonade. They seemed to be spending money freely. The elder boy was bound over in 1938 for larceny, and placed under the Probation Officer, Supt. Bryant stated.
Charles Daniels, Probation Officer, said the elder boy had been “a bit of trouble,” but the other was a very respectable boy.
The elder boy’s father said his son did not seem to be able to tell the truth.
The Chairman (Dr. Douglas Bull); You find he is just as much as you can manage, and that he is rather getting out of hand?—Yes.
The Chairman said they had decided to give the boy a chance of getting into the Navy. He would be remanded for three weeks for inquiries to be made.
Witnesses’ fees of 9s. 6d. were ordered to be paid.
The younger boy, the Chairman announced, would be put on probation to be of good behaviour for 12 months. The costs were 15s. and witnesses’ fees 2s. 9d.
The Chairman told Petty he considered it very careless of him to leave £35 in a van unprotected. It was rather a temptation.
Mrs. Markham said she ought to take the blame, as she started Petty off with the milk early in the morning before the bank was opened.
An order was made for the restoration of the money recovered.
The other magistrates were -Mrs. Brett and. Mr. C, .Wylie.

Northampton Mercury 14 June 1940


ONE of the best collections of farthings received for a long time has come this week from Pamela Markham, of Manor Farm, Castlethorpe. She has sent 350 farthings, also 2s. for scent cards. Well done, Pamela ! I am sure you have worked hard to save so many of these helpful little coins. I am glad to learn that you will keep on collecting.

Northampton Mercury 26 July 1940

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS Auntie Dick -wishes the following members very happy birthdays; Pam Markham, Castlethorpe, 11

Northampton Mercury 26 July 1940

WANTED young Lady, assist with housework (no rough).—Markham, Manor Farm, Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 15 November 1940


Prices for dairy stock rose steeply at the Northampton Cattle Market, when the annual dairy stock show and sale, promoted by Messrs. Peirce, Thorpe and Marriott, was held. Mr. J. H. Salmon, of Crewe, was the judge and placed a large entry as follows : Dairy cow in milk: 1 H. Eady Robinson, Higham Ferrers (to F. Brazier, Granborough, £63); 2 H. Paybody, Hanslope (J. R. Richards, Chester, £51); 3 W. J. Pearson. Grimscote (F. Brazier. £47); 4 W. D. Markham, Castlethorpe (J. R. Richards, £55). Heifers: 1 and r. R. Paybody. 2 R. Adams, 3 W. D. Markham. W. W. Heckford. Mr. N, B. E. Pittom was the auctioneer.

Northampton Mercury 22 November 1940


The Newport Hundreds Spitfire Fund has Increased its total by £18 16s. 7d. to £2,477 19s. 5d. All but 15s. 6d. of the amount came from four villages. The additional contributions were:—
Newport Pagnell.—10s., Mrs. Minchella; 5s. 6d., Mrs. Grace Moore.  
Ravenstone. —10s.. Mr. and Mrs. George Lane and Mrs. Kitchener.
Olney.— £.11s 7d. Olney Fire Services and donations; 5s., E. Hoddle; 2s. 6d., anonymous.
Haversham.—£1 Haversham School infants’ class.
Castlethorpe.—Per Mothers Union Knitting Party, £2 2s., Mr. W. Markham; £1 each Mr. and Mrs. M. Lewis Mrs. W. Furniss Miss A. Gregory; 10s., Mrs. Wigglesworth; small amounts, 19s.; whist drive and donations, £2 1s.

Northampton Mercury 25 July 1941

Our HAPPY BIRTHDAYS Auntie Dick wishes all children happy birthdays and especially the following members. Pam Markham. Castlethorpe Manor. 12;

Northampton Mercury 28 November 1941


The highest prices of the year were made for dairy stock at the annual show and sale promoted by Messrs. Merry, Sons and Co., at Northampton Cattle Market on Saturday. Cattle of excellent quality were at the show, and the two classes (cows in-milk and down-calving heifers) were judged by Mr. A. Lucas, of Stowe-Nine-Churches, and Mr. J. T. C. Mayes, of Wollaston. The winners, chief prices buyers, were as follows: Cows in-milk, first and third W. D. Markham Castlethorpe. £85 and £63.

Northampton Mercury 19 June 1942

Markham. Castlethorpe. WANTED General Farm Worker, able drive tractor. Cottage centre village.—Box 126.

Northampton Mercury 07 August 1942


This week I received a very heavy parcel, and I was surprised and delighted when I opened and found 1,008 farthings which had been collected for our fund by Pamela Markham, of the Manor Farm, Castlethorpe. If you do a little sum you will soon find out how many shillings this represents, and I know you will all want to join me in congratulating Pamela on this fine collection. I believe this is the largest number of farthings I have ever received, and I think it is wonderful to collect so many.

Northampton Mercury 02 October 1942

A collection made for the British Sailors’ Society Castlethorpe raised £2. Miss P. Markham and Miss B. Gray were the collectors.

Northampton Mercury 28 May 1943


In the preliminary milking contests for members of the Women's Land Army, girls from Castlethorpe and Hanslope, in the Newport Pagnell area, will go to the final to be held at Aylesbury. Miss M Phillips employed by Mr. Markham, had the high percentage of 93, whilst Miss J. Bedwood from Mr. Geary’s farm at Hanslope, was second with 88 per cent. Miss E. O. Orchard, also employed by Mr. Markham, was placed reserve with 84.
In the Wing area, the premier position was secured by Miss G Wheeler daughter of the vicar of Stratford, with 91 per cent. The contests were held at Great Brickhill under the auspices of the Bucks War Agricultural Committee.

Northampton Mercury 30 July 1943

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS Auntie Dick wishes all children happy birthdays, especially the following Pam Markham, Castlethorpe, Bucks, 14

Wolverton Express  06 November 1943



Members of the Women’s Land Army (in uniform) formed a guard-of-honour at the door of S.S. Simon and Jude Church, Castlethorpe, on Wednesday morning, on the occasion of the marriage of Miss Marcelle Markham and Sergt. Francis Bert Ridout, R.A.F.
The bride is the elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Markham, of Manor Farm, Castlethorpe, and is popular amongst a wide circle of friends. For a number of years she has assisted her father in his extensive milk business, which work has taken her to towns and villages in North Bucks and South Northants, where she is well-known.
Her bridegroom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Ridout, of 2 London Road, Newport Pagnell, and has been in the Royal Air Force for seven-and-a-half years, and is now attached to the Air Ministry.
Many villagers were present to witness the ceremony, which was conducted by the Rev. R. N. Beasley, a former vicar of Potterspury, and during the service Miss Gregory, a friend of the bride’s family, played organ accompaniment for the singing of the hymn, “Lead us, heavenly Father”, and also rendered voluntaries.
Given away by her father, the bride made a charming picture in a full-length dress of white figured taffeta, silk net veil and orange-blossom, and white satin shoes. Her shower bouquet was of red carnations, and she wore pearls lent by her mother.
Her sister, Pamela, was her only attendant, and wore a pretty dress of white net over peach pink silk, trimmed with peach and blue rosebuds, headdress of pink feathers, and silver shoes. She carried a bouquet of pink carnations and wore a pendant the gift of the bridegroom.
Flight-Lieut. Gibson, a colleague of the bridegroom at the Air Ministry, was groomsman.
As the happy couple left the sacred building and passed through the guard-of-honour of Land Girls, all employed by Mr. Markham, the bride was handed silver horseshoes by her aunt Miss Markham, of Castlethorpe, and by Miss Joyce Delderfield, W.L.A., on behalf of the girls of the W.L.A.
A reception at the home of the bride’s parents was attended by about thirty guests, the newly-wed couple leaving the same day for their honeymoon at Bournemouth. The bride’s travelling attire was a pastel blue dress, trimmed with pink carnations, navy accessories, and a fur coat, a gift from her mother. She carried a goat-skin handbag brought from Africa by the bridegroom, and wore pearls, a gift of the bridegroom.
The happy couple have been the recipients of a large number of useful presents, including many cheques.
Two of the bride’s brothers, Jack and Clifford, were unable to attend the ceremony owing to war service, the former, who is in the R.A.F., is in the Middle East, whilst Clifford is at present a patient in a military hospital in England.
The bride is a member of the W.V.S. and assists at the Service Canteen at Hanslope.

Northampton Mercury 07 January 1944



William David Markham, farmer, Castlethorpe, was summoned at Stony Stratford Police Court for failing to notify surplus of milk and also for selling milk above the authorised amount.
He pleaded not guilty.
The Bench fined him £2 12s. 6d„ and ordered him to pay £1 11s. 6d. advocate’s fee in each case, a total of eight guineas.
Mr. E. Marchant, Bletchley, prosecuted for the Ministry of Food, and said that Markham was authorised to supply 1,992 gallons milk weekly, but for the week ending September 18 last he was disposing of 3,087 gallons. There was a difference between the wholesale and retail price of 10½d per gallon, and the excess retail would be over £44 in the week which was some inducement for him to retail the excess milk.
Arthur C. H. Jupe, divisional enforcement inspector for the Ministry of Food, gave evidence of interviews he had with Markham who, after he had been cautioned declined to make a statement, adding, “I was deputy provost marshal in the last war, and my experience tells me not to make signed statement. If necessary I will make a statement in Court.”


Later, Markham said that the milk had been sold in good faith, and he was covered in the correspondence he had with the Regional Milk Supply Officer. He had been quite open about it. Markham elected to make a statement and claimed that he was entitled to sell the milk. He had not received a direction notice and his authority had never been cancelled.
He called his wife, Alice Gertrude Markham, who said that he had telephoned the United Dairies Company, requesting them to take surplus milk, but they replied could not do so until they obtained authority from the Regional Officer.
Markham, continuing his statement, said he had to ensure that the surplus milk did not deteriorate or was wasted, and that a direction notice had never been sent to him. If any infringement had been made, he alleged that it was entirely through the negligent manner in which the department had dealt with it.


He had the milk, the United Dairies would not take it, and he could have given it to the live stock but that would not have served the national interest. He had been in business 30 years, and he did not know that he had ever willingly done anything that was not to order.
In fining the defendant the chairman (Mr. S. F. Jones) pointed out that the maximum fine was £500 in each case and 12 months’ imprisonment.
Markham said he wished to give notice of appeal, and was told he could do so through his solicitor.

[In the British Armed Forces, the provost marshal is the head of the military police of each service, with the senior military police officers at lower levels being titled deputy or assistant provost marshals. In many cases the provost marshal is in charge of discipline.]


Cycle without red rear light: Maurice (36). cowman. Manor Farm, Castlethorpe. fined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 07 April 1944


Patrick Green, cowman. Manor Farm, Castlethorpe. Buckinghamshire, was fined 10s for not having rear lights on his cycle.

Northampton Mercury 28 July 1944

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS Auntie Dick wishes all children happy birthdays, especially the following members. Captain Pamela Markham Castlethorpe, 15;

Northampton Mercury 10 November 1944

DAIRY SHOW WINNERS There were over 100 entries for the 18th annual dairy show and sale, promoted by Messrs. Peirce, Thorpe, and Marriott, Northampton Cattle Market on Saturday. In the heifer class the fourth prize animal, shown by Mr. L. G. Markham, of Castlethorpe, sold to Mr. J. E. Pember, Creaton, for £70.

Northampton Mercury 17 November 1944

BRITISH FRIESIANS Prices ranged up to 100 gs. the first show and sale British Friesian type cattle, promoted by Merry, Sons and Co-, Lid., at Northampton cattle Market. A small but choice selection came before Mr. P. Q. Sumner, of Blakesley. who judged single-handed. Awards were: Cow ln-milk or in-calf 1 G. P. Hornsby, Abthorpe; 2 W. D. Markham, Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 27 July 1945

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS Auntie Dick wishes all children happy birthdays, especially the following members; Pam Markham, Castlethorpe, 16.

Northampton Mercury 14 December 1945


A first-calf heifer, non pedigree, was sold for £135 by Merry, Sons and Co., Ltd., at the Northampton Cattle Market on Saturday. This price believed to be record one for Northampton the ordinary commercial dairy market. The heifer, a British Friesian, was consigned to the market by Mr C. H. Sargeant, of Brafield, and Immediately attracted attention. Many local dairy farmers were at the bidding, even when the prices went above £100. Later two bidders—Mr. W. D. Markahm, of Castlethorpe, and Mr. J, E. Pember, of Creaton—took it to £135 at which figure Mr. T. Norton Merry, the auctioneer, knocked it down to Mr. Pember.

Northampton Mercury 14 December 1945


Mr. George White, of Castlethorpe. presided at the annual meeting of the Wolverton and District Homing Society, In the Engineer Hotel, Wolverton Saturday. The secretary (Mr. E. C. Rice) read the report of the Berks, Bucks, and Oxon Federation It was agreed to order the same number of rings as last year. Mr. W. D. Markham, of Castlethorpe, will be asked to become president. The secretary and committee were re-elected.

Northampton Mercury 31 May 1946


There an outstanding entry of for the open jumping class at a gymkhana in the Mutual Fields, New Bradwell, on Saturday, in aid of Northampton General Hospital War Memorial Appeal.
Potato races; Open, 1 Miss Markham, Castlethorpe; 2 John Morgan. Shalstone; 3 J. Pebody, Stoke Bruerne.

Northampton Mercury 28 June 1946

Cambridge Cattle Market

CAMBRIDGE HORSE SALE From Messrs. Markhams, Castlethorpe. Silver Mist, Grey Show Jumper Gelding. Reg. B.S.J.A. constant winner. Quiet to ride.

Northampton Mercury 14 March 1947


Despite difficulties caused by the blizzard milk suppliers have not failed to make deliveries to Wolverton.
Wolverton Co-operative Society sent out a number of vehicles in order to accommodate those who were unable fetch their milk, and the other milk supplier, Mr. W. D. Markham, of Castlethorpe, sent out a tractor and trailer every day. The land girls who accompanied it worked hard in getting round Wolverton customers.
They were unable, however, to get into Hanslope for a day or two. Deliveries of bread from one of the Wolverton traders arrived late on Saturday, and was the cause of queues, whilst there was also a shortage potatoes and greengrocery.

Northampton Mercury 21 March 1947


NO NEWPORT RURAL AREA CONTESTS There will be no contests 11 parishes of Newport Pagnell Council. In two cases there no nominations, and the retiring members will be considered to have been returned. Result of nominations: Astwood and Hardmead. George Williams (farmer). Bow Brickhill, W. E. Garratt (farmer). Bradwell and Bradwell Abbey, James Smith (licensed victualler, Broughton and Milton Keynes, Capt. J. B. P. Fitzgerald (farmer Walton). Castlethorpe, W. D. Markham, Manor Farm .

Northampton Mercury 20 February 1948


Traffic cases dealt with by Northampton Divisional Magistrates included: Leslie Gordon Markham (27), Cobbs Bush Farm. Cosgrove, farmer, was fined £2 for using a motor-van with inefficient brakes, and £1 for not having a mirror.
William David Markham (57), Manor Farm, Castlethorpe. farmer, was fined £2 and £1 for permitting these offences.

Northampton Mercury 11 November 1949


An average of about £58 was made by the dairy cows and heifers at the 21st show and sale of dairy stock promoted Messrs. Pierce, Thorpe and Marriott, at Northampton Cattle Market.
The top price of the day was £100, paid by Mr, E. Pember, of Creaton, for Guernsey cow entered by Markham's Ltd., of Castlethorpe.
The awards, made by Mr. J. H. Salmons of Crewe, together with the prices and purchasers in the various classes were as follows:
Cows-in-milk: 1 and champion D. G. Evans, Hackleton (£67. G. R. Richards): 2 S. Wright. Watford (£68 10s., F. Brazier, (Granborough); F. W. Smith. Slapton (£68. G. Bonsor, Blisworth).
Heifers-in-milk; 1 and reserve champion, H. Capell, Tiffield (£71, C. W. Laurie Byfield): 2 P P. Penn. Wotton (£72. L. Cave, Cold Ashby-; 3 S. J. Line. Bozeat (£71 10s S. N. Frost).
Downcalvers; 1 Markham's Ltd., Castlethorpe (£59, F. Brazier); 2 W. Humphrey. Hanslope (£59. C. Brazier); 3 E. Pember. Creaton (£70 10s., R. H. Jennaway). Averages for cows were £57 10s„ heifers £56, end downcalvers £58.
Mr. P. W. Stiles was the auctioneer.

The Wolverton Express 24 February 1950



For husband and wife to each own a horse and to win a hurdle race in the same week is perhaps unique, and this success fell to Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Markham, of Manor Farm, Castlethorpe, last week.

On Wednesday at Doncaster, Mrs. Markham's horse "Gibus", ridden by the successful jockey A. P. Thompson, won the Allendale Handicap hurdle race of 2 miles 300 yards, by 1½ lengths, and returned the nice price of 100-6, with a tote return equal to 24-1. On the previous day, at Leicester, Mr. Markham's improving four-year-old, "Red River", ran a good second to the French bred "Tsaoko", at the price of 7-1, but "Red River" went one place better on Saturday by winning the Bedale Novice Hurdle of 2 miles at Catterick Bridge in a field of 25 runners.

The return price was 11-8 against.

On both occasions "Red River" was well ridden by Peter Ward, son of R. Ward, Hednesford, Staffs, trainer who is responsible for both the winning horses.

Mr and Mrs. Markham have a useful string of horses for both codes of racing and owned the Lincolnshire candidate "Brawby Lad".

Red River
Red River

Northampton Mercury 28 April 1950


There are seats on Newport Pagnell R.D.C., but only five will be contested, the retiring members of four parishes being returned unopposed. Of the nine retiring members, all have been nominated with the exception Colonel J. Williams, of Emberton, who has moved from the village.
The seats which will be contested and the contestants are: Bradwell, Raymond George Bellchambers, Thomas Henry Bird, Broughton and Milton Keynes, Captain J. B Fitzgerald and Arthur Norman; Chicheley and Sherington. Colonel N. B. C. Byam-Grounds and Kenneth George Beard; Clifton Reynes and Newton Blossomville, William Frank Kelcey and Benjamin Newman; Emberton. Albert Crouch and Alexander Lyon. In all cases the retiring member is named first.
Those who are returned unopposed are: George Williams (Astwood), William Eustace Garratt (Bow Brickhill). William David Markham, (Castlethorpe). Gerald Thomas Andrews Chapman-Uthwatt (Great Linford).
The four seats on Newport Pagnell UJD.C. are being sought by five candidates, the four retiring members again being nominated. Those seeking election are; Henry Baldwin, Clifford Sydney Boon, Henry Walter Mason, Basil Murden Powell and Frederick Thomas Taylor.

Northampton Mercury 22 September 1950


FARMERS in the North Bucks area will remember Mrs. J. Markham formerly of Hanslope and Castlethorpe, who died last week in Northampton.
Mrs. Markham was the widow of Mr. James Markham, the Hanslope farmer, who died in 1906, leaving her with five children, the eldest 15. She moved from Manor Farm, Hanslope, to Manor Farm, Castlethorpe where she farmed until retiring in 1939
Her eldest son, Mr. William Markham, took over the farm while Mrs. Markham went to live at The Corner House, Castlethorpe.
Two years ago she came to live in Northampton with her only laughter, Mrs. N. Mattey, of 67, Derngate, formerly Weedon-road.
Mrs. Markham was remarkably active for her 88 years, her only failing being that she was deaf.
A month ago she went to stay with Mrs. Allen, 68. Lovat-drive, and it was there that she died. after being in bed for only a week.
Mrs. Markham’s other three children are: Mr. Arthur Markham, of Newnham Lodge, Mr. Bert Markham, of Tany‘y’foal, Dolgelly and Mr Sidney Markham, of Home Farm, Charndon.


The funeral took place on Monday at Castlethorpe, where the service was conducted by the vicar, the Rev, Wingate. Leaving 67. Demgate, the cortege went by way of Wootton and Hanslope passing the Manor Farm at, Hanslope, where Mrs. Markham spent her short married life.
The other mourners joined the cortege outside the Corner House, Castlethorpe.
Mrs. Markham was interred by the side of her husband.
The chief mourners were: Mr Arthur Markham (son), Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Markham (son and daughter-in-law) Mr. and Mrs Leonard Matty (son-in-law and daughter). Mrs Rideout Mr. and Mrs Leslie Markham (also representing Mr W. D. Markham), Mr and Mrs J. Markham Mrs. C. Chinn Miss Sylvia Markham and Mrs Watson (grandchildren): Mr. and Mrs, Rudd, Mr and Mrs. L. Broom, Miss Phipps and Mrs. Scotts (nieces and nephews).
Mr W. D. Markham and Mr. H J. Markham (sons) were prevented from attending through illness.

Northampton Mercury 01 June 1951


THERE was an entry of over 1,000 heads at the 16th annual sheep and lamb fair held by Bletchley Market Stock Shows Committee. With the exception of four consignments there was a complete clearance. Prize winners were.—Best pen of white-faced theaves: 1 Mr. A. Mead, Simpson-road (realised £9 per head). Best pen of theaves (other than white-faced): 1 Messrs. North and Ebbs, Dunton (£9 135.); 2 Messrs. H. and G. North, Drayton Parslow (£8 35.). Best pen of breeding ewes: 1 Mr. J. E. Adams, Broughton (£8 195.); 2 Mr. W. D. Markham. Castlethorpe (£8 8)

Northampton Mercury 19 September 1952

"The Boss"
"The Boss"
William David Markham



THE sudden death, in Northampton General Hospital, on Friday, of Mr. W. D. Markham, of Manor Farm, Castlethorpe, came as a great shock to sportsmen in North Bucks.
Mr. Markham, who was 62, was keen sportsman, and was connected with great number of clubs in the district.
Born in Newton Longville, Mr. Markham spent most of his life in North Bucks. He owned a modern dairy farm and also bred racehorses, many of which were successful runners.

He was great lover of football, and founded Castlethorpe Football Club, who are nicknamed “The Friesians” after Mr. Markham’s pedigree herd.


Besides being president of Castlethorpe F.C., he was vice-president of the North Bucks League; vice-president of Wolverton F.C.; vice-president of Northamptonshire Cricket Club; vice-president of Castlethorpe Cricket Club and member of the Wolverton Homing Pigeon Society, being a keen breeder of racing pigeons.
He was also keenly interested in public work, and, until ill-health overtook him four years ago, was a member of Newport Pagnell Rural Council: chairman of Castlethorpe Parish Council, chairman of the local branch of the British Legion; chairman of the local Feoffe Charity; chairman of the Worley Charity, a member of the school managers and a member of the N.F.U.
Mr. Markham was seriously ill for only three days. Since the football season began, he attended local matches.
He leaves a widow, three sons and two daughters.


The little parish church of St. Simon and St. Jude at Castlethorpe, was filled to overflowing at the funeral service for Mr. Markham.
Mr. Markham was buried in a grave facing the Castlethorpe football ground, the club which he founded. The only flowers on his coffin were a bunch four roses from a little boy whose birthday was on the same day as Mr. Markham's and who always was, invite to tea that day by the “Boss,” as he was affectionately known by all the villagers.
The great esteem he had won in his many sporting and public work activities was reflected by the large number of wreaths sent. There were 86.
The service was conducted by the Rev. D. Wingate and the organist was Mr. H. P. Cook.


Family mourners were: Mrs. Markham (widow); Mr. C. Markham, Mr. and Mrs. J. Markham, Mr. and Mrs. L. Markham, (sons and daughters-in-law); Mr and Mrs. F. Ridout (son-in-law and daughter); Miss P. Markham (daughter); Mr and Mrs A. Markham, Newnham (brother and sister-in-law); Mrs. Chinn, Northampton (niece); Mr and Mrs. L. Mattey, Northampton (brother-in-law and sister); Mr and Mrs W. Mason (brother-in-law and sister-in-law); Mr. P. Russell-Wilks; Mr. R. Sainsbury;Mrs. F. Garmon; (also representing Mr. Garmon); friends.
Members of the staff were: Miss F. Cook, Mr and Mrs H. Foakes; Mr. K. Foakes; Mr. O. Weston, Mr. J Spinelli. Mr. M. Mancini. Mr. R. Pittam. Mr. T. Turney. Mrs. E. Stewart. Mr. Murray. Mr. Sawbridge. Mr. J. Belton. Mr. P. Mullins. Mr. R. Johnson. Mr. L. Pittam Mr. H. West Mr. L. Bruntenei Mr. G. White: dairy staff: Miss Brenda Pittam, Miss Barbara Pittam, Miss Enid King Miss Mary Burbidge. Miss J. Webster, Mrs. T. West. Miss M. Mancini Mr. F. Willett, Mr. T. Booth. Mr. K. Ray.


Representative mourners were: British Legion, Mr. J. E. Whiting (president), Mr. J. Trace, Mr. C. Harding; Football Club, Mr. R. West, Mr. A. Bavington; footballers, Mr. A. Garratt (captain), Mr. B. Tapp (treasurer), Mr. S. Brownsell (secretary), Mr. E. Hill, Mr. A. Crick, Mr D. Lambert, Mr. M. Paris; Cricket Club. Mr. H. Bridge, Mr. E. Bates: Wolverton Twon and British Railway F.C., Mr D. J. Frost (secretary).
Newport Pagnell Rural Council, Mr R Eakins, Mr. H. Dolling; Parish Council. Mr. C. Bywater, Mr. R. West (clerk); Grafton Hunt. Mr W. Pope; Lloyds Bank. Mr. A. E. Kerridge (Wolverton): Conservative Association, Mrs. W. Furniss, Mr. J. Gobby; Women’s Institute. Mrs. F. Pateman: Methodist Church. Mr. D. Hall, Miss G. Olney; Parish Church. Mr. A. Burbidge, Mr. R. Holt (sidesmen)
Mr. S. J. Vardon (Messrs W. S. Parrott and Sons, Stony Stratford, solicitors); Mr. S. G. Burkhill (Messrs Peirce Thorpe and Marriott):Mr. E. C. Bates (Messrs Bates and Gobby); Mr. J. Johnson (Messrs M. and E. Norman bakers Cosgrove): Mr. E. J. Dudman (Messrs Rawlins Hawtin and Co.) Mr. P. J. Bairstow (Messrs. Garrard and Allen solicitors): Mr. J. Nicholls (representing Mr. Bryan Nicholls): Mr. F. E. Sawbridge (Allotments Association).


Also present were: Mr. C. Beechener and Miss Angela Beechener (Denton), Captain P. Y. Atkinson (Cosgrove Priory). Mr. C. R. Whiting and Mr. P. Whiting (Old Wolverton), Mr. H. T. Geary, Mrs. F. C Tompkins, Mr. G. Tompkins. Mrs Simkins (Hanslope), Mrs. R. A. Cooper, Mr. John Cooper (representing Dr. R. A. Cooper, Hanslope). Mr J, E. Prue (Isleworth Farm, Cosgrove), Mr. D, R. Richards. Mr. J. T. Thomas (Potterspury), Mr. A. L Shaw (Yardley Gobion) Mr. G. J Middleton (Wilby Hall), Mr. Middleton (Mears Ashby), Mr. and Mrs. M Lester (Leckhamstead).
Mr. and Mrs. P. H, G. Pinny (Buckingham), and Mrs. W. Dunkley. Mr, T. Mason (Towcester), Mr. and Mrs. W. Clarke (Cosgrove), Mr. and Mrs. J. Sawbridge. Mr. T. Thomas (Castlethorpe). Mrs. A. Garrett (Newport Pagnell), Mrs. J. Evans, Mrs. Ray, Mrs. L. Robinson, Mrs, W. Limbury, Mrs. J. Herbert. Mr. and Mrs. E. Taylor (Hardingstone). Mr. and Mrs. J. Brooks (Hanslope), Mr. J. Nicholls, Mr. and Mrs. J. Bradbury.
Mrs. C. Sawbridge, Mr. R. Panter and Miss B. Panter, Mrs. P. Mullins, Michael Mullins, Mrs. J. Spinelli, Mrs. G. Robinson, Miss G. Wilson (representing Mrs. A. Wilson), Mrs W. Limbury, Mrs. R. Webster, Mrs W. Scotts (representing Mr Scotts). Mr. and Mrs. W. Mills, Mrs Belton, Mrs. Gray, Mr. E. Russell-Wilks, Mrs. J. E. Gobbey, Mrs. E. Booth, Mrs. E. Hillyer, Mrs P. Sennett, Mrs. F. Willett, Miss A. Gregory, Miss A. Manning, Mrs. M. Paris, Mr. G. Morgan (Lincoln Grounds), Mrs, S. J. Scott, Mrs. R. Pearson, Mrs. J. White, Mr. and Mrs. J. Mutlow, Mrs. F. Mills, Mr. T Mayes, Mr. R, Mayes (Castlethorpe). Mrs. J. Brown, Mrs. C. Hill, Mr. Pateman, Mrs. G. Southgate, Mrs L. Lambert, Mrs G. Wootton, Mrs R. Kettle,
Mr. J. E. Whiting was also representing Mrs. J. E. Whiting, who is president of the Castlethorpe W.I.


Floral tributes were sent as follows: In ever loving memory of my dearest husband, from your very devoted wife Pip"; n loving memory of Dad from Les and Barbara; in loving memory of our devoted father from Marcelle and Frank, Rest after suffering"; Goodnight Dad," from your devoted son Clifford; in loving memory of darling Dad from Jack, Joyce and children; In memory of my dearest Daddy from his ever loving daughter Pamela; to my darling Pappy from Susan: to darling Pappy from Gillian, Angela and Wendy; in loving memory of our very dear brother and Uncle from Nan and Billy, Geoffrey and Brian: in loyal and affectionate memory of the “Boss” His leadership was not a matter transmitting orders but of evoking the will to serve”—from his employees.
Emily, George and John; members of the Wolverton District Homing Society; the Dairy staff; Maud. Bob and Margaret; Mr. and Mrs. Foakes, Ken. Kathleen and Howard; Michael and Mary Lester; Betty and Jack Sawbridge; S. F. Markham and family; Mr. and Mrs Ratledge and family; Castlethorpe Conservative Association; Linda and David; Castlethorpe Cricket Club; Mr. and Mrs. Stone and Joyce: Mr. and Mrs Paris and family; Mrs. H. Smith and family; Tom Turney; Mrs. Tompkins and family: Mrs. A. Pittam, Nellie and Mary; Nurse and Evelyn; Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting: Mr. and Mrs. W. Purser; Mr. and Mrs. Panter and Bessie.
North Bucks and District Football League; Mr. and Mrs. Mutlow, Wolverton: officers and members of the Castlethorpe Branch British Legion; Charlotte and Frank Sawbridge and family, also Mrs. Baker; Castlethorpe Women’s Institute; Ron and family: W. Goodman brothers— Bill, John, Henry and Tom; Fred, Louise, Leslie, Dorrie and Marjorie; Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Mayes, Tom and Barbara: Laura, Denis and Diane; Walter Beesley and all at Manor Farm, Hanslope; Bradwell St. Peter’s F.C. and Supporters’ Club; Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Rossiter; C. C. Beechener; J. Allen; Mrs. Hart. George and the boys; Bryan and Lilian Nicholls; Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Scott: Ronnie Sainsbury; Mrs. H. I. Lewis. Mrs. W. Furniss and Miss K. Wilks,
Eva and George; Mr. and Mrs. Ridout and Evelyn: The Nicholls family, late New-road, Castlethorpe; Mr. and Mrs. C. Hill, Cosgrove: Mr and Mrs R. Coales: Mr. and Mrs P. M. Taylor Beverley; Jack. Cosgrove: Dr. and Mrs. Cooper and John; Ann Gray; Lizzie and Joe; Mr. and Mrs. Booth and family: Mr. and Mrs C. R. Whiting and family: C. and R. Holton: “Chum” 7, Council Houses Castlethorpe; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Pearson and family: “With remembrance.” Paddy and Ron; Mervyn (Merchant Navy); Stan, two Berts, Derrick, Buddy, Michael, Gerald. Billy and Ron; Mr. and Mrs. Taylor and family, Hardingstone - Mrs. Kennard, Barry and Dulcie; Mr and Mrs. J. Delderfield and family, Roger; Mr. and Mrs. Dunkley. Tom and Brenda: Patrick: Mr. and Mrs Fricker; Officials, players and supporters Wolverton Town and B.R F.C.; Mr. and Mrs J. J Cannon; Castlethorpe F.C.; Nell and Tim. Northampton: Alice and Michael Fitzgibbon; Arthur and Dorothy and family; Mr. and Mrs. E. Russell- Wilks; with love from Richard.

Northampton Mercury 19 September 1952


Manor Farm. Castlethorpe.

Mrs. W. D. Markham and FAMILY would be grateful if friends would accept this expression of thanks for most kind messages of sympathy in their sad loss and for beautiful floral tributes. The condolences are so numerous that individual acknowledgements would be impracticable much as Mrs. Markham would have liked to have done.

Northampton Mercury 19 September 1952


Farmers using Northampton market put their dairy cows back into the cattle pens on Saturday. On the previous occasion they had to put their commercial beasts in the store pig market and the complaints they made came fast and furious. One buyer, who had been attending sales at Northampton for over 20 years, said then that the market had slipped back 20 years.
On Saturday it was different. Mr. A. Richards, of Little Nesshouse, Shrewsbury, commented; The market has come forward 20 years since last Saturday. I’ve been coming here a long time and have never experienced anything like it.”
Said Mr. L. G. Markham, Manor Farm. Castlethorpe: I have no cattle here to-day because I sent them to Banbury on Thursday. I wasn’t going to show cattle under such conditions as last week To-day there is reasonable room for both cattle and people. I shall bring my cattle back next week.”

Northampton Mercury 20 March 1953



Should a vehicle horn be capable of being sounded when the vehicle is stationary and the engine is switched off? Stony Stratford Magistrates decided that it should and fined Mervyn Swain, c/o Manor

Farm. Castlethorpe. 5s. for driving a vehicle with an inefficient horn.
Swain was also fined 5s. for driving a vehicle with defective tyres, and Alice Markham of Manor Farm. Castlethorpe, Marcelle Ridout of Glencote Farm, Castlethorpe, and Leslie Markham of Cobbs Bush Farm, Cosgrove, were fined a total of £2 on two summonses for permitting the offences.
Swain and Mr. Markham appeared in court and pleaded not guilty.
The lorry was fitted with an electric horn which did not work. Markham told the court that the horn on the bumper did not work but there was another one which was wired to the Ignition switch. He did not think the tyres were in a dangerous condition.

Northampton Mercury 11 September 1953


When Messrs. W. S. Johnson and Co., of Bletchley, held their 18th annual sheep fair, 1,300 sheep and lambs were forward. Judging was by Mr. Corbett Roper, of Lenborough, and Mr, Jack Sawbridge, of Castlethorpe.
The best pen of 10 white-faced theaves were entered by Mrs. A. G. Markham, of Castlethorpe, and realised £11 11s. each. Second prize went to Mr. E. Chappell, Drayton Parslow (£10 6s.).

Northampton Mercury 26 November 1954


“I don’t see why you should have one law for and law for the other tradesmen,” said a defendant at Stony Stratford Magistrates’ Court.
Clifford Markham, of Manor Farm, Castlethorpe, was fined 10s. for quitting a motor vehicle without stopping the engine.
 In court. Markham, who pleaded guilty, said that if it was an offence he had been doing it for 10 years, and was likely doing it for another 50 years.
“I am milk roundsman, and it is technical to stop the motor at every call.”

See Manor Farm Sale 21st July 1962

Manor Farm was sold to Henry Stockdale of Pindon End Farm, Hanslope.

The Mercury & Herald 15 July 1971




By L. W. Dickens

Manor House Farm, Castlethorpe, a converted 18th century house, is the home of painter Bryan Organ and his wife.

Fame came to Mr. Organ in a big way last year, following the unveiling of his picture of Princess Margaret, a work some called controversial, others enigmatic.

Or as Mr. Organ sees it, the first time anything new or original had been seen in a royal picture – he dislikes the word portrait - since Gainsborough.

This photograph was taken following Prince Harry's
confirmation in the chapel of Eton College.
Bryan Organ is one of Prince Harry's six godparents.