Buildings in Hanslope
2, 4 High Street

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This building was part of the Watts estate at least from 1779, and probably until the estate was broken up by the Heskeths in the 1950s and 60s. The building was the Black Lion public house from 1787 or earlier, until at least 1827. Later the southern part of the building was used as a workshop. It was the post office from sometime in the 1920s or 1930s up to 1960s or 1970s.

Miss Whitbread who lived here as the Post Mistress for many years, and was a notable historian of the village told people she understood the building was originally a tithe barn. At present we do not know her authority for this and cannot corroborate it.

The building was gutted and reconstructed in the late 20th century.

For much of the 19th century the building was divided to provide homes for two families.

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1920-30 The property is right half of the building nearest the camera, with the left half of the building forming another home, and the carpenter's workshop beyond (left side of the picture).

An aerial view of rear of building probably taken in 1930s or 1940s.

Late 1960 before demolition in the 1970s

The back of the Post Office,just before it was demolished.

Thought to be Harry Smith's lorries from Sherrington.

These new houses in the High Street,replaced the old Post Office.

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The following people are associated with 2, 4 High Street:

Name Year of Birth Year of Interest Source Occupation/Notes Probability
4 High Street 
Thomas Stevans 1801  1851 Census  Blacksmith  60%
Thomas Stevens 1831  1861 Census  Blacksmith  60%
Charles Groocock 1841  1871 Census  Smith and Inplement Maker  50%
Charles Groocock 1841  1881 Census  Machinist; emp. 6 men & 4 boys  60%
George F. Whitbread 1859  1891 Census  C. Joiner & Smith  90%
George Whitbread 1859  1901 Census  Carpenter  95%
George Whitbread   1910 Revenue Survey  Tenant  100%
George Frederick Whitbread 1859  1911 Census  Carpenter  95%
George Frederick Whitbread   1918 Election Register  at High Street   100%
Kate Sarah Whitbread   1918 Election Register  at High Street   100%
George Frederick Whitbread   1939 Election Register  at 4 High Street   100%
2 High Street 
George Grace 1844  1871 Census  Smith  50%
Thomas Herbert 1818  1881 Census  Ag. Lab.  40%
Edwin I Kilpin 1831  1881 Census  Ag. Lab.  40%
John Hawkes 1838  1891 Census  Bricklayers Lab.  90%
John Hawkes 1837  1901 Census  Agricultural Labourer  95%
John Hawkes   1910 Revenue Survey  Tenant  100%
John Hawkes 1875  1911 Census  Wood Sawyer  95%
John Thomas Hawkes   1918 Election Register  at High Street  90%
Florence Annie Hawkes   1918 Election Register  at High Street  90%
John Thomas Hawkes   1939 Election Register  at 2 High Street  100%
whole building 
John Gough   1772 Pub Licensee  Black Lyon, to 1787  80%
George Gough   1777 Pub Licensee  Black Lyon, and 1778  80%
John Gough   1779 Survey 1779  Tenant  100%
Catherine Gough   1788 Pub Licensee  Black Lyon, to 1790  80%
William Thompkins   1791 Pub Licensee  Black Lyon, to 1827 or later  80%
Edward Watts   1818 Survey 1818  Owner  40%
William Tomkins   1818 Survey 1818  Tenant  40%
E H Watts   1910 Revenue Survey  Owner  100%
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