Lavendon – Vintage Newspaper Extracts

Click on the monthly anniversary headings below to see in more detail what was in the news in and around Lavendon many years ago:

July 2015

1825 Roman coins found – 1845 Infringement of lace design copyright – 1895 Playing football in the road – 1905 Intoxicated fish at Lavendon Mills – 1925 Mr, later Sir, Alan Cobham lands aircraft at Lavendon – 1945 Fundraising for Lavendon Village Hall – 1955 Improvements to Council Houses.

August 2015

1925 New School for Lavendon – 1935 Heavy Flooding; Speed Limit in Olney Road; Church Sunday School Outing; Unusual Cycling Accident – 1945 Revival of Lavendon Cricket Club; 2nd Annual Fete at Lavendon; Victory Day Celebrations and Floodlighting; Demobilisations from RN Sick Berth Service; 10 year old boy breaking and entering. 

September 2015

1805 Mary Simcoe found dead in a field – 1845 Boy died thrown from pony at Lavendon Mills – 1855 Sermon preached by Bishop of Oxford in Lavendon Church – 1895 Prosecutions following non-compliance with vaccination laws – 1925 Bad language in Lavendon – 1945 New Village Hall fund; Demobilization and Forces Fund; Victory Tea Party for children.

October 2015

1855 Barn Fire at Lavendon Grange – 1865 Eared Grebe shot at Lavendon Mills and stuffed – 1875 Heavy flooding of River Ouse at Lavendon Mills; Man entangled in threshing machine – 1895 Relief for elderly of Lavendon Parish – 1935 Church Patronal Festival; Signpost to Northampton; Man knocked down in Northampton Road – 1945 Joy-riding soldier wrecks bus on Olney-Lavendon Road; Parishioners protesting about explosives damage. 

November 2015

1815 Acts of benevolence by Lavendon inhabitants – 1825 Local butcher died of typhus fever – 1865 Fatal fall from horse and cart – 1875 Stolen poultry found near Lavendon Mill – 1935 4-roomed cottage for sale in Olney Road £170 ono; Outbreak of Scarlet Fever; Workman injured in fall working at Castle Farm; Lavendon By-pass – 1945 Bucks War Agricultural Executive Committee; Appeal for news of missing Lavendon man as Japanese prisoner; Remembering Cecil Panter killed in action; Welcome Home Committee formed; British Legion collections.

December 2015

1865 Postman stuck in swollen river on horse and cart near Lavendon Mill – 1875 Attempted Highway Robbery – 1885 Torchlight skating on frozen flooded meadows – 1895 Man summoned for failing to send child to school – 1925 Lavendon won skittle match with Felmersham – 1935 Parish Council re more Council houses; Special service for ex-Servicemen; new site purchased in Olney Road for Council Houses; Social event and Thrift Club payout – 1945 Lavendon Servicemen home on leave and demobilized; Northampton Hospital Appeal Fundraising; British Legion dinner; Welcome Home Fund instituted – 1955 North Bucks Beagles at Lavendon Mill.

January 2016

1866 Amateur Concert by ladies and gentlemen of the neighbourhood; Buck Hunting with Mr Perry of Lavendon Mill; Flannel shirt stolen – 1926 Sporting game played by Lavendon United team – 1936 Old People entertained; the Oakley Hunt; Sunday School Christmas party; Parish Council response re new housing site in Olney Road; Commemorative services at Lavendon for death of King George V – 1946 Entertainment for young and old folk; Nativity Play and collection for Waifs and Strays Society; Christmas Tree at the George Inn; Need for Council housing for serving and ex-Service men.

February 2016

1896 12 Freehold Cottages for Auction – probably New Row; Night Poaching at Lavendon – 1936 Death of Mr Johnson, farmer and butcher formerly of Uphoe Farm and the Bell House butchery; Lavendon scores six goals against leaders Emberton – 1946 The Forty Foot (Three Shire Way) walk to Lavendon Mill for tea; Lavendon British Legion presses the Ministry of Health re housing; Lavendon Hospital Committee fundraising; Horse breaking at the Horseshoe Inn; Recognition for Mr Jessie Green and his association with the Bucks War Agricultural Executive Committee.

March 2016

1856 Mr Sharman’s extraordinary thrashing machine; Samuel Shelton charged with substituting inferior leather for soling army boots – 1866 Henry Wright and his wife charged with stealing 4lbs bacon from Reuben Cotton’s shop – 1906 The Rev Soames suggests the need for a sanitation committee, and a Parochial Sanitary Committee duly formed to serve the parishes of Lavendon and Warrington – 1926 Benjamin Hardy fined for failing to sound his horn when rounding a dangerous corner in Lavendon – 1936 Bucks County Council 5-year highways plan included Lavendon and Warrington bypass/diversions; Parish meetings concerning the need for a village playing field – 1946 The need for additional Council houses; record attendance at a Whist Drive to support the Forces “Welcome Home” Fund; Parish Council meeting: including a post box and telephone kiosk serving Council houses in Olney Road; British Legion meeting and support for new housing in village.

April 2016

1836 Suicide of Phoebe Capp, a farmer’s daughter – 1886 Poaching and unlawful possession of game in Lavendon; William Steff, an elderly man charged with attempted suicide – 1896 The Rev Soames, ‘radical parson of Lavendon’ speaks of the benefit derived from women taking an active part in political work, at a Womens Liberal Association meeting – 1936 Lavendon United fined for failing to play Newport Athletic Reserves; Major D H Farrer makes a generous offer of land for a recreation ground in Lavendon – 1946 Fundraising dance for Old Peoples’ Annual Holiday Fund; Fundraising dance for Lavendon Cricket Club; Maxwell Rainbow of Lavendon summoned to Newport Pagnell Magistrates Court for not signing his identity card and riding a bicycle without lights – a novel defense; Reunion dinner for men of St John’s Ambulance Brigade including those returning from war service; New Parish Council meeting including cemetery, street lighting, post and telephone boxes and re-build of the Church wall; cabbage plants for sale at Castle Farm, 17s per thousand.

May 2016

1776 To be Let – All the Great and Small Tithes belonging to the Parish of Lavendon – 1826 Mr John York’s mare has her 16th foal – 1876 Frederick Parsons and Henry Parris charged with allowing sheep to stray on the highway; John Barcock charged with riding without reins – 1886 Charles Warren summoned by John Billing for stealing a quantity of turnip tops; Jonah Fairy found not guilty of stealing a leveret trampled by cows – 1936 Laundry van crashes into telegraph pole in Castle Road when loose hampers pin driver against steering wheel; Parish Council meets to discuss village cleaning and cemetery, also gift of roller from cricket club, and the water supply & standpipes in Olney Road – 1946 Lavendon & District Agricultural Club, sheep shearing competition; public meeting to discuss ideas for a Victory Celebration; resumption of Bedford Cricket League following its suspension in 1940, including Lavendon players; Parish Council meeting to discuss street lighting, extension of electricity to the Castle area, and public rights of way; the Green Man – an enjoyable darts and skittles evening followed by a smoking concert; Forewoman wanted for Lavendon boot and shoe closing room in Olney Road factory.

June 2016

1866: Charles Fairy, a waggoner and native of Lavendon met with a fatal accident at Wellingborough Mills – 1896: Lavendon men summoned for neglecting to have their children vaccinated; report of the first anniversary of the new Union Chapel at Lavendon – 1906: Sunday School anniversary services in the Union Chapel – 1916: Various Lavendon cases at the Newport Pagnell Petty Sessions; Private J Green of the Bedfordshire Regiment wounded – 1936: Old-time dance proceeds to fund Ambulance cadet uniforms; Mrs Shakeshaft of Castle Road fell down the stairs; Church wedding of Miss Frances Tompkins and reception in Ambulance Hall; Hospital Sunday parade from New Row to Harrold Road corner with church service and band playing around the memorial; Mr Bristow, Head Master of Lavendon School, elected to represent East Anglia on the Rural Schools Committee of the NUT; Grand Prix motor-cycle races at Costor Pits south of Lavendon Mill – 1946: Lavendon’s Victory Day celebrations well observed with fancy dress parade, children’s tea party, concert and evening dance; British Legion Whit Sunday parade; an inaugural meeting of the Women’s Section of the Lavendon branch of the British Legion – 19 members enrolled; four Council houses at Lavendon due to be completed in about three weeks.

July 2016

1856: Fire in Lavendon and a melancholy fatal accident – 1866: Grand Temperance Gala with procession by Olney and Lavendon branches, headed by Olney Brass Band – 1876: Farmer charged with letting cattle graze on the highway at Lavendon – 1916: Military Service Tribunals involving Lavendon men – 1936: Sale of eight cottages in Horseshoe Yard [now Village Hall area]; Church Army Crusaders tramping from Canterbury to Cleethorpes are accommodated by Lavendon; Parish business; County road improvements in Northampton Road; Fete and Sports held in aid of Lavendon Playing Fields Committee and St John Ambulance Division – 1946: Sale of Cattle and Poultry at Rectory Farm, Lavendon; Proposed resumption of St John Ambulance branch in Lavendon following return of men from war service; A strange cricket record; Joan Tunn of Olney Road, Lavendon, breaks sports record in the All-England Finals; weekly rents for agricultural and council houses fixed by Newport Pagnell RDC.

August 2016

1826 Proposed Turnpike Road from Northampton to Bedford via Lavendon – 1876 Servant absented himself on second day at work and returned intoxicated and abusive – 1886 Lavendon man prosecuted for not having his children vaccinated – 1896 Lavendon man summonsed for being drunk in charge of two horses and a wagon – 1916 Lavendon man fined for easy riding on footpath – 1936 Lavendon residents excused rates due to poverty; new Lavendon water supply switched on; Olney Road culvert fell in while new gas mains being laid; Parish Council discussed disposal of bier house, need for footpath in Northampton Road; new water tap in the cemetery now that water supply has arrived in Lavendon – 1946 Lavendon Gymkhana and Flower Show held on 31st August; Lavendon farm-worker attacked by two boys who escaped from Approved School.