A Lavendon Timeline – Anniversaries in November 2015

Lavendon in the News – Edited extracts from local newspapers of the past

200 Years Ago in 1815 – LAVENDON BENEVOLENCE: The principal inhabitants of Lavendon, Bucks, have again performed their accustomed act of benevolence, in providing a necessary stock of coals, for the purpose of supplying the poor of their parish during the winter with that article, free of carriage, at the current price of the present season of the year. We hope this laudable example will be universally followed.

190 Years Ago in 1825 – TYPHUS: Died last week at Lavendon, Bucks, of typhus fever, after a few days’ illness, aged 51, Mr. John Billing, butcher, &c. who for some years filled the office of Churchwarden of that place, and was in every respect a highly respectable tradesman; leaving a widow, five sons and two daughters to deplore their irreparable loss.

150 Years Ago in 1865 – FATAL ACCIDENT: A few days ago Mr. G. Jefferson, after dining with Mr. F. Billing, Castle Farm, Lavendon, returned in his horse and cart with Mr. Borton, at whose door he bid Mr. Borton good bye. Turning round to leave, one of the wheels of his cart went upon a gravel heap, which caused such a sudden jerk as to pitch him out on to his head, causing instantaneous death.

140 Years Ago in 1875 – STOLEN POULTRY: Eleven fowls and two ducks, which were stolen from the premises of Mr. T. Osborne, a few weeks since, and for which reward of two guineas was offered, have recently been found near Lavendon Mill, tied up in sack just as they were taken from Mr. Osborne’s premises. Although in a decomposed state, the whole proved to be the same stolen on the 29th September. It is supposed that the thieves, being closely pursued, hid the sack and its contents until the latter were unfit for use, and then threw them into the river.

80 Years Ago in 1935 – McCONNELLS: 4-ROOMED COTTAGE for sale, situated Olney Road, Lavendon; electric light, own pump; vacant possession; good repair; £170 or near offer. —R. A. Bell. Lavendon.

SCARLET FEVER has broken out in Lavendon. Two children belonging to Mr. and Mrs. F. Tompkins, of Northampton Road, have been removed to the hospital at Linslade, where they are reported to be progressing favourably.

WORKMAN INJURED IN A FALL FROM PLANK—On Tuesday at the Castle Farm, Lavendon, where alterations are being carried out by contractors from Bedford, workman named George Zacchadilla, of Elstow Road, Bedford, fell from plank while working in the garage and received a severe wound on the head. First-aid was rendered Mr. S. Tompkins, and the injured man was taken the County Hospital. Yesterday his condition was described as satisfactory.

BY-PASS SCHEMES: Among the road proposals mentioned in town planning schemes approved by the [Newport Pagnell RD] Council was that of the proposed by-pass at Emberton. Further schemes that are being considered include … a by-pass at Lavendon.

70 Years Ago in 1945 – BUCKS WAR AGRICULTURAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE in conjunction with the Lavendon & District Agricultural Club invite Members and anyone interested in Agriculture to hear Mr R. T. Harris (District Horticultural Officer) on Pruning (with particular reference to Old Orchards) and Market Garden Crops, at the Ambulance Hall, Lavendon, on Tuesday 6 November at 7.30 p.m.

RELATIVES SEEK NEWS OF MISSING MEN: The “Mercury and Herald” has received requests to make an appeal for any information about the following men, about whom little news has been received since they were taken prisoner by the Japanese in the Far East.
The appeal is specially addressed to returned ex-prisoners, who have made contact with any of the men at any time, and who are asked to communicate with the relatives at the addresses given. Any news will be gratefully received. The appeal included:

SANDERS, G., Gunner (11001989), 51st C.O.D., Royal Artillery, No. 2 Camp, Thailand. Believed to have died from malaria June, 1943. Information to Mrs. Sanders. 77, High-street, Lavendon, Olney, Bucks.

Private Cecil Wilfred Panter, died 12th Nov 1944

Private Cecil Wilfred Panter, died 12th Nov 1944

PANTER.—In ever-loving memory of a dear brother, Cecil Wilfred Panter, Private, Lincolnshire Regiment, killed in action at Nijmegen, Holland, on 12 November 1944, aged 20 years.
—From his sister, brother-in-law, nephew and niece (Mr and Mrs Felce, Frank, and Sheila), Lavendon.

LAVENDON – A Forces’ “Welcome Home” Committee was formed at public meeting held at the Schools on Monday. The Parish Council agreed to act as the new fund’s trustees. Further complaints of the alleged damage caused the demolition of explosives in the neighbourhood were placed before the Parish Council (which had convened the meeting), and the Clerk reported that the matter had again been placed in the hands of Flt-Lt. Aidan Crawley, M.P for the Division.

LAVENDON – The sum of £5 16s. was handed to the Hon. Treasurer (Mr. C. G. Creed), of the British Legion Forces Fund, on Monday, as a result of collecting boxes in the village licensed houses being emptied. This collection will be the last made on behalf of the Forces Fund, which has been superseded by a “Welcome Home” Fund. Poppy Day collections, in aid of the Earl Haig Fund, amounted to approximately £14 – a record.

A Lavendon Timeline – Anniversaries in October 2015

Lavendon in the News – Edited extracts from local newspapers of the past

160 Years Ago in 1855 – On Saturday night [6th Oct], a fire was discovered in large barn, which was full of barley, belonging to Mr. Brooks, of Lavendon Grange. This was all burnt; but, fortunately, the wind was in good direction to prevent further mischief. Both are supposed to be the acts of an incendiary; but at present no clue has been discovered of the offenders.

150 Years Ago in 1865 – Ornithology. — Shot by John Perry, Esq., of Lavendon Mills, Olney, Bucks., the Eared Grebe. (Podiceps auritus, le Grebe oreillard of Temminck.) This rare and singular bird’s peculiarities are, when resting on the land it lies at full length and shuffles along like a seal, pushing itself onward by striking the ground with its feet. Ill adapted for the land, the Grebe is admirably adapted for water: it swims well, owing to the flatness of its body, and when diving in pursuit of its prey uses its wings to add to its velocity. The specimen has been sent to Mr. Mantel, Mill-street, Bedford, to be preserved.

140 Years Ago in 1875 – Heavy Floods. —As a natural result of the heavy and continuous rainfall of Saturday night last the Ouse became swollen to an unusual degree. During Sunday night especially the rise was so rapid that the lowlands lying on each bank of the river were speedily covered to a considerable depth. An immense volume of water came sweeping down from the upper part of the river, and live stock, that happened to be out, became exposed to great peril. Mr. Parris, of Lavendon, had a number of sheep surrounded by the water, and before they could be rescued, seven were drowned. At Lavendon Mills the river rose very rapidly, and the water soon entered the lower storey of the building, doing considerable mischief. During Monday night the waters began to abate, and are now gradually subsiding.

LAVENDON.—Shocking Accident.—On Tuesday last, a man named John Holmes, was working with a thrashing machine on Mr. Church’s farm, in this village, when in some way his leg became entangled in the machinery, and was torn completely off. The poor sufferer was at once conveyed to the Bedford Infirmary, and on his arrival there was in a most precarious condition.

120 Years Ago in 1895 – In the parish of Lavendon, Bucks., it appears that the total number of persons in receipt of relief is eighteen, and their ages average seventy-eight years—nine of them averaging eighty-two.

80 Years Ago in 1935 – Lavendon celebrated their Church Patronal Festival last week in the Ambulance Hall. The dances at the beginning were not very well attended, but on Wednesday Billy Dooley and party (conjurers and variety entertainers) attracted a large audience. This must have been gratifying to the organizers. On Thursday a Girl Guides’ camp fire, and songs and recitations by the school children were given. There was a large audience. Another dance was held on 4th October. Mr. Robbins was M.C. To wind up the week there was a tea, social, and dance on Saturday night, the arrangements being in the hands of the Rector and the Church Council. Any profits were to be given to the church restoration fund, but it is regrettable that there were none this year.

Castle Road Entrance from High Street

Castle Road Entrance from High Street

Lavendon Parish Council – It was decided to write to the County Council asking if a suitable sign could not placed at the corner of Castle Road showing the way to Northampton, so many motorists went the wrong way.

WORKS FOREMAN KNOCKED DOWN – On 17th October while watching the men at work on the telephone cable in Northampton Road, Mr. G. Mortimer, the foreman, was knocked down by a passing motor and received severe wound in the head. He was taken into Mr. F. Ingram’s house where he was attended to by the doctor and was later removed in the Olney Motor Ambulance to Bedford County Hospital. Mr. Mortimer was discharged from the Hospital on Tuesday.

70 Years Ago in 1945 – “BORROWED” BUS “TOTAL WRECK” AFTER CRASH – A MOTOR-BUS taken from a parking-place at Olney was later found on the Olney – Lavendon road upside down and a “total wreck.” As an outcome of this four soldiers were summoned at Newport Pagnell Magistrates’ Court…. Millward is an Olney man who was home on leave. The other three were from the camp at Brayfield House…. Evidence was that the incident followed a dance at Olney. Inspector W. Merry said that in the early hours of Sunday morning, Sept. 23, the bus was found upside down on the Olney-Lavendon road. It was a total wreck. Nathan was driving the vehicle when it met with an accident through the driver taking a right-hand bend at too great a speed. It went over the grass verge, crossing two or three gulleys and mounted a heap of stones finally coming to rest upside down in the centre of the road. Prior to the accident the bus had been driven by Millward. The Inspector understood that the total damage to the vehicle was £500. The speedometer had jammed at 55 miles an hour. It was also stated in evidence that the Olney soldier gave the other a joy ride to Emberton and round the clock tower. Then he stayed behind at Olney and another man drove the bus. It was said that he lost control when it went on the grass verge, mounted a heap of stones, and crashed. One of the defendants said they were under the influence of drink.

ALLEGED DAMAGE BY EXPLOSIVES Lavendon Parish Council, having been instructed by parishioners to protest to the War Office regarding damage being said to be caused by the demolition of explosives in Lavendon and district, duly placed the matter in the hands of Flt- Lieut. Aidan Crawley, M.P., who raised it with the Under-Secretary of the War Office. The Council has now been informed that, as far as the British Army is concerned, these operations will cease forthwith. As regards compensation for alleged damage, an officer of the War Damage Commission has visited the village to assess the amount of repair and cost that might be necessary. A letter has been addressed to the United States Air Force authorities, requesting them to do the same.

A Lavendon Timeline – Anniversaries in September 2015

Edited extracts from local newspapers of the past

210 years ago in 1805 – an inquisition was taken at Lavendon before one of the Coroners for the county of Buckinghamshire, on the body of Mary Simcoe, who was found dead in a field adjoining the town. It appeared that the deceased was subject to fits, and happening to be seized with one while alone, she was strangled by a black ribbon which she wore about her neck. Verdict—Died by the Visitation of God.

170 years ago in 1845 – an Inquest was held at Olney in to the death of William Warren age 14 years. On 19th August he had gone to Lavendon Mills for the purpose of fishing. Despite cautions by Mr Perry and his son, the deceased persisted in mounting a pony. Once on the pony he gave it a blow with his hand and the pony turned, throwing the deceased on to the ground and landing on his head. He was conveyed to the mill house and, despite every assistance, died on the following Monday – verdict accidental death.

160 years ago in 1855 – a sermon was preached on Wednesday, 26th September, by the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Oxford, in the parish church of Lavendon, and a collection was made in aid of the funds for the National and Infant Schools recently built in the village.

120 years ago in 1895Newport Pagnell Petty Sessions: The Vaccination Prosecutions*. There was a good deal of excitement in Newport when several lots of furniture seized from residents in Olney, Lavendon, etc., for noncompliance with the Vaccination Laws, were sold by public auction. Prior to the sale a public meeting was held on the Market Hill and addresses condemnatory of Compulsory Vaccination were given. A resolution was unanimously carried protesting against the action of the Newport Board of Guardians, in instituting prosecutions. People had been asked not to bid at the auction, but several persons bid for their own goods, and one, who bid contrary to the desire of those present, was gone for, having to be escorted by the police, and to take refuge in the Auction Hotel. The sale realised about £7, or one-third of the expenses involved by the prosecutions. Mr F Green of Lavendon was issued with a fine or seven days prison in default. (The following month he was reported as being in prison).

*(Wikipedia) Note: Under the Vaccination Act of 1867, the poor-law guardians were to control vaccination districts formed out of the parishes, and pay vaccinators from 1s to 3s per child vaccinated in the district (the amount paid varied with how far they had to travel).
Within seven days of the birth of a child being registered, the registrar was to deliver a notice of vaccination; if the child was not presented to be vaccinated within three months, or brought for inspection afterwards, the parents or guardians were liable to a summary conviction and fine of 20s. An 1873 Act made vaccination compulsory.

90 Years Ago in 1925Newport Pagnell Petty Sessions: Bad Language. Edward Clark, a labourer from Cold Brayfield, and William Weed, a gardener from High Street, Turvey, were summoned for using indecent language at Lavendon on Saturday, August 22. PC Trevener of Lavendon said he heard the defendants 60 yards away. Police-Supt. Callaway pointed out he had recently received many complaints from Lavendon of the language used late at night there by young men. The Chairman added that he was aware of the language being used in the district, and it was regrettable that people could not go out for a walk without using or hearing such language. Weed was fined 10s. and Clark, who did not appear, 12s. 6d.

Road Fund License or tax disc of 1925 [Wikipedia].

Road Fund License or tax disc of 1925 [Wikipedia].

Charles Edward Cook, a confectioner of Rushden, was summoned for using a motor cycle and sidecar with the Road Fund Licence not in a waterproof holder at Lavendon. A fine of 5s. 6d. was imposed.

70 Years Ago in 1945Lavendon New Village Hall Fund: The annual public meeting to consider accounts and elect officers for the coming year took place at the Schools on 12th September. Everybody was cordially welcomed.
Forces Fund: A resolution, to replace the Forces Fund with a Welcome Home Fund on 31st December next, was carried at a meeting of the Lavendon District Branch of the British Legion, held at the Horseshoe Inn. All men and women serving in H.M. Forces, and those demobilized during this year, will receive an equal share of the present Forces Fund, until it is wholly expended. When this has been done, other organizations will be invited to cooperate with the Legion to form a Village Committee, who will institute the Welcome Home Fund. The Branch Secretary, Mr. R. Panter, was instructed to notify the Parish Council accordingly, who have already promised their support.
Parish Council: It was resolved to make immediate arrangements to entertain the children to a Victory tea party, etc., shortly.

A Lavendon Timeline – Anniversaries in August 2015

A selection of news reports about the way we were, years ago, in the month of August ……

90 years ago in 1925 – NEW SCHOOL: Olney Parish Council considered whether a new elementary school should be erected to serve adjoining parishes including that of Lavendon. Council members considered it quite unnecessary “especially in view of the heavy burden of the present rates.”

80 years ago in 1935 – FLOODING: On 8th August Lavendon experienced the heaviest rainfall that could be remembered. In a matter of minutes the village street was like a river and quite a few campers found their tents and beds washed out. Accommodation was found for the men in the ‘George Inn’ Clubroom for the night.

SPEED LIMIT: The Parish Council met and agreed to write to the County Council asking that the speed limit should be extended to the entrance of the village from Olney. It was pointed out that this is a very dangerous road and that most of the children pass that way to school. At one point there is only 16 feet of roadway and no footpath.

ANNUAL OUTING: The Church Sunday School went by motor-coach to Hayling Island for their annual outing.

UNUSUAL ACCIDENT: While cycling along the Bedford Road near Turvey Station on 22nd August Walter Jamison, of Harrold Road, Lavendon had an unusual accident. Hearing a noise in the front part of his cycle he bent down to see what was wrong. By some means his hand slipped in between the spokes of the front wheel, with the result that he was thrown over the handlebars. His hand and face were severely cut.

70 years ago in 1945 – LAVENDON CRICKET CLUB which had been inactive since 1940, was revived, and the following officers were appointed to do the work until the former officials came out of the Services: Mr. R. Panter, chairman; Mr. J. Hallworth, hon. secretary; Mr. T. Cony, hon. treasurer; Mr. E. Clare, captain.

ANNUAL FETE: Because of inclement weather, the second annual fete, flower and vegetable show at Lavendon was transferred from Home Close to the School and playground. Entries, although less than the previous year, were well up to standard, and prizes were awarded to 60 competitors. Later there was an auction sale of entries. Music was provided by a band from Bedford, and the side-shows and amusements were: Wembley wheel, loaned by Mr F. Lay and run by Messrs. E. Clare and J. Hallworth; skittles, Mr. R. Panter; treasure hunt, Mrs. Brady and Miss Quenby. Competitions for a doll, cake, and wine were run by Messrs. A. Willey, J. Green, and F. Kitchener respectively. Proceeds were for the New Village Hall Fund. In the evening a successful dance was held in the Ambulance Hall.

FLOODLIGHTING AT LAVENDON: Victory Day celebrations at Lavendon began with a united parish thanksgiving service conducted by the Rector in the Parish Church. The large congregation was called to worship by a lively peal on the bells. Collections for church expenses were taken. In the evening there was general rejoicing on the Market Square, which was floodlit. Dancing continued on both days until 3 a.m. A large bonfire was lit in Home Close and soldiers from a near-by station provided fireworks. A number of casualties from the fireworks received ready attention from the village Ambulance Brigade.

St John's Ambulance Brigade - Lavendon Branch c1952

St John’s Ambulance Brigade – Lavendon Branch, 1950s

LAVENDON DEMOBILIZED: Three former members of the Lavendon Division of the St. John Ambulance Brigade were recently demobilized from the Royal Naval Sick Berth Service. They are Petty Officers T. Holmes and F. Odell, and Attendant P. Spriggs. As reservists they were called for active service in August 1939. Throughout the 1914-18 war they served as infantrymen with the Army in Northern Europe and the Balkans. Petty Officer Holmes was the Superintendent of the Lavendon Ambulance Brigade, while Petty Officer Odell and Attendant Spriggs held the rank of sergeant.

BOY IN TROUBLE: Newport Pagnell Juvenile Court –  A 10-year old Lavendon boy was ordered to be sent to an approved school. He appeared in connexion with breaking and entering an allotment tool shed and with stealing money and other articles, together valued at £5 15s, and twelve rounds of cartridges from a wayside ammunition dump…

A Lavendon Timeline – Anniversaries in July 2015

A selection of news reports about the way we were, years ago, in the month of July……

190 years ago in 1825 – Some children playing in a ditch belonging to Mr R Davison, a baker at Lavendon, found some silver Roman coins. Later an earthen pot and other coins were found.

170 years ago in 1845 – In the first case of its kind, Mary and Hannah Pittams, lacemakers of Lavendon, were found guilty of copying a pillow lace design registered by Mr John Millward of Olney the year before – “the first application of the law of copyright of designs to the article of pillow lace.”

120 years ago in 1895 – Five lads, named Wm. Biggs, Wm. Brittain, Wm. White, Albert Panter and Wm. Sharp, all of Lavendon, pleaded guilty at Newport Pagnell Petty Sessions to playing football on the highway. Supt Lait did not press for a heavy penalty but hoped that the case would lead to a stoppage of the practice of footballing in the streets.

110 years ago in 1905 – Thousands of fish died in the River Ouse at Olney. They drifted down the river to Lavendon Mills where sacks of them were collected and removed. It was believed that the brewery at Olney ran off a large quantity of ‘refuse’ beer into the river and that the fish became intoxicated and drowned as a result.

Sir Alan Cobham, airman, 1925

Sir Alan Cobham, airman, 1925

90 years ago in 1925 – Mr (later Sir) Alan J. Cobham, the airman, who landed in a meadow on the Lavendon Road on Friday during the progress of the air race, was entertained by Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Cony at Lavendon Mill during his short stay.
Wiki Link: Sir Alan J Cobham

70 years ago in 1945 – Since the inception of the new Village Hall Fund in June 1944, £293 has been accumulated towards the building costs by donations, entertainments and collections.

60 years ago in 1955 – The Housing Sub-Committee of Newport Rural Council agreed to meet to consider a programme of improvements to existing Council houses, including a suggestion that bathrooms be installed at Lavendon as soon as possible. Mr R Sharpe said “It is time this Council looked into the matter. Many people are having to wash in bowls and I wonder how many Councillors do that?”