Owned by Samuel Pearson from around 1840 - 1889, with James Pearson the landlord from 1861 - 1881. In 1889, the business was taken over by T Manning & Co. Ltd (with Levi Richardson running it in 1891), who later in 1907 bought the property from the Wetherall family as mortgagees of Robert Tomblin. Henry Catchlove (wife Sarah Catchlove) was the landlord in 1901, Mrs George Knighthall in 1910. Then it was a Manning pub before Phipps acquired the business of Manning in 1939. Ernie Bryant was the landlord in the war years until 1947, then Lillian Gammage until it was closed in 1960.
Spratton House dates from 1793 when it was built by William Butlin as a home for his growing family and in a style appropriate to his importance in the local neighbourhood. The Butlin family was highly respected in Spratton and had been so from the end of the 16th century. As considerable landowners in the area, they seemed also to have acted as local financiers and entrepreneurs. Their main business, however, was wool. In the depression of the post-war Napoleonic era of the 1840s, the Butlin family's fortunes thrived despite a downturn in the wool industry. Realising that the best times for wool had passed, they turned their attention elsewhere and William's son, Thomas (born 1792), developed and financed the family's expansion into the iron industry, which was continued and developed by his son, William (born 1824). William established the firm of Thomas Butlin Co. opening a Vulcan foundry in Western Avenue, Northampton, around 1845 and a second blast furnace in a new works at Irtlhingborough in 1867. Thomas Butlin and his family lived at Spratton House with two servants and a young groom. Thomas's brother, Edward (born 1793), lived in Holly House next door with his wife and daughter and continued with the family's wool trade interests after Thomas had diversified into iron and engineering. After a serious family disagreement, Thomas blocked up the gateway between the two properties and raised the low brick wall to a height of 12 feet.. Both brothers are buried in the churchyard and their families out up elaborate memorial plaques to them in the church.
In 1864 the Rev. Llewelyn Roberts, who had become vicar of Spratton two years earlier, bought Spratton House. Rev. Roberts had decided that the old vicarage was not suitable for his needs and he moved his wife and three young daughters, Georgina, Edith and Margaret, into Spratton House together with their governess and four servants. Canon Roberts was held in affectionate esteem by the village and a stained glass window was erected in the church in his memory in 1899. Mrs Roberts played an active part in village life and was mainly responsible for reviving the dying lace industry in Spratton. Mrs. Roberts died in 1928 after 65 years in the village and is buried with her husband in the churchyard.
Following Canon Roberts death in 1898, Mrs. Roberts and her daughters moved and Spratton House was sold to Mildred and Ulrica Bevan, the daughters of Richard Lee Bevan of Brixworth Hall. People still remember that the sisters expected to be treated with great respect as befitted their social position in the village and would report any schoolchildren who did not curtsey or raise their caps to them. They maintained at least five staff (cook, parlour maid, housemaid and kitchen maid) and four outdoor staff housed in the cottages they owned (now Mulberry Cottage in Yew Tree Lane, but then three separate cottages).
They responded generously to the vicar' constant requests for donations and acted as local benefactors in a number of ways, including paying for the repair of the chancel floor in the church. During the First world War, they made part of the house available as a convalescent home for wounded officers and presented a Roll of Honour of Spratton men, who enlisted in the war, to the church. They contributed generously to the cost of the War Memorial and in a photograph of its dedication in 1921, they can be seen, then in their late 60s, standing at the front of the crowd of villagers holding themselves upright and stiffly. When Miss Ulrica died in 1940 the vicar wrote of her,
Reserved by nature, she shunned all publicity and her many kindnesses were always done unobtrusively and without any fuss
In the Second World War, the house was requisitioned in 1940 by the Canadian Light Infantry and later the Medical Corps.
The subsequent owners of the house, Sir Rupert and Lady Hardy, who sold off parts of the estate before they moved away, are still remembered in the village.
Radley House at the junction of The Walk & Holdenby Road. The two cottages were linked into a single house in 1964/5. Owners Brindley Tyrell and Sandra Radford, who married in 1966/7, used their names to create the name of the house. The lead Fire Insurance badge on the house is not the original one for the house. The main house was thatched with Continental Water Reed by Bob Farmer in 1987/8, and re-ridged by Roger Scanlan in 2001.
Grade II listed building with a date stone of 1725 over the front porch.
Owned by Samuel Pearson from around 1840 - 1889, with Pearson the landlord from 1861 - 1881. In 1889, the business was taken over by T Manning & Co. Ltd (with Levi Richardson running it in 1891), who later in 1907 bought the property from the Wetherall family as mortgagees of Robert Tomblin. Henry Catchlove (wife Sarah Catchlove) was the landlord in 1901, Mrs George Knighthall in 1910. Then it was a Manning pub before Phipps acquired the business of Manning in 1939. Ernie Bryant was the landlord in the war years until 1947, then Lillian Gammage until it was closed in 1960.
Originally thatched in Long Straw (the traditional material for the village), it was re-thatched in the late 1980s with Continental Water Reed and again, by Roger Scanlan, in 2003.