From Backstone Brook - note the sewerage pipe to the left of the pony & trap. According to 'Mercury 'articles of 6 June 1885, 28 November 1885 and 12 October 1889, the works were expected to cost £800. A Local Government Board inquiry was held in respect of borrowing £800 to finance these works in Spratton. Attendees at the meeting included W H Foster MP, Capt. Gist, T Lucas, A Pearson, R Holt, T Bates, W Holt, E Copson, P Kimbell, and R H Gilby (sanitary inspector). Issues raised included damage to the nearby spring (as had happened at Brixworth etc., it was contended), and opposition to compelling people to connect to the scheme. The site was purchased for £150 and the sewerage works commissioned in 1886.
This is now believed to have been taken at about the same time as image 2130, and possibly also by the photographer Mr Cooper. Its appearance on a postcard would thus not be surprising and whilst this (postcard) was originally thought to have been circa 1935, it is not unusual for these to have been made from old images. Whilst this was taken when all the trees were in leaf (2130 some were not), many of the details look similar, and the state of the track - and lack of other vehicles - suggest an earlier date. In both, the lych-gate can be seen.
Acknowledged to Northamptonshire Record Office Reference P 1654 - 1661.
1965 - Aerial view of Spratton. Note the absence of the Gorse Road development, and also the new houses at the Brixworth Road end of High Street.
In the foreground is Gilby's Farm in Yew Tree Lane ('Bottom' farm), run by Charlie after his father, Arthur Charles Gilby, died in 1932. 'Top' farm and dairy, run by Arthur's brother, Alfred George Gilby from 13 Yew Tree Lane was a much smaller undertaking. According to Kelly's Directory, Alfred had been farming at Grange Farm from 1906 with his father Richard H Gilby (chairman of the Parish Council 1904 - 1905) and brother Arthur. Alfred died in 1931 (obituary is held at image 1592), and we know that it was then farmed by his widow Frances until at least 1944. The date stone has been remade and bears the 1691 date and the initials P (surname), T (husband's name) and M (wife's name). It is believed to have been built for Thomas and Mary Pearson.. Thomas lived from 1660-1733 and in his Will left his farmhouse and land in Spratton to his son, John. It came into the ownership of the Richard (Arthur's father) Gilby by 1871. Arthur farmed here until his death in 1932 (obituary 1593), when son Charlie took it over, selling it in 1942, retaining the lease, to the Earl of Sefton. It was the largest and most up to date farm in Spratton, covering some 351 acres eastwards to the Parish boundary. There were usually six farm hands, including living-in land girls. In the War, Italian & German POW's were used at harvest time. Whilst in the mid 1930s it was mainly pasture, by the 1950s, it was a mixed farm with cattle, sheep, poultry, pigs, wheat, barley and oats. In the yard adjacent to the house were the old granary, the new granary built over the stables, a big loose-box for calves, and a barn. Further east was another yard, with two pig sties, and a Rick yard with a four-bay Dutch barn. Charles Gilby farmed it until about 1963, when Hawtin took it over
View from the Church Tower showing the Spratton & Teeton Conservative Club, which existed here from 1916 - 1999. Prior to this (from 1899) the building was used for pinafore manufacturing by a company called Brook Manufacturing.