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.
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