Personal Recollections & Enquiries

The Warmington Village Web has received and continues to receive many emails from people with family connections to the area, particularly those searching for ancestors. Occasionally they provide historical information on people who lived in the village many years ago. This information is reproduced below. We cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information, if you have any comments to add please Contact Us

You may also like to know about the Oundle Branch of the Northampton Family History Society who are a local group of people interested in genealogy. 

A message sent to the Warmington Village Web by Ray Penn who is researching his family history - can anyone help?

In looking into my family history I came across your interesting web site and wonder if anyone can help me to further my research.My Litchfield ancestors lived in Warmington from about 1814 to 1895. William Litchfield born circa 1786 (a Shepherd) and Elizabeth Moore born circa 1792/6 married in 1814, and had eight children, the youngest John Andrew being my Great, Great, Grandfather. I attach my family tree to show more detail.For some unknown reason my Gt. Gt. Grandfather John later changed his surname to his mother's Moore. One possible reason, is that I found a William Litchfield was imprisoned at Northampton in 1829, but I'm not sure if it was my William Litchfield. Several Litchfields were buried at St Mary the Virgin and wonder if a diagram map of grave plots exists of the churchyard ? I did visit Warmington in 2011 and couldn't find any memorials, but being a fairly poor family it's not surprising.

Kind Regards, Ray Penn - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

From Graham Robinson, November 2012

I wonder if you can help, or someone in the village can? Perhaps there are church records that might have the answer to the question I pose?

I am originally from Peterborough, worked most of my life in Bournemouth and I am now retired living in Brazil. As a hobby I research things that are Rolls-Royce/Bentley orientated and work closely with other similar historians based in the UK.

I am currently researching the family background to Sir Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-Royce who was born at Alwalton Mill, near Peterborough in 1863. His family were millers and it is already well documented that various members either worked in, or ran, mills in the area including Castor, Oundle, South Luffenham and Cotterstock.

Sir Henry had a difficult start to life as the family seemed to go from one financial crisis to another with bankruptcy being a major problem! However it appears that the same problems seem to have befallen many millers so the Royce family were not alone. One of the people who I understand helped Sir Henry in his early years was Catherine King, wife of John King a farmer. He was born at Empingham c. 1790 and farmed much of his life in the Alwalton/Chesterton area. Catherine was born at Warmington and her maiden name was Culpin. It's difficult to tell exactly when she was born as her age varies (and hence year of birth) on the various censuses on which she appears! I can't be absolutely certain but I believe she was born 1805/1806/1807 although one reference to her I have seen puts her year of birth as 1811.

I've checked the census for 1841, which was the first one in England, and the only Culpins living in Warmington at that time were Thomas and Sarah Culpin. He is described as an agricultural labourer. In 1841 they were both 65 so would have been around 30 in 1805/1806/1807 when Catherine was born. I'm wondering if they might have been her parents? Running on from this and the main reason I am writing is that the wife of the miller from Castor was Mary Ann Callow. Her husband was John Thomas Callow. In fact the mill was known as 'Callow's Mill'. After John Callow died the father of Sir Henry Royce, James Royce ran Castor Mill (or Callow's Mill) from 1852-1858. He then moved to Alwalton Mill and that was where Sir Henry was born in 1863 as already mentioned.

In checking all of this out I came across a census entry for 1861 that I find intriguing. It shows John and Catherine (nee Culpin) King living in Fletton, Peterborough. John King is described as a retired farmer. However what I have spotted is that their next door neighbour was Mary Ann Callow, widow of John Callow! Then I spotted, and you will be able to see it too, is that both Catherine King and Mary Ann Callow were born in Warmington and they were both the same age! I'm now wondering if they were twin sisters? If they were it would help to explain how it was that James Royce came to run Castor Mill. I surmise and am trying to prove that Catherine King's sister was Mary Ann Callow who was the widow of the miller who had just died. Therefore they all would have known each other and that how James Royce came to takeover the running of the mill. I hope all of this makes sense! You might need to read it through a couple of times.

All in all, is there any evidence that a Mary Ann Culpin, twin sister of Catherine Culpin, being born in Warmington circa 1806? Having asked the question it might just be that Catherine King and Mary Ann Callow were simply school friends who stayed close throughout most of their lives but my gut feeling is that they were more than likely twin sisters and I am trying to prove it.

I look forward to hearing from you.

With regards,   Graham Robinson

From Roy Risedale, September 2012

You might be interested in my childhood memories of Warmington when during my summer holidays, I stayed with my grandfather, George Wilmot who lived in Mill Lane opposite Mr. Wild's farm which I gather has now been converted into private residences.
I have very fond memories of those wonderful days when as a young boy from Sheffield  in the fifties I spent my days fishing with my father Jack Ridsdale and Sam Todd who was the landlord of the Red Lion, and enjoying the contrast of a wonderful rural backwater of Eaglethorpe Mill and the village community. Sitting outside the Hoop and Toy pub with the village lads and having my first pint of beer in the Red Lion after a days work on Mr.Wild's farm.
Occasionally I stop off at Wansford for a coffee on my way back from London and then spend an hour walking round Warmington and sometimes sitting by the Mill pond and daydreaming.
Memories of Warmington are very special to me and even though I have travelled all over the world, nothing can compare with the feeling I used to get when I alighted from the train at Peterborough and saw the sign 'Warmington' on the front of a Greenline bus telling me that it wasn't a dream but Warmington was real. 

You might like to Have a look at my website

From Margaret Baldry (nee Wedge), Wellingborough,  August 2012

Back in in the 40's 50's and to mid 60's my grandadparents farmed Elm Farm in Church St. They were Charlie and Ellen Kirby. I spent a lot of my childhood in the village and had so many happy years there . I also attended th village school for a while when Mr Essam was head (i think) and Mrs Parnell lived next door to the school and had a jackdaw that used to pinch our hats.
We knew the Stokes family and the Shorts I think bit was David and Michael. They had such a lovely father who used to work for my grandad.
I often come over and have a wander around and was kindly shown around the farm by the current owners
On July 31st I sadly lost my Mum who obviously grew up in the village. Her name to was Ellen Kirby aged 87 and she married the boy next door Michael Wedge (who passed away when he was only 54). I just wondered if you could post Mums passing in your village news or Church magazine please just in case there is anyone who still remembers her.
 I would also like to make contact with Pauline and Mally Phillips who lived on the corner of long lane. Of course that is their maiden names.  I am Margaret my sister was Angela and my brother Geoff - surname Wedge. We live in Wellingborough.

From Rosemary Robson (Rootham) from Eye, Peterborough

I was born and brought up in Ashley Rise, Little Green, Warmington and I had a wonderful childhood.  Reading through other people’s memories has stirred up my past!  Syd Lines from The Angel Inn would pay us a visit in Springtime to sweep the chimneys.  I hated that day – everything had to be either covered up or removed from the room.  Then following his visit everything from curtains to ornaments was washed and replaced and I was always expected to help my Mother – Mabel Rootham.
There is a picture of my Dad – Harry Rootham – standing in our front garden with some cottages in the background.  I cannot remember the cottages but do remember the piece of land which was opposite our house.  Mother and Dad developed a smallholding there, keeping pigs and chickens and growing all our vegetables and fruit.  We had a huge cage full of raspberry canes and the raspberries were sold all over the village.  A large greenhouse was used to raise bedding plants and tomatoes – these were also sold in the village.  I was usually the one to deliver the orders and collect the money.
On the smallholding my Mum had a large shed which was a workroom for her and having trained as a tailoress in her younger days, she was a dressmaker.  I used to love being ‘on hand’ with the pincushion when ladies came for fittings – especially the brides.  Mum’s shed was also used as a ‘theatre’ when my friends and I put on ‘concerts’ for neighbouring children!
Mum and Dad were very involved with the Village Show at the old ‘Hut’ and both won many prizes.  They worked very hard on Show Day and the days running up to it, both being on the Show Committee too.  The Judges teas (or was it lunch) were provided in the adjoining British Legion Hut and myself, my Mum and Aunt Maud Harvey would prepare ham salad for them followed by tea, sandwiches and cakes for the public during the afternoon.  In the evening a dance would complete a very long day – the dance to replaced by a Whist Drive in later years.
I knew Mr & Mrs Charlie Upex very well.  I was in the Church choir for a long time (with Charlie) and with Mrs Upex being involved with the Hut she was usually on hand for village events. 
One of my best friends was Margaret Wade from Ashdown Farm and she is still a good friend although she went to live in Florida many years ago.  More friends were Tess and Jeanette Ellwood who now live in the Peterborough area.
Mum and I were members of the Warmington Choral Society as were Mrs Parnham, her Daughter Doreen, Mrs Rosemary Evans from Eaglethorpe,
Mr & Mrs Bowering from the shop and if I dig out some old photos I will remember many more Members.
Mum was a loyal WI member too and often took me along to their afternoon meetings and always took me on their Summer outings.
On Sundays our family always had a long walk – either down the Fotheringhay Road, down by the river at Eaglethorpe or down to the Fern.  As kids we would play in Dark Hole and make camps or over at Ashdown Farm or on our smallholding.
My Grandparents lived around the corner – Granny and Grandad Richards lived in Jasmine Cottage and Granny Rootham and my uncle Jack Rootham lived in the adjoining cottage with a Miss Howell next to Granny.
Many changes to the village now and also the inhabitants but my memories are all still with me.  Life was just bliss growing up in Warmington.

From Sandra Davis (Lawrence) Florida, USA.  June 2012

I was born in the Angel Inn in 1944 to Ruby and Mac/Jock Lawrence. My grandparents, Sydney and Hilda Lines were the publicans there. My Aunt, Brenda Clapham, was also born in the pub in 1936. She and her husband, Ron, still live in the village. From what I understand, Mrs Parnham helped deliver me. Mrs Neath was my Godmother. She lived a few houses down from my Grandparents.s  My Grandad was also a chimney sweep.
My Grandad's parents, John and Sarah Lines are buried in the churchyard. My Grandad's sisters lived at 'Ivy Cottage' down the green. Lizzie was married to George Howard and her sister Polly lived with them. I remember visiting there and there were apples everywhere, all I could smell were apples. They had a big apple orchard. Another sister of my Grandad was Evelyn, she was married to Gordon Collinson and they lived on School Lane on the corner.
My Grandma's brother, Harold and wife Lou Garratt lived on the corner opposite the 'Hut'.
I remember Olga Dexter and her sister Millie. Millie was a very close friend of my Mum's. I remember visiting Millie and husband Bill Wedgewood and daughter Christine. Bill had a lot of pigeons. Still down Stamford Lane were Liz Weston and Douglas Slaughter, they lived in Yaxley after marriage I guess. My Mum and I visited them there a few times.
I do remember the 'Fern', we used to go there and pick loads of Bluebells. I actually bought a painting from a local artist of this. Purchased at the 'Red Lion' a few years ago. Anyone remember the 'Dark Hole'?
I spent all my school vacations at my Grandparent's, to me that is where I grew up. I had many childhood friends there. I just recently found one, Pauline Gardner,(Phillipson), she lives in Virginia. We met and had a three hour lunch and talked about old times. We plan not to lose touch again. Her sister, Barbara, still lives in the village. Also, Penny Coleman, who lived up the lane at the back of my Grandparents property, she was a close friend back then. I've lost touch with her. There are so many more, everyone knew each other back then. Had lots of fun. Anyone remember 'Bushy ground'? We used to go up there and we built a fort.
Talking about this brings back so many memories, I could really go on and on.
From my recollections in the pub, there was Arthur Upex, for some reason he was called 'Little Dick'. I remember he was a sweet man, he used to buy me a shandy every night from whatever age. His brother was Charlie Upex. I also remember Walter Brudenall (spelling?). The regulars would come in after work for a beer every night and on Saturday's when my Mum was there, she would play the piano and the wives would come and sit in the living room of the pub and they would have a sing along.
Well, there are so many more people that I remember, very fond memories of everyone. Sandra 

A reply to Sandra from John Rhodes, a current Warmington Resident

1)  Ivy Cottage is, of course, No 44 Big Green (the Dixons' place). Our house and Martin's is also built on that plot -- the builders had to drag out dozens of tree roots from our back garden when they built the house.

2)  I've traced some dates for Sandra's relatives (although she probably knows most of this). Her great-grandfather, John Lines, was born in 1849 in Newton Bromswold, near Rushden in Northants. His wife Sarah was born in Little Staughton, Bedfordshire, in 1854. Her grandfather, Benjamin Sydney Lines, was born in 1891 in Haddon, Huntingdonshire, and married Hilda Garratt in 1916. Sydney's sister Evelyn (or Eveline) was born in 1887, also in Haddon.

3)  I have a copy of an extract from a Trade Directory for Warmington for 1936 which shows Sydney Lines as the publican at the Angel Inn and also as a chimney-sweeper. The Walter Brudenell who Sandra mentions is listed as a butcher (in the house called Craigielea, now owned by Angie and Roger Hawkins). There's also a Miss Annie Lines, listed as a newsagent and carrier (I was under the impression that she was the old lady who in later days lived in Ivy Cottage and the Dixons bought the place after her death). 

4)  The 1911 Census shows the Lines family resident in Warmington, although in the 1901 Census they were still in Haddon, so obviously moved at some time during those dates. They were certainly here by 1910, since Sydney is listed in the Trade Directory for that year.

I'll let you know if I turn up anything else! John

Sandra's response to john's Information June 2012

It was great to hear what John had to add. I did know about my Grandad and Grandma's birthplaces. Not sure that I knew about where my great Grandparents were born though. I do remember meeting my Grandma's dad, I have a picture of him somewhere. My Grandma was also born in a pub called the 'Fox and Hounds', can't think of the village off the top of my head, not too far though.
The Walter Brudenall that I mentioned was not the butcher, he worked on the land. Lived on Orchard Close? One of his children was Brock, I used to call him Mr Brock back then. I can still see him riding his bike outside the Angel Inn.
My Aunt Brenda said that it was a Brudenall that was the butcher at 'Craigielea'. I do remember there was a shop looking place in the front on the street but it was all closed up when I was young. An American family was renting the house back then for a while, they had a son named Dickie. All us kids used to hang out together, Dickie included.
As to Annie Lines, she was also a sister of my Grandad, according to Brenda, Annie also live at Ivy cottage. I don't remember her. Brenda is 8 years older than me so remembers a little more.
Brenda said if John or you want to call her and get some more recollections about back then she would be pleased to do that. Her phone #01832 280209. The 209 was actually my Grandparent's phone #. I remember my Grandma answering the phone and saying, "Elton 209". Amazing what little things stick in your head isn't it?

From Steve Turner, London, June 2012

My grandfather was born in Warmington in 1883, came to London as a teenager to join the Royal Horseguards and returned to Warmington during the war to live at the Manor House. He told me that he attended a village party for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 in the large barn of the Manor House. I saw the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on his black and white TV at the Manor and can remember people from the village passing down the street in a carriage of some kind.  I think they might have had a village queen. I have fond memories of family holidays at the Manor throughout the 1950s.

From Jean Evans , Australia, February 2012

Lovely to hear from Jeannie in Australia with long ago roots in Warmington. She has also sent in an old photograph taken in Big Green. Thank you Jeannie.

I've enjoyed reading what is happening in Warmington for quite some time and especially the story from Peter Pearse.
I have enclosed a photograph taken by my grandmother of her grandmother.  Rhoda Firmeadow lived in a cottage on Big Green (Great Green as it was called on the census):

Rhoda Firmmeadow 1911We believe the photo was taken in 1911 as Rhoda's grand daughter (another Rhoda) left mid 1911 to migrate to Australia.  She was single and 24, a huge undertaking in those days. Rhoda finally passed away in 1924 aged 93!

PS Rhoda's granddaughter (me) plans to spend 6 months in England next year and I hope to base myself in Warmington.  Hopefully I'll get a chance to explore the area that my grandmother and great great grandmother obviously knew.

From James Richards, February 2012

Thank you James Richards who was evacuated to Warmington and has sent some lovely memories of his time here.

My name is James Richards (always called Jimmy). I was evacuated in late summer 1940 at the age of 8 years, to Warmington together with my 2 brothers Pat age 11 and Ted age 6. I was billeted with 2 sisters, Rose Vater and Florence Brown, the name of the cottage was The Haven and it was in Stamford Lane. My 2 brothers were billeted with a Mr & Mrs Weatherington, on Weatheringtons Farm, Mrs Ethel Weatherington was the sister of  Rose & Florence.

James RichardsI had a wonderful happy time and soon made many friends, I was accepted by the village boys & girls and had many friends born & bred in the Village. My adopted aunts as I always called them were members of the Methodist Church and I went with them every Sunday, and also attended the Sunday School and the Mid-Week Bible classes. I later had the privilege & pleasure of "Blowing the Organ", whilst the lady organist played the hymns & music for the congregation. I went to the local primary school, the headmaster was a Mr Wyke, and then when I was 11 to Oundle Senior School.

I was so happy living there that I wanted to stay on permanently, but sadly this was not possible. I visit Warmington every year and have a walk around, sometimes very emotional, and remembering all the friends who no longer are alive, I used to regularly visit relatives of my adopted family, a Joyce & Allan Brudenell in Chapel Street, sadly now passed on some years ago, Joyce had 2 sons, one she lost at an early age but the other one Stephen Brudenell I am still in touch with, he lives on the outskirts of Peterborough. I could write a thesis on the time I spent in Warmington, during those dark days of World War 11.

From Debbie Fairbrother Bedford, January 2012

Debbie is trying to find out more about her family  history, maybe you could help?

My 4 x great grandmother was called Elizabeth Hix/Hicks.... she notes on the 1851 census she was born in North Warmington in 1807.  I have not idea where or when she was baptised.  She married in Great Gidding in 1825 William Cheney... But I can find the baptism of a Mary Hix in 1824 mother Elizabeth Hix no father mentioned and the Baptism in 1826 of Ann Cheney (my 3 x great grandmother) mother was Elizabeth Hix and father was William Cheney.... I believe both these girls were Elizabeths daughters.
Elizabeth had another daughter Elizabeth with William before his death in 1828... Elizabeth Cheney, again baptised in Great Gidding in 1828. Elizabeth then married a widower Joseph Joyce in Great Gidding before having more children.... Elizabeth died in 1859, her youngest daughter Emma was just 5 years old...... 
The familysearch IGI site shows 2 Hicks in Warmington... a baptisms of a Frances 4 July 1824 her parents being Charles and Ann and Mary Ann Hicks baptised 10 March 1833, her mother being Mary.....  I wondered if Charles and Ann may also be the parents of my grandmother Elizabeth?
I would love to find any information of Elizabeth Hix/Hicks and wondered if any local people are decendants of the Hix/Hicks family. Please contact the website if you can help me.

From Jane E Smith, November 2011

I have had for a number of years now a 1st world war what was termed a death plaque. I was owned by my dad who was a Nassington boy he passed away a few years ago and for a long time now I have said that I would like to return the plaque to the family. From just a few moments on the internet I believe Hugh Victor Turnill died in the Great War and is buried in Warmington Grave Yard.  I wonder if any of his family is still living in Warmington?

If they are please contact the website who can pass the information on.

From Andrew Smith, Edinburgh, November 2011

I have been working on my family tree recently and one of my current dead-ends has taken me to Warmington circa 1793. I have a direct line to a James Palmer who was born in Warmington circa 1793 (he later became a publican in various towns in Lincolnshire and died in Whaplode in 1878 having been retired for over 20 years). 
I saw from your site that there were Palmers in Warmington some 20 years before and I wonder if you might point me in the right direction if any information exists from that time. If it helps James was almost certainly Church of England
If you are able to help Andrew please contact the website so we can pass the information on. 

From Peter Pearse, October 2011

Thanks so much to Peter Pearse contacted us at the website with some recollections of Warmington during the 1940s:

I came from London to Warmington on a dark night on the 4th of October 1940 and, with many other confused children, was herded into the " The Hut " which served as the village centre. with my six year old brother ( I was nearly 14 at the time and a little older than most of my companions ) I clearly remember being escorted to our first digs in the wartime blackout. It was intensley dark that night and visibility was nil. Our escort held our hands and brought us to a small house near Big Green where the lady occupant stated quite categorically that she asked for Girls and did not want Boys !!!  This was my first welcome to the village of Warmington and I was somewhat frightened. The lady was persuaded to take us in for one night and the morning after I was moved into Ashdown Farm under the care of Mr Wade, the farmer and his wife. ( where my brother went I have no recollection ) My sister was billeted elsewhere with a Mrs Black
After spending all my life so far in a smokey city, my entry into the country side was a truly wonderful experience, and to this day I am enthusiastic about the natural environment, woodlands and wildlife.
I stayed on the farm for many months and went to school in Oundle as I was too old to go to the village school.
One day Mrs Wade died after a rather long illness and I was moved out to stay with Mrs Harbour, an exremely kind lady , for the rest of my two years as an evacuee.
I remember there were two ladies appointed to look after the well being of the childred billeted in the village. Miss Campbell  ( A nurse )and another lady whose name I cannot recall but who was mentioned in your earlier web site
There was at this time a gentleman known by one and all as " The General ".  he was almost my namesake as his name was Pearce with a C.  He lived in a fairly large cottage situated to the back of St Marys Church .  He was a grand old fellow, a prominent  entomologist who often invited me and my friends to see his vast collection of insects and butterflies. His house must surely still be there?
I can remember two friends in the village. Edgar Upex  ( an extended village family as I have since found out from the inscriptions on the war memorial which was featured on your earlier site ) and also Roy and Olgar Dexter  ( Olgar was my first " girl friend "  ) I have found some Dexters  on the war memorial too so this was possibly also a common village name
The village shop was run, I think, by a Mr Woods.  He did not, of course sell sweets as these  were absolutely non existent until the time rationing was introduced. However, to satisfy our craving we used to buy a penny Oxo and suck it.  However , one lick was quite enough !
Cigarettes were, however,  some times available and somehow my mates and I got hold of a packet and smoked them in a telephone kiosk so nobody saw us.  We should have known better! We were duly reported and I remember being scolded by Mrs Harbour. who told me that as a a patrol leader in the Scouts , and school prefect ,I should set an example.
I think the woodland known as the" Fern" is still there . It was then private land but we used to go there and muck around until we were chased off by the gamekeeper
I visited Warmington only once after the war. It would have been in the mid sixties and went to Mrs Harbours house with my wife and two young children. When I knocked on the door I had to introduce myself as the lady did not recognise me ( although she did say my face was " familiar" When I introduced myself I was of course given a very surprised welcome. At the time of this visit the village changed not one iota. it was as I had left it in 1943.  Looking nowadays on Google street view I see that it has changed to an almost unrecognisable degree, except perhaps the very centre.  Far too young to drink but I remember the pubs for some reason. The Red Lion, The Angel Inn and the Hauboy and Fiddle.

From Anne Rimes 21 July 2006

I have put a few bits together about my Grandparents and the Upex family, it would be great if any one else recalls them. Their names were Charlie and Ellen Upex they go back many decades and lived at 17 Stamford Lane, granddad was in the church choir for 80 years.
They had 3 children George , Bill and Edith, my Nan also brought up my dad, his name was David Alan Upex. My Granddad’s relatives are on the roll of honour in Warmington church. My Nan and granddad were actually care takers of the wooden huts that you refer to and my granddad’s mum and dad lived on the green.
When it was my Nan and granddad’s wedding the village was flooded and they had to be taken to the ceremony on a milk float. My Nan passed away in 1983 and my granddad about 87. I have been trying to find the origin of the name upex for a long time, but to no avail, I think it used to be spelt upecks, as on the 1777 militia list, but has changed over time.
If anyone has more information on the Upex family I would be most interested they was so well known and loved by all who new them, thank you once again PS my Nan’s maiden name was Sansby.   

From Phi Clark 2 January 2005

I thought you might be interested in some old photos I have of Big Green. I was born at 20 Big Green and often visit Warmington when I occasionally return to England.
Big Green 1956/7   
That's me and dad (Ron) painting the chimney 1967 
The house opposite.   
The row of houses opposite. 
Back of our house (20 Big Green) before the extension went up in 1966.

These photos are in our Old Photos gallery.

From Jon Bolton 

My ancestor Francis Ireson built The Old Bakery where he was a baker, grocer and stonemason in the mid-19thC. You can still see the F.I. up on the front wall. Francis died in Warmington and has a fine stone in the churchyard. His daughter took over the bakery with her husband. There were other children, one of whom, also Francis, moved to Croydon in London as a builder and assisted in the foundation of the Salvation Army there, later founding the Wellingborough Branch.
His grandson, my grandfather, is now 89 and still lives in Wellingborough. In Warmington, they were Methodists and Francis came originally from Yarwell, a village full of Ireson stonemasons. There is a family story told by my great aunt (long deceased) about their conversion to Methodism when a pub was struck by lightening and "beer barrels were rolled down the hill" - not sure if there is any truth in it. I know that one of the other children kept a diary now in the possession of a distant relative. 

From David Cooper 

I did a certain amount of research a few years back on the history of  Warmington - and also Elton, as my great-grandfather married the daughter of William Ellaby (senior), the butcher in Elton, who lived in the big house on Stocks Green.
My family lived in Warmington from the early 18th to the late 19th century - my grandfather's grandfather's grandfather, Thomas Cowper the Elder, was a churchwarden and one of the farmers before the 1776? Enclosure and also one of the Enclosure Commissioners. On May 9 1762, Edward Rowell married Alice Cooper, not the pop singer but the daughter of Thomas Cooper the Elder.
The first record I have of Thomas Cowper in the Survey made around 1750 when he was the farm was shown as something like 115 acres. I do not know where Thomas Cowper the Elder lived in Warmington or his son and grandson, both named Matthew. His Great-grandson (my Great-grandfather, who later moved to London) lived for a while at the Angel pub and his Uncle, another Thomas (his gravestone is the only one I've been able to find in the churchyard) lived, I think, next door and another relative a little further down the road.  

From Reg Winfield 

In the 1940s we knew Orchard Close as the Brickyard Cottages, Mr & Mrs B Wiliamson, Mr & Mrs Wilf Langley, Mr & Mrs Langley (Wilfs Parents) & Mr & Mrs Kirk. I lived in the village in those days, the Brickyards were behind the cottages, hence the name.
I enjoy the old photographs of Warmington, who is the man with the bicycle out side the Red Lion, could it be Charlie Dixs, of Tansor? 

From Richard Moore

Reading through the logs of people's memories of Warmington I came across Rosemary Robsons. Rosemary is my cousin,I remember going to see granny Rootham with my mum on Sunday's, where Miss Howells next door to grannies house would come to see me and give me a threepenny bit. I also remember going to Rosemary and Johns wedding in the village,can't remember how old I was but only a little lad. If I remember John was an ambulance man. I also remember uncle Harry's house next to the green. Uncle Jack had a florist shop in Oundle,and uncle Bill I think lived in Tansor. The landlord of the pub ,I think it was called the red lion used to give me beer bottle tops which I used to collect.We lived at Chesterton later moving to Yaxley.