|Wellingborough News, 22nd July 1887, transcribed by Kay Collins
FIRE AT KNUSTONAt Mr. J. Austin's Lodge, soon after four o'clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 13th inst, smoke was seen to issue from a chaff team and loose box, the boarded partition being in flames, which had ascended to the roof. The loose box, which had been used for mares and foals, was filled with trusses of old clover, and this was burnt or spoiled by water used in putting out the fire, chiefly the latter, as most of it was carried out as soon as possible. All hands were actively employed, and all vessels capable of carrying water were used, and much praise is due to the exertions and promptitude of the household, very few men and boys being at home on account of hay-time in the meadow. The fire must have been a very disastrous one if it had not been extinguished in time, as the house and the whole of the buildings adjoin, and there were also three large clover ricks at the back of the building fn the rickyard. The origin of the fire is a mystery, but it is supposed to have occurred through boys playing with pipes and matches, a wanton practice which should be severely punished. The tenant is adequately insured in the Norwich Union Insurance Office, and has thus escaped a great loss.
A CURIOUS AFFAIRA respectable inhabitant this village a little time since built himself a house, and as soon as it was practicable placed his furniture therein, and having got everything in tolerably good order he and his wife moved into their new home. But, strange to say, before long strange noises were heard about the house, and the new brick floor began to crack and heave as though there might be some supernatural powers underneath. It was ultimately decided that the floor should be taken up and all necessary steps taken to find out the character of the underground conspiracy against the peace of the new occupants. The floor being taken up, there was the following discovery:A strong root of rhubarb, not liking its natural liberties interfered with, seemed bent on asserting its rights, in spite of all the bricks and mortar that might be heaped upon it. It was found necessary to dig to a considerable depth to uproot it.