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Wellingborough News, 11th March 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

ACCIDENT—On Tuesday a horse belonging to Mr. Eve, of Ditchford Mills, started from Mrs. Pack's, baker, at a furious rate, up the street, and when near the Green Dragon it came into contact with the sidewalk, and overthrew the trap, breaking the shafts off, and injuring the horse, but fortunately, although several had narrow escapes, no one was injured.

Wellingborough News, 10th March 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins



Messrs. Pendered and Son

ARE instructed by Mr. A. W. Eve, to SELL by AUCTION on Thursday, 22nd March, 1883, the whole of the Horses, Pigs, Poultry, Waggons, Carts, Harness, Implements, Mill utensils, &c., and also the excellent HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE (almost new).

Further particulars next week, and in catalogues shortly to be had of the Auctioneers.

Wellingborough News, 17th March 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

Scotch Cart, Harness, Implements,
Mill utensils, 17 Pigs, Poultry, &c.,

Messrs. Pendered and Son,

ON Thursday, 22nd March, 1883, upon the premises at Ditchford Mill, by order of Mr. A. W. Eve (who is leaving), comprising:—

HORSES—Grey horse, "Duke," rising, 5 years old; brown mare "Flower," chestnut horse "Captain;" chestnut nag mare, 6 years old; and grey cob, rising, 4 years old.

PIGS—6 fat pigs, 1 empty sow, and 10 store pigs.

About 100 head of Poultry, also a young Mastiff Bitch.

IMPLEMENTS, &c.—Miller's covered wagon with double shafts, 2 miller's carts, Scotch cart with copses, Whitechapel cart (by Salmon), a four-wheel pony lorry, 3 sets of cart harness, set of chain ditto, 2 sets brass-mounted nag harness, riding saddle, double-rein bridle, two-knife chaff cutter (by Bentall), iron pig and drinking troughs, stable forks and shovels, wheelbarrow, cart jack, 2 corn bins, yokes, ladders, set of steps, 2 wagon ladders, macintosh cart cover, grindstone and frame, carpenter's bench, vice, tools, screw jack, old brass and iron, large meat safe, dairy vessels, patent churn (by Hathaway), lot of wood and other effects.

MILL EFFECTS—3 sack barrows, patent weighing machine (by Day and Millward), sack weigher (by Day and Millward), Iron weights, grindstone and frame, fire basket and stand, bushel measure, ropes, iron pulley blocks, flour scoops, sack tyers, pair cast-iron mill pedestals, patent corn mill (by Lloyd), a four-feet barley stone runner, 2 mill staffs and prover, 6 mill thrifts, 4 dozen steel mill bills, 4 mill shovels, 2 leather driving belts, 8-io. leather machine belt, 11 quarters of feeding linseed, 20 sacks of barley meal, 150 flour sacks, 50 bran bags, 100 corn sacks.

Also will be sold, the HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE almost new, for full particulars of which see catalogues.

N.B.—The L. & N. W. trains which leave Peter-borough at 8.35 and 11 a.m., stop at Ditchford at 9.50 and 12.6 and the trains leaving Northampton at 9.15 and 12 noon will (by special arrangement) stop at Ditchford at 9.47 and 12.30.

Catalogues may be obtained of the Auctioneers, Market-square, Wellingborough.

Sale to commence at eleven o'clock a.m., furniture about two p.m.

Wellingborough News, 17th March 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

on the River Nene, adjoining Ditchford Station of the Northampton & Peterborough Railway.



Messrs. Pendered and Son

AT the Hind Hotel, Wellingborough, on Wednesday, 2lst March, 1883, at five for SIX o'clock in the afternoon, subject to such conditions as will be then produced, all that Capital and Substantially-built WATER MILL, known as Ditchford Mill, consisting of four floors, with extensive garner room; fitted with spur gear, driving four pairs of stones (and room for more); with Thornton's twin silk flour dressing machine, and other modern machinery, newly fitted throughout within the last two years, and having a constant and abundant water power. Together with the convenient DWELLING HOUSE, adjoining (containing three living rooms, six bedrooms and offices), garden, orchard, excellent stabling, large barn, hovels, gig-house, cow-houses, piggeries, and PASTURE LAND, the whole containing about five acres, more or less; lately in the occupation of Mr. Jno. Dickens, and now of Mr. A. W. Eve.

The Mill, at which a thriving business has been carried on, is well situated, adjoining both the railway and the road, in the centre of and in easy communication with a populous district.

The property is freehold, and subject to a fee farm rent of £10 per annum, payable to Earl Fitzwilliam.

To view, apply on the premises; and for further particulars to Mr. Richard Smith, Irthlingborough. Lodge; Mr. Charles Groom, of Great Harrowden; to the Auctioneers, Wellingborough; or to

Solicitors, Wellingborough.

Rushden Echo, 8th July 1904, transcribed by Greville Watson


A Rushden Man’s Danger
A young man named Frank Clarke, son of Mr. C. Clarke, of Westbourne Terrace, Wellingborough-road, met with a serious accident while cycling.  He had been over to Finedon and, in order to get home before lighting-up time, came by the road leading past Ditchford station.  He did not think that the gates over the crossing would be closed and did not notice that they were until a few yards away.  When he saw the gates closed, he was unable to stop, having no brake on his machine, while there is a sharp descent in the road at this spot.  Clarke accordingly was obliged to run into the gates.  He struck his head with tremendous force against an iron bar on the gate and sustained a wound over seven inches long, the scalp of the front portion of his head being pushed back.  Help was forthcoming from the station and the injured young man’s head was bathed.  Strange to say, he felt no pain, and declined to be carried home.  He walked home, and the wound was stitched up by Dr. Baker.  For a few days afterwards he felt very ill, but is now progressing satisfactorily.

Rushden Echo, Friday, April 20, 1906

MR.WILLIAM COX was 90 years of age on November 15 last, and he has lived in Rushden since 1854. He was born at Ditchford toll gate. He can remember the old mail coach. One Christmas there was an extra deep fall of snow, and the mail coach got right off the road into the fields, and had to be pulled out by 12 horses. [part of a longer article]

Extract from Obituary 1914

On one occasion he skated on the Nene from Ditchford to Peterborough and back...........

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