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Wellingborough News, 28th July 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

Sharnbrook Petty Sessions
Friday, July 20—Before Messrs. Thos Bagnall, L. G. S. Gibbard, E. S. Watson, and the Hon. E. T. St. John.

Richard Cox and William Smith, labourers, of Knotting, were charged by Supt. Carruthers with being drunk and riotous, at Risely, on the 14th inst. Defendants pleaded guilty, and were each fined 2s 6d. and 7s. 6d. costs.

Wellingborough News, 26th January 1884, transcribed by Kay Collins

Sharnbrook Petty Sessions
Friday, Jan. 18. Magistrates present: Mr. H. Green and the Hon. and Rev. E. T. St. John,.

Frederick Sawford, of Knotting, was charged by David Hurrell, gamekeeper, Colworth, with unlawfully taking a hare at Knotting on the 10th inst. Fined 10s. and 8s. 6d. costs.

The Rushden Echo, 22nd April 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins

AN EARLY MUSHROOMMr. Charles Lewis of Rushden, found a large mushroom on Wednesday in the open near Knotting. It measured about 3½ inches across.

Wellingborough News, 26th December 1902, transcribed by Kay Collins

(Within two miles of Sharnbrook Station.)

MESSRS. STAFFORD & ROGERS (LTD.) have been favoured with instructions from S. Whitbread, Esq., to Sell by Auction, on THURSDAY, JANUARY 1st, 1903, at Eleven o'clock punctually: 12 ACRES of Superior UNDERWOOD, full of very strong Ash, Hazel, Maple, and Oak Poles, including good Fencing and Hurdle Stuff, lying in convenient ranges and adjoining the main road from, Bedford to Rushden.

Note.—The Auctioneers beg to call special attention to this Sale, the Wood being exceptionally heavy, smooth, and good.

The Company is requested to meet the Auctioneers at Knotting Fox Farm, at Eleven o'clock punctually.

Further particulars may be obtained; of Jesse Lamb, The Woodman, Souldrop, or of the Auctioneers, 83, High-street, Bedford.

Rushden Echo, 18th June 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

Tenders have been received by the Sharnbrook District Educational Authority for a horse, conveyance and driver, for taking the children from Knotting to Souldrop school and back. The tender of Mr. Lamb, at 14/0 a week, has been accepted.

Rushden Echo, 12th January 1910, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Oakley Hounds Meet at Knotting Green - Two Glorious Runs

The Oakley Hounds met at Knotting Green on Saturday last and a glorious day’s sport resulted. The dogs were put in at the Rushden end of Knotting Fox, where three foxes were found. One of them made for the bottom end, towards Knotting village, but, turning to the right, crossed the sheep drive, and slipped out by the Bedford end of Knotting fox. He then made for Halsey Wood, and got down the Sharnbrook lane; turning to the right at the railway, and then to the left, he got back, through the top end of Souldrop, into Knotting Fox, where he moved from quarter to quarter, until at last he bolted out from the Rushden end. Crossing over to Higham Park, he came out by Mr Fred Hollis’s house, getting close to the Newton-road. He made straight for Warden Wells, through Buskett’s Farm, and crossed the road leading from Higham Ferrers to Yelden Open Fields. Leaving Caldicott Spinnies on the right, Reynard ran down Willmott’s farm, cutting across the road from Higham Ferrers to Chelveston, entering the spinney through Chelveston, toward Stanwick stone-pits. Crossing the road from Chelveston to Raunds, Reynard left Stanwick Pastures on the right, and he got over the road again to the top end of Raunds, leaving Mr Milligan’s house to the right. Turning to the left, he passed over the railway. After three hours’ good hunting, Reynard was lost about a mile the other side of Raunds station—a magnificent run.

Shelton Gorse was tried about 2p.m. and proved blank. The Bottom Gorse was tried, and here a brace of foxes went out. Five couples of dogs and most of the followers went after the wrong fox, only about 15 riders following the right one, which made off by the Kimbolton end of Shelton, on through Covington Gorse to Hunt’s Closes, getting out at the bottom end and right over the hills, leaving Bythorn on the left. The hounds were whipped off at Catworth village at about 3.45p.m. after a splendid run, right across the Fitzwilliam country. Saturday must be described as a red letter day.

Rushden Echo, 13th December 1912

Knotting - A Reading Room has been opened on the schoolroom, and it is to be used on Tuesday and Friday evenings. The officers are:- Chairman, Rev. F. E. M. Girling; secretary, Mr. J. Harbor; treasurer, Mr. A. J. Campion; Committee, Messrs. J. Law, E. Campion, Pike, G. Wiggins, and C. Smith.

Private Ernest Edward Sawford (Rushden), born at Knotting BDF, enlisted at Northampton. Funeral at Earls Barton 1914.
Rushden Echo, 24th August 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

WoundedPte Bert Wrench, son of Mrs T Wrench, of Knotting, has been wounded in the thigh by shrapnel.

The Rushden Echo Friday 3rd May 1918, transcribed by Susan Manton

Escape of a prisoner.
On Monday a handcuffed prisoner escaped from the police into the Knotting Fox woods. He had been arrested on a charge of theft near the Yelden open fields by P.C. Stevens, of Dean, who experienced great difficulty in getting the handcuffs on him. As he was being driven to Sharnbrook by the Knotting Fox woods, with an excuse he asked to get out of the trap, and with one handcuff undone, he sprang over the gate and was soon lost to sight in the wood. Inspector Bliss and Mr. N.T. Lloyd soon had the wood surrounded by special constables. Tracks were discovered pointing to the fact that he had left the wood in the direction of Knotting. Another clue was obtained that he had passed Arnoe Farm about 7pm, in the direction of Riseley.

Rushden Echo, 18th July 1924, transcribed by Kay Collins

Knotting—First Prize was won yesterday at the Bedfordshire Agricultural Show by W Watford, shepherd to Mr E H Horrell, of Knotting, for having saved 226 lambs (140 ewes), and third prize in the same section went to R C Lewis, shepherd to Mr A J Campion, of Knotting, who had saved 217 lambs (142 ewes). The second prize went to A Lamb, shepherd to Messrs. Hipwell and Sons, Sharnbrook, 173 lambs (110 ewes). Mr Campion was highly commended in the class for cows and heifers, dairy cow in-calf.

Rushden Echo, 19th September 1924, transcribed by Kay Collins

At the Bedfordshire Shire Horse Society’s 28th foal show and sale on Saturday, at Bedford, Mr E H Horrell, of Knotting, took first and second prizes for colt or filly foal with two five-months fillies.

Rushden Echo, 17th July 1925, transcribed by Kay Collins

Knotting Farmer Sued - Wrongful Dismissal Claim Succeeds - Sharnbrook Bench’s Sympathy
At Sharnbrook Petty Sessions on Friday last Charles Longhurst claimed £1 10s. 6d. damages for wrongful dismissal on July 6th, before the expiration of his term, from Edward H Horrell, farmer, of Knotting.

Longhurst stated that because he would not work overtime in hay carting at Higham Ferrers he was dismissed on the following Monday. When he asked for a week’s notice or a week’s money his employer told him he would not get it. Claimant had been having £1 10s. 6d. a week, and he claimed a week’s wages.

Mr Horrell said that Longhurst, who had been with him some time, was always irregular. Longhurst had lost an hour to an hour and a half each week, and two days before he had threatened the foreman bodily harm with a fork. When they were working at Higham Ferrers on Saturday it was agreed they should work a little overtime. He went over himself to help the men. Longhurst had not completed his week’s work when he went away. In the circumstances he thought he was justified in dismissing Longhurst.

The Chairman of the Bench (Mr L G Stileman-Gilbert) said they had every sympathy with Mr Horrell, but Longhurst was entitled to his week’s wages according to the law.

Mrs Horrell gave notice of appeal.

Rushden Echo, 1st April 1927, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Fine of £1 was inflicted by the Sharnbrook magistrates last Friday on Harry Travill, a Rushden motor driver, for driving his lorry at 22½ miles per hour in the parish of Knotting on February 25th.

Rushden Echo and Argus, Friday 4th May 1934, transcribed by Susan Manton

Knotting - Revels – On May Day the children from the village paraded with a decorated pushchair and garlands and sang May songs at the cottages. They were Alma Aldridge, Kathy Brinks and Nellie Cowley.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 10th September 1937, transcribed by Kay Collins

Children’s Outing—The children of Knotting were taken to Skegness on Wednesday, travelling by motor coach. A most enjoyable day was spent, and the party arrived home about ten o’clock. Mrs. Blundell and Mrs. Robinson are to be congratulated on the effort they made in raising the necessary funds.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 25th September 1942, transcribed by Kay Collins

Knotting - Festival Proceeds—The collections and sale of gifts at the Parish Church harvest festival realized £5, which was given to the County Hospital.

Harvest—The Harvest festival was held in the Methodist Church on Sunday, when Mr. Keech, of Stevington, was the preacher, and Miss Gulliver, of Souldrop, was at the organ. At another service on Monday the preacher was the Rev. N. P. Goldhawk, of Rushden. Afterwards Mr. W. E. Capon sold the fruit and vegetables.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 6th November 1942


50 YEARS—Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. T. Wrench, who recently celebrated their golden wedding. They were married at Riseley Parish Church on October 20th, 1892, by the Rev. Edwards, Rector of Melchbourne (the Rev. Turner, Vicar of Riseley, being on holiday), Mrs. Wrench (nee Miss E. Bass) is a native of Riseley, and Mr. Wrench was born at Thurleigh. Mr. Wrench still works daily for Mr. J. Prince, and, like his wife, enjoys good health. The couple came to reside at Knotting 31 years ago from Gt. Barford.

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