More Villagers

These are miscellaneous photos of village people during the last 115 years. Any similar pictures of people from Sulgrave would be gratefully received and added to the collection. You can click on each picture to see a larger version and then use your computer’s scroll bars to move around it. Where known, the names of people are given in this bigger picture. I apologise for any mis-spellings of names or inaccurate identifications.

Photo: Unknown.
1894. Joseph Wootton and Catherine Taylor on their
wedding day. The house now known as Wootton House in
Little Street was built for them as a wedding present by
Joe’s father, the then village builder Isaac Wootton.

Photo: Unknown (courtesy Carol Pirie)
Harold Wootton (front right), eldest son of
Joseph and Catherine Wootton, at Cowley
Barracks, Oxford before leaving for France with
the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry. He was
killed at St Julien in October 1914, aged 21.
See here.

Photo: Unknown.
1920s. Unknown motor-cyclists, Sulgrave.

Photo: Unknown (courtesy Carol Pirie).
Arthur Seeney and Gladys Wootton.
1920s. (See next picture).

Photo: Unknown.
1924. Wedding of Arther Seeney from Middleton Cheney
and Gladys Wootton from Sulgrave.

Photo: Unknown.
1920s. Wills Cook, delivery driver for Sulgrave
Shop, at Helmdon. He lived for many years in
the house now known as Blackbird Cottage
in Little Street.

Photo: Unknown.
1926. Wedding of Thomas Wootton and Lucy Smith. Photograph taken on the lawn at the
rear of Sulgrave Stores, then owned by Lucy’s father.

Photo: Unknown.
1920s. Wedding of Guy and Edith Wood, who lived in 5 Spinners’ Cottages.

Photo: Unknown.
George Shellard in Great Street (Manor Road) in the early 1930s.

Photo: Unknown.
Jack Salisbury. Early 1930s.

Photo: Unknown.
Left to right. Tom Wootton and Bill Hartle in the 1930s.

Photo: Unknown (courtesy Donald Taylor)
Donald Taylor at Mill Farm in 1936

Photo: Unknown.
Bill Wootton (fourth from the left) in a German prisoner-of-war camp during 1939-45 war.
He crash landed in Germany’s Black Forest after a bombing raid.

Photo: Unknown (courtesy Anne Wiseman)
1942 or 1943. Wedding of Tom and Lily Wilcox. Taken at Bell House, Little Street (now
known as Sulgrave House).

Photo: Unknown (courtesy Anne Wiseman)
1942 or 1943. Wedding of Tom and Lily Wilcox. Taken at Bell House, Little Street (now
known as Sulgrave House).

Photo: Unknown.
Len and Doris Branson outside 11 Spinners
Cottages in 1941, with dog Pluto.
See next photo.

Photo: Unknown.
Fred Hirons in the 1940s, who married
Doris Branson (see above picture).

Photo: Unknown (Courtesy Carol Pirie).
1945. Wedding of Sandy Munro and Kathleen Seeney.

Photo: Unknown (Courtesy Carol Pirie).
1945. Wedding of Sandy Munro and Kathleen Seeney. In front, Colin Wootton
and Valerie Henn, not very warm in clothes made from dyed parachute silk
(it was a cold winter’s day!)

Photo: Unknown (Courtesy Carol Pirie).
1945. Newly-weds Sandy and Kathleen Munro
in front of Wootton House, where they lived
for a number of years.

Photo: Unknown (Courtesy Carol Pirie).
1945. Kathleen Munro, probably in her wedding day “going-away”
clothes, with Fred Golby.

Photo: Colin Wootton.
1948, in what is now known as Castle Green (the old Six Bells pub sign can be seen on the
right of the picture). Minnie Wootton posing with Tony and David Archer, whose family
emigrated to Brisbane in Australia the next day.

Photo: Unknown (courtesy Emma Cave)
1940s. Rev Pakenham-Walsh, vicar of Sulgrave
from 1922 to 1955, with the Bishop of

Photo: Desmond Wootton
1952. Colin Wootton shooting rats.

Photo: Colin Wootton.
Evening entertainment 1952. Tony Butcher puts a 78rpm
record on the “radiogram”.

Photo: Colin Wootton.
Coronation Day, June 2nd 1953. Desmond Wootton in Helmdon Road. Bentley’s Farm (then
belonging to Tom Wootton) in background with bunting and Tom’s car outside.
Both Colin and Desmond Wootton used folding Brownie cameras at that time.

Photo: Colin Wootton.
Another photo of Desmond Wootton on 2nd June 1953. Clearly Colin Wootton’s home
film processing left something to be desired.

Photo: Unknown (courtesy Roger Cherry).
1950s. Roger Cherry with his horse Sunny Glen.

Photo: Unknown
20 year old Clive Carter who, sadly, was killed
in a car accident in 1957. His father and mother
kept the Star Inn, leaving just after his death.

Photo: Unknown (Courtesy Donald Taylor)
Biddy and Donald Taylor with son Paul at Mill Farm 1958

Photo: Unknown (Courtesy Donald Taylor)
Elsie and George Taylor at Mill Farm with grandson Paul 1958

Photo: Unknown (Courtesy Donald Taylor)
Donald Taylor in Mill Farm garden, late 1950s.

Photo: Unknown (courtesy Nigel Dawe).
1960. Roger Brook in the back garden of Wool House, Little Street. Roger was the
younger brother of Nigel Dawe (see “Farming” photos). Their mother Jill re-married
and the two boys took the names of their respective fathers.

Photo:Colin Wootton.
Early 1960s. Volunteer stewards at Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit.

Photo: Colin Wootton
A Christmas afternoon in the early 1960s.

Photo: Unknown.
Early 1960s. Colin Wootton in his (extremely dirty!) Morris 1000 outside Spinners’ Cottages.

Photo: Colin Wootton
Cyril Branson, who lived in The Old Bakehouse in Manor Road from 1959 to 1993, growing
enormous quantities of vegetables in the back garden.

Photo: Roy Branson
Early 1960s. Sidney Wootton with jackdaw rescued as a fledgling from
the old windmill by Molly Wootton. When fully grown it refused to fly
away and lived for some years in and around Orchard View. Sadly, it
eventually fell prey to the Wootton dog!

Photo: Colin Wootton
1960s. 12 Spinners’ Cottages. Left to right: Aubrey Belcher, his daughter burning a
hole in a box with a magnifying glass and Albert Cleaver.

Yvonne Hopkins (née Parker) was born in Sulgrave in 1942 and lived here in Wisteria Cottage, Helmdon Road until her marriage. She has kindly agreed to the reproduction of the following fascinating photographs from her family album:

Yvonne’s father Len Parker exercising a horse on the village green in the 1920s.
The village shop can be seen (then a billiard club) and half of the
Spinners’ Cottages council houses were yet to be built.

Yvonne’s grandfather Cecil Walton with motor-cycle and sidecar outside his house
Wisteria Cottage in Helmdon Road in the late 1920s or early 1930s.

Bell given to Sulgrave Church by Cecil Walton in memory
of his wife Cissie in 1932, with Wally the dog.

Yvonne’s uncle Jack Walton in the 1930s, also with
Wally dog. Motor advertising signs outside Wisteria
Cottage can just be seen.

Yvonne’s mother Edith, very happy at being collected by her father
Cecil from a convalescent hospital, clearly recovered.

Edith Walton in the family motor car in the 1930s.

Edith Walton with brother Jack outside Spinners’ Cottages
in the 1930s.

A wartime wedding (c. 1944/5) in Sulgrave Church.
Mr and Mrs Stubbs. The bride is Lilian Packenham-Walsh,
daughter of the then vicar.

Another photo of the happy couple.

Rev Packenham-Walsh with some of his flock, probably performing the ancient custom
of “clipping the church” in about 1948. To the vicar’s left is Valerie Henn with brother
Rodney and mother Gertrude. To his right is Anne Isham and to her right is Lily Young.

Yvonne’s mother Edith (top step) and wartime evacuee Renee Barrett outside
Wisteria Cottage in the 1940s. Grandfather Cecil Walton ran a motor cycle parts
and fuel supply business from the adjoining garage.

Late 1940s when pedestrians could happily use the whole road width with little
danger from the very occasional passing (and slow-moving) car. From left to right:
Valerie Henn, Len Parker, Betty Walton, Edith Parker(with Yvonne in pram),
Francis Parker, Kathleen Parker and Elsie Taylor. Probably a Sunday afternoon
walk. Taken on the Helmdon Road just outside the village.

Yvonne ready for her first day at Brackley High School
for Girls in 1953.

Pageant at Sulgrave Village School in the 1950s.

Yvonne with her bike in the 1950s.

Left to right: Rodney Henn, John Holmes and
Anthony Parker.

Anthony Parker (left) and Nigel Reynolds

Tony Parker prepares for a navigation training flight in a
Varsity aircraft at RAF Gaydon.

Finally, three charming pictures of Yvonne’s mother, father and Uncle Jack enjoying themselves at some unknown seaside destination in the 1930s.



One Response to “More Villagers”

  1. Ann & Peter Mackness says:

    Colin, When ever we browse through this archive we are reminded of how enduring some life patterns are – and yet how many ways and habits have changed. Simple, ‘low-cost’ pleasures: families and friends with prams and push chairs walking in the fresh air along village roads; and how the parish church featured as a backdrop for major social, seasonal and family occasions.

    The camera and film advanced the scope and scale of family record keeping. Until their invention and widespread availability between the two world wars, the spoken word and perhaps a diary had to suffice. That families saved and treasured those photographic images – so carefully ‘developed and printed’ at a local chemist’s shop or in an enthusiasts ‘darkroom’ – is testimony to their value and importance to later generations.

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