Our latest Memory Lane feature takes a trip down memory lane to Welton, when cows watched cricket and villagers drank water from a well

Here is the wedding photo of Stanley Pearson Clarke (farmer) and Rosalind (May) Clarke on September 30, 1933, taken at the old village hall in Welton after the church wedding. May’s parents are behind her the bridesmaid and the best man. The Goodes mentioned in the article are all in the picture. The man on the far left is Maurice Clarke, who operated a farm in Theddingworth, Leicestershire, and was a cousin of Stanley.

Maurice Clarke, who went to Welton School and then Daventry Grammar School, wants people to remember Welton Cricket Club.

His father, Stanley Clarke, of Monksmoor Farm, was club president in the 1950s. He had many Goode family uncles, aunts and cousins ​​in Welton.

Maurice told The Gusher: “Many of Goode’s men were playing cricket for the village which had a playground in The Park which was part of the Welton Estate.

Welton Cricket Club 1933.

“My father was elected president on December 11, 1953. John Cox was a good hitter and every game he was aiming to kick a ball into the lake, which he often did.

He said the cows roamed the park freely and often watched cricket games.

The Goode family lived in Well Cottage in Well Lane, which still stands today. The Well Cottage had two bedrooms. A farm owned by the Snelson family stood above the cottage which operated land believed to be part of the Welton estate.

Welton Place, was a stately home built in 1758. It is shown here in the early 1900s when it was the home of Captain James Richard Plomer Clarke JP. Unfortunately, it was later converted into apartments, then abandoned and finally demolished in 1972. A housing estate is currently being built on the old site.

John William Goode (1872-1946) married Sarah Elizabeth Bradshaw (1877-1949) in 1894. John worked as a lumberjack on the Welton estate.

The Goode’s children were John (Jack) who operated a farm in Crick, had married and had a daughter; Florence (Flo) who married Harry Cox and had two children Beryl and John who both married and had three children each and have lived in Welton most of their lives. John and Harry both worked on the Monksmoor farm. Albert (George) Goode married and lived in Station Road, Welton, working on a local farm. They had three sons, David, John and Timothy (Tim). Edward (Ted) Goode was a farm manager in Kilsby and had a son Edward.

Rosalind (May) Goode married Stanley (Stan) Pearson Clarke and they had a son Maurice Stanley, who married Mary Margaret Colby and they had four children, Jennifer (Jenny), Michael (Mike), Peter and Mark.

Sarah (Louise) Elizabeth Goode married William George Edward (Bill) Garrard and they had two children – Joan Beryl who married Jack Freeman and had three children and Ronald (Ron) WGE Garrard, who married and lived in Corby and had three children.

A newspaper clipping from 1933.

Maurice told the Daventry Express: “I would love to hear from anyone who knows more about the Welton estate which to my knowledge comprised up to 1,000 acres of land around the village which in the early 1920s was dismantled. and sold.

“My father Stanley came to Welton from Leicestershire and bought the Monksmoor farm on Welton Road near Daventry. We sold it in the 1970s and it is now under construction.”

He said there was a Lang farm owned by the Dawkins which is now being built.

“I don’t know if it was part of the Welton estate,” added Maurice, who now lives in Rugby.

Can you help Maurice with information about the cricket club?

“The Clarkes had been in the village for many centuries but were not related to me, but maybe some readers have memories or pictures they could share with me.”

Maurice added: “The Clarke link was from Arnesby, Leicestershire, despite a Clarke link to the village. The Clarkes bought Dairy Farm in Welton in the early 1900s and carried milk on horseback and cart to the Braunston station.

“Then they bought the Monksmoor farm on Welton Road, which was part of Welton’s estate, and built a house there in 1926. Stan had a sister Lilian (Lil) who married a farmer, Henry Butlin, d ‘Ashby St Ledgers. They had no children and eventually Lil, a widow at the time, built a bungalow called Monkside by the roadside of Monksmoor Farm. “

The Welton Place estate of some 711 acres was auctioned on November 22, 1915 in 11 lots, by James, Styles and Whitlock of Rugby (now part of Cluttons), and research continues as to the value and names of the buyers, but Monksmoor and Lang Farm were included.

Do you have any memories to share with Maurice? Call him on 07758 205858 or / and email [email protected]

Many thanks to Dan White for contributing to this article. Its website is www.watfordvillage.weebly.com or Watford Village History Page on Facebook.

Welton was a railway station on the West Coast Main Line serving the villages of Welton and Watford. The station was opened in 1838 as part of the London and Birmingham Railway. It was located closer to Watford than to Welton, but it was named after the latter in order to avoid confusion with the much larger town of Watford further south. The station closed to passengers in 1958 and to goods in 1964. Today the station site is right next to the modern Watford Gap petrol station on the M1 motorway. The only physical vestige of the station today is an old freight shed alongside the tracks.
1950s Welton Village.
St Martin’s Church, Welton in 1903.
Ashby Road Welton in 1957.
Ashby Road, Welton.

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