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Knuston - Notes
Rushden Echo and Argus, 12th August 1949, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Knuston Avenue Doomed
Axes at Work on Beauty Spot
A beautiful feature of the Rushden – Irchester Road, the avenue of 37 elms, at Knuston, is doomed to destruction. Experts have declared the 200-year-old trees to be unsafe, and the 19 on the right-hand side of the road from Rushden are already in the progress of being felled.

Mrs. G. Willmott, of Knuston Home Farm, told us that this row of trees, although actually outside the farm boundary, was their responsibility. “Although it is a great pity they have to go, they have had their day,” she told us. “They have started falling and are a danger to people passing underneath and particularly to the buses. Two years ago a child had his head split open by a piece of branch falling.”

The 18 elms on the camp side – part of Knuston estate – are expected to be felled in due course. This part of the estate was recently purchased for cultivation by Mr. F. Dunmore, of Irchester, who expects to take over at the end of September.

The elm tree has been felled
Over 200 years old, this massive elm formed part of the beautiful Knuston Avenue which is now to be cleared because the trees are dangerous.

Wellingborough News, 22nd July 1887, transcribed by Kay Collins

FIRE AT KNUSTON—At 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 AFFAIR—A 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.

The Rushden Echo, 26th September 1913, transcribed by Kay Collins

KNUSTON - CORNER—The offer of the Arkwright Trustees to give up the land needed for the Knuston corner improvement for £15 was accepted by the Rural District Council on Wednesday.

Rushden Echo, August 24th 1923, transcribed by Kay Collins

Heavy boughs of a large tree in Knuston-avenue fell across the road on Sunday evening, obstructing traffic. Many cars were forced to make a detour of several miles, but no one was hurt, and eventually the obstacle was removed.

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