|Original article by Douglas Ashby, transcribed by Sally Crane|
The first entry of an Ambler in the Burton Latimer Parish Registers is a baptism 15 Oct 1786 Thomas son of Abraham and Hannah Ambler, although there is not record here of their marriage.
The first marriage entry is
The old stone cottage on the High Street next to the Britannia Club was build by an Ambler in the late 18th century and was known as Amblers Cottage (now renamed Crofters Cottage)
When the Club was built in 1894 the cottage had a thatched roof. Later, on the land between Club and cottage, the Salvation Army erected a corrugated iron meeting house which was demolished in the 1960’s and the Club extended a new front entrance.
Amblers Cottage was lived in by
Between the Band Club and Budgens Stores the old stone house bears the datestone '
On a sunny day the outline of two large arched windows can be seen on the south wall. Inside during restoration, traces of pew ends and a gallery were revealed.
The Ambler family owned several properties in the former area of Croxens Yard and
Thomas Ambler also built the old stone house by the public footpath on
The Will of Thomas Ambler
This is the last will and testament of me Thomas Ambler of Netherfield, Burton Latimer in the County of Northamptonshire made this 4th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and 20.
I herby revoke all Wills made by me at any time heretofor.
I appoint Albert Granger of Station Road, Burton Latimer, Factory Manager and Fred Stokes of Finedon Street, Burton Latimer, Clerk to the Parish Council to be my executors and direct that all my debts and funeral expenses shall be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my former friend and housekeeper known to me as
Abraham Lincoln Ambler, the sum of £20 (twenty pounds) to be paid two years
To Mrs. Max Reed, formerly
To Mrs. Jenkins living at Dalkeith Place, Kettering, the sum of £20 (twenty pounds) to be paid one month after my decease, also one pair of good sheets, any torn sheets, and any white linen in my possession, as I think they will be of good service to her in her present position.
To Horace Ambler the right to occupy the Forty Acre land in my possession, one year rent to be paid, the land to be ploughed and cropped with corn, If not already cropped, two pairs of blankets and one counterpane the giving to be left in the hands of Albert Granger.
And the remainder of my property and possessions to Wilfred Ambler now living with me at Netherfield, the said Wilfred Ambler to keep the dog, cats and goat in good order, to pay £1 (one pound) per year to the committee of the Old Peoples Treat at Burton Latimer, 2/6d per week to Albert Granger for the benefit of my brother Harry Ambler, also to have erected a slate stone to the memory of my mother and a slate stone to the memory of my father, both buried at Burton Latimer.
All my cottage tenants who are clear with their rents to receive one months rent, all those who are not clear to have their arrears.
It is my expressed wish that my remains be interred on the north side of Isham cemetery, the funeral arrangements to be as follows, the coffin to be of the plainest order, no flowers, no mourning to be worn, the four bearers to receive £1 (one pound) each, no horses to be used, and the mourners to walk to the cemetery, a slate stone to be erected to my memory with the inscription “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”
Signed by the said Testator Thos. Ambler in the presence of us, present at the same time, who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
Gross estate £2729/5/10
Estate Duty and interest paid on
Lamb and Stringer.
Douglas Ashby 1999