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The Case of the Dead Rooks

Double Dug spinney 2017 Rev Henry Harpur
Double Dug Spinney is still there - but now dwarfed by the Altendiez
Way premises of Versalift and Morrison's on one side and the Burton
Latimer Cricket Club's ground on the other side.
Rev. Henry Harpur. The Rookery was north
of Burton Latimer Hall close to the present
day Altendiez Way/Kettering Rd roundabout

Northampton Mercury 12 June 1886

Joseph Green, Oliver Dix, and George Mason, young men of Burton Latimer, were charged with feloniously stealing 12 dead rooks, valued at 3s., the property of the Rev. H. Harpur, on the 24th May. – P.C. Currin stated that on the day named Mr. Harpur and some others were shooting in the Rookery in Burton Latimer, and while the shooting was going on at one part of the place he saw defendants beating about another part, known as Double Dug Spinney, where some dead rooks were lying about. Defendant Green had five rooks, and Dix had six or seven, while Mason had one or two. – The Chairman said that Mr. Harpur did not want to press the charge. Under the circumstances, the Bench would inflict only a small penalty, and each defendant would have to pay a fine of 1s. and 6s.6d. expenses.



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