Thomas Messenger was the foremost designer of greenhouses in Victorian and Edwardian England.
In 1853 the Midland Board decided to extend the railway line south from Leicester to Bedford and construction began under the direction of the celebrated contractor, Thomas Brassey.
I meet local historian Jon-Paul Carr who undoubtedly has the largest collection of photographs, maps and papers covering the Irchester parish which includes Chester Farm – an extraordinary 20,000 items and still growing.
The Northampton Mercury began in 1720 and in an edition dated 8 August 1869, describes itself as ‘Being a Collection of the most Material Occurrences, Foreign and Domestick. Together with An Account of Trade’.
Jayne's father managed Chester Farm from 1958 to 1972 and lived at Chester House together with his wife, daughter Jayne and son Robert