This photo shows the Village High Street with the big Tithe Barn, in which harvest suppers and dances were held during the early twentieth century. To the left of the Tithe Barn is another barn, perpendicular to the road, and to the right of it, is the corrugated roofed barn in which Mr Dan Brown, publican of ’The Three Horseshoes’ and small scale farmer, kept his motor car. Together these formed two sides of the farmyard to the ’Three Horseshoes’ public house and farm (previously known as ’Leighton Buzzard Farm’) which is off the picture to the right.
At threshing time, the Charter’s traction engine from Bourn, would come and be set up in the entrance between the barn and the wall of the pub; two stacks of wheat stood straight ahead of it in the stack-yard, and the threshing machine would be brought between them; six or seven men would be kept busy. Chickens roamed in the stack-yard enjoying the spilt corn, and passers by would stop and watch. Dan Brown also kept a small herd of cows and stored the milk with the beer in the cool cellar of the pub.
Shortly after the Leighton Buzzard Charity sold the property around 1960, the farm buildings including the Tithe Barn, were demolished.
To the left of the end-on barn is a narrow lane, and then the house now known as ’The Elms’, where Mr and Mrs Walter Childerley lived. Walter worked as a gardener at the Hall. Beyond that, is a pair of dilapidated thatched cottages, since demolished.
Note the great elms which characterized the length of the Village Street.