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Holt Family
The Holt Family came to Higham Park Farm in 1914 from Holdenby.

Mr W G Holt with his two sons and their school friends - 1922

Farming 1930s
W G Holt c1905
William Holt c1933

Holt Family - Grandfather, Louis, Stanley, Grandmother, Gramp's two sisters and unknown girl c1914

Nick Holt's Memories of Sam Scragg:

When I was a nipper Sam was a regular visitor to Higham Park Farm in the fifties; a very close friend of my grandfather and father, I am pretty sure he helped grandfather with power supplies when they came to HP in 1914.

Sam Scragg
A distinguished looking man, white haired with small moustache, always brought sweets for us youngsters, a treat in the 50s.

He came from the Manchester area, and gave my grandfather a large wall clock which was on the wall at HP - a 7 day wind-up, 18” in diameter, with Roman numerals, father had it in the IOM. I now have it in my workshop still working, too large for the cottage. My father said Sam had told him it came from the head office of the CWS in Manchester.

Grandfather and father must have thought a lot of him. I still have a framed picture of him that hung at HP and father hung it in the IOM. [Bill Holt retired to the Isle of Man]

One anecdote, Tony, Doff and I would be playing round the yard and I remember he was a jolly sort. He would be sorting something with grandfather and we would be getting in the way so he would tease us and we would chase round singing, “Sam Scragg Dirty Old Man, Washed His Face in a Frying Pan.” Oh how cruel the innocence of a five year old could be!!!!!

Here was a man that had built, and contributed to the well being of all, lost in history like so many of that age.

Picture sent by Nick Holt:
Roland S Pack

Father (Bill Holt) wrote on the reverse: “My best friend killed in motorcycle accident on Knotting Fox bends 1938.”

Father told me Roly called in at Higham Park that day on his motorcycle for a chat (really close pals). He was in his way to Hippwells at Sharnbrook Mill to check one of their oil engine generators that powered the mill, evidently had a problem.

He never made it was killed in a collision on the bends at Knotting Fox just past Ravensoake.

Sad story as he and father were going to the International Six Day Trial held in Germany of the Autumn that year, never made it just before outbreak of the war.

They were both members of the Query Club.

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