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Peaceful, Tranquil and Homely

The Yews is a charming, comfortable mid-eighteenth century house occupying a pleasant position on the outskirts of Burton Latimer within a few minutes walking distance of the town centre. It is situated along the now de-trunked A6 about three quarters of a mile from Junction 10 of The A14.  Burton Latimer town centre is located south-east of Kettering on the A6 Conservation Area.

Established in 1984, this beautiful listed building houses a small, friendly home set in extensive ‘Olde Worlde’ gardens which is accessible to residents. A small plot of the garden can be allotted to residents who wish to continue their gardening hobby if so desired. Accommodation offers full facilities for elderly or retired people requiring long or short term care.

Nearby amenities include churches, shops, supermarkets, post office,
restaurants, public houses, library, medical centre, bowling green, cricket
ground, cinema, garden nurseries

Our Facilities

Our en-suite accommodation offers full facilities for elderly or retired people requiring long or short term care.  We provide longer-term personal care to elderly people, of both sexes, over the age of 65. Respite and Day care can be arranged subject to availability.  Our aim is to foster an atmosphere of care and support which both enables and encourages our residents to live as full, interesting and independent a lifestyle as possible.

We attend to all the needs of our residents including appointments for  Doctors, Opticians, Dentists, Physiotherapists, Chiropodists and Hairdressers.

Where appropriate we encourage residents to go shopping on their own, with relatives or a staff member as we believe that it is important to our residents that they are able to retain a sense of independence.

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Our History

The house was probably built circa 1725 and has undergone alterations and additions over the years. It is interesting to look out of the attic window of next door (Home Farmhouse) where you can see different levels.

The garden was extensive and reached up to the former Ideal Clothing factory with an adjoining paddock. Over the years many garden parties and fetes were held, there was also a tennis lawn.

A Mrs. Ann Sharp kept a school at Great Harrowden Hall and in the 1890’s moved to The Yews and some of her pupils came too including a South Sea Island Princess Kaiulani of Hawaii who had a tragic life as her family were deposed and it is said she died of a broken heart aged only 23.

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Barlow lived here until their respective deaths ( Mrs. in 1921 and Mr. in 1923 ). The Barlows owned much property in the town.

In the Barlow’s time, there was a staff of six at The Yews. A cook, three maids, chauffeur and gardener. Mr. Barlow was a County Councillor and Magistrate. Mrs. Barlow was a niece of Mrs. Sharp.

After Mr. Barlow died in 1923, the property was acquired by Mr. & Mrs. Oliver Tailby. He was a local businessman and director of Witney & Westley, Shoe Manufacturers in Finedon Street. He also played an active part in the former Urban District Council. They had no children but a nephew and his wife lived with them.

When they bought the property, they had the old casement windows replaced by the present sash ones and also carried out many alterations inside. The tall carved mantel over the fireplace in the former dining room (which overlooked onto the main road) was brought from the former home of the Tailbys in the High Street.

Mr. Tailby died about 1962 and after some years, Mrs. Tailby sold up and moved with her nephew and his wife to the shop at the corner of Station Road / Kettering Road, where she eventually died.

Mr. Stan Firmin next lived in The Yews and paid Mrs. Tailby about £5,000 for all the property.

After some years, he sold to Mr. & Mrs. Rich who extended the house onto the garden end, in 1982. Mr. Rich demolished the bricked wall of the front courtyard and replaced itwith stoned wall with two pillars to accommodate two wheels, which form the gates.

In June 1983, Mr. & Mrs. Wilson bought the property and turn it into a lovely residential home for the elderly. Mrs. Wilson died in June 1985 and Mr. Wilson continued the business until November 1991 when he retired and sold the undertaking to Ms Elisabeth David and Mr. George Khaw, continuing the tradition of high standards at The Yews.

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01536 722561

The Yews, 73 Kettering Road, Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire NN15 5LP


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