Chancery Lane - Past Residents

Map of the land names along Chancery Lane (Fair Lane)
Montague House, Chancery Lane, Thrapston
Montagu House School 1891

 Legal, Medical, Education

 Surgeons, solicitors and school teachers have been based in Chancery Lane, Thrapston for many years.

 Road Name

The name probably arose because lawyers made it their Headquarters, but for many years it was also called Fair Lane because it led to the field where the annual fair was held (see map).

 The Yorke family

Daniel Yorke, and his  son  William  were  prominent lawyers in Thrapston before the beginning of the 19th century and William owned a house  and office  in Chancery Lane.  In 1806 he rented it to Caryer Sherard whose family had been solicitors in Oundle for generations.


The first mention of a surgeon in Chancery Lane is that of  Charles  Washington  Montague  (from  whom  the  present house  takes  its  name) who  lived  there in the early 19th century.

In 1851, William  Haines,  a general practitioner, member of the Royal College of Surgeons and Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries lived at Montagu(e)house.

Joseph Bird was practicing medicine in Chancery Lane in 1891 and  Emma Todd, a medical botanist, was his neighbour.


Ann  Ashman,  in  1841,  had  a  young  ladies  boarding school in Chancery Lane with 12 boarders, and two assistants.

Annie  Larter,  in  1891,   ran  a  ladies  day school  in  Montagu(e) House, assisted by teachers of English,  languages and music.

This page was added on 21/12/2013.

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