Town councillor donates photos to JD Wetherspoon pub

Oakham town councillor John Nowell with the displayed photographs in The Captain Noel Newton.
Oakham town councillor John Nowell with the displayed photographs in The Captain Noel Newton.
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A number of historic photographs have been donated to a new pub that commemorate the life of the man it was named after.

Oakham town councillor John Nowell has given four pictures to JD Wetherspoon chain The Captain Noel Newton, in High Street, Oakham, which are now on display for customers to see.

The historical photos show Captain Noel Newton and his troops years before the First World War.

The pub, which opened two weeks ago, is named after Captain Newton who was a former High Sheriff of Rutland, and sold the building to the Royal British Legion between 1948 and 1950.

The images show; Captain Noel Newton and his fellow officers in dress uniform with their ladies taken in 1914; four mounted troopers in 1913; a tented encampment of the Leicestershire Yeomanry taken near Oakham in 1908; and a Bleriot monoplane, which landed by mistake on Oakham polo ground during the 1911 Round Britain Air Race.

Coun Nowell said: “I first found these photographs at the Leicestershire archives in Wigston when I was researching for my book, Now and Then – Rutland. Although there was no room in the book for these pictures, I retained them on file, primarily because Captain Noel Newton was a separate branch of my own family.”

Captain Charles Noel Newton was born in 1884 and grew up at Ashwell Grange. He was commissioned into the army in the Leicestershire Yeomanry and fought in the First World War.

Captain Newton survived the war and reached the rank of Major.

He lived in the building in the 1930s before he sold it to the Royal British Legion for £1,600 in 1950. He was the High Sheriff of Rutland in 1934 as Major Charles Noel Newton of Ashwell Grange. He was also a councillor and trustee for Oakham School from 1941 to 1959.