He was only 46 years old and he had died the previous day, May 16th, at his parents home in Dover, so today is an anniversary of sorts. He came from a family of 8 children of whom only two got past the age of 50: an older brother who died at 51 and a sister who lived to the very respectable age of 83. However in his short and energetic life he certainly made a difference to Stony Stratford.
|Some New Street Cottages today|
|The Old School at the end of New Street, later used as Parish Rooms|
I suspect that she had some influence on their decisions. For example, on their arrival in Stony Stratford they rented Wolverton House until the new vicarage was built, possibly because Wolverton House was the only house in the district grand enough to accommodate Mrs Sankey and her family in the style to which they were accustomed. They can be found in the 1861 census with her four children from her previous marriage, her new child with Sankey and four household servants - a lifestyle quite beyond the average small town vicar.
|Drawing of the school frontage in 1864|
|Mr Fegan's Homes from the North-East|
|St Anthony's School in the 1960s|
In 1962 the buildings opened as a Roman Catholic preparatory school, known as St Anthony's. In this guise it lasted for 10 years.
The site is now a commercial and housing development.