William A Appleton

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Photo:Townsend House (previously Prospect House? )

Townsend House (previously Prospect House? )

Secretary of the General Federation of Trade Unions

By Peter Greener

W A Appleton seems to have many connections with Ashwell and the museum.

He was a CBE and JP.

He was a trustee of the museum from its foundation in 1930 until 1941.


We have a book written by him in 1921 when he was Secretary of the General Federation of Trade unions. 'What we want and where we are'


He lived at Prospect House ,Townsend, which is believed to be Townsend House

Any further information would be gratefully appreciated.

Picture of William Appleton supplied and used by permission of the  General Federation of Trade Unions.

This page was added on 26/05/2011.
Comments about this page

Bill Appleton (son of W.H.Appleton) was my closest childhood friend and I spent many happy hours with him at Townsend House. Bill inspired me to become a RAF pilot as he served as a Spitfire pilot during the World War II. W.H.Appleton was a character of some strength and I was really quite scared of him! He taught me to appreciate roses and good wine.

By Tony Christy
On 30/05/2012