Arthur Macnamara (1831-1906) was an eccentric, the Squire of Billington, England. He was known for building and improving the village. He attempted to re-create the lost castle of Eaton Bray, but after clearing the land and preparing the moat he ran out of money. He was a cruel landlord and would run people over in the roads. He would turn his tenants out for the slightest reason. He was frightened of thunder and had an underground suite of room built where he retreated in foul weather. He died alone and bankrupt. Macnamara’s grave site was said to have been surrounded by iron railings. Normally, the iron railings would be turned outward to keep robbers and trespassers out, but his were said to be curved inward to keep him from escaping. This is unconfirmed because the railings were removed during World War II when iron was melted down for the war effort.
(Billington Manor House where Arthur Macnamara lived)