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Today Furtho is a single farm estate with company offices, but in the past it was a thriving village with its own rich history intertwined with Cosgrove's, dating back to the Conquest. Click here to see its own document page.

Cosgrove continued

Neighbouring villages

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Illustrated Talks by Wendy Page

Talks can fit or split to any length required.

Talks about named families are based in Cosgrove but are about people with national or County importance
and are interesting stories in their own right, evocative of the history of their time.

All talks explain how evidence was discovered and used to build stories. Contact:



Medieval Minds

How villages in South Northants worked in the Middle Ages based on documents from Furtho.

Tudor and Stuart Glimpses

16th and 17th century stories about the rise of the middle classes, including John Beauchamp, Cosgrove’s Mayflower investor

Four Pence for a Polecat

18th Century stories from a time when the Church ran small villages, paid out bounties on vermin, and collected the rates!

The Power and the Glory

18th Century People – Farmers, Gentry, Churchmen, Adventurers and Traders – tales of fortunes won and lost

Secrets of the Poor Book

18th Century Village Poor House stories – how the poor provided servants, cheap labour and the Militia

Straight Down the Middle

19th Century – how the canal came to South Northants, cut a village in half and changed the world

Remarkable Lives

19th Century People – Ladies, Military leaders, Philosophers, Immigrants and Entrepreneurs living side by side

Behind the Map

19th Century stories of a South Northants village changing from an agricultural to industrial community - in maps and photos

When They Were Very Young

20th Century Education – Rural schools, Children and Teachers through two world wars and into today’s community

Heroes and Villains

20th Century People – The Big House, a wicked Vicar, a Champagne Charlie, Olympians, Historians and extraordinary villagers

Into Living Memory

20th Century Changes – Health, water, rubbish, housing, war and the recovery – how they lived through it