Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 June 1924
PATHETIC LETTER TO WIFE
Mr W. Whitton, Coroner for South Northants, held an inquiry at the Barge Inn Cosgrove on Tuesday afternoon into the death of Mr Thomas Timothy Sharpe, aged 57, of 22 Cambridge-street, Wolverton whose body was recovered from the Grand Junction Canal, at Cosgrove on the previous afternoon. Evidence of identification was given by Thomas Freeman Sharpe, a son of deceased, who stated that his father suffered from chronic asthma, and was under the care of a doctor. He had had the complaint for about 20 years. He had been rather quiet during the previous few days.
Reginald Eales, labourer, Manor Cottages, Old Wolverton said that whilst he was walking with friends along the canal from Old Stratford to Cosgrove, he noticed a man’s coat and walking stick lying on the bank. He then saw the body in the water.
Frederick Joseph Clarke, farmer, Cosgrove Locks, who was called by the previous witness gave evidence of recovering the body and finding a letter in the deceased's coat pocket. The letter, addressed to his wife and children, stated; “Forgive me for the sorrow l am causing you. I know you have all been good to me, but I can’t stand any more of this suffering, week after week. I shall be better out than in this world. Goodbye and forgive.”
The Coroner returned a verdict of “suicide by drowning during temporary insanity”, and expressed sympathy with the widow and family.
Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 July 1939
By direction of the Education Committee
of the Northamptonshire County Council.
2 miles from Stony Stratford, 4 miles
from Wolverton. 8 miles from Towcester,
and 12 miles from Northampton.
A DETACHED FREEHOLD DWELLING-HOUSE
THE SCHOOL HOUSE, COSGROVE.
The Property is Brick Built, partly Slated and Tiled, and contains; Three Bedrooms, two fitted grates and one having an electric heating plug and cupboard; Entrance Hall; Two Sitting Rooms (one with bay) each fitted grate; Breakfast Room, fitted grate, electric heating plug and cupboard; Pantry; Larder; Kitchen, fitted inter-oven grate, table and cupboard; Scullery, fitted sink and copper; Bathroom, fitted bath and basin.
Brick paved Yard with access through double doors to street; Closet, brick-built and slated Garage and Coal Store adjoining; Small Lean-to Greenhouse, and a Garden, well stocked with productive fruit trees.
Electric Light. Water Supply.
TO BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY AUCTION,
BY J. C. J. Legge FAI.,
AT THE BARGE INN, COSGROVE,
On WEDNESDAY, JULY 26th, 1939,
At Seven o’clock in the Evening,
Subject to Conditions of Sale to be then produced.
For full Particulars and Key, apply to the Auctioneer. House, Shop, Land, Estate and Valuation Offices, 14, Castilian-street, Northampton. Telephone 50 (two lines).
Solicitor; J. ALAN TURNER, Esq., Clerk of the Northamptonshire County Council, County Hall, Northampton. Telephone Nos. 791/2.
Northampton Mercury - Friday 19 October 1945
LICENCE IN FAMILY 100 YEARS
A family connection extending over a century has been broken by the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, the landlady of the Barge Inn, Cosgrove. The licence has been held by members the Brown family for over 100 years. The late Mrs. Brown’s husband pre-deceased her three years ago, following which she was granted the licence. She had lived at the Barge, a resort for fishermen using the Broadwaters and the Grand Union Canal, for 47 years, and during that time had been an energetic worker for Northampton General Hospital. She was 74.
Wolverton Express November 16, 1956
FAREWELL TO “ THE BARGE"
Public House Closes After 100 Years
Not very long ago, Cosgrove could boasts of having three public houses in the village and a fourth on the way to Castlethorpe. Recent years have seen the closing of “The Plough", and at mid-day on Tuesday “The Barge " closed its doors for the last time as a public house.
At Towcester Magistrates' Court on Tuesdays Mr. Sidney Eglesfield, the licensee of "The Barge” for the past eleven years, was granted the permanent transfer of the licence of the “Barley Mow” which has been closed for some time while it has been fully modernised.
"The Barge" has been a public house for about 100 years, and much of that history Is known by Mrs. Florence Eglesfield, who was born there 80 years ago. She is a daughter of Jonah Brown, who ran the inn as a free house before selling it to P. Phipps and Co. Ltd., about 1900. Mrs. Eglesfield was never the licensee, but her brother, Mr. George Brown, held the licence for about 50 years until his death early in the last war.
Mrs. Eglesfield still lives in a house at the bottom of " The Barge" yard.
From the time that the late Mr. Jonah Brown commenced the public house it was always in the hands of the family. As the name implied, it catered for many of the barge-folk that sailed past only a few yards away, as well as for the locals from the village.
There was a party at "The Barge " on Monday night when the customers had their last drink in the house “on the house”.