Elms Farm - Yardley Rd.

There is a date-stone on Elms Farm house for 1618
This photograph was taken in 2014
Elms Farm c.1930s
Left to right: Dorothy Higgins, John Higgins, Joan Higgins


See plan above for layout of Elms Farm.

This part of the building was add about 200 years
after the house as a working building for the farm.

It was later converted into a dwelling. George Ruff lived here f
for some years, before it was integrated with the original farmhouse.

Ref: Date Occupant
Census 1841 Jabez Scrivener
Estate Survey 1843 Jabez Scrivener Oxhouse & Elms Farm
Census 1851 Jabez Scrivener
Census 1861 Matthew Willison
Census 1871 Matthew Willison
Abstract of Title 1920 1881 the Farm called Great Farm otherwise the Lower Farm theretofore in the tenure or occupation of Thos. Ewesden and then Jabez Scrivener
Census 1881 James Henson Pike
Kelly's Directory 1890 John Panter
Census 1891 John Panter
Kelly's Directory 1894 John Panter
Kelly's Directory 1898 John Panter
Census 1901 John Panter
Kelly's Directory 1906 Robert Penson
Census 1911 Robert Penson - Farm Bailiff
Electoral Rolls 1920 Sidney & Samuel Tee - John Samuel Wilcox
Electoral Rolls 1921 Frederick William Ratledge - Sidney & Samuel Tee - John Samuel Wilcox
Electoral Rolls 1922 Sidney & Samuel Tee - John Samuel Wilcox
Electoral Rolls 1923 Sidney & Samuel Tee - John Samuel Wilcox
Electoral Rolls 1924 Sidney & Samuel Tee - John Samuel Wilcox
Electoral Rolls Spring 1925 Sidney & Samuel Tee - John Samuel Wilcox
Newspaper report 1925 John Samuel Wilcox
Electoral Rolls Autumn 1925 John Higgins
Electotal Rolls Spring 1926 Percy Robert Howard - John Higgins
Electoral Roll 1929 Percy Robert Howard - John Higgins
Electoral Roll 1932 Alfred Crowder & John Higgins
(See below)
Electoral Roll 1935 John Higgins & Leslie Foster
Electoral Roll 1938 John Higgins & Leslie Foster
Electoral Roll 1939 John Higgins
Electoral Roll 1946 Cyril W. D. Brockway
Electoral Roll 1946 William P. Brockway (Garden Cottage)
Electoral Roll 1951 Cyril W. D. Brockway
Electoral Roll 1951 William P. Brockway (Garden Cottage)
2002 Cyril Brockway (son-in law of J. Higgins)

Cosgrove Estate Schedule 1843

Jabez Scrivener Oxhouse & Elms Farm
44 Upper Oxhouse Close
Pasture
16 0 9
45 The Oxhouse Close
Arable
17 0 30
46 Lower Oxhouse Close
Pasture
25 3 30
47 Spring Lays
Pasture
8 0 30
48 Brown Moor
Pasture
13 1 8
49 Top Meadow
Meadow
26 2 20
50 Little Meadow
Meadow
6 1 23
51 Cottage Close
Pasture
11 1 12
52 Meadow Furlong
Arable
9 3 21
53 Meadow Furlong
Meadow
4 2 36
54 Pond Close
Arable
10 0 30
55 Middle Meadow
Meadow
27 0 37
56 Barn Close
Pasture
14 3 0
57 Spinney Close
Arable
9 0 19
58 Lower Meadow
Pasture
15 0 25
59 The Whales
Pasture
7 2 17
60 The Hayes
Arable
9 2 17
61 Hovel Close
Arable
7 1 26
62 Lock House Close
Arable
8 1 11
63 The Land pit Close
Arable
11 1 6
64 The Great Quarry
Pasture
19 1 30
65 Little Quarry
Pasture
8 2 9
66 Stone Pit Field
Arable
13 1 37
67 Lower Spring Field
Arable
9 0 5
68 Upper Spring Field
Arable
6 1 31
69 Far Thickthorn
Arable
11 3 1
70 The 5 Acres
Arable
4 3 14
71 Lower Flaxland
Arable
6 3 10
72 Upper Flaxland
Arable
7 2 6
73 Home Thickthorn
Arable
12 3 10
74 Upper Thickthorn
Arable
10 3 32
75 Homestead
Arable
2 2 30
76 Home Close
Pasture
8 1 0
77 Home Close
Arable
4 1 26
78 The Lawn
Pasture
33 2 29
   
Total
420 3 37


Northampton Mercury - Saturday 13 March 1858

COSGROVE near Stony Stratford

NOTICE OF SALE of Valuable Live and Dead FARMING STOCK of Mr. JABEZ SCRIVENER, who is leaving. To be held on TUESDAY, 30TH of MARCH, 1858.

GEO. BENNETT, AUCTIONEER.

Further particulars next week.


Survey and Particulars &c. of a Farm in The Parish of Cosgrove, Northamptonshire belonging J. C. Mansel Esqr and in the occupation of Mr Jabez Scrivener April 1858
No on a Map Names of Parcels Quantity Cultivation Remarks
    a. p. r.    
44 Upper Oxhouse Close 16 0 9 Grass Mown
45 Oxhouse Close 17 0 30 Arable Beans Tares
46 Lower Oxhouse Close 25 3 30 Grass Field
47 Spring Leys 8 0 30 Grass Mown Much Damaged
48 Brownsmoor 13 1 8 Grass Field
49 Top Meadow 26 2 20 Grass Mown
50 Little Meadow 6 1 23 Grass Field
51 Cottage Close 11 1 12 Grass Field
52 & 53 Meadow Furlong 14 2 17 Arable & Grass Barley & Oats
54 Pond Close 10 0 30 Arable Wheat
55 Middle Meadow 27 0 37 Grass Mown
56 Barn Close 14 3 0 Grass Mown
57 Spinney Close 9 0 19 Arable Peas
58 Lower Meadow 15 0 25 Grass Mown
59 The Whales 7 2 17 Grass Mown
60 The Hayes 9 2 17 Arable Oats
61 Hovel Close 7 1 26 Grass Mown
62 Lock House Close 8 1 11 Arable Barley 
63 The Sandpit Close 11 1 6 Arable Barley
64 The Great Quarry 19 1 30 Grass Field
65 The Little Quarry 8 2 9 Grass Field
66 Stonepit Field 13 1 37 Arable Wheat
69 Far Thickthorn 11 3 1 Arable Wheat
70 The Five Acres 4 3 14 Arable Barley
71 Lower Flaxland 6 3 10 Arable Barley
72 Upper Flaxland 7 2 6 Arable Wheat
73 Home Thickthorn 12 3 10 Arable Wheat
74 Upper Thickthorn 10 3 32 Arable Tares
75 Homestead 2 2 30 Grass Field
76 Home Close 8 1 0 Grass Field
77 Home Close 4 1 26 Arable Beans
 
Total A.
371 3 12    

Cosgrove
Stony Stratford June 27/59

Sir

The roof of my House is very bad it rains through, the rick yard mound is so bad am obliged to stack my Clover in the Fields it grows in, sincerely hope you will give orders for the necessary repairs that are wanting on my Farm, the Hovel I want built you do during the Summer months

I am Sir
Respectfully Yours

Mat Willison

E. Fisher Esqr.(Mansel land agent)
Market Harborough


Cosgrove
Stony Stratford Dec 30/63

Sir

Will you have the kindness to allow me 3000 2in ..lis  I require them for the plough’d Ox House

I am Sir

Your obedient Servt

Mat Willison
E. Fisher Esqr.
Market Harborough


Abstract of the Title 1881
of Major Harry Grant Thorold to an Estate situate in the Parishes of Cosgrove and Furtho in the County of Northampton

All and every the several lands farms mansion houses cottages Mills and other heredits and premises thereinafter mentioned.
Oxhouse
Farm Fields &c. in the occupation of I. H. & W. Pike
44 Upper Oxhouse Close
Pasture
16
0
9
45 Oxhouse Close
Arable
17
0
30
46 Lower Oxhouse Close
Pasture
25
3
30
47 Spring Leys
Pasture
8
0
30
49 Top Meadow
Pasture
26
2
20
50 Little Meadow
Pasture
6
1
23
63 Sandpit Close
Arable
11
1
6
64 The Great Quarry
Pasture
9
1
30
69 The Thickthorn
Arable
12
2
2
70 The Five Acres
Arable
4
3
14
71 Lower Flax Land
Arable
6
3
10
72 Upper Flax Land
Arable
7
2
6
73 Home Thickthorn
Arable
12
3
10
74 Upper Thickthorn
Arable
10
3
32
75 Homestead
Pasture
2
2
30
76 Home Close
Arable
8
1
0
77 Home Close
Arable
4
1
26
84 Deadmore Meadow
15
2
17
A
217
2
5

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 03 June 1865

OPENING THE WOLVERTON MARKET.

The first beasts sent to the market were those of Mr. William Walker, of Stony Stratford, and the first lambs were those of Mr. Jabez Scrivener, of Cosgrove, which were purchased Mr. James Tompkins, of Leighton.


Northampton Mercury - Saturday 25 November 1865

COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford.

200 Fat and Store SHEEP, 40 Head of prime CATTLE, Six useful CART HORSES, Two Ricks of capital NEW HAY, to go off; Narrow-wheel WAGGON, MARKET CART, &c,

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,

DUDLEY & SON,

Early DECEMBER, at COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford, being the surplus Stock of Mr. J. SCRIVENER. Cosgrove is two miles from Stony Stratford and Wolverton Station.

Two months' credit will be given for the Hay on the usual conditions.

Luncheon will be on the Table at Eleven o'clock, and the Sale will commence at Twelve.

Catalogues may be had at the Inns in the neighbourhood and of Messrs. Dudley & Son, Auctioneers and Land Agents' Winslow.


Croydon’s Weekly Standard 2nd December 1865

SALES BY AUCTION

COSGROVE

Near Stony Stratford

200 FAT AND STORE SHEEP,

40 HEAD OF PRIME CATTLE

SIX USEFUL CART HORSES,

TWO RICKS OF CAPITAL NEW HAY
(to go off),
Narrow-wheel Waggon, Market Cart, &c.
To be sold by Auction,
BY DUDLEY AND SON,
On WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1865,
At Cosgrove, Near Stony Stratford, being the surplus
stock of Mr. J. Scrivener.

Cosgrove is two miles from Stony Stratford and Wolverton Station.

Two months’ credit will be given for the Hay on the usual conditions.
Luncheon will be on the table at Eleven o’clock, and the sale will commence at Twelve.

Catalogues may be had at the Inns in the neighbourhood and of Messrs. Dudley and Sons, Auctioneers and Land Agents, Winslow.


Northampton Mercury - Saturday 27 January 1866

COSGROVE, Northamptonshire

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,

By Messrs. DUDLEY & SON,

On Friday, the 23rd day of February, 1866, at the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, at Six o'clock in the evening, subject to conditions then to be produced,

ALL that exceedingly Valuable Freehold and Tithe-free Estate, situate at Cosgrove, consisting of an excellent FARM HOUSE, nearly new, Stone and Slated, Stabling for six or eight horses, capital Farm Buildings, and several Closes of Pasture and Meadow Land, containing together 64a. 3r. 28p., or thereabouts, and now in the occupation of the owner, Mr. JABEZ SCRIVENER.

The Land, on which is some thriving young Timber, is rich feeding Land of the finest description. The House could, with very little alteration, be made into capital Hunting Box, and the Farm Buildings, being extensive, could be converted into stabling for almost any number of horses.

The Rivers Tove and Ouze, in which the owner has the right of fishing, bound the property on the East and South. The Grand Junction Canal Company's Broad Water bounds the property on the West and on the North is the Main road through Cosgrove.

The Estate is situate within two miles of the market town of Stony Stratford; two miles from the Wolverton station on the main line of the London and North-Western Railway, within 100 yards of the Grand Junction Company’s Wharf; within three miles of the kennels of the Duke of Grafton's Hounds, and within five miles of kennels of the Hounds of Selby Lowndes Esq

Arrangements can be made for immediate possession.

For view, apply to Mr Jabez Scrivener, the owner; and for further particulars to Mr Richard Howes, solicitor, Northampton and Towcester.

PS Part of the purchase money can remain on the property, if desired, at four per cent.


Cosgrove Estate Sale 1919

LOT 4

(Coloured Pink on Plan).

A   Very   Useful   Corn-growing Holding

KNOWN AS

ELMS FARM,

situate in and adjoining Cosgrove Village, comprising an attractive FARM HOUSE, SET FARM
BUILDINGS, COTTAGE,  FERTILE  ARABLE and NICE QUALITY GRASS LAND, in all
containing an area of about

234a. 2r. 24p.

The Farmhouse

built of Stone with partly Tiled and partly Slated Roof, stands in a nice Garden, and contains ON
THE GROUND FLOOR—Entrance, Two Sitting Rooms, Two Kitchens, excellent Dairy and Pantry,
outside E.C.  ON THE UPPER FLOORS—Three Bedrooms and Two Attics.

The Farm Buildings

chiefly Stone Built and Slated, include Nag Stable for two with Loft over, Laundry, Trap
House, Two Calf Houses, Cow House for ten, Hay House, Cow House for ten (formerly Cart Horse Stable), Six-bay
Bullock Shed with nine standings, Cattle Yard, Barn, Lean-to Tank House and Poultry House, Three-
bay Cart Shed, Loose Box. In No. 72 also in No. 74 are three Loose Boxes. THE STONE BUILT
AND THATCHED COTTAGE contains Two Upper and Two Lower Rooms and Lean-to Wood Barn,
Garden and EC.

NO. ON PLAN.
DESCRIPTION.
AREA.
PARISH OF COSGROVE.
25
Grass .............................................................................................................
12.922
35
Ditto ................................................................................................................
20.212
36 & 41
Ditto ................................................................................................................
13.577
38
Ditto ................................................................................................................
27.379
Pt. 43
Arable..............................................................................................................
15.663
53
Ditto.................................................................................................................
13.115
55
Ditto.................................................................................................................
11.643
56
Ditto.................................................................................................................
12.280
62 & 68
Ditto.................................................................................................................
45.173
63
Ditto.................................................................................................................
12.402
69
Ditto.................................................................................................................
10.475
72
Paddock and Buildings...............................................................................
1.334
74
Grass..............................................................................................................
14.032
79
Farm House and Garden............................................................................
.451
80
Cottage and Garden.....................................................................................
.078
Pt. 92
Farm Buildings..............................................................................................
.307
93
Rick Yard.........................................................................................................
.470
Pt. 176
River Tove.......................................................................................................
.575
181
Grass...............................................................................................................
10.299
182
Ditto..................................................................................................................
1.192
193
Ditto..................................................................................................................
10.518
201
Arable...............................................................................................................
.555
Total A.
234.652

Tithe Free.

Land Tax, 1s. in £ on assessment.
Rent for 3r. 38p. part of No. 38 to Marquis of Lincolnshire, 10s.

This Lot is sold and shall be conveyed subject to the payment of £20 per annum for Water
supplied by the owner of Cosgrove Hall, who shall have the right of entry to this lot for the
purpose of repairing and maintaining the said supply.

No. 193 is sold subject to a right of access on foot or with horses or vehicles to and from the
well or spring therein, and to take water therefrom in favour of the Owner of " The Priory."

It is also subject to a right of occupation way by the owner of Lot 6 over Nos. 36 and 41 between the
Points O.W. as indicated on Plan by dotted lines.

The Loft over the Nag Stable included in this Lot extends over the Dairy included in the Manor
Farm, which forms part of Lot 1. The Purchaser of this Lot will be required to erect a suitable
Partition from floor to roof of the Loft in continuation of the stable wall under, which forms part
of the Eastern boundary of this Lot. Some of the Grass Land has long Frontage to the Grand
Junction Canal and the River Tove bounds the lot on the North-East.

The above is in hand and will be sold with possession.

This map has been pieced together to present the whole Lot in one image


Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 November 1919

A COSGROVE ESTATE.

MAJOR GRANT-THOEOLD'S LAND SOLD.

Lot 4, Elms Farm, corn-growing holding, with farm buildings, 233a. 2r. 33p., sold to Mr. George for £7,100.


Wolverton Express 23rd October 1925

Receiving Order – The following appears in the “London Gazette”: John Samuel Wilcox, lately carrying on business at Elms Farm, Cosgrove, smallholder and now residing at Astcote, and working as a farm labourer.


Wolverton Express 18th December 1925

A FARMER’S FAILURE

At the Northampton Bankruptcy Court on Friday, before Mr T M Percival, John Samuel Wilcox, smallholder, lately carrying on business at Elms Farm, Cosgrove, and now a farm labourer at Astcote, had gross liabilities of £421 12s, of which £271 12s was expected to rank. Debtor had no assets. He attributed his failure to the rent of his farm being too high, bad seasons and lack of capital.

Answering the Official Receiver, debtor, who is 39, said the receiving order was made on October 12 on a creditor’s petition. He served with the Northamptonshire Imperial Yeomanry through the war, and in March 1920 began farming at Cosgrove on a free capital of £133. His father gave him implements worth £100 and the landlords became guarantors for £200 at the bank.

In 1924 he was in difficulties and his father guaranteed a further £200. In March 1924 he was in arrears with his rent and received notice to quit. He owed the landlords £177. He was now working for his father.

The examination was adjourned.


Wolverton Express 27th November, 1931

Possession of a cottage

Arthur Owen, Cosgrove, was summoned by John Higgins for possession of a cottage at Cosgrove. Applicant stated that he had taken over a farm and wanted the cottage to put his own man in. He had received no rent from defendant, nor had it been tendered to him. The house went with the farm which he took over from Mr. Dickens.

Defendant stated that he went into the cottage on 1st July, 1927, and was trying hard to get another cottage. He worked at Stony Stratford and was a single man, with his mother and two sisters living with him. He had been the mainstay of their homes since his father went away to Southend-on-Sea.

The Chairman informed defendant that the Bench had no option but to make the order, but that they would allow him as long a time as possible and would allow him 28 days in which to give up possession.


John Higgins in his motor car with his two daughters Joan and Dorothy ('Doll')
John Higgins
Born 1880 died 1963

Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 January 1946

STAND-STILL ORDER FOR LIVESTOCK

FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE AT COSGROVE

An outbreak of foot and mouth disease at Cosgrove, near Stony Stratford, has been confirmed, and a stand-still order covering a radius of 15 miles has been imposed by the Ministry of Agriculture. The outbreak was at Elms Farm, Cosgrove, jointly held by two -smallholders, Mr. William Crowther and Mr. John Higgins. It was reported to the authorities early Tuesday morning. About 55 animals are involved, including 22 milking cows, in-call heifers, yearling stores, a fat pig and a goat. The work of slaughtering and burning the carcases started on Wednesday. A wide area covering four counties, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, and Oxfordshire, has been closed for the movement of stock. The biggest collecting centre involved is the Northampton Market, and although fat stock will be able to be moved, the stores market held at Northampton on Saturdays will closed.


Farmer of Elms Farm - Basil Richards
August 1992
Sue Richards with her weekly baking session for a W.I. Market
Lots of steak pies - August 1992

This photograph was found behind a cupboard in Elms Farm house.
It is believed to be of a family from Simpson in Buckinghamshire.
For some years the picture has hung in the vestry in Cosgrove Church.
For a larger image click here