Isworth Farm


Isworth 1843
Ref: Date Occupant
Newspaper 1816 Mr. Horn
Newspaper 1821 Mr. Horn is leaving
Census 1841 John East
Mansel Letters 1848 John East notice to quit
Mansel Letters 1859 Thomas Slade
Census 1861 Edward Gates
Census 1871 John Gates
Newspaper 1877 Edward Gates - leaving Auction 1st May 1877
Census 1891 George Nicholson - Farm foreman
Census 1901 William W. Winning - Farm Bailiff
Census 1911 George Tapp - Waggoner on farm
Electoral Rolls 1914 George Tapp - cottage at Isworth
Electoral Rolls 1919 William Johnson
Electoral Rolls 1922 Alfred Bodley & Albert Shackles
Electoral Rolls 1922 Alfred Bodley & Albert Shackles
Electoral Rolls 1926 Alfred Bodley & George Herbert
Electoral Rolls 1928 Alfred Bodley & Herbert Meakins
Kelly’s Directory 1928 Alfred Bodley farmer Isworth farm
Kelly’s Directory 1931 Dickens W. W. farmer, Isworth farm owner
Kelly's Directory 1936 Alfrd. Bodley farmer Isworth farm
Electoral Rolls 1937 Cyril Lord
Kelly's Directory 1940 Dickens W. W. farmer, Isworth farm owner
Electoral Rolls 1946 John E. Prue
Electoral Rolls 1953 John E. Prue

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 06 July 1816

Growing Crop of Grass

To be SOLD by AUCTION,

By John Day & SON,

On Wednesday the 10th of July, inst, at Three o'Clock the Afternoon precisely, one Lot,

A MEADOW of GRASS, called ISWORTH Meadow, containing 21A. IR. 30P. situate in the Parish of COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford, in Occupation of Mr. Horn. —The Hay to taken off the Premises, and the Keep to be included in the Purchase to the 10th Day October next.

The Company is requested to meet the Auctioneers in the Meadow at Three o'Clock.


Northampton Mercury - Saturday 29 September 1821

Live and Dead Farming Stock, Dairy and Brewing Vessels, Beer Casks, &c.

To be SOLD by AUCTION,

JOHN DAY & SON,

Monday the 8th day of October 1821, on the Premises at HISWORTH LODGE FARM, in the Parish of COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford, the Property of Mrs. HORN, Widow, who is leaving the Farm,

THE EFFECTS comprise 59 ewe Sheep, 39 Lambs, 18 Shearhogs, and three Tups, one fat Cow, four milking Cows, six Heifers, two yearling Calves, and one Bull, one Mare, a Foal; one other Mare, and one three-year-old Horse; one Sow, with nine Pigs; two Waggons, two six-inch wheel Carts, field Roll, two Pair of Harrows, Ploughs, lead horse Trough, hog Troughs, Ladders, Forks, Rakes, corn Sacks, wind Fan, wire Screen, barn Tackle, Cart Ropes, Horses' Gears, Pair wool Scales, with iron Beam; six-dozen Churn and Frame, new; five milk Leads, with Stands; Buckets and Yoke, Tubs, cream Tins, Scales and Weights, hogshead brewing Copper and Grate, 10 bushel mash Vat, and brewing Tubs, six beer Casks, of one Hogshead each ; Dresser and Shelves, Bedstead and flock Beds, with numerous other Articles.

The Sale to commence with the Farming Stock Eleven o'Clock precisely.


Northampton Mercury  - Saturday 09 October 1841

COSGROVE, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE.

VALUABLE FREEHOLD & TITHE-FREE FARM,

In the Parish of COSGROVE, called

HISWORTH FARM, comprising about ONE HUNDRED & EIGHTY-FIVE ACRES of Arable, Meadow, and Pasture LAND, within a ring fence, and sub-divided into convenient inclosures by good live fences, and surrounding a FARM HOUSE replete with every convenience, commodious farm yard, superior farm buildings, garden and orchard well stocked with fruit trees of useful descriptions, delightfully situated within easy distances of the Market Towns of Stony Stratford, Towcester, Buckingham, Newport Pagnell, and Northampton, and within very short distance of the London and Birmingham Railway, and intersected by the Grand Junction Canal, forming a very desirable property for occupation or investment, and Which will SOLD by AUCTION, by Mr. JOHN DURHAM, At the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, on Thursday, the 4th Day of November, next, at 4 o'Clock in the Afternoon, (unless an acceptable offer by Private Contract should be made), subject to such Conditions as will be then produced.
The Property Let to a respectable Tenant rent of £270. and may be viewed on application.
Particulars may be had at the George Hotel, Northampton; Pomfret Arms, Towcester; White Hart, Buckingham; Swan, Newport Pagnell; Messrs. Markham, Solicitors, Northampton; and of Mr. John Durham, Land Agent, Stony Stratford, whose Office Plan the Estate may be seen.


Northampton Mercury - Saturday 15 January 1842

HISWORTH FARM, COSGROVE.

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,

By Mr. JOHN DURHAM,

On Monday the 24th day of January, 1842,

UPWARDS of ONE HUNDRED LOTS very superior ASH and ELM TOPS, many containing several feet of timber, the trees never having been lopped. The Grand Junction Canal passing through the estate affords great facility in carriage.

Three months' credit will be given on approved joint security.

The property may be viewed by applying to Mr. East, the proprietor, and the company is requested to meet the Auctioneer at Castlethorpe Wharf at 10 o'clock, and proceed to sale.


Northampton Mercury - Saturday 01 April 1843

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,

By Mr. JOHN DURHAM,

On Thursday, the 6th day of April, 1813, on the Premises called Hisworth farm, the parish of COSGROVE, Northamptonshire.

THE HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, dead farming stock, dairy and brewing utensils, goods, chattels and effects, of Mr. East, who has left the farm.

The Sale will commence Ten o'clock precisely.
Catalogues may be had at the Inns the neighbourhood, and at the Office of Mr. Durham, Land Surveyor, &c, Stony Stratford.


Letter Mansel Collection

To Mr John East

I do hereby give you Notice to quit and deliver up on the twenty ninth day of September or on such other day as the year of your tenancy shall expire after the expiration of Six Months from the delivery of this Notice, the possession of the Messuage or dwelling-house with the Appurtenances thereto belonging, together with the several Closes or Parcels of Land which you now hold or rent of me

Situate within the Parish of

Cosgrove and Potterspury in the County of Northampton or elsewhere.

Dated this twenty fourth day of March 1848


Northampton Mercury - Saturday 27 May 1848

LIVE AND DEAD FARMING STOCK, AND GRASS
KEEPING

COSGROVE.

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,

Mr. DURHAM,

On Wednesday the 31st day of May, 1848, on the premises of Mr. East, Hisworth Farm, in the parish of Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, who is leaving the same;

COMPRISING five heifers, three sturks, one yearling; bull, three narrow wheel waggons, three broad-wheel carts, one narrow-wheel ditto (new), one iron plough, two Ransome's ditto, two scufflers, set iron harrows, one drag harrow, two pair small harrows, iron roll (nearly new), rick cloth with poles and ropes complete (new), winnowing machine by Pinney, ten-quarter corn bin, cow cribs, sheep cribs and troughs, dozen hurdles and stakes, barn tackle, &c, &c.

About 80 Acres of Grass Keeping and Six Acres Clover, the whole of which is well watered, and for which three months' credit will be given on approved security and deposit of per cent, being paid. Catalogues may had two days previous to the sale, on the Premises, and of Mr. Durham, Auctioneer, &c, Stony Stratford.

The Sale will commence at Eleven o'clock.


Northampton Mercury - Saturday 22 July 1848

COSGROVE, Northamptonshire.

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,

By Mr. DURHAM,

On Wednesday the 26th day of July, 1848, on the premises of Mr. East, Hisworth Farm, who is leaving

COMPRISING about Acres of Wheat, 10 Acres of Barley, Nine Acres of Peas and Beans, Four Acres of Oats, and Six Acres of Vetches, in lots. The Straw must be consumed on the premises, and yards will be provided for that purpose up to the 25th March, 1849.

The Company requested to meet the Auctioneer at the Farm House at One o'clock, as the Sale will commence at Two o'clock precisely.


Letter Mansel Collection

To Mr Thomas Slade

I do hereby give you Notice to quit and deliver up on the twenty ninth day of September or on such other day as the year of your tenancy shall expire after the expiration of Six Months from the delivery of this Notice, the possession of the Messuage or dwelling-house with the Appurtenances thereto belonging, together with the several Closes or Parcels of Land which you now hold or rent of me

Situate within the Parish of

Cosgrove and Potterspury in the County of Northampton or elsewhere.

Dated this twenty fourth day of March 1859

J: C: Mansel


Letter Mansel Collection

Bletchley May 6th

My dear Mr Mansel

I can strongly recommend to you, as a Tenant, Edward Gates, I have known him above 20 years, he was a Tenant of Sir Thomas Sheffard’s, renting the Mill and a small quantity of land, but was to have had more if Sir T. S. had lived
I connder him to be a steady, industrious, and hard working man, and thoroughly understanding his business.

Mrs Londes is staying at her mothers with Bell and Chora for change of air, as they have had the whooping cough but are now getting better I retuned home yesterday. I was staying last week in Wiltshire with Mrs. Humphrys who I think you have seen when staying at the Priory with my sister some years back a very old lady now 87 years old and as active as a kitten, with kind regards Rd Mansel

Believe me

Yours truly

R. S. Loundes


Letter Mansel Collection

Cosgrove
May 6th 1862

Sir

I beg to say I am in receipt of your note of the 3rd inst and will have the leakages stopped at the Canal Embankment adjoining the Hisworth farm without delay

Your Servant

Harding Talbot


Northampton Mercury - Saturday 21 April 1877

ISWORTH FARM,

near Cosgrove.

THE very useful DAIRY COWS, Home-bred HEIFERS, STEERS, Young BULL, EWES and LAMBS, Strong TEGS, Ten CART HORSES ; all the excellent FARMING IMPLEMENTS, and Acres GRASS KEEPING, to Michaelmas next,

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,

By Messrs. HARRISON & SON,

 On Tuesday, 1st May, 1877, by Order of the Administratrix of Mr. Edward Gates, deceased.

Sale to commence at Twelve o'clock.

 Catalogues at the principal Inns in Stony Stratford, or at the Auctioneer's Offices, Buckingham.


Northampton Mercury - Saturday 21 July 1877

COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford.

80 ACRES of capital GROWING CROPS of CORN, COMPRISING 30 Acres of WHEAT, 9 Acres of BARLEY, 6 Acres of OATS, 16 Acres of BEANS and PEAS, and 16 Acres of CLOVER ; also a Rick of well-secured CLOVER HAY, about Tons, to go off;

TO BE SOLD B Y AUCTION,

By Mr. GEO. WIGLEY,

On Thursday, August 2nd, 1877, on the Farm, at Cosgrove, by direction of Mr. WILLIAM GATES, who is leaving the farm at Michaelmas. Two months' credit will be given on the usual conditions.

The company will oblige by meeting the Auctioneer at the Farm Buildings, at Four o'clock in the Afternoon, and proceed to Sale.

Catalogues may be had at the "Cock" and "Bull" Hotels, Stony Stratford; and at the Offices of the Auctioneer, Winslow.

1877 - By order of the Administrix of Mr. Edward Gates deceased


Mancel Letters

Jan 21st 1880

Mr. J. Gates left the farm last Thursday evening but did not go far before he was thrown out of his cart and broke his leg, he was brought to the farm again and is there now , how far this may influence a legal possession I know not. J. C. Mansel


An Abstract of Title dated 7th October 1881

of

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

All that messe tenement or farm house with the barns stables & outbuildings to the same belonging situate standing and being in Cosgrave otherwise Cosgrove afsd and also those sevl closes or pieces or parcels or inclosed arable meadow or pasture ground contg together 188a. 1r. 22p. or thereabouts more or less called or known by the sevl names of the Hawkes Poles Daw Furlong North Leys Moor Leys Pebley Close Sandyland Reeves Close Hisworth Hades Lower Hisworth Upper Hisworth The House Close The North End of Hisworth Meadow The South End of Hisworth Meadow Blacklands and Mackroods or by whatever name or names the sd sevl closes or inclosed grounds or any of them were then or were then formerly sevly called or known or distinguished and which sd sevl closes or inclosed grounds were all site lying and being in the sevl parishes Lordships or Liberties of Cosgrave otherwise Cosgrove afsd Potterspury Passenham and Furtho in the said Coy of Northampton some or one of them and were together called or known by the names of Hisworth Farm which sevl closes or inclosed grounds belonging to or by the name of Hisworth Farm were comprised in 2 sevl parcels or allotmts of land the one of them containing 65a. 1r. 39. & the other 145a. 2r. 27p. which at the time of the inclosure of the open and common fields of Cosgrove afsd exclusive of Brown Wood Green and Henson Field in the sd parish were set out allotted & awarded by the Commissioners appointed by the Act of Parliament made and passed in the 7th year of the reign of King George the 3rd for dividing and inclosing the sd open and common fields unto and for John Mansel deceased Father of J. C. Mansel deced. for and in lieu of certain lands grounds intts of common and rights and properties within the said open & common fields & which sd messe tenement or farm & sevl closes or inclosed grounds were then formerly in the sevl tenures or occupons of John Horn and William Hays or some or one of them and afterwards of John East

FARM fields &c. in the occupation of H. G. Thorold and known as Isworth Farm

Number on Plan Name Cultivation
Quantity
a.
r.
p.
1
Upper Wintering
Arable
7
2
27
2
Lower Wintering
Arable
9
1
9
3
The Little Meadow
Pasture
4
0
33
4
Red Shanks
Arable
19
2
7
5
The Slipe
Pasture
2
2
24
6
Old Sward
Arable
16
2
24
7
The Slipe Meadow
Pasture
5
3
6
8
The Slipe Meadow
Pasture
17
2
37
9
The House Field
Arable
10
0
19
10
Homestead
1
3
15
11
The Sheep Walk
Arable
14
3
21
12
Muck Road
Arable
9
2
19
13
The Barn Meadow
Pasture
2
0
37
14
The Slipe
Arable
3
1
20
15
The Corner Piece
Arable
3
1
16
Upper Sandy Land
Arable
8
0
15
17
Pedley Close
Arable
10
1
33
18
The Dan Furlong
Arable
13
0
32
19
Lower Sandy Land
Arable
4
0
14
20
The Moors
Pasture
22
0
30
21
Oxpole
Pasture
8
2
18
TOTAL A
193
0
1

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 06 October 1883

lSWORTH FARM, one-and-half miles
from Stony Stratford.

FOUR strong active Cart HORDES. Seven Pure-bred
Jersey COWS and HEIFERS,
Two In-pig SOWS.
320 Quarters of WHEAT, BARLEY, and BEANS,
in Sacks; the whole of
The excellent AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS.

Comprising three narrow-wheel waggons, three carts, Hornsby's self-raking reaper, Hornsby's mower, haymaking machine, by Howard; iron horse rake Roberts : four ploughs, bouting plough, four sets of harrows, cultivators, corn drill, winnowing machine, pulpers, Ransome and Sims' combined patent oat and bean mill, turnip cutters, weighing machine and weights, 10 sets harness, ladders, corn sacks, pig troughs, eight milk leads, dairy vessels, six capital one-hogshead iron-bound ale casks, and numerous effects,

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION

Mr. GEO. WIGLEY

On FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12TH, 1883, on the Premises at

ISWORTH FARM, COSGROVE, by direction of J. C.

Mansel, Esq., who is relinquishing his occupation

of the Farm.

The Sale will commence Twelve o'clock.

Catalogues may be had the Cock and Bull Hotels, Stony Stratford; and of the Auctioneer, Winslow and Fenny Stratford.


Cosgrove Hall Estate Sale 1919

LOT 6

(Coloured Green on Plan).

A   Capital   Compact   Mixed Holding

KNOWN AS

ISWORTH FARM

-situate off the Northampton Road, 2 miles from Castlethorpe Station, and 3 miles from Stony Stratford,
comprising FARM HOUSE, COTTAGE, FARM BUILDINGS, FERTILE, ARABLE and USEFUL
GRASS LAND with a total area of about

190a. 0r. 37p.

The Farmhouse

is Stone Built with Corrugated Iron Roof, and contains Front Room, Kitchen, Cellar, and Three
Bedrooms.  Outside Store and E.C.

The Attached Cottage has Two Upper and One Lower Room, outside Wood Barn.

The Farm Buildings

are Stone Built and partly Thatched and partly Slated, and include Barn, Four-Horse Stable, Harness
Room, Chaff House, Two Seven-bay Cattle Sheds, Two Loose Boxes, Two Cattle Yards, Four-bay
Cart Hovel, Two Poultry Houses, Granary, Wood Barn.  In No. 21 is a Five-bay Open Shed.

SCHEDULE.

NO. ON PLAN.
DESCRIPTION.
AREA.
PARISH OF COSGROVE.
1
Grass..............................................................................................................
4.091
2
Ditto ................................................................................................................
9.259
3
Arable.............................................................................................................
16.399
4
Grass..............................................................................................................
5.658
5
Ditto.................................................................................................................
17.587
6
Ditto.................................................................................................................
1.917
7
Ditto.................................................................................................................
2.457
8
Arable.............................................................................................................
7.622
10
Ditto.................................................................................................................
19.483
11
Farmhouse, Buildings and Paddock........................................................
1.833
12
Arable.............................................................................................................
12.749
13
Ditto.................................................................................................................
12.905
14
Grass..............................................................................................................
2.386
15
Arable.............................................................................................................
7.475
20
Ditto.................................................................................................................
9.270
21
Buildings
.180
22
Grass..............................................................................................................
3.161
23
Ditto.................................................................................................................
8.152
24
Road
.585
26
Grass..............................................................................................................
18.604
27
Plantion...........................................................................................................
1.212
33
Arable..............................................................................................................
14.357
34
Grass..............................................................................................................
3.983
46
Arable..............................................................................................................
8.907
Total A.
190.232

Lot 6, Isworth Farm and farm buildings, 190 a. 0r. 37p., was sold to Mr. W. Dickens, of Old Stratford, for £3.000.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 May 1940

MR. W. W. DICKENS.

MR. W. W. DICKENS, of Furtho House, Old Stratford, has farmed for over 60 years, and although he has reached the age of 70 he still farms 120 acres, of which he is the owner. He also farmed the Rectory Farm of 110 acres at Cosgrove for a number of years, relinquishing it three or four years ago. Isworth Farm, Cosgrove, was bought by Mr. Dickens about 20 years ago, and he let this two years ago. He also bought a farm of 87 acres at Ashton and has let this. Mr. Dickens is a believer in mixed farming. He has a herd of 60 heifers end bullocks, Herefords. Shorthorns, and cross-breds. In the last war he ploughed up 50 acres, and first dressed the land with liquid ammonia. He planted Squareheads Master wheat in March, and so rapid was the growth that he had to leave off cutting his autumn-sown crops to attend to it. Most of the straw was 6ft. high, and his return was 5½ quarters to the acre, besides ‘‘tailings." Now, with a reduced acreage under his direct control, he has ploughed up 13 acres. He comes from a sturdy stock of North Bucks yeomen farmers. At the age of seven or eight he knew what long hours on the farm meant. He has given ungrudgingly of his time to public service. For three years he represented Wolverton on Bucks County Council at time when he lived at Stony Stratford, and was for six years a member of Wolverton Urban Council. For many years he served on the old Potterspury Board Guardians and Rural Council, and is still a member of Towcester Rural Council. Old Stratford owes much to his generosity. He obtained the land for the village hall, and contributed largely towards the cost. He has also given a paddock as a recreation ground to keep the children off the Watling Street, and fitted it up with a well built shed and swings. This ground was opened last August Bank Holiday.