The only new farmstead built in Cosgrove as a result of inclosure was Rectory Farm, which stood on the Furtho boundary in the centre of the land allotted to the rector of Cosgrove, about half a mile west of the village.
This farm, now on the A508 and running through to the village behind the Dower House, has variously been called “Glebe Farm”, “Parsonage Farm” and now “Rectory Farm”.
According to Coredon’s “Dictionary of Medieval Terms”, glebe land is "land (in addition to or including the parsonage house/rectory and grounds) which was assigned to support the priest".
In the early 17th century Cosgrove glebe included land in the three open fields of Cosgrove and Furtho (Quarry Field, Middle Field and Moor Field), as well as portions of common meadow, although the living was said to have lost some pasture lying within Furtho when that parish was inclosed, as a result of an ill-judged exchange agreed to by Christopher Emerson, rector of both Cosgrove and Furtho.
By the early 1830s, after some exchanges, the rectory had 236 acres of glebe, as well as tithes from about 93 acres in Cosgrove, which were commuted in 1845 for £33 8s.
Maps of around 1830 show Parsonage Farm, on the current Rectory Farm site, as having a track leading directly to the Church in the southwest. This is now represented by part of the Grafton Way footpath. Another old footpath leads north from Rectory farm in the direction of Forrester’s other allocated lands.
Cosgrove retained its glebe lands for rather longer than most neighbouring parishes, perhaps because of inertia during the exceptionally long incumbency of F. N. C. Hewson, combined with his (or his son's) ownership of the living. In 1952 about 140 acres was sold to Major Fermor-Hesketh, without reference to the P.C.C., leaving some 92 acres let for £140 a year, a smallholding at Bears Watering let for £24, and Longwood House, divided into two cottages let for 10s. a week each
The term “Glebe Farm” was still in common usage in the village in the 1930s, but Rectory Farm is its usual name. A new farmhouse was built in the 1960s but some much older outbuildings remain. In 2014 it is a dairy farm supplying milk to a large distributor.
Northampton Mercury - Saturday 29 August 1835
FARM TO BE LET
TO BE LET, AND ENTERED UPON AT MICHAELMAS NEXT,
THE RECTORY FARM, of COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford; containing 197 Acres, more or less, Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Ground, together with suitable buildings. The whole is in excellent condition.
Further particulars may be known on application at the Rectory, Cosgrove.
Northampton Mercury - Saturday 13 October 1849
RECTORY FARM, COSGROVE, Northamptonshire.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
By Mr. DURHAM,
Monday the 15th day of October 1849, on the premises, near
to the Northampton and Old Stratford Turnpike Road,
PART of the LIVE and DEAD FARMING STOCK of Mrs. Mansell, who is relinquishing the farming business; comprising half-bred ewes and shearhogs, tup, two sows, with eleven pigs each; store pigs. Berkshire boar, five useful cart horses, &c. about 14 tons of old Clover Hay, to go off; ploughs, harrows, drill, cart, harness, thrashing machine, drag rakes, iron hog troughs, iron horse trough, wheelbarrows, ladders, &c.
The Sale will commence at One o'clock for Two precisely.
Northampton Mercury - Saturday 12 September 1868
COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford.
GEO. BENNETT is instructed
TO SELL BY AUCTION,
At the RECTORY FARM, COSGROVE, on THURSDAY the
24th SEPTEMBER, 1868,
The LIVE and DEAD FARMING STOCK
The property of Mr. JOSEPH FOSTER, who is relinquishing this occupation,
COMPRISING 13 fresh home-bred bullocks,51 ewe and wether tegs, 78 store ewes, one ram, 12 fat shearhogs, five capital working cart horses, harness horse; an excellent assortment of FARMING IMPLEMENTS, many are nearly new, and consist of a mowing machine (by Samuel & son), iron ploughs, harrows, and horse rake (by Howard), good iron-armed broad and narrow-wheel waggons and carts, drills, rolls, mill, root pulper, winnowing machine, &c. Poultry. Also, the Bite of 31 Acres of GRASS KEEPING up to the 10th October next.
The company is requested to meet the Auctioneer at the Farm Buildings at Eleven o'clock.
Catalogues are now in circulation
Northampton Mercury - Saturday 09 April 1870
RECTORY FARM, COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford
DURHAM and SON
Are instructed TO SELL BY AUCTION
On WEDNESDAY, APRIL THE 20TH, 1870,
ABOUT 240 ASH and ELM TIMBER TREES, with part of the Lop and Top, now lying felled on the Farm. The Timber is of large dimensions and excellent quality.
The company is requested to meet the Auctioneers at the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, at Ten o'clock, business to commence at 10.30 punctually.
A dinner will be provided after the Sale for purchasers to the amount of £10 and upwards.
All transactions will be for Cash.
Catalogues are in course of preparation, and may be had at the Inns in the Neighbourhood, and of the Auctioneers, High Street, Stony Stratford.
Northampton Mercury - Saturday 07 March 1874
RECTORY FARM, COSGROVE, Stony Stratford.
TO WHEELWRIGHTS AND TIMBER MERCHANTS.
ABOUT SIXTY ASH TREES, and a few ELM, now lying Felled and Numbered on the above Farm
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
By DURHAM, SON, & THURGOOD,
ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11TH, 1874, at
the BARLEY MOW INN, COSGROVE, at Five o'clock, p.m.
Credit will be given.
Lying in Cuttles.
The Timber is well worth the attention of Wheelwrights, and lies close to the Road.-
| Five Ash Trees
|One Fine Elm
|Four Elm and Two Ash
| Five Ash
|Lying Stutch Furlong.
|Five Ash By Farm Buildings.
|Four Pollard ditto
Northampton Mercury - Saturday 01 May 1875
RECTORY FARM, COSGROVE
20 Head of COW STOCK, 70 SHEEP and LAMBS,
And 50 ACRES of Excellent GRASS KEEPING.
J. G. ODELL
Has received instructions from Mr. R. SLADE, of Hanslope Fields (who is leaving his Cosgrove Farm),
TO SELL BY AUCTION,
On the Premises, at Cosgrove, on Thursday next, May 6th, 1875,
20 STEERS and HEIFERS, 50 EWES and LAMBS, 20 Long-woolled TEGS; also, 50 ACRES of excellent GRASS KEEPING, to 28th September next, viz. :
Lot 1 Meadow 28A 2R 0P
Lot 2. Ditto 4A 0R 0P
Lot 3. Sandy Lands 9A 0R 0P
Lot 4. Washing Troughs 9A 0R 0P
The above Keeping is well watered and fenced. Sale to commence punctually at Two o'clock
Northampton Mercury - Saturday 07 August 1875
RECTORY FARM. COSGROVE near Stony Stratford.
ACRES OF LUXURIANT GROWING CROPS WHEAT, BARLEY, AND BEANS.
J. G. ODELL
Has received instructions from Mr. Richard Slade, of Hanslope Fields (who leaving his Cosgrove Farm),
TO SELL BY AUCTION,
On Friday next, August 13th, 1875,
33 ACRES of WHEAT
44 Ditto BARLEY
18½ Ditto BEANS.
Conditions at time of Sale. The company will please to meet the Auctioneer on the Premises, the Rectory Farm, Cosgrove, at Two o'clock, to proceed to Sale.
Catalogues will be ready due time, and may be had the Place of Sale, or of the Auctioneer, 3, Elysium-terrace, Northampton.
Northampton Mercury - Saturday 21 February 1880
STONY STRATFORD. PETTY SESSIONS
John Canvin, butcher, was summoned for neglecting to give notice that forty sheep belonging to him were affected with scab, on Jan. 31st, at Cosgrove.
Superintendent Norman stated : I accompanied Mr. Davis, veterinary surgeon, to the Rectory Farm, at Cosgrove. We examined twenty-three sheep in the Home Close, and the inspector pronounced them all affected, as also were seventeen Sandylands Close. The inspector's certificate was produced in Court. Penalty, 10s, and costs 18s.
Northampton Mercury - Saturday 14 October 1882
THE RECTORY FARM, COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford, and about Miles from Castlethorpe Station.
22 HERD OF SHORTHORN DAIRY CATTLE
and young STOCK,
Comprising six dairy cows and heifers, three two-and-
a-half-years-old in-calf heifers, three yearling heifers,
five fresh two-years-old steers and five weaning calves.
Three useful CART HORSES, five well-bred cart and
Strong brown PONY, ten half-bred LAMBS, seven in-pig
SOWS, SOW and 12 PIGS, 13 STORES,
80 head of POULTRY,
140 qtrs. of WHEAT, BARLEY, OATS and BEANS,
Two RICKS Capital New HAY (to go off);
The whole of the FARMING IMPLEMENTS and EFFECTS,
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
By GEO. WIGLEY,
On MONDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 1882, on the premises
at the Rectory Farm, Cosgrove, by direction of Mr.
JOHN CANVIN, who is quitting the occupation.
The cow stock is all well bred and in good condition. The horses and colts are very useful. The hay is secured in good condition.
The Sale will commence at Twelve o'clock.
Catalogues may be had at the Cock and Bull Hotels, Stony Stratford, and the offices of the Auctioneer, Winslow, and Town Hall offices, Fenny Stratford.
Northampton Mercury - Friday 30 September 1892
THE RECTORY FARM, COSGROVE, near
20 Head of DAIRY CATTLE and YOUNG
Three Prime Fat BULLOCKS, Fat HEIFER,
90 Store EWES and LAMBS,
Two Fat SHEEP, SOW, Eight PIGS,
Four Valuable CART HORSES,
Excellent Assortment of IMPLEMENTS and
Five Ricks of Old and New HAY,
Quantity of STRAW and MANURE. Crops of
MANGOLDS, SWEDES, and KOHL RABI
(all to go off),
WILL BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY
GEO. BENNETT and SONS, on the Premises, on Thursday, October 13th, by direction of the Rev. P. G. McDouall, who is leaving Cosgrove.
Luncheon (for which a moderate charge will be made and returned to purchasers) Eleven o'clock, and business 11.30. Intending purchasers can view the hay and roots prior to the sale. Credit will be allowed the hay subject to conditions.
Catalogues are in circulation. Auction and Agency Office, Buckingham.
Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 August 1893
THE GLEBE FARM, COSGROVE and
MESSRS. DURHAM, GOTTO, and SAMUEL are instructed by the Rev. H. N. C. Hewson
TO SELL BY AUCTION,
On Monday, September 4th, 1893,
Immediately after the sale of the Elms Farm,
83 Acres of Luxuriant GRASS-KEEPING
From the 30th September next to the 29th September, 1894, which can be mown once or grazed.
Credit will be given until the 24th June. 1894, on payment of a deposit per cent., and giving approved security for the balance upon conditions that will be produced at the time of sale.
Catalogues may be had of Messrs. Durham, Gotto, and Samuel, Auctioneers and Land Agents, Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell, and Northampton.
Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 September 1895
THE GLEBE FARM, COSGROVE.
MESSRS. DURHAM. GOTTO and SAMUEL
are instructed by the Rev. H. N. C. Hewson,
TO SELL BY AUCTION
On Friday, September 27, 1895, 106 Acres of Luxuriant GRASS KEEPING, From the 30th September instant to the of September, 1896, and which can be mown once grazed. Credit will be given until the 24th of June, 1896, on payment of a deposit 25 per cent., and giving approved security for the balance upon conditions that will be produced at the time of sale. Intending purchasers are requested to meet the Auctioneer at Lot 1, close to the Navigation Inn at Two o'clock in the Afternoon. Catalogues may be had of Messrs. Durham. Gotto, and Samuel, Auctioneers and Land Agents, Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell.
Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 May 1926
ACCIDENT. Reginald Morton, who lives at [Glebe] Farm, Cosgrove, was admitted to Northampton General Hospital at 1.50 am on Sunday, suffering from an injury to the arm.
Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 December 1933
To the Editor of the “Mercury and
“RING OUT THE OLD”
Sir, The shades of the old year are falling fast; we stand on the threshold of another year with mingled feelings.
We ring out the old and “ring in the new” with the hope that 1934 may bring brighter days, less poverty, and more employment.
We look to what the future may hold for us; with courage and a high heart we welcome a new beginning.
Looking back, see how oft-times we have failed, but out of our very failure we will rise to better things. Disappointments may have been our lot, but they have been tempered with compensations and blessings.
We listen to the old year being rung out “the year is dying in the night, ring out wild bells and let him die.”
Yes, but as a New Year is born we greet it with renewed hope; with eager outstretched hands we give it welcome; may it hold brighter and better things!
(Mrs.) EDITH SMITH.
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.
||In a heat wave in May 1947, Land Girl Olive Williams is busy sheep-shearing and just putting the finishing
touches to this sheep's 'summer undies'. Farmer George Ruff of Rectory Farm, Cosgrove, looks on approvingly.
Wolverton Express March 1967
RECTORY FARM, COSGROVE
On the main A.508 road mid-way between Yardley Gobion and Old Stratford.
25 STORE CATTLE
comprising: 4 Friesian Steers. 11 years old; 5 Angus Steers and Heifers; 4 Hereford Steers and Heifers, 11 years old; 11 Hereford Steers Heifers, 8 months old; 1 Charolaise Steer, 8 months old.
including: 2 Fordson Major Paraffin Tractors, 2-furrow Tractor Plough. 9-tine Cultivator, Set of Disc Harrows, Set of 3 Heavy Harrows, Double Set of Chain Harrows, Combine Drill, Artificial Manure Spreader, Tractor Hay Rake, Lundell Forage Harvester, Buck Rake, McCormick Intel-nation Pick-up Baler, 4-ton Hydraulic Tipping Trailer, 4-wheel Trailers. Tearaway rear Muck Fork, Morris 1000 Pick-up, Root Cutter, Weighing Machine, Petrol and Diesel Engines, Sack Hoist, Grinding Mill, Hammer Mill, Water and Fuel Storage Tanks, Galvanised and Wooden Sheep Troughs, Cattle Mangers and Racks. Poultry Feeders, Drinkers and equipment 3-furrow Ford Ransome Plough, Mounted G.P. Plough, etc.,
will be offered for Sale by Auction by
PEIRCE, THORPE & MARRIOTT
on the instructions of G. Ruff, Esq.., who is retiring, on
TUESDAY 21st MARCH, 1967 at
11 a.m. prompt
Catalogues available on application to the Auctioneers' Offices: 9 BRIDGE STREET, NORTHAMPTON, Tel. 32266/7/8
Wolverton Express 11th February 1972
Mr. H. Tandy
A farmer in South Northamptonshire since 1920. Mr. Harry Tandy died suddenly at his home, Rectory Farm Cosgrove, on January 31. He was 79 and had been semi-retired for several years. Born at Kislingbury, Mr. Tandy served in World War 1 in Russia for three years. After the war he came to live at Yardley Gobion with his sister and started farming at Homestead Farm in 1920. He moved to Rectory Farm 3½ years ago with his wife, formerly Miss Jessie Gray, of Yardley Gobion. and son Robert. The funeral service was on Friday at Yardley Gobion Church conducted by the Rev. R. Howe. Family mourners were Mrs. Tandy (widow). Mr. R. Tandy (son). Miss R. Tandy (sister). Mr. and Mrs. George Tandy. Miss Eileen Tandy (nephew and nieces).