Cosgrove Feasts

Wolverton Express 24th July 1903

Cosgrove Feast Sports

The sixth annual sports in connection with the above feast were held on Saturday in a field adjoining the Brewery, kindly lent by Mr W Bushell. There was not so large an attendance as usual, but the racing was of an interesting description. The following officials ably managed the sports:-

Referee, Mr H Brown; Judges, Messrs R Penson and F Jelley; marksmen, Messrs  S Williams, H Lambert, J Wootton, G Clifton, W Gee, H Meakins, and H Horwood; starter, Mr H Hillyer; hon. secretary, Mr E Cockerill.

The results were as follows:

Race for boys under 10: G Bugby, 1 (cricket bat and ball, presented by Mr Odell, Stony Stratford); F Noble, 2; J Knight, 3 (pocket knife). – 100 yards handicap (open): Heat 1 - F Smith, Kingsthorpe (scratch), 1; C Lawless, Eastleigh (5 yards), 2; Heat 2 – C Curtis, Northampton (10½), 1; W Luck, Cosgrove (12), 2; Heat 3 – E Gascoyne, Stantonbury (10½), 1; S Harris, Wolverton (10½), 2. Final – C Lawless, 1; E Gascoyne, 2; C Curtis, 3. – Race for boys (over 10 and under 15): A Luck, 1; G Horn, 2; H Jelley and J Morton (dead heat), 3 (knife and cricket ball, by Mr Odell). – 100 yards village handicap:- Heat 1 - W Wise (10), and g Clifton (scratch), dead heat. Heat 2 – W Gee (15), 1; W Luck (8), 2. Final – G Clifton, 1; W Gee, 2; W Luck, 3. – Race for girls (under 10): Ada Holman, 1 (three waiter’s trays by French and Spencer, Stony Stratford); Dolly Brown, 2; Annie Horne, 3. – Women’s walking handicap: Miss l Horne, 1; Mrs W Wise, 2; Miss M Luck, 3 (tin of tea by Mrs Penson, Cosgrove). – Race for girls (over 10 and under 15): Elsie Wootton, 1 (three waiter’s trays by French and Spencer, Stony Stratford); Louie Holman, 2; Kate Smith, 3. – Half mile handicap (open): K Henson, Deanshanger (30), 1; W Spencer, Flore (40), 2;  E Gascoyne, Stantonbury (70), 3. – Women’s Race:  Miss M Luck, 1; Mrs Platen, 2 (2lbs tea by Mr Tibbetts Stony Stratford), Mrs Wise, 3 (ox tongue by Mrs Valentine and Sons, Stony Stratford). – Men’s Race (over 30): R Brown, 1 (shoulder of Mutton by Rolfe Bros Stony Stratford); G Clifton, 2; W Wise, 3. – Men’s walking handicap: E Jelley, 1 (shoulder of Ham by Mr John Reeve); M Beasley, 2 (joint of meat by Canvin Bros); H Noble, 3 (shirting, by Mr Meadows).

Wolverton Express July 21st 1911

Cosgrove Feast

Sunday last was observed in this Northants village as Feast Sunday. Special services were held in the Parish Church which was well attended, likewise the services at the Mission Chapel which were as usual bright and hearty.

In the evening the Band of the Bucks and Oxon Light Infantry (Territorials) gave a special programme of music under the baton of Mr. H. Brooks in the presence of a very large crowd and which was greatly appreciated.

On Monday evening a large number of people gathered in Mr. Bushell’s “Barley Mow” field where billings roundabouts and shows were located.

Wolverton Express 17th July 1914


The time honoured feast day of the small Northants village of Cosgrove was observed on Sunday last. In the evening the Yardley Gobion Britannia Band gave a sacred programme of music in the main street of the village to a large audience.

Wolverton Express 23rd July 1920


In connexion with Feast weeks, sports were held in the village on Saturday last. This is the first year a sports meeting has been held at this time, and efforts are being made to make such sports an annual event. There was a large attendance on Saturday of residents of the village and of neighbouring villages. A lengthy program of events was carried out, and the function passed off very successfully. The total entries numbered over 70, and the racing produced some keen and interesting results. Open events were to a radius of three miles, whilst the other events were confined to inhabitants of the village and to Old Stratford. The results were as follow:-

100 yards, girls under 10: 1 G Gascoyne, 2 L Noble, 3 L Lambert

100 yards, boys under 10: 1 R Bavington, 2 R Green, 3 T Eglesfield

Girls 10 to 14: 1 Lily Hall, 2 Dolly Jelley, 3 Olive Eglesfield

Boys 10 to 14: 1 A Jelley, 2 W Bavington, 3 W Luck

100 yards Open: Heat Winners: R Parker, J Hillyer, G Tombs, R Brown, E Stones, W Wise. Final: 1 E Stones, 2 R Parker, 3 J Hillyer

100 yards Ladies: 1 Miss E Castle, 2 Miss L Jelley, 3 Miss A Hurst

220 yards Open: Heat Winners: G Tombs, R Parker, J Hillyer, W Worker, D Andrews. Final: 1 W Worker, 2 R Parker, 3 G Tombs

Married Women: 1 Mrs Nichols, 2 Mrs Hall, 3 Mrs Clarke

Half Mile Bicycle: 1 Stanley Lord, 2 W Pratt

Men (over 40): 1 J Reynolds, 2 W Wise, 3 W Hurst

Half Mile Hurdle: 1 J Hillyer, 2 G Goodman, 3 S Lord

Walking a greasy pole over the canal for a leg of mutton (given by Mr William Odell, of Yardley Gobion) produced great amusement. The winner was L Pittam, who, although he did not succeed in reaching the end of the pole, reached a further point than other competitors.

Wolverton Express 20th July, 1928


Feast Sunday

The Hanslope Excelsior Band visited the village on Sunday last on the occasion of the time honoured Feast Sunday. They gave a programme of music in the centre of the village and visitors were present from the whole of the towns and villages in the locality.  Jellies motor saloons maintained a frequent service between the village, Stony Stratford, and New Bradwell for the convenience of the visitors.

Wolverton Express 15th July, 1932


The Wolverton Town Silver Band are giving the programme this Sunday evening at Cosgrove on the occasion of the village feast.

Old Mail article by Mrs Hickford from April 1986

There was an event in the life of Cosgrove known as Feast Sunday. The date was in July not before the 11th and not after the 17th.

This was the date the first new potatoes were dug and green peas were picked (traditionally).

In the afternoon relatives were asked to tea and finished off for supper any leftover vegetables and cold baked pudding.

Wolverton Town Band came in the evening and played at Eglesfield’s corner (corner of Bridge Road and Main Street). The street was simply packed, as were the three pubs.

On the Monday following a small fair was held in Bushells field (Barley Mow garden) where the council houses are on the left hand side of the road. Everyone seemed jolly with no hooliganism.

Unfortunately a nasty accident happened near the Bridge on that particular day and I don’t think it came again. So ended another old village custom….