Elizabeth Brown

Born in 1871, Elizabeth Garrett married George Brown in 1899. He was the son of Jonah Brown, who built and ran the Barge Inn, on the canal at Cosgrove.

It appears that Elizabeth and George had no children of their own, but in 1912 a nephew, Frank, came to live at the Barge with the couple.

Elizabeth was amongst the Cosgrove Women who were first able to vote in 1919.

Elizabeth’s community spirit became legendary during the Second World War, when she raised funds, firstly for Northampton Hospital Fund and later for the serving men of Cosgrove. She held events at the Barge Inn, on the lawn, and her main targets were her pub clients!

Wolverton Express 16th January 1942

Thirty two men of the village of Cosgrove have been sent a gift of 10 shillings each through the kindly thought and work of Mr. and Mrs. Brown of the Barge, Cosgrove, who, with the help of customers of this house, raised the excellent sum of £16 for that purpose. Mr. Brown is a native of the village and has lived at the Barge all his life.  He and his wife have always taken an active interest in the welfare of the village.

Mrs Brown’s Christmas gifts, of money up to £1 each, continued to be sent to Cosgrove’s enlisted men, for the duration of the war, despite the death of George in 1942. Elizabeth applied to take over the pub licence and continued to run the Barge on her own. Whist drives and raffles were particularly popular.

At her death in October 1945, Elizabeth was one of Cosgrove’s best known residents, having lived at the Barge for 47 years.