Cosgrove Newspaper Reports 1780 - 1989
These newspaper articles come from public domain sources and have been compiled for easy reference in date order. They are by no means a comprehensive collection.
The Northampton Mercury the UK’s oldest newspaper with a proven record of continuous publication, was first published in 1720, and printed articles of Northamptonshire and national interest, whereas the Wolverton Express specialised in detailed local “human interest” stories from Stony Stratford, Wolverton and nearby villages. We use these two sources to verify each other.
We have relied on microfiche transcription for the Wolverton Express early 20th century period, completed to 1925. The completion of this work between 1926 and 1956 continues.
Where photographs are included, these are taken from contemporaneous newsprint images and are therefore of poorer quality than we would like. However, they give an impression of the period that cannot be had otherwise.We have omitted several “crime” articles where the parties were acquitted or where the subject material may distress living descendants.
We have also not included every “hatches, matches and dispatches” report but may have transcriptions available if you contact us via the website.
Articles between 1960 and 1980 are from a private collection by Mrs Dorothy Warren, whose family donated the album in which she pasted them each week, and they are her personal selection. For instance, she didn’t like sport! We believe she used mainly the Wolverton Express, but did not specify whether the articles were from there or from the Northampton Mercury and Herald, which she also read.