Cosgrove Newspaper Reports 1850 - 1859

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 02 November 1850

To Brewers, Maltsters and Others




At the Cock Inn, Stony Stratford, on Friday, November 15th,
1850, Two o'clock,

CONSISTING of a blue-slated brick and stone-built DWELLING HOUSE, containing a good parlour, sitting room, kitchen, four comfortable bed-rooms, cellar, and larder also a detached blue-slated and stone-built brewhouse, with convenient malt, and meal rooms, large cellarage, and suitable outbuildings, including a good eight-stall stable, hay sheds, hovels, &c. Belonging are a small garden and commodious yard.

The whole occupied by Mr. Daniel Warren, whose tenancy expires at Christmas next. The purchase will also include a COTTAGE adjoining, occupied by Mrs. Stevens.

A lucrative Brewing trade has long been carried on upon the premises. The aggregate annual rental is £13. 3s. and the only out-going a land-tax of 3s. 4d annually.

To view, apply to the tenants; and for further particulars, Messrs. Hearn and Nelson, Solicitors, Buckingham, or to the Auctioneer.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 30 November 1850


Joseph Smith, for two months, for trespass search of conies, at Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 22 February 1851


William Benbow, for two months, for trespassing after conies, at Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 22 November 1851




Friday the 28th November 1851, at the Barley Mow Inn, in COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford,

ABOUT 200 capital ELM and ASH TREES, now standing on the Estate of John C. Mansel, Esq.

Catalogues will be prepared in due time, and may had at the Place of Sale, or at the Office of Mr. Durham. Stony Stratford

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 03 January 1852

Northamptonshire Quarter Sessions

Cosgrove Geo. Matthews, aged 18, pleaded guilty of stealing £2.10s., the property of Wm. Phipps, of Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 18 December 1852

Death from Destitution, Cosgrove.—

On Monday last, two labouring men, while seeking shelter from the rain in a lone barn, occupied by Mr. Thos. Slade, in the parish of Cosgrove, were attracted by groans, which were found to come from a poor man, lying in the heap-hole, in a state of extreme exhaustion. They spoke to him, kindly offering him some their breakfast, but without receiving any answer; and upon touching him, found his body almost cold. Having fetched Mr. Slade, who was shepherding nearby, this gentleman, after some time had elapsed, sent him, by a boy, in a cart, with bed and covering of straw in it, to the Yardley Union-house, about a mile distant, where he arrived just before one o'clock, but expired a quarter of an hour afterwards.

The famished, filthy, and ill-clad condition of the poor creature presented a most frightful spectacle. It appears that this unhappy being, on the evening of Thursday, the 2nd, obtained vagrant's order for a night's lodging at the Yardley House from the Relieving Officer at Stony Stratford, and that, having then walked to Yardley, a distance of three miles and upwards, was accordingly admitted; that had food given him, which he ate heartily, and that he begged to be allowed to remain the next day and night, which was granted him; and upon leaving on Saturday morning early, after his breakfast (most likely his last meal in this world) took the road back to Stratford. It, is probable that, being weak and foot-sore, for he had a bad place on one heel, he was glad again to seek the first friendly shelter he could find, which was an open shed, forming part of some out-farming buildings, a quarter of mile from the turnpike road. Here he was found lying in the straw Monday, the 6th inst., at, noon, and it not being wished that stranger should remain on the premises, he was desired to go away. He asked leave to stay a little longer, and went off about four o'clock, once more to seek at nightfall the nearest place of rest and shelter, which was the heap-hole of this lone barn, with its thatch partly off, its door left open, and in the coldest possible situation, there to lie without food for seven days more, till discovered, as has been described above, on the morning of the 13th. This ill-fated man had given his name Henry Morgan, a needlemaker, and appeared between 30 and 40 years of age; in person, a good-framed man.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 25 December 1852

COSGROVE, Northamptonshire.




At the Barley Mow in Cosgrove, on Wednesday, the 29th December, 1852, at Two o'clock in the afternoon,

ABOUT 200 TREES, of the above description; several Lots of ASH TIMBER, felled last year; about 30 Lots of excellent FAGOTS and a quantity of HARD WOOD.

Catalogues may be had one week before the Sale, on application at the office of Mr. Durham, Stony Stratford, or at the place of Sale.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 02 April 1853

COSGROVE, Northamptonshire.



On Thursday the 7th day of April, 1853, at the Barley Mow Inn, in Cosgrove, at Five o'clock in the afternoon (subject to conditions to be then and there produced) the following lots :

Lot 1: THOSE THREE stone-built and slated TENEMENTS, situate in the village of Cosgrove, now in the occupation of George Tucker and Thomas Wright, respectively, with a barn or outhouse and garden to each, and yielding together a rent of £10. 4s. per annum.

Lot 2. Those THREE stone-built and slated TENEMENTS, adjoining Lot 1, in the several occupations of widow Line, John Bignell, and William Rands, with barn or outbuilding and garden each, and let at a rental produced £13. 4s. per annum.

The whole is in good repair. The tenants are very respectable, and the rents are all paid up.

For further particulars, apply to John Parrott, Esq., Solicitor, or to Mr. Durham, Laud Agent, &c, both of Stony Stratford and to Brewer, &c, Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 11 June 1853


John Perkins, for one month, for leaving his family, whereby they have become chargeable to the parish of Cosgrove.

Bucks Chronicle and Bucks Gazette Saturday 24 December 1853

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Friday December 16

Mary Ann Swannell, of Cosgrove, for unjust scales, was fined, &c., £2 13s 6d

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 11 March 1854

BARLEY MOW INN, COSGROVE, Northamptonshire.



On Thursday the 23rd day of March, 1854, on the premises, by direction of Mr. Watts, who is retiring from business,
THE whole of the HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and Effects, except Stock-in-Trade.

The Sale will commence at Eleven o'clock, and catalogues may be had on the premises, or at the office of Mr. Durham, Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 27 May 1854

STONY STRATFORD. Petty Sessions, Friday, May 19th

Before His Grace Duke of Grafton, Captain Mansel, the Revds. L. Lorraine- Smith, H. J. Barton, and J. Athawes.

Mr. Richard Chibnell, relieving-officer, of Old Stratford, charged Richard Foster, of Cosgrove, tax-collector, with an assault, on the 6th instant.

Mr. Chibnell said Foster came his house at ten o'clock night, and demanded some taxes. Mr. Chibnell asked him into the house, and tendered some money in payment. Foster could not give change, and Chibnell told Foster he had better go home, and come next day when he was sober; and upon that Foster got up and wanted to fight, and came at Chibnell in a fighting attitude. Mrs. Chibnell interfered, and with some trouble they got him out of the house.

Mary Ann Blunt, Mrs. Chibnell's servant, corroborated his statement, and said she thought that Foster would have struck Mrs. Chibnell with a stick. Fined £5.

The same Richard Foster was charged with being drunk at the same time, and the same place, for which was fined 5s, and 4s. 6d. cost.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 15 July 1854


The learned Judge took his seat upon the Bench shortly after nine o'clock, when the business of the court was immediately proceeded with.

John Roberts, 20, labourer, charged with wilfully setting fire to a stack of straw, the property of William Warr, at Furtho, on the 10th April last.

Mr. Roberts for the prosecution and Mr. O'Brien for the defence.

Prosecutor occupies a farm at Furtho, and the 10th April had a straw stack on a place called "Hillyer's ground," between Cosgrove and Furtho. The prisoner was in the employ of prosecutor two years ago, and had again applied for work about a month before the occurrence. Prosecutor refused him in a rather peremptory manner. Afterwards heard his stack was burnt, lives about 200 yards from it.

Henry Lambert was at plough in a field near Hillyer's ground. Saw the prisoner coming in direction from Cosgrove to Potterspury, along a footpath which runs within yard or two of the stack. About 10 or 12 minutes after observed smoke issuing from the stack. Prisoner was about hundred yards from the stack when witness saw him.

Thomas Sharp, went to pasture near to Hillyer's ground, saw prisoner within 50 yards of the stack. About five minutes after observed smoke issuing from the stack, which was ultimately consumed.

William Sergeant, policeman, saw the prisoner about half a mile from Potterspury. Had not then heard there was a fire. Subsequently apprehended prisoner, who denied having gone down field towards the straw stack, but along the top hedge towards Shrob Walk, where his father was.

Mr. Richard Scrivener. Shrob Walk is part Whittlebury, where 7 or 8 men were engaged cutting 30 acres of underwood was there all day, sure prisoner was not at that place between two and half-past three. It is possible he might have been there while witness was at dinner. The 30 acres is about two miles from the stack.

Mr. O'Brien for the defence, contended that the prisoner would hardly have chosen two o'clock the day for his purpose, or spoken freely to persons at the spot at the very time of committing the offence. The fact of the hollow dell behind the stack was extremely favourable to prisoner, was by that way no doubt that the person who really committed the crime retreated, whereas prisoner was seen going along the footpath.

The jury after some consultation expressed a wish to retire and a fresh jury was impannelled. The former jury having returned gave a verdict of Guilty, with recommendation mercy. The Court sentenced him to Five Years' Penal Servitude.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 22 July 1854

STONY STRATFORD. Petty Sessions, Friday, 14th July

Caroline Hanson, of Cosgrove, a little girl 15 years of age, charged Reuben Hughes of Wolverton, engine-fitter, with indecent assault on the 11th of June. Fined £5, including costs.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 05 August 1854


Joseph Smith, for two months, for trespass search of game at Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 05 August 1854


An inquest was held before R. Weston, Esq., on the 25th July, at the Barley Mow, Cosgrove, on the body of Thomas Wright, aged 7 years, son of Thomas Wright, a labourer at the station at Wolverton, who, on the previous evening, was drowned the Grand Junction Canal at Cosgrove.

The deceased, when bathing with two other lads got out of his depth; an alarm was given, and Noah Kirk, who was near, went into the water and fetched him out. He had then been in the water about 15 minutes, and there was no signs of life. A verdict of accidental death was recorded.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 16 September 1854



At the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, in the county of Buckingham, on Friday, the 6th day of October, 1854, Four o'clock in the afternoon (subject to conditions which will be then produced.)

A Very desirable Freehold and Tithe-free ESTATE, situate at PUXLEY, in the parishes of PASSENHAM & COSGROVE, the county of Northampton, consisting of a FARM HOUSE, Buildings, and Garden, with Barn, Stable, Hovels, and Farmyard, near adjoining, and SEVEN several old INCLOSURES of Arable and Pasture LAND, lying in a ring fence, and containing together admeasurement 61a. Ir. 25p. , (be the same more or less); together with such Allotments and advantages as may be allotted or set out the Commissioners under the act for the enclosure of Whittlebury Forest, in respect of the common rights appendant to the said estate, in and over the said Forest.
The Estate has been for many years in the occupation of Mr. Richard Scrivener (the late owner thereof,) and is situated within two miles of Lord Southampton's Kennels. There is a considerable quantity of fine thriving Timber, growing on different parts of the Estate, which is well watered.

For further particulars, apply to Mr. Claridge, Potterspury, or to Mr. Congreve, Solicitor, Stony Stratford

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 07 October 1854


Robert Shelton, for two months, for an assault, at Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 04 November 1854

FATAL DISASTER COSGROVE.—On Saturday last an inquest was held before A. Weston, Esq., at Old Stratford, in the parish of Passenham, on view of the body of William Slater, a labourer, aged 22 years, who came by his death under the following distressing circumstances.

It appeared that he was working with brother and a lad in Captain Maunsell's stone quarry, the parish of Cosgrove, on the previous Thursday, and was undermining with iron bar, when his brother saw the embankment giving way, and called to him to move, but before he could do so, the earth fell on and buried him. He was extricated as soon as possible, and was conveyed home, but death ensued about 30 minutes. Mr. Bache, surgeon, found that the deceased's back was broken. A verdict of Accidental Death was recorded. The poor fellow had been married but about eight weeks.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 18 November 1854


John Folly and Thomas Folly, for one month, for begging at Cosgrove

Bucks Herald - Saturday 25 November 1854

Death from Drowning at Cosgrove.—On the inst. an inquest was held at the Plough Inn, Cosgrove, before R. Weston, Esq., view of the body Edward Wilson, whose death occurred under the melancholy circumstances detailed in the following evidence :—

Zilpha Wilson - I am the wife of Edward Wilson, now lying dead in this house. We lived at Yardley Gobion, two three miles from Cosgrove. He was a labourer, and is 36 years of age. We have six children. Between five and six o'clock on Tuesday evening, the 14th inst., he left home to go Cosgrove, to pay Mr. Warren for some beer. He was then quite well and sober. He did not return at night. About the middle of the next heard he was drowned.

Josiah Lowe—l am 15 years old. I work for the Grand Junction Canal Company, at Cosgrove. About 11 o'clock yesterday morning, I was going over the trunk of the canal about half-a-mile from Cosgrove. I saw the body of a man in the water. He was taken along by the side of a boat to Cosgrove lock, and then taken out the water and brought to this house. He was dead. He did not appear to have received any violence. The trunk passes over the river Ouse, and there is a fence between the towing path over it and the canal. He would have pass over the trunk from the Locomotive to Yardley.

Daniel Warren- I am a brewer at Cosgrove. A little after six o'clock, on Tuesday evening, the deceased called at my house and paid me three beer bills, amounting to 16s. 10½d. He gave a me sovereign, and I gave him the change.  I did not see any more money.

George Masters - I keep the Barley Mow Inn, at Cosgrove. The deceased came to my house about 7 o'clock on Tuesday, he left a little before 5 o'clock with a person to direct him the way to the Locomotive at Wolverton. He was perfectly sober. It was a very dark night.

Joseph Foster - I am one of the constables of Cosgrove. I have seen the deceased pockets searched by his wife. She found his purse with a shilling in it, and three of Mr. Warren's bills for beer. From the Locomotive at Wolverton, he would have to pass the trunk.

It was shown that the deceased left Wolverton alone. The jury returned verdict of “Found Drowned.”

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 13 January 1855


Eli Meakins, for three months, for being in a dwelling-house for an unlawful purpose, at Cosgrove.

Bucks Chronicle and Bucks Gazette Saturday 03 February 1855

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Friday Jan 26

RIDING WITHOUT REINS. A boy, in the employ of Mrs. Ayres, of Cosgrove Wharf, was summoned by the Rev. L. Lorraine Smith, for riding on a waggon without reins, in the parish of Castlethorpe, on the 4th inst. Fined 6d., and costs.

Bucks Chronicle and Bucks Gazette Saturday 03 March 1855

WINTER AMUSEMENTS. On Saturday evening last, a novel amusement was witnessed on the ice, at the Broadwater, situate about midway between the Locomotive Inn, Wolverton, and the quiet little village of Cosgrove. About 300 persons availed themselves of the opportunity of enjoying themselves at this season of the year. The Wolverton brass band was in attendance, and played some very lively and appropriate airs. Shortly after the arrival of the visitors, dancing, sliding, and skating commenced, and was kept up in right good earnest, till the shades of darkness warned all that it was time to depart. They then adjourned to the Locomotive Tavern, where dancing was continued till about 11 o'clock, when the parties all returned to their respective homes, much gratified with the evening's enjoyment.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 17 March 1855


On the 6th instant, at the Plough, Cosgrove, on view of the body of Ann Hurst, aged five years, who, the 16th of February, was so injured on her clothes taking fire that death ensued on the evening the 3rd instant. It appeared that the child was left by her sister at Mrs. Jelley's, a neighbour, to be taken care of while she went to Stratford. Mrs. Jelly went into her neighbour Atterbury's on an errand, leaving her two children and the deceased in the house. During her absence a stick fell from the grate and set the child's clothes on fire, whereby her neck, arms, face, and back, were severely burnt. Mr. Back, surgeon, of Stony Stratford, attended the deceased up to the time of her death. A verdict of accidental death was returned.

Bucks Chronicle and Bucks Gazette Saturday 19 May 1855

BY Mr. Durham,
On FRIDAY, the 15th Day JUNE, 1855,
At Six o’Clock in the Evening,

THAT FARM of first-rate PASTURE LAND, situate adjoining the village of Cosgrove, now in the occupation of Mr. Daniel Warren, and conveniently subdivided by excellent live fences, containing together 34a. 30r 28p., more or less, with a good Farm-House and Buildings standing thereon. The property is bounded on the south and east by the rivers Ouse and Tove, and the meadows thereto adjoining are most fertile. It also joins the Grand Junction Canal; and is within a very short distance of the Wolverton Station, on the London and North-Western Railway.

Parochial Rates exceedingly Moderate.

For further particulars, apply to Messrs. Cardale, Iliffe, and Russell, solicitors, 2, Bedford-row, London; Mr. Parrott, solicitor, Stony Stratford ; or at the offices of Mr. Durham, land-agent, &c., Stony Stratford and Daventry.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 02 June 1855


Wm. Warwick, charged with stealing a quantity of tea, at Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 30 June 1855


James Jones, one month, hard labour, for damaging a boat line, at Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 07 July 1855

William Warwick was indicted for stealing a quantity of tea, value 1s., the property of the Grand Junction Canal Company. Mr. Roberts was for the prosecution; and Mr. Merewether for the defence. Francis Wilbee, a detective, in the service of the Grand Junction Canal Company, was at the Navigation Inn, at Thrupp, in the Parish of Cosgrove, on the afternoon of the 25th May. He saw on the canal there two barges, one of which had the cloth a little turned up. On going to the boat he saw prisoner scraping tea out of a tea chest with a basin. Witness went board and saw a little tea on the top of the chest. As he was going on board he saw prisoner return the tea to the chest. Witness then charged him with breaking open the chest and stealing the tea. Mr. Ayres, of the Navigation Inn, assisted him to examine the chest.

John Ayres, of the Navigation Inn, at Thrupp Wharf, saw the chest of tea open, and the basin there.

Richard Webb, a servant of the Grand Junction Wharf, City Basin, received three chests of tea, to be forwarded to Leicester on the 22nd. Witness weighed and examined them; the chest in question was one of them, and was all safe when it left to be placed in the prisoner's boat.

George Brown, also in the employ of the Grand Junction Canal Company, at the City Basin, saw the chest put on board prisoner's boat in  good condition.

Mr. Merewether addressed the jury for the defence, contending that no asportation had been proved.

The jury found the prisoner guilty of the misdemeanour, and he was sentenced to Three Months' Hard Labour.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 04 August 1855

Commitments the County Gaol and House Correction

George Meakins, for 12 days, for found in an enclosed yard at Cosgrove for an unlawful purpose.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 13 October 1855


James Meacham, two months' hard labour, for unlawfully fishing, at Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 08 December 1855

COSGROVE, Northamptonshire

138 ASH and ELM TIMBER TREES and 12 WILLOWS, now standing blazed and numbered, on the farm in the occupation of Mr. WARREN,



the 12th DECEMBER, 1855, Two o'clock, in 11 Lots.

Catalogues may be had, and to view, apply Mr. Scrivener, or Mr. Warren, Cosgrove; place of Sale, or the Auctioneer. Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 22 December 1855


James Lawrence, John Johnson, and Jonas Brown, were each convicted of night poaching in the parish of Cosgrove, on the night of the 26th November. Committed for two months each, and ordered find sureties for their good behaviour at the expiration of that time.

Bucks Chronicle and Bucks Gazette Saturday 29 December 1855

CAUTION TO SKATERS—On Friday night last two young [lads] named Sayers and Kemp were skating on the Grand Junction Canal, between Old Stratford and Cosgrove, when the ice unfortunately broke, and both of them became immersed in the water. Sayers was quite exhausted when rescued, but poor Kemp found a watery grave. He was the son of Mr. Kemp, and brother to Mrs. Walford, bookseller and stationer. He was a remarkably steady young man, and was apprenticed to Mr. Walford. An inquest was held on the body, before J. Worley, Esq.; when it was elicited that the young men left their homes after the shops were closed. It was a moonlight night; and the ice was pretty safe, till Kemp and Sayers came to a kind of sluice, where the water was only just frozen over, when the ice, of course, gave way, and they both sank. A young man, named Warren who was about 100 yards in advance, not seeing his companions following, became alarmed. On looking about him he could just see Sayer's head and hands above the water. He immediately got off the ice, ran into a field adjoining, and procured a hurdle, which be placed on the ice, and laid on it; and by that means succeeded in rescuing the nearly-drowned youth. Poor Kemp was taken out afterwards, quite dead. The depth of the water was about twelve feet. Great credit is due to young Warren for the heroism which he manifested in rescuing Sayers. Kemp could swim, but Sayers could not.

Bucks Chronicle and Bucks Gazette Wednesday 23 January 1856

DEATHS: At Cosgrove, on Friday last, after a short illness, Miss Loundes, sister to W. S. Loundes, Esq. of Whaddon Hall, Deceased was most charitable; and the poor have thus sustained a most severe loss.

Bucks Herald Saturday 26 January 1856

OBITUARY. We regret to have to announce the death, at Cosgrove, after a very brief illness, of Miss Lowndes, sister of Mr. W. Selby Lowndes, of Whaddon Hall. Remarkable for her unassuming virtues and her unostentatious charities during life, the decease of this excellent lady has caused great grief in the county, where the name of her family is so highly respected; and the poor, to whom she was ever ready to extend a helping hand, will experience a deep loss in one who was to them a kind benefactress.

Bucks Chronicle and Bucks Gazette Saturday 03 May 1856

BIRTHS: At Cosgrove, near Stony Stratford, on Friday last, the lady of Capt. Mansell, of a daughter.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 13 March 1858

COSGROVE near Stony Stratford

NOTICE OF SALE of Valuable Live and Dead FARMING STOCK of Mr. JABEZ SCRIVENER, who is leaving. To be held on TUESDAY, 30TH of MARCH, 1858.

Further particulars next week.

Bucks Herald Saturday 20 March 1858


Down-Calving, Fat, and Barren HEIFERS, 150 Halfbred SHEEP, capital Team of HORSES; useful Harness MARE, 4 Cart FILLIES, 6 FAT PIGS, and FARMING IMPLEMENTS;

On TUESDAY, MARCH 30th, 1858,
ON THE PREMISES, By direction of Mr. Jabez Scrivener, who is leaving.

THERE are 10 Prime Fat Oxen, 8 Store Oxen, 12 Fat Heifers, 7 Down-calving and 8 barren heifers, 50 half-bred couples, 100 half-bred tegs, 5 very strong active cart mares, superior cart horse five years old, 4 promising cart fillies, fat pigs, a 5-horse thrashing machine (by Knight, of Northampton), chaff cutter, turnip mill, furrow steer drill, ploughs, harrows, rolls, wagon, cart, sweet ale casks, &c.
Catalogues may be had Six Days prior to the Sale, at the Place of Sale ; the principal Inns Stony Stratford and Towcester; and the Office of the Auctioneer, West Street, Buckingham. Luncheon will be ready at 10 o'Clock, and Business will commence 11 o'Clock punctually.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 10 April 1858


An appeal against an order of removal of Elizabeth Eydon and her two illegitimate children from Cosgrove to Tiffield. Mr. Cockle and Mr. Mundell were for the appellants, and Mr. Merewether and Mr. Palmer for respondents.

Among the innumerable objections which the case gave rise was one on the part of the appellants to the order, on the ground that it was made two magistrates in Buckinghamshire (Mr. Barton and Mr. Athawes), both the parishes which it related being in Northamptonshire. It was contended by Mr. Cockle that, under the circumstances, the magistrates had jurisdiction. —The Court overruled the objection, but granted a case.

The appeal bristled with points of law, and dragged on for several hours, but there was nothing in the details of the slightest public interest. The substantial ground of appeal was that the pauper had a derivative settlement in Shutlanger, but it failed of proof; and the Court confirmed the order, the costs to follow the decision of the reserved point.

Bucks Herald Saturday 17 July 1858


Mr. Justice Williams took his seat on the bench shortly after ten o'clock this morning, and proceeded to dispose of the nisi prius cases. The list contained three common jury and two special jury causes.
ASSAULT —SCRIVENER V. REED, GOLBY, AND WOOD. The declaration alleged that the defendants assaulted the plaintiff, to which the defendants pleaded " Not guilty," and a justification.
Mr. O'Malley, Q.C., and Mr. Metcalfe were counsel for the plaintiff; Mr. D. Power, Q.C., and Mr. Sergeant Wells represented the defendants. Mr. O'Malley, in stating the case to the jury, said the plaintiff, Mr. Scrivener, was a farmer, residing in the neighbourhood of Stony Strafford, and he sought to recover compensation in damages from the defendants, who were also farmers, for an assault committed on him, on the 9th of October last, in the market-room of the Cock Inn, Stony Stratford, which room the plaintiff had been in the habit using for the last twenty years. Some quarrel had arisen between the parties, on which the defendants came to a resolution of turning the plaintiff out of the room on the first opportunity. On the 2nd of October an altercation took place between the plaintiff and others, including Mr. Edmund Greaves, the chairman of the market-table, and the defendant Wood, respecting from which it was supposed the plaintiff had offered to take in " unfarmerlike and unneighbourly spirit." The evening of the 9th of October, the plaintiff was the public room, and had been served with a glass of brandy-and-water, when the defendant Wood addressed some offensive remarks to him, intimating that he had no business there. The plaintiff refused to leave, upon which an altercation ensued, during which Mr. Greaves left the room. The landlord told the plaintiff he would rather he should leave; upon which Wood said, "I will turn him out, who'll help me." A struggle then ensued, in which the plaintiff got the best of it; but Reed, who is renowned for his bodily strength, went to the assistance of Wood and Golby, and the plaintiff, in the presence of a large assembly, was forcibly ejected from the house into the yard. The plaintiff was willing, on his character being vindicated and an apology made, to proceed no further with the action, his only object being to reinstate himself in the opinion of his neighbours after having received such a public insult.
Mr. Jabez Scrivener, examined by Mr. Metcalfe— I am a farmer and grazier living Cosgrove, and have been in the habit of attending Stony Stratford market, and putting up at the Cock Inn. There is a market-room at the Cock, which I have used for more than twenty years, and until the 2nd of October I never had the slightest quarrel with any one. Mr. Greaves was in the chair on that day. Wood and Golby, the defendants, were there. They regularly attend in the way of business. On this occasion the defendants, charged me with trying to get possession of a farm, which someone else had, by offering more money for it. I never made any such attempt, though there had been some joking about some land in the neighbourhood. On the 9th, about four o'clock in the afternoon, I went into the bar, where Mr. Greaves and many other persons were. I treated the landlord, Mr. Clark, to a glass of brandy and water, and had one myself. Nothing was then said, and I went to transact some business in the town, and returned about seven o'clock, and on entering the market-room found the landlord and all the defendants and a rather larger company than usual. After taking my seat I called for a glass of brandy and water, and paid the waiter for it. The landlord, Mr. Clark, must have seen me. I remained about a quarter of an hour, when Mr. Wood rose and addressed the chairman, Mr. Greaves, saying he thought it was decided that if I came into that room I was to be ordered out, and if I did not obey I should be turned out. Mr. Greaves said I must be a "cheeky" sort of a fellow after what was said to me the previous week to again make my appearance in the room; he should "put me down for all England." He also said I must be a d—d impudent fellow, and wished me to leave the room immediately. I said I should not, as it was a public room, and I should not interrupt any one if they left me alone. Mr. Greaves then addressed himself to the landlord, and asked if they could have another room. He said yes, but expressed a wish that I should leave the room, saying that he had rather offend me than the others. I said I should not leave; if had done wrong, or been in any way troublesome, they might send for policeman. Mr. Greaves and three or four others then left the room; but in about five minutes Golby and Wood returned. Golby coming towards me, said, "Now we'll have him out, who'll help? Wood said, "I will." They seized me by the collar, one on each side, and dragged me towards the door; I resisted, and drove Wood up the room, and dragged Golby after me. Reed, who was at the farther end of the room, seized me round the middle, and the other two on each side, and pushed me towards the door. I grasped one of the two doors, and in trying to force me out they drove my hand through pane of glass, cutting it very severely. They pushed me down stairs backwards, through another door into the yard. I said, "You are three fine fellows— you have done a very manly action." I was attended for fortnight by Mr. Freeman, surgeon, for the wound in the hand; his charge was £2 12s. Reed is a powerful young man, and I have heard that be boasts of his strength. Mr. Greaves and others remained out of the room, and did not come back when the others assaulted me. Besides Mr. Freeman charge I have incurred other expenses from not being able to attend to business. I could not go to Birmingham market, where I had some wheat to sell. There was a fall afterwards, and I have some of the wheat on hand now.
Cross-examined by Mr. Power—Mr. Golby acts as deputy-chairman when Mr. Greaves is not there. I was at the Crown a few days before, and was charged with going to Captain Mansell and offering him £500 more than he was then making for his estate, taking the mansion and all. The conversation was begun as sort of joke by Golby. Mr. Wood said he considered it an unmanly and unneighbourly action to bid money for a neighbour's land behind his back. I did not then say I would give £200 a-year more for Mr. Wood's farm. On the 2nd October I had been perhaps half-an-hour in the room before the altercation took place. Mr. Greaves did not address me respecting my having bid for the farm, but he said there was a man in the room who had done a d------d nasty action. He did not then mention what the act I had been guilty of was, but Mr. Golby afterwards reiterated it. Clark, the landlord, did not on that day request me not to come into the room again, as I was driving his customers away. On the 9th of October Mr. Wood was the first who addressed me. I did not hear cries of "turn him out." I refused to go after the landlord had requested me. They did not leave hold of me before they had put me at the bottom of the stairs. I did not fall, it is not true that I pushed my arm through the pane. I grasped the panel of the door before the glass was broken. I have not been in the market-room since. The landlord did not tell me there was another room for me. Mr. Greaves is a highly respectable gentleman, and received a testimonial some time since, to which I did not subscribe. (Laughter.)
Re-examined —Directly I found my hand cut I withdrew it as soon as I could. I never heard anyone except the three defendants cry, "Turn him out." The chairman did not in any way take the sense of the company. The only facts out of which the charge could have arisen were these:— l had occupied a farm for twenty-two years of Captain Mansell, and there was dispute about some rabbits, and Captain Mansell gave me notice to quit. In the course of the dispute, Captain Mansell said, "This estate is not of much good to me, and you had better take it." said, "I will, sir," and offered £500 more than he was making of the mansion, shooting and all. I considered he was "bouncing" me. I added that I would give £200 more for my own farm, the adjoining one, if he would kill the rabbits.
His Lordship— l think it is a thousand pities this quarrel cannot be settled. This gentleman now says he had been entirely misunderstood and I don't see what the quarrel is about. After some consultation, Mr. Power said his clients never would have acted as they did, had they not believed the plaintiff had done what he now on his oath denied, and had he not also used highly offensive language when the matter was spoken of. Fully believing his statement, and on the understanding that this language was withdrawn, the defendants were willing to express their regret that the plaintiff had been ejected in so summary a manner.
Mr. O'Malley, though wishing that the retraction had been more ample, consented to accept the apology, and a juror was withdrawn.

Bucks Herald - Saturday 06 November 1858

Man Drowned. —On Monday night last, as a man of Hanslope, of the name of Garrett, was returning home from Stony Stratford when he accidentally fell into the canal at the Cosgrove lock and was drowned. The night was very dark, and it is supposed he missed his way.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 18 December 1858


Alfred Horne, one month hard labour, for begging at Cosgrove.

Bucks Herald Saturday 30 April 1859

MARRIAGES: THOMAS – WELFORD. On the 23rd inst. at Cosgrove Church, by the rector, the Rev. J. Graham, James, the eldest son of the late Mr. John Thomas, of Belvidere-house School, to Mary, the only daughter of the late Mr. John N. Welford, of Old Stratford.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 07 May 1859

MARRIAGE: Recently, at the Register Office, Northampton, Mr. Rands, of Cosgrove, to Miss Sturgess, of Yardley Gobion.

Bucks Herald Saturday 14 May 1859

MARRIAGES: RANDS – STURGESS. At the Registrar-office, Northampton, Mr. Rands, of Cosgrove, to Mary Sturgess, of Yardley Gobion.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 04 June 1859

Petty Sessions Stony Stratford

Joseph Holdom, Cosgrove Damaging vegetables 4s 0d

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 27 August 1859


William Brown and Charles West, charged with having set fire to a hovel, at Cosgrove.

Bucks Chronicle and Bucks Gazette Saturday 10 September 1859

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Friday, Sept. 2

Mr. Thomas Slade, farmer of Cosgrove, was summoned by Mr, John Wise, overseer of Potterspury for non payment of poor-rates. Case adjourned next session.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 24 September 1859

Present • Rev. H. J. Barton, chairman, Duke of Grafton, Rev. J. Athawes, J. Lane, Esq., J. C. Mansell, Esq., and R. Walpole, Esq.
Thomas Slade, farmer, Cosgrove, was summoned by Mr Wise, overseer of Potterspury, for non-payment of poor’s rates. This was adjourned case from last sessions; Mr. Parrott, of Aylesbury, appeared on behalf of Mr. Wise, and Mr. Beeke, of Northampton, for Mr. Slade. The ease lasted about an hour, when it was by dismissed the bench.

Croydon's Weekly Standard Saturday 15 October 1859

MAN KILLED. On Wednesday last a man named John Ward, of Deanshanger, was killed at a stone quarry, at Cosgrove, near Wolverton. The deceased was assisting others in removing some earth, when it gave way, which resulted in the death of the unfortunate man.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 03 December 1859


Cosgrove. William Brown (37) and Charles West (18), charged with wilfully setting fire to a hovel, belonging to Richard Scrivener.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 10 December 1859

Cosgrove. WILLIAM BROWN, 37, weaver, and CHARLES WEST, 18, labourer, pleaded guilty to an indictment for setting fire to s hovel, the property of Mr. Richard Scrivener, at Cosgrove, on 16th Aug. last. They were each sentenced to Four Year’s Penal Servitude.