Cosgrove Newspaper Reports 1860 - 1869

Bucks Herald Saturday 14 January 1860

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions Jan 6

ASSAULT. Thomas Eallins, of Castlethorpe, labourer of the Wolverton factory, was summoned by John Bignall, of Cosgrove, for assaulting him on the highway, in the said parish. Defendant’s wife appeared for him, and the bench allowed them the privilege to settle their disputes out of court by paying costs.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday April 21 1860

Extracts from an article: Late Rev. G. Weight’s funeral sermon. He first married a daughter of the late Rev. H. Mansel, of Cosgrove, with whom he was permitted to live only five months, when she was removed by the hand of death.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 09 June 1860

A Simple Cure for Dropsy.—Hannah Dewitt, late a servant in the employ of Mrs. Gregory, of Stony Stratford, has recently been cured of the dropsy by very simple means. The invalid question had been a great sufferer for upwards of two years, and had been under the doctor's hands during the latter part the time but still getting worse, she was obliged to leave her service, and was brought to Cosgrove, near Wolverton, in January. She was then removed to a neighbouring infirmary, where she remained nearly six weeks. As there was no prospect of her recovery, she was conveyed to her brother-in-law's, at Cosgrove, being so very ill at the time that it took three nurses to move her in bed (she having not lain down in her bed for 14 weeks), and her friends thought that every day would be her last. The brother-in-law, having heard that "broom" might prove beneficial, obtained some, and to every one's astonishment it proved effectual. Prior to the remedy being tried, the sufferer was nearly six feet round the body, and after the herb had been taken several days, she decreased in size 27 inches, and one inch per day until she was reduced to her usual size, ln six weeks she left Cosgrove for her native place in Dorsetshire, and very recently has written back to her friends at Cosgrove, to apprise them that she can walk several miles.
[Genista tinctoria, the "broom" we presume described, is known to be a valuable diuretic.]

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 04 August 1860

Cricket—On Saturday a very interesting game was played between the Old Wolverton and Cosgrove Clubs. On this occasion the Old Wolverton gentlemen proved too much for their experienced opponents. Both elevens were in good practice, and prior to the commencement of the game the Cosgrove side were the favourites with odds, but as a game of cricket is never won until it is lost, to the surprise of the gazing and anxious spectators the Wolvertonians came off victorious, as the following scores will show :—Wolverton —First innings, 31; second innings, 67; Total 101. Cosgrove—First innings, second innings, 27. Total 50.

Bucks Herald  Saturday 08 September 1860

Charge of Poaching.— John Read, of Deanshanger, and Joe, Smith, were summoned by William Last, gamekeeper to Captain J. C. Mansel, of Cosgrove, for trespassing in search of conies in the parish of Cosgrove, on land belonging to the Captain.

Wm. Last said—l was going round on Sunday morning when heard the report of field called the Quarries. J made to the place, when saw J. Read and Smith in the Quarry-field. I afterwards laid down by the side of the hedge, and saw Read walk up the Quarry, occasionally throwing stones in the hedge. They had no dog. I afterwards met them on the road. I asked Read his name, and he refused to tell me. We then had a scuffle, and I took the gun from him. He kicked me, and told me he had a license to shoot. He also told me he had been a gamekeeper. Smith did not appear. Read was convicted in penalty and costs 16s, or one week's imprisonment. Allowed a fortnight to pay.

Bucks Herald Saturday 22 September 1860

BIRTHS: CHRISP. On the 9th inst., at Cosgrove, the wife of Mr. T. Chrisp, of a son.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 03 November 1860

Joseph Smith, of Old Stratford, was summoned by W. Last, gamekeeper to J. C. Mansel, Esq. of Cosgrove, charged with trespassing in his field in search of game. Committed to goal for two months.

Bucks Herald Saturday 01 December 1860

An inquest has been held the Barley Mow, the village of Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, before Mr. Arthur Weston, deputy coroner, on the body of the Rev. Charles Styles Drake. It appeared from the evidence that deceased (who was Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, and resided with his father, Admiral Drake, Castle Thorpe, near Cosgrove) dined with Mr. Francis Thursby, at Cosgrove Priory. He left there in his usual health, at twenty minutes past ten o'clock at night, to walk home to Castle Thorpe. His nearest way was along the towing-path of the Grand Junction Canal, into which he must have fallen. His hat was found the next morning floating on the water, and the canal was dragged, but the body was not recovered until three o'clock on Saturday afternoon. The deceased had in his pocket, when found, a watch, money to the amount of £9  0s. 6d., a post-office order, and various other papers. He was forty-four years of age, and unmarried.

Croydon's Weekly Standard  Saturday 01 December 1860

Death by Drowning. We this week record the untimely death of the Rev. Charles Styles Drake, son of Rear-Admiral John. Drake, of Castlethorpe. The unfortunate gentleman had been spending the day (Thursday, November 22nd) with F. Thursby, Esq., of Cosgrove Priory, and on returning home, owing the meadows being flooded, he did not take the direct path, but proceeded along the towingpath of the Grand Junction Canal, into which he appears have some means fallen, as he was found about midnight by some boatmen lying at the edge of the water exhausted state. He was picked up and placed against the further edge of the path whilst the boatmen proceeded to the locks for aid. The night watchman was immediately sent off to the spot, but no traces of deceased were to be seen. Inquiry was then made at Castlethorpe, and it was found he had not reached home, fears being entertained that he had fallen into the canal. Early on Friday morning they commenced dragging for the body, and continued the whole day without finding it. The dragging was resumed on Saturday morning, and after some time the body was found and taken to the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, to await the Coroner’s inquest, which did not take place until Tuesday, as it was necessary to have the attendance of the boatmen, and a messenger was sent to Woolwich for them. After hearing the whole of the evidence that could be produced, a verdict of accidental death was returned. The deceased gentleman was 44 years of age.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 08 December 1860

Part of a longer article
Consecration of a New Church Near Wolverton Works.
The church, which is of the decorated Gothic style, is capable of accommodating about 450 persons. The architect is Mr. E. Street, of London; and the builder, Mr. Mills, of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is built of Cosgrove stone, with Ancaster tracings.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 15 December 1860

COMMITMENTS TO THE COUNTY GAOL AND HOUSE OF CORRECTION - Robert Smith, seven days, for being drunk and disorderly, at Cosgrove.

George Hurst, Benjamin Hillyer, and Henry Lowe, of Cosgrove, were charged Mr. John Ayres, of Castlethorpe Wharf, with being disorderly and refusing to leave his house when ordered to do so.—Fine and costs 15s.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 16 March 1861

John Holloway Russell, three weeks' hard labour, for stealing three pieces of wood, value 1s at Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 30 March 1861

Martha Mayo, three calendar months' hard labour, for stealing 2s, at Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 18 May 1861

COSGROVE, Northamptonshire.



On Friday, the 7th day of June, 1861, at the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, Bucks, at Five o'clock in the Afternoon (subject to conditions to be then produced),

FREEHOLD stone built and slated DWELLING HOUSE, comprising entrance hall, two parlours, kitchen dairy, cellar, and five good sleeping rooms, with gardens, farm yard and convenient buildings, together with 20 ACRES (more or less) of very superior PASTURE LAND in three Closes, situate at Cosgrove Green, and now in the occupation of Mr. Joseph Forster; also, SIX COTTAGES, with large garden well planted with fruit trees adjoining the same.

There is a Land Tax of £3 1s. per annum. The property will be sold subject to the existing rights of way over it to other properties. Particulars may be had at the Inns in the neighbourhood, or the office of John Jeffery, Esq., Solicitor, Northampton, of Mr. Durham, Land Agent, &c, Stony Stratford, Bucks, or at the office of Flint, Whichello and Durham, Leighton Buzzard, Beds.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 06 April 1861

Martha Mayo three months, hard labour, for stealing 2s. at Cosgrove.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 22 June 1861

BIRTHS: June 15, at Cosgrove Priory, Northamptonshire, the wife of Francis Thursby., Esq. of a son.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 14 September 1861

MARRIAGE: September 5, at Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, by the Rev. Houseman, E. Scrivener, Esq., Harpole, to Mary Ann, youngest daughter of William Horwood, Esq., of Old Stratford, in the same county.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 07 September 1861

Cosgrove. —John Foster, a smart-looking youth, was summoned before the bench on a charge of assaulting Henry Lowe, both of Cosgrove. Complainant assured the bench that defendant hit him without any provocation. This Foster denied, and said that Lowe challenged to fight him. Mrs. Foster said from what she knew of the matter Lowe was at fault, and, the latter having no witness, the case was dismissed.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 01 February 1862

BIRTHS: January 29, at Cosgrove, the wife of Mr. Warren, of a daughter.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 31 May 1862

Buckingham County Court. Monday, May 26.
Before J. B. Parry, Esq., Q.C.

John Holdom, of Cosgrove v. Joseph Emerton, of Buckingham. Judgement for £1 6s. 1d., for shop goods supplied to defendant whilst living at Cosgrove; the same to be paid 2s. monthly instalments.

Bucks Herald  Saturday 07 June 1862

On Monday an inquest was held on the body, at the Locomotive Inn, Wolverton, before J. Worley, Esq., and a jury, of which Mr. Thomas Ganderton was foreman. It appears from the evidence adduced that deceased was riding a young horse on the canal towing path between Old Wolverton and Cosgrove, and by some means both he and the animal got into the water. Before assistance arrived the unfortunate man was quite dead. The inquest stands adjourned.

Croydon's Weekly Standard Saturday 07 June 1862

WOLVERTON. A Man Drowned —On Saturday night last a man named Thomas Winterburn, colt breaker of Stony Stratford, was drowned in the canal, about midway between Old Wolverton and Cosgrove. On Monday an inquest was held on the body at the Locomotive Inn, Wolverton, before J. Worley, Esq., coroner, and a respectable jury. After viewing the body the following evidence was adduced;

H. Green, apprentice the Wolverton Works, deposed, I had been fishing at the broad waters Saturday evening, and on returning home about half-past nine, I saw something in the water; on approaching nearer, two young men came and directed me to proceed to Cosgrove Lock for assistance, there was a man in the water; on my return from the lock-house they had got him out.

Thomas Beecroft deposed, I live at Wolverton; on night in question I was out for a walk in company with my brother and a friend; we were going in the direction for Cosgrove on the canal towing path; when we had got a short distance we met two boats; the man at the helm of the last boat said, there’s horse, and I believe a man, in the cut near to the aqueduct, you had better go and give him assistance; we then set off to run, but my brother and friend outrun me and arrived there first; as soon as my brother got there he shouted out at the top of his voice for me to make haste, as there was a man in the water; no sooner had I arrived at the spot than I divested myself of coat and trousers, jumped into the water, and with the assistance of my brother and friend, brought the drowned man ashore.

The jury deemed it advisable to have the boatmen present, consequently the inquest was adjourned till Thursday in order to procure their attendance, when was resumed at three o’clock, Burton and William Warwick the two boatmen being present, but their evidence was unimportant as to how the deceased came by his death. The jury after consulting a short time returned a verdict of accidentally drowned.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 02 August 1862


This company, which has been formed for the introduction of steam cultivation amongst small farmers in this county, held its first meeting, for the trial of their apparatus, on Thursday last. The principal originator and promoter of the company is J. E. Mansell, Esq., of Cosgrove, who has done his utmost to promote its utility. Being himself deeply interested in steam machinery for the cultivation of the soil, he has taken had as a landlord in introducing steam machinery amongst his tenants. He was almost the first in the county to introduce and adopt steam ploughing, and was the first to throw out the suggestion of a company to introduce steam cultivation amongst the smaller occupiers, and give them a chance of deriving the same benefit from it as their more wealthy neighbours. The field selected for the trial was on the estate of J. C. Mansell, Esq., and near to Quarry Pits, about 300 yards from Old Stratford. It was very unlevel piece of land, the soil of a heavy, tenacious, and clayey kind, and in a most foul state. The present occupier, Mr. Willison, of Cosgrove, had only been able to get one crop from it during three years, having been able to clean it from being unable to get it ploughed up at a proper time. Being, however, a man of energy and resolution, he had yoked the steam horse to accomplish what 6 own horses had failed to do. old labourer who had been employed in that district all his life, and knew the field well, informed us that the work was done exceedingly well, the cultivator breaking the land and bringing up the twitch and weeds to the top, and leaving them there, that the atmosphere would act upon and kill the weeds and pulverize the soil. He also said that, owing to the soil being of very heavy clayey description, if was not ploughed at the proper time it was impossible get on it to clean and get a crop from it. When it was ploughed by the old system they were compelled to use four horses, and depend upon good weather, a necessity from which it would be exempt under steam cultivation. The machinery is portable, simple, and in every respect well adapted tackle for the purpose. The steam engine was stationed one corner of the field, and was ordinary single cylinder engine, similar in construction to those that have been use for years for thrashing, Ac., the farm-yard. This is one of a class of| engines shown in the International Exhibition the manufacturer, Mr. E. Hayes, of the Watling Works. Stony Stratford, and was distinguished by the jurors with honourable mention. The windlass, which is self-acting, is the invention of Mr. Hayes, and is patented. It was awarded the silver medal of the Royal Agricultural society, at their meeting at Leeds in 1861, and has received honourable mention at the International Exhibition.

Bucks Herald Saturday 07 September 1861

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions August 31

ASSAULT: John Foster, a smart-looking youth, was summoned before the bench on a charge of assaulting Henry Lowe, both of Cosgrove. The complainant assured the bench that the defendant hit him without any provocation. This Foster denied, and said that Lowe challenged to fight him. Mrs. Foster said, from what she knew of the matter, Lowe was in fault; therefore, in consequence of the latter having no witness, the case was dismissed.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 31 May 1862

Buckingham County Court Monday, May 26.

Joseph Holdom, of Cosgrove v. Joseph Emerton, of Buckingham. Judgement for £1 6s. 1d., for shop goods supplied to defendant whilst living at Cosgrove; the same to be paid by 2s. monthly instalments.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 20 September 1862

Cosgrove. —David Henson was summoned by John Pell, of Paulerspury, charged with committing an assault on him, at Cosgrove, in July last.—Convicted in penalty and costs, £2. Paid.

Leicester Journal  Friday 10 October 1862


TO BE LET, furnished,

COSGROVE PRIORY, near Stoney Stratford, consisting of Entrance Hall, Dining, Drawing, and Breakfast Rooms, four best Bed Rooms, with Dressing Room and excellent Attics, Butler's Pantry, Housekeeper's Room, and every domestic requisite. Coach Houses and Stabling for 12 horses, with Groom's House adjoining. There are excellent Gardens, and Land may be had if required.

For particulars and cards view, apply to Messrs. FISHER and Son, Land Agents, Market Harborough.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 18 October 1862

Buckingham County Court. Friday October 10

Joseph Webb, of Steeple Claydon, v. Matthew Willison, of Cosgrove, corn dealer. Claim, £4 4s., the value of a quantity of sacks sent by plaintiff to defendant with corn, which sacks were detained by defendant, who would not return them although repeated applications had been made for them by plaintiff. Judgement for the amount claimed, and costs, together with expenses of attorney and two witnesses, amounting altogether to £2. 5s. 6d.; the same to be paid in a week.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 17 January 1863


The value of property in the canals has latterly received a considerable impulse from the introduction of steam power as a means of locomotive. We believe the credit of this movement is in a great measure due to the efforts of the present effective Board Directors, and their energetic chairman, G. Anderson, Esq., who, in the face of apathy and doubt, had demonstrated the possibility of running steam-boats with regularity and punctuality, and of raising by this means the value of canal property. On Thursday last a trial trip of new steam-engine connected with one of the Grand Junction Canal Company's large boats, named “Havock”, was made on the Grand Junction Canal at Stratford. The engine is an eight-horse high-pressure, with all the latest improvements, and is the manufacture of Mr. Edward Hayes, of the Watling Works, Stony Stratford, the patentee of an improved windlass for steam ploughing, which took the silver medal at the meeting of the Royal Agricultural Society, held at Leeds, and also received the honourable mention of her Majesty's jury at the International Exhibition. The boiler of the engine is full size, and the arrangement of the engine is such as to allow of a lull-sized useful engine to be put in a very moderate-sized engine-room. The engine-room is fitted with four windows, which open and shut at will, the state of the weather may permit. It is light and cool, and the engine is so excellently fixed that the engineer can get at every joint and every working part, in case of repairs or wanting oil ; every part being distinct, can be separated with the greatest ease. The engine has ample bearing services, and is made of the best material. Steam engines have been attached to boats to work the screw principle, since July, 1861, and now there are over 20 of these engines at work on the canal. It has been found also that through the adoption of steam there is a gradual improvement in the moral character of the boatmen. This endeavour to improve the morals of the men affording them accommodation which they had not before, being carried out the steamboat trial trip which we now chronicle. The cabin is greatly improved; it is much higher, more spacious, and has greater convenience for sleeping. A book-shelf has been introduced, which we found contained a Bible, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Life of Captain Cook, Robinson Crusoe, &c, so that the boatmen may, if they have a few minutes to spare, employ their time by reading, instead of cursing and swearing at one another, as was but too much .the custom formerly. From the engineer (Mr. Elliott) we learn since the introduction of steam there had been a gradual improvement in the conduct and manners of the men; and in reply to question a civil answer is given instead of an oath.

The steam being got about fifty lbs. at eleven o’clock the boat started on the trial journey, accompanied by Captain Mr. Sanders, Mr. Elliott engineer company, and Mr. Hayes. The first mile was got through in about seventeen minutes, and on arriving at Cosgrove locks a boat was attached, and the steamer proceeded along as easily as it were unburthened. It proceeded at the rate of nearly five miles an hour towards Wolverton crossing the aqueduct called the " Iron Trunk," which carries the canal at great height over the waters of the "lilied Ouze," meandering through the meadows beneath.

A few words about this bridge may not be out of place. When the canal was first made, the incline from Cosgrove to Wolverton was managed by means of locks, but, finding that this mode of procedure occupied too much time, it was resolved to form an embankment. The difficulty arose how to cross the Ouze. At length a bridge was built of bricks, but on the day preceding that on which it was to have been opened with various festivities, it fell in, and inundated the country all round. The "iron trunk" was then substituted, and was considered a great triumph in engineering. The boat proceeded through Old Wolverton to Wolverton, and through New Bradwell, as far as Great Linford Wharf, where she turned back on the homeward journey, proceeding at a rate of over five miles an hour. The engine worked well, and it was truly amusing to see the youngsters of New Bradwell running along the towing-path, and frequently tumbling over one another in eagerness to keep up with the boat, which kept them running all the time. The vessel arrived at the starting-place about four o'clock. The engineer expressed a high opinion of the qualities of the engine, and said it was great success, as the piece of water that had been traversed was the roughest in the whole canal.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 21 February 1863


Some evil-disposed person maliciously cut the telegraph wire Wolverton and Hanslope. The wire is used as a communicator between the above places, was cut against the footpath leading from Cosgrove to Castle Thorpe.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 07 March 1863

COSGROVE PRIORY, near Stony Stratford, Bucks.


Has been honoured with instructions from Francis Thursby, Esq. (who is leaving),


On Thursday, the 19th day of March, 1863, and the following days, if necessary, on the Premises, a great portion of the Modern and Genteel HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, FARMING STOCK,

COMPRISING Pure-bred Alderney and Short-horn Cows and Calves, Pigs, Implements, Hay, &c., &c., Seven first rate Hunters, regularly hunted with several packs of hounds; capital Pony, Carriages, Harness, Double and Single Barrel Guns, &c., &c., a great number of Greenhouse Plants, a quantity of well-seasoned Elm Boarding, Two Splendid Monkeys, " Isaac and Rachel."

All of which will be shown forth in Catalogues, to be had at the Inns in the Neighbourhood, and at the Office of Mr. Durham, seven days prior to the Sale.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 18 April 1863

A Dear Fish. —James Shaw, boiler maker, and Brady Last, an apprentice at the Wolverton works, was summoned before the Bench for fishing in waters belonging to J C Mansel, Esq., of Cosgrove Defendants pleaded not guilty.

Joseph Atkinson deposed: I am keeper for the parish of Cosgrove. Between twelve and one on Sunday, 22nd of March, I saw the defendant Shaw using a snare. Last was aiding and abetting. Shaw gave me a wrong name. There was a fish alive on the side of the bank —a dace. The fish lived for fortnight; I took it home. Saw Shaw pull the snare out of the water several times.

In defence, Shaw said: I was only watercressing. I had a hooked stick with me, which he thought was a snare. I used the stick for the purpose of reaching the cresses. When the keeper asked me my name, I told him James Carter, my name being James Carter Shaw.

Prosecutor - He gave me the name of Samuel Carter, of Wolverton Station.

Defendant Last (who was the son of the late keeper) said he was only water-cressing.

Shaw told the Bench this was the first time he had been in a court of justice, and he was very sorry.

lnspector Royle said he had known Shaw for a considerable time, and he believed him to be a sober, industrious man.

Both defendants convicted in penalty and costs £1 each: in default to go to gaol for a fortnight. Allowed a fortnight to pay.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 20 June 1863


Daniel Holdham, 21 days' hard labour, for stealing a pair trowsers, at Cosgrove.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 27 June 1863


ROBBERY. On Thursday the 18th a robbery took place at Old Wolverton. It appears that Henry Cooper, a young man belonging to the Wolverton engine works, lodged at Mrs. Hall’s, left his lodgings as usual on the morning in question 6 a.m. to go to work, leaving behind him another lodger named John Bignell, who broke open, Cooper’s box and stole there-from two suits of black clothes, silver watch and guard, neckties, &c., together of the value of between and £12 and £14. During the day Inspector Royle and another officer, suspecting the guilty party, went to Northampton, thinking they should find the whole or part the stolen property pledged there. About midnight they left Northampton and walked to Castlethorpe and Cosgrove; at the later place they apprehended Thomas Bignell on charge of receiving the stolen property. The Inspector having secured him with the bracelet despatched an officer off with him to Stony Stratford lockup. In the meantime, Royle went back to Castlethorpe wharf, where found John Bignell had been apprehended by some farm labourers. passing through Castlethorpe early in the morning, the Inspector informed Mr. Soden the Peahen Inn, of the circumstance and the party suspected, and shortly after John Bignell passed near Mr. Soden, who collared him, but John got away, leaving his coat in Mr. Soden’s possession, and took to his heels fast could. Mr. Soden then acquainted H. S. Trower, Esq., who was near at hand, and gave chase on horseback and overtook the thief just on the bank of the river Ouse, who, finding his pursuer close at his heels, jumped into the river and walked across, but John was doomed to be taken, for Mr. Trower's men took great care of him till the Inspector arrived, who handcuffed him and took him to Stratford lockup. Most of the stolen property has been found. The prisoners were brought before the Rev. H. J. Barton on Monday last. After the evidence of several witnesses had been taken, the prisoners were committed to Aylesbury gaol to await their trial at the ensuing Quarter Sessions.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 11 July 1863

29th July

John Bignell, stoker, arid Thomas Bignell, gasfitter, were charged with breaking and entering the dwelling-house of George Hall, Wolverton, and stealing various articles, value together £14 17s., the property of Henry Cooper, on the 18th of June. A second count charged Thomas Bignell with being the receiver. The prosecutor said: I am a labourer living at Wolverton; The prisoner John Bignell used to lodge with me, and was well acquainted with my house; I remember the morning of the 18th of June; I left home about five o’clock in the morning, leaving my wife in bed; when I went out I fastened the door by drop-latch, which one could open without perfect knowledge of how it worked. Elizabeth Hall, the wife of last witness, said; the morning of the 18th of June, about twenty minutes after six, I heard a noise and got up, but did not notice anything unusual; about ten o’clock I missed several articles of wearing apparel; when lodger came home I asked him to go and see if he had lost anything, and returned and informed me that all his clothes, watch, &c., were gone. Richard Soden deposed: I live at Castlethorpe and am a publican; on the of 19th June I saw John Bignell and he had a bundle under his jacket; having heard that he was suspected of the above robbery, I accused him of it; he denied it; I told him I must see what the bundle contained; in doing so he slipped his jacket off and ran away; I handed the bundle over to Inspector Royle; prisoner jumped into the river, but was captured in an adjoining field, Henry Cooper said: l am an engine-fitter at Wolverton I left my lodgings the 18th of June about ten minutes to six; when I went out I fastened the door in the usual wav, dropping down the false latch; previous to leaving I knew that my boxes were all locked, the keys of which were in a coat pocket hanging in the room; when I returned at noon I found my boxes had been opened and the contents all taken away; John Bignell used to sleep in the same room as myself; I identify the articles produced as my property. Inspector Royle, stationed at Wolverton, said: On the 19th of June I received information that a robbery had been committed at the prosecutor’s; I immediately went in search of the prisoners, having had my suspicions aroused that they were the guilty parties; I apprehended Thomas Bignell at his mother’s house at Cosgrove; I told him the charge, and said knew nothing about the robbery—all he knew was that his brother Jack brought the articles to him; I handed him over to police-constable Parker, while I went in search of the other prisoner; I shortly afterwards apprehended him, and he informed me where the watch was hid; I found it as he had said. Other evidence was given, the whole of which went to prove the guilt of the prisoners Thomas Bignell, in defence, said his brother John gave him the articles and said he might dispose of them as he thought best, and they would part the money; that was all he knew about it.
The jury found a verdict of guilty against both prisoners, and they were sentenced twelve months’ imprisonment each.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 25 July 1863


Joseph Smith, two calendar months' hard labour, for poaching, at Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 25 July 1863

Thomas Lowe and Edmund Coleman, of Cosgrove were summoned by Mr. Atkinson, gamekeeper to J. L. Mansel, Esq., charged with trespassing in the parish of Cosgrove search of rabbits.—Mr. Small, of Buckingham, appeared for the defendants.—Convicted in fine and costs £1 each : paid same time.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 07 November 1863


COSGROVE PRIORY, near Stony Stratford.



ABOUT 200 lots of excellent kitchen, parlour, dining and drawing-room furniture; chamber ditto, capital feather and other beds, hair mattresses, four-post and other bedsteads, dressing tables and glasses, &c, &c,; the whole which will be set forth in catalogues, in due time, to be had at the Inns in Stony Stratford, and of the Auctioneer.

Also about 20 Tons of prime Upland HAY to go off unless previously disposed of by private contract.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 28 November 1863


Old Stratford—John Smith, of the Black Horse Stratford, was summoned by the same inspector for having certain unjust measures his possession.— Convicted in penalty and costs, £2  7s. 3d.

Cosgrove.— George Jackson, of the Barley Mow Inn Cosgrove, was summoned for a similar offence.

Mrs. Jackson (defendant's wife) answered to the charge, stating that her husband could not possibly attend, he being at trade as an engineer. She told the Bench she had been in the habit of selling beer for above a year and nine months. Convicted in penalty and costs, £1 2s. 9d.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 09 January 1864

Stony Stratford Magistrates Meeting, Jan. 1st.

Present, Rev. H. J. Barton, chairman; Rev. R. N. Russell, and J. C. Mansel, Esq. Cosgrove.

James Nichols, of Cosgrove, was summoned before the bench for trespassing on land belonging to J. C. Mansel, Esq., in the parish of Cosgrove.

James Read, foreman to Mr. Mansel, proved the charge.

Convicted in penalty and costs, £2 11s.  Mr. Mansel told defendant that it was merely for the sake of his wife and family that he had been leniently dealt with.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 16 January 1864

DEATHS: January 10, at Thorpe Bridge Wharf, Cosgrove, Mrs. Sarah Ayres, aged 75.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 27 February 1864

Buckingham County Court. Saturday February 20th

Matthew Willison, of Cosgrove v. Henry Bonham of Little Horwood, butcher. Judgement for £5 5s. 4d. the price of a fat pig, together with costs, to be paid forthwith.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 12 March 1864

Furtho. —NATHANIEL FOXLEY (42). labourer, and JOSEPH SMITH (35), labourer, were charged with robbing Harry Bowden, at Furtho, on the 24th October, 1863. Mr. Stevens appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Metcalfe defended the prisoners.

Harry Bowden, the prosecutor, stated that he lived at Potterspury, in February last. Was a carpenter. On the 24th October last he left Stony Stratford about eleven o'clock at night, in company with a person named McNeil. Going along the road he saw a woman lying. Foxley came up and said "What have you to do with the woman?" He said, " Nothing; have you? Because if you have you had better take care of her, and not let her lie here and be taken up by the policeman." Foxley then fetched Smith, and in a few minutes a third man came up from the same direction. Had never seen the men before. His two friends, Vincent and McNeil, were there, and they were all talking and witness was smoking, and the two prisoners asked him to let them have some of his tobacco. He gave them his box to help themselves. The policeman then came up and witness then went along. Believed Foxley passed in a few minutes. They did not speak, but after they had gone fifty yards they turned back. Foxley had got a stick when he passed. They each had a stick upon their shoulders when they came back. Did not see Smith have a stick when they passed. Vincent was with him, and said "Don't fight with a little stick like that, but get a telegraph post." The prisoners and the man not in custody then all struck at himself and his companion. They all struggled one amongst the other, and the stranger struck him at the back of his head, which knocked him down and stunned him. Did not know how long he lay upon the ground, but when he came to his senses he found himself alone, as all the prisoners and his own friends had left him. Had not seen McNeil since the Sunday morning after the affray, which occurred on the Saturday night previous. McNeil was lodging at Potterspury. It was an accidental meeting, as McNeil was only a travelling painter. When he came to his senses he went along the road, but could not see anybody. He then returned, and found his purse on the ground empty, with the exception of three postage stamps. He also found his hat on the ground near it. Saw his money safe in his purse when he left Stratford. His tobacco-box and two sixpences, and few coppers were left in his pocket. On Sunday he gave information to the police-constable, and then went with police-constable Willis to Stratford, where the prisoners were apprehended. The prisoners at the bar were the men who assaulted him. The men were at the public-house about half a mile from the bridge.

By Mr. Metcalfe : Did not know that Smith worked at the public-house. Had a sovereign in his pocket when he left Potterspury, and while at Stratford bought a pair of trousers for eight shillings. He then bought some envelopes, which cost about 6d. They went into the Plough. Was not in any other public house that night that he could recollect. Would swear he did not have any gin at the Swan or any other house that night. Did not go into the White Horse, the Swan, or any other public-house that night, Did not to anyone to ask for lodgings. Was not refused lodgings because was drunk. Never went into any public-house that night. Vincent had some drink with him. His partner tossed for some rum with  the landlord. Then went into the room, and tossed for some cigars. Did not know who paid for the rum. Paid for one pot of beer and a little rum. Was not any the worse for liquor. Could not put away more than three half-pints. Some people were singing in the room he was in. Left work at four o'clock, and started between six and seven o'clock from Potterspury to go to Stratford. When he got there he went into the Market-place, and walked about the street looking for a friend until about ten o'clock, when he went to the Plough. On returning home, beyond the bridge the row commenced, and it was there that the woman lay. Did not touch the woman, except on the shoulder, to assist her up. Was quite sure he did not touch the woman anywhere else. When Foxley came he wanted to fight him, but he objected to fight in the dark. Believed Foxley was behind the wall; he believed Foxley and Vincent were struggling together in the ditch. When he came to himself all the men were gone, the Scotchman and all. He then walked home, but first returned to Stratford, and then went back. Neither Vincent, or McNeil, or himself had sticks when they left home. Vincent then took the three sticks the prisoners had at the time of the row.

By Mr. Shepherd : There was no charge against him for indecent assault. William Vincent, carpenter, was in October last living Potterspury, and, in company with Bowden and McNeil, went to Stratford. On their return home they saw a woman lying in the road, and spoke to her, and then Foxley looked over the wall. He asked what they had to do with the woman and they said, Nothing; they were only advising her for her good. Did not see Foxley until he looked over the wall. Went a little way, and met a policeman, and told him that woman was lying in the road. Went back to Bowden, at that time the prisoner Smith had a stick. Foxley had no stick when he looked over the wall. Prisoners passed them, and then they turned back and fight commenced, and witness threw one of the prisoners down. Did not see anything more of Bowden after the fight. Picked up the three sticks and took them home. When he went towards Stratford did not see Bowden. On Sunday morning Bowden strapped up his head, which was broken in three places.

Mr. Metcalfe : Went to Stony Stratford and called at the Plough, and tried to obtain protection. Did not know where the police station was. For a good reason he did not think they would stop there until he came back. Was in the Plough about a quarter to twelve. Was drinking some beer and a quartern of whiskey and cigar. Could not say whether Bowden had any whiskey. Heard Benson and McNeil had some whiskey. The cigars they bought. Was not sure that Bowden tossed for any cigars. Did not toss at all for rum. Did not toss for anything. Did not know whether Bowden tossed at all. They were sitting in one room part of the time. Might have had a pot of beer. Was sure he did not go to any other public house.

By the learned Serjeant: Bowden did not leave home with him.

By Mr Metcalfe Went to the Post Office to get an order to send to his wife. Bowden did not go to the Post Office with it. Did not go to any shop. Walked about the town until he went to the Plough, where he believed he met Bowden.

By Mr. Stevens : Went to the Plough, and could not make any one hear, and then went home to Potterspury, where he lodged.—Police-serjeant C. Willis went with Bowden to the Falcon, at Stratford, on the Sunday evening, and there Bowden pointed out the prisoner Smith. Witness told him the charge, and he apprehended the prisoner. The prisoner said, What, do you mean to charge us with robbing you? Bowden said, Yes, I do. Apprehended Foxley at his father's house he denied robbing Bowden, but said he was there. He then took him to the lock-up, and Bowden identified him. Another man named Gayden was named being present, but he had been unable to find him. The sticks produced were given him by police-constable Healey. When he saw Foxley he was knocked about, and his head was tied up, and he did not examine it. Smith was not injured. Smith had on the smock he now wears, and there was some blood upon the inside of the slop collar. Police-constable Clark took a woman into the lock-up drunk that night, but he was not now present. Mr. Stevens then read statement that was made by both prisoners at the examination before the magistrates, and they denied taking the money, although they were all present, and were fighting.—This was the case for the prosecution.

Mr. Metcalfe, for the defence, strongly commented upon the fact that no search had been made to see if the money was there. Although the prosecution had very fairly stated this fact, still he thought that some search ought to have been made at the time. He also contended that the principal person who could have given a candid opinion as to the condition of the men at the time, was not called. The policeman who apprehended the woman was not called. Then they were in a state of liquor. From the witnesses' own statements, they had had several "goes" of one thing or other, and so much mixing the jury would all know caused people to be a little the worse. He thought it, too, in favour of the prisoners, that the sticks which had been produced were evidently not carried there for the purpose of highway robbery, but were picked at the time, as they were evidently pieces of poles used in fences near the place. He also dwelt strongly upon the carelessness of the police in not searching the place. He contended they had not made out that the money had been lost, and therefore the case was not made out.

The learned counsel then called a witness named Mr. William Clark, a farmer at Cosgrove, near Stony Stratford, who could not say he knew Foxley, but he had never heard any harm against him, although he had lived in the neighbourhood. Did not know Smith. They had neither of them worked for him. The learned Serjeant summed up. He thought the evidence was quite reliable. It was quite plain that at the time in question they were not drunk. The jury returned verdict of Not Guilty against both the prisoners.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 23 April 1864

Buckingham County Court was held Friday last.

Matthew Willison, of Cosgrove, corn dealer, v. John Scott, of Winslow, corn dealer. The claim was for £8.0s for corn. Defendant paid £6.10s into Court, and pleaded a set off for some sacks for the remainder. Plaintiff produced an agreement, signed by defendant, that he had received so much money of plaintiff in full of all demands, and also a letter from Mr. W. Lee, who arranged the matter in dispute between plaintiff and defendant, which stated that at the time the settlement was made the sacks were to be the property of the plaintiff. The Judge, however, did not think the question of sacks was taken into consideration; and as it was usual to return sacks which had corn sent in them, he gave judgment in favour of defendant so far as the set off was concerned, but refused to allow him the costs of his witnesses.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 26 November 1864

WOLVERTON. Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Nov. 18.

Present, J. C. Mansel, Esq, Rev. R. N. Russell, and Rev. R. W. Scurr. Cosgrove.

Daniel Warren, of Cosgrove, was summoned by Inspector Palmer, for having an unjust coal scale in his possession. Convicted in fine and costs £1 2s. 5d.

Jonah Brown, of Cosgrove, and Susannah Roadnight, of Deanshanger, were summoned for having unjust scales in their possession.—Both cases were dismissed with a caution.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 21 January 1865

WOLVERTON. Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Jan. 13th.

Present, Rev. H. J. Barton, chairman; Rev. R.N. Russel, J. C. Mansel, Esq., and Rev. R. W. Scurr.

Cosgrove. —John Bignell, labourer, Cosgrove, was committed for trial at the Spring Assizes, at Northampton, for stealing wearing apparel, the property of Mr. Partridge, of the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove. A second charge was also preferred against him for stealing wearing apparel, the property of Mrs. Baldwin, of Cosgrove, Stony Stratford. [shawl]

Northampton Mercury Saturday 25 February 1865

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE ARCHITECTURAL SOCIETY. The annual meeting of the Northamptonshire Architectural Society was held in the Lecture Hall, Gold-street, on Monday week. The chair was occupied by H. Thornton, Esq. The following members were present—Sir Henry Dryden, Bart., the Rev. N. F. Lightfoot (honorary secretary), the Hey. C. Smyth (Woodford), the Rev. P. H. Lee, the Rev. C.F. Watkins, the Rev. W. Butlin, Mr. E. F. Law, Mr. Samuel Sharp, F.L.A., and John Taylor. The Report.—The following report was read by the Hon. Secretary :  The report which your committee present to-day will record the Society's operations from Oct. 1863 to Oct. 1864 ; any work which has subsequently come into their hands belonging properly to the following year. As the society's main object is to assist with advice those who are engaged in the building, or restoration, or rearrangement of churches, this part of the report will properly occupy the first place.”

Plans for repairs at Weedon, and for new windows at Cosgrove, were exhibited by Mr. Law, as were the plans for alterations and re-arrangement of seats in Eydon Church, by Mr. Hussey. It is not necessary here to enter into the details of these and similar plans, which always receive the best attention of the Committee, and which seldom pass through their hands without the suggestion of some improvements, which, in a vast majority of instances, are adopted the promoters of the several works.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 11 March 1865

Stealing a Shawl, Cosgrove

JOHN BIGNELL (36), gasfitter, was charged with stealing shawl, value 7s, the property of Lucy Woodland, at Cosgrove, on the 28th December.—Mr. Athawes prosecuted. Prisoner was undefended.

Lucy Woodland, barmaid at the Barley Mow, Cosgrove, deposed that the shawl produced was hers. She last saw it safe in her master's house on the 26th December, about seven o'clock in the morning. The same morning, at nine o’clock, prisoner was there. Two days after that she missed the shawl. She next saw it when the policeman brought it to her.

By his Lordship : There were other people in the house on the morning of the 26th besides prisoner.

By the prisoner : You were there all day on the 26th, and part the next day—in and out.

Police-constable Willis deposed that on the 11th of January he was with Constable Martin, watching some hidden property in Cosgrove parish. He was in a hovel. About seven o'clock the next morning the prisoner came into the hovel. Witness asked him what he did there. Prisoner said he had come to relieve himself. Witness then took him towards a hayrick, and charged him with stealing the things hidden under it. He said he knew nothing about the things. Witness then left him with Police constable Martin, and went across to another field, where he found the box produced, with pair of boots standing by it. Witness took the box up and carried it to where the prisoner was. Prisoner said, "Have you put my boots in the box, Jack?" Witness said, "Yes, your boots are all right," and then took Prisoner and the box to Stratford. On searching the box he found the shawl produced. Witness took the shawl back to Cosgrove, and the prosecutrix identified it as hers

His Lordship having summed up, the jury returned a verdict of guilty.

The prisoner, who also pleaded guilty to a previous conviction, was sentenced to Seven Years' Penal Servitude.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 18 March 1865


Thomas Bignell, for six calendar months' hard labour each, for three assaults, at Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 18 March 1865

Cosgrove. —Thomas Bignell, labourer, of Cosgrove, appeared before the Bench on a charge of assaulting Joseph Partridge, Thomas Walton, and John Buckingham, on Saturday, February 19th. —Committed for six months' hard labour.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 27 May 1865

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, May 19.

Present Rev. H. J. Barton, chairman; J. C. Mansel, Esq., and Rev. R. W. Scurr. Cosgrove.

Shooting at a Hare.—

Samuel Millard, a boatman, was summoned for shooting at a hare, in the parish of Cosgrove.

William Eydon deposed: I am a labourer. On the 13th of this month, about six o'clock in the morning, as was crossing the Locks, at Cosgrove, I saw defendant come off the steamer called the " Lark," with a gun in his hand; he went into Mr. Graham's field and shot at a hare; he was within 30 yards of the hare at the time he fired.

ln defence, prisoner said he shot from the boat.

Convicted in penalty and costs £2 19s. 6d., or two months' imprisonment, hard labour.

Northampton Mercury -Saturday 03 June 1865


The first beasts sent to the market were those of Mr. William Walker, of Stony Stratford, and the first lambs were those of Mr. Jabez Scrivener, of Cosgrove, which were purchased Mr. James Tompkins, of Leighton.

Bucks Herald Saturday 22 July 1865

Boat Race. —On Wednesday evening; July 12, a large and fashionable company assembled on the banks of that part of the Grand Junction Canal passing through the north-end of Cosgrove, to witness a race in four-oared boats, between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, as represented by some gentlemen amateurs of Stony Stratford and neighbourhood. The course was from Castlethorpe Wharf to Sampson's Bridge, Cosgrove, about three-quarters of a mile. At 37 minutes after eight the starters having ascertained that they were "ready," sent them on their way after the approved Cambridge style Five," " Four," " Three," “Two," " One," "Bang," went the gun and almost simultaneously their oars caught the water, Oxford, if anything, slightly first. For the earlier part of the race Oxford kept their lead well, but at the half distance it was evident to even an inexperienced eye, that Cambridge was rapidly gaining. As they neared the last 300 yards a desperate struggle ensued, each crew feeling that it was " now or never," but though the Oxonions rowed pluckily, their efforts were of no avail as the Cantabs continued gaining, and a “bump” seemed impending. By a frantic spurt, however, Oxford again drew clear and racing to the end with Cambridge in close attendance, amidst great excitement, waving of handkerchiefs, &c, &c, had the satisfaction of hearing the Cambridge gun fired 35 seconds in advance of their own, equivalent to receiving a 50 yards’ beating from the Cantabs. After a short rest, the crews paddled back to the boathouse, and the highly gratified company dispersed. In justice to the losers, we feel bound to state that some of their opponents are now in residence at Cambridge, and others have but recently left, while it is probable some few years since, the Oxford crew sat in their college boats, so that the winners may fairly be said to be in good rowing trim, as compared with their opponents, but we cannot refrain from especially mentioning the fine strong rowing of three and stroke the winning boat. The duties of starter were satisfactorily discharged by Mr. W. O. Boyes, who was also joint referee with Mr. T. Golby and the time the race as taken these gentlemen, was 5 minutes 25 seconds. We subjoin the names of the crews, and hope this is not the last of these pleasing diversions we shall chronicle. Cambridge: 1. H. Graham, 2. R. Winkfield, 3. H. J. Royds; T. P. Williamson (Stroke); S. Burgess (Cox.) Oxford: — 1. J. Houseman, 2. S. Freeman, 3. A. D. Mackay; R. Freeman (Stroke); W. T. Sankey (Cox.)— Communicated.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard 16th September 1865


Present : Rev H J Barton, J C Mansel Esq, and Rev R W Scurr.

Christopher Meakins was convicted for trespassing in pursuit of game on land in the parish of Furtho on Sunday the 16th of July. Penalty and costs £1 13s or twenty-one days imprisonment.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 25 November 1865

COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford.

200 Fat and Store SHEEP, 40 Head of prime CATTLE, Six useful CART HORSES, Two Ricks of capital NEW HAY, to go off; Narrow-wheel WAGGON, MARKET CART, &c,



Early DECEMBER, at COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford, being the surplus Stock of Mr. J. SCRIVENER. Cosgrove is two miles from Stony Stratford and Wolverton Station.

Two months' credit will be given for the Hay on the usual conditions.

Luncheon will be on the Table at Eleven o'clock, and the Sale will commence at Twelve.
Catalogues may be had at the Inns in the neighbourhood and of Messrs. Dudley & Son, Auctioneers and Land Agents' Winslow.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard 02 December 1865



Near Stony Stratford




(to go off),
Narrow-wheel Waggon, Market Cart, &c.
To be sold by Auction,
At Cosgrove, Near Stony Stratford, being the surplus
stock of Mr. J. Scrivener.

Cosgrove is two miles from Stony Stratford and Wolverton Station.

Two months’ credit will be given for the Hay on the usual conditions.
Luncheon will be on the table at Eleven o’clock, and the sale will commence at Twelve.

Catalogues may be had at the Inns in the neighbourhood and of Messrs. Dudley and Sons,
Auctioneers and Land Agents, Winslow.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 06 January 1866


Thomas Adcock, two calendar months' hard labour, for an assault at Furtho

Thomas Webber, twenty-one days hard labour, for lodging in outhouse, at Cosgrove. [vagrancy – tramp]

Northampton Mercury Saturday 27 January 1866

COSGROVE, Northamptonshire


By Messrs. DUDLEY & SON,

On Friday, the 23rd day of February, 1866, at the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, at Six o'clock in the evening, subject to conditions then to be produced,

ALL that exceedingly Valuable Freehold and Tithe-free Estate, situate at Cosgrove, consisting of an excellent FARM HOUSE, nearly new, Stone and Slated, Stabling for six or eight horses, capital Farm Buildings, and several Closes of Pasture and Meadow Land, containing together 64a. 3r. 28p., or thereabouts, and now in the occupation of the owner, Mr. JABEZ SCRIVENER.

The Land, on which is some thriving young Timber, is rich feeding Land of the finest description. The House could, with very little alteration, be made into capital Hunting Box, and the Farm Buildings, being extensive, could be converted into stabling for almost any number of horses.

The Rivers Tove and Ouze, in which the owner has the right of fishing, bound the property on the East and South. The Grand Junction Canal Company's Broad Water bounds the property on the West and on the North is the Main road through Cosgrove.

The Estate is situate within two miles of the market town of Stony Stratford; two miles from the Wolverton station on the main line of the London and North-Western Railway, within 100 yards of the Grand Junction Company’s Wharf; within three miles of the kennels of the Duke of Grafton's Hounds, and within five miles of kennels of the Hounds of Selby Lowndes Esq

Arrangements can be made for immediate possession.

For view, apply to Mr Jabez Scrivener, the owner; and for further particulars to Mr Richard Howes, solicitor, Northampton and Towcester.

PS Part of the purchase money can remain on the property, if desired, at four per cent.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard 19 May 1866

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions Friday May 11th

Before Rev H J Barton, J C Maul [Mansel] Esq

John Mason was summoned by police constable Fowler for being drunk at Cosgrove on Sunday night, the 29th of April. The defendant pleaded not guilty.

PC Fowler deposed to seeing the defendant drunk on the public streets at Cosgrove on the night in question. Mason was also making use of very bad language.

Defendant called two witnesses to prove that he was not drunk.

Daniel Adkins said, I live at Yardley, and was with Mason at Cosgrove on Sunday night, April 29th. Mason was not drunk. Joseph Partridge, landlord of the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, said defendant left his house at twenty minutes to eleven at night. He was quite sober.

The case was dismissed.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 02 June 1866


Stephen Herbert, 14 days hard labour, for stealing a pair of boots, at Cosgrove.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 09 June 1866

COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford.
Lattermath Keeping; 3 narrow-wheel Wagons, 2
Carts, the useful Farming Implements,
And about 50 lots of Household Furniture, Ale Casks and Effects;

On Monday, June 18, 1866, on the Premises at Cosgrove, in the occupation of Mr. J. Scrivener, who is leaving the farm. Two months’ credit will be given for the crops of Grass and Lattermath Keeping, on the usual conditions. The whole may be taken off.
The sale will commence at Eleven o’clock.
Catalogues may be had at the Inns in the neighbourhood, and of Messrs. Dudley and Son, Auctioneers and Land Agents, Winslow
Northampton Mercury - Saturday 16 June 1866

Illegal Fishing.

John East alias Oxford Jack, and Joseph Smith, two well-known characters, of Old Stratford, were summoned before the Bench charged with fishing in the Canal called the Buckingham Arm, in the parish of Cosgrove, on the 2nd of June. Neither of the defendants appeared.—

Sergeant Willis proved the service of the summonses.

The charge was proved by Joseph Atkinson, gamekeeper for the parish of Cosgrove, who said: About half-past four in the morning the 2nd of this month I was in the Quarry Field. I went and stood on the bridge and saw Smith take fish out of the water with a rod and line. East was standing the side of Smith. I saw him put line with hook on into the water.

On the chairman being informed that both defendants had been several times previously convicted, they were each fined in a penalty of £5 and costs.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 16 June 1866


John Welch, 21 days' hard labour, for begging, at Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury Saturday 23 June 1866

Near Stony Stratford and Wolverton Station.

And entered upon at Midsummer next,

A Good FAMILY RESIDENCE, containing Entrance Hall, Dining, Drawing, and Breakfast Rooms, four principal Bedrooms, two Attics, Kitchen, fitted up with washing and brewing coppers; two Pantries, Store Room, Water Closet, Paved Court Yard, Lawn and Flower Garden, bounded by a handsome iron fence; and a large detached Kitchen Garden.

Rent and Taxes moderate. Stabling and Pasture Land can be had with the above, if desired.

Apply to Mrs. Scrivener, Cosgrove, or Mr. Osborn, Stony Stratford.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 04 August 1866

BIRTHS: July 25, at Cosgrove Priory, Stony Stratford, the wife of Charles G. Boulton, Esq. of a daughter.

Bucks Herald Saturday 22 September 1866


The Rev. T. H. Chase, B.A., to Cosgrove, near Stony Stratford..

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 13 October 1866

MARRIAGES: October 9, at Parish Church, Cosgrove, by the Rev. Temple Chase, Mr. J. Hudson, of Stony Stratford, to Eliza Susan, second daughter of Mr. W. Clarke, of Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 10 November 1866


J. P. Price, N. Finch, one calendar month, hard labour, each for an assault, at Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury Saturday 01 December 1866


John Duffy, for trial, for stealing a coat, at Cosgrove

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 26 January 1867

DEATHS: December 29, at Cosgrove, Stony Stratford, Sarah, wife of Mr. John Jarvis, aged 61 years; and on January 17, at Cosgrove, the above Mr. John Jarvis, blacksmith, aged 63 years.

Croydon's Weekly Standard Saturday 09 March 1867

Fatal Accident.—A sad accident occurred at the village on Sunday last, by which Mr. Henry Foster of Cosgrove, suddenly lost his life. The unfortunate man had been to Hanslope and was returning his home, he was accompanied on the road by a person of Castlethorpe who had also been to Hanslope; they parted in the village, and Mr. Foster passed over the stile into the fields leading to Cosgrove; within a few feet of the stile was a deep ditch, lately cleaned out, and it appeared (owing to the darkness) he must have stumbled over the soil on the bank and fallen head foremost in. The body was found on Monday morning and taken to the Carrington Arms, when an inquest was held before J, Worley, Esq., coroner, on the same day. After hearing the evidence of those who last saw him alive, and also of T. N. Heygate, Esq., surgeon, who gave as his opinion that death had been instantaneous from dislocation of the neck; the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 23 February 1867

STONY STRATFORD. Petty Sessions, Feb. 15th.

Present, Rev. 11. J. Barton, chairman ; and the Rev. R. N. Russell. Cosgrove.

Charge of Permitting Gaming against a Beerhouse Keeper.

Daniel Warren, of Cosgrove, was charged with unlawfully permitting gaming in his beerhouse.

Police Sergeant Willis deposed : About half-past seven p.m. on the 2nd instant I was standing outside Mr. Warren's beerhouse. I heard something said about raffling. Mr. Warren was not present. I saw party of men in one of the rooms. They were raffling with dice. George Knibbs lives at the beerhouse, and is manager for Mr. Warren. When he entered the house there was money on the table, also beer. After I came out they commenced raffling again. Knibbs was very abusive to me, and was going to put me out of the house. Knibbs offered to strike me, but his wife got between to prevent him.

Mr. Becke, of Northampton, who appeared for defendant, here stated that he should be able to prove that the cottage where the raffling took place was separate cottage occupied by Knibbs.

Mr. George Weston, collector of rates, proved that the cottage occupied by Knibbs was rated at £6 7s. 6d, and the beerhouse rated to Mr, Daniel Warren.

George Knibbs deposed : I occupy a cottage under Mr. Warren. The raffle took place in my cottage. There are two rooms in my cottage. In the living rooms the raffle took place. I pay my rent for the cottage to Mr. Warren. —The case was dismissed.

Croydon's Weekly Standard, March 9th 1867

FATAL ACCIDENT,- A sad accident occurred at the village on Sunday last, Mr. Henry Foster of Cosgrove, suddenly lost his life. The unfortunate man had been to Hanslope and was returning to his home, he was accompanied on the road by a person of Castlethorpe who had also been to Hanslope ; they parted in the village, and Mr. Foster passed over the stile into the fields leading to Cosgrove ; within a few feet of the stile was a deep ditch, lately cleaned out, and it appeared (owing to darkness) he must have stumbled over the soil on the bank and fallen head foremost in. The body was found on Monday morning and taken to the Carrington Arms , when an inquest was held before J. Worley, Esq., coroner, on the same day. After hearing the evidence of those who last saw him alive, and also of T. N. Heygate, Esq., surgeon, who gave as his opinion that death had been instantaneous from dislocation of the neck; the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 20 April 1867


William Harris, for seven days, hard labour, for begging, at Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury Saturday 04 May 1867


Assault at Cosgrove. —Alfred Morris, of Cosgrove, was summoned for assaulting Sarah Atkins, at Cosgrove, on April 22. —The Bench convicted defendant in penalty and costs 11s. 6d. Paid.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 18 May 1867


John Taylor, seven days' hard labour, for begging, at Cosgrove

Mary Wilson, seven days, for drunkenness, at Cosgrove

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 18 May 1867

BIRTHS: May 7, at Cosgrove, the wife of Mr. Henry Bull, of a daughter.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 25 May 1867


William Cunningham, 14 days' hard labour, for begging, at Cosgrove

John Smith, seven days' hard labour, for begging, at Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury Saturday 01 June 1867


Before the Rev. H. J. Barton, chairman; the Duke of Grafton, J. C. Mansel, Esq. and Rev. R. N. Russell.

An Expensive Magpie's Nest. Samuel Gallard, Charles Packer, and Henry ------- , three boys belonging to St. Paul's School, Stony Stratford, were summoned for damaging mowing grass belonging to Mr. Matthew Willison, the parish of Cosgrove. During the bearing of this case Mr Mansel retired from the Bench.

Joseph Atkinson deposed. I am gamekeeper for Mr. Mansel. On Sunday, the 19th about three o'clock in the afternoon, I was on Mr. Willison's farm. The defendants were in a field of mowing grass. They were getting up to a magpie's nest. The younger defendant was up in the tree. I lay the damage at 1d. each.

Convicted in penalty and costs 7s. each.

Bucks Herald Saturday 24 August 1867

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions. Aug. 16

UNJUST MEASURES. Joseph Partridge, of the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, was summoned for having three unjust measures in his possession. James Hurst, of Towcester, Inspector of weights and measures, inspected the measures in question on the 12th inst. Convicted in fine and costs 17s. 10d.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 07 September 1867

BIRTHS: September 1, at Cosgrove Priory, Stony Stratford, the wife of Charles G. Boulton Esq., of a son.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 12 October 1867


William Pattison, for seven days, hard labour, for begging, at Cosgrove

Bucks Herald Saturday 28 December 1867

MARRIAGE: ADAMS – BUCKINGHAM. On the 23rd. inst., at Cosgrove Church, Mr. James Adams, of Akeley, to Miss Buckingham, eldest daughter of Mr. Buckingham, of Cobbs Bush Farm, Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 08 February 1868

A Row at the Locks.

William Wood boatman, of Gloucester, was charged by Mary Johns with a common assault, at Cosgrove, on 21st January.

Mrs. Johns said : On the 21st January I was with my husband's boat. Our boat was in the lock, and defendant's boat was also in the lock. When I stood against the gate Wood ordered me to go away. When I would not he shook me. I took hold of his neckhandkerchief, when he struck me in the face and knocked me down. I went for the constable, but he could not come. I afterwards got out a warrant, and defendant was apprehended to-day.

By defendant: I had not a neckerchief on.

The magistrates advised them to settle it, for which purpose they left the Court, but without success.

On returning into Court defendant called his father, who made a long rambling statement.

The magistrates ordered defendant to pay all expenses, except what complainant had been put to on that day.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 08 February 1868


Sarah Carter, for 14 days' hard labour, for stealing a blanket, at Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 11 April 1868

COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford.

55 ACRES of luxuriant GRASS for Mowing (the Hay to go off), and the GRASS KEEPING up to the 31st of December, 1868,



On MONDAY, April 20,1868, direction of Mr. L. Osborn.

Credit given on the usual terms.
The Mowings are well known to produce heavy crops, and the Grazings are of first-rate quality. The company is requested to meet the Auctioneer, at the
Plough Inn, at Three o'clock in the Afternoon.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 30 May 1868

COSGROVE, Northamptonshire.



At the "BARLEY MOW" INN, COSGROVE, on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10TH, at Five o'Clock in the Afternoon, subject to Conditions to be then produced, by order of the Mortgagee under a Power of Sale,


Lot 1. A Newly-erected MESSUAGE, let in Tenements, adjoining Cosgrove Green, with good Garden and Appurtenance thereto belonging, and a COTTAGE at the back of the said Messuage. The premises are in the occupation of Mrs. Baldwin and others.

Lot 2. All those TWO Brick-built and Slated COTTAGES or Tenements, adjoining Lot 1 and the Village School, with Gardens and Appurtenances thereto belonging, in the occupation of Edward Coleman and Thomas Coles.

For further particulars, apply to Mr. Parrott, Solicitor, Stony Stratford, or to the Auctioneers, Old Stratford and Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 30 May 1868

Cosgrove. —John Masom, of Cosgrove, was summoned by Thomas Jones, of Cosgrove, charged with assaulting him.— Fine and costs 11s. 6d.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 06 June 1868

The hay to go off.
Is instructed by Mr. J. Foster to sell by Auction, on THURSDAY, June 18th, 1868,

THE CROP OF MOWING GRASS growing in the Meadow near Castlethorpe Wharf, containing 28 Acres. Credit on the usual terms.
The company is requested to meet the Auctioneer at the Castlethorpe Bridge, at 5 o’clock.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 20 June 1868


Robert Simpson, one calendar month, hard labour, for begging, at Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury Saturday 11 July 1868

COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford.


CONSISTING of 43 Acres of Wheat, 24 Acres of Barley, 4 Acres of Oats, 14 Acres of Spring Beans, 9 Acres of Winter Beans, 4 Acres Peas, and 4 Acres Beans and Peas,



On Tuesday, July 21st, 1868, on the Farm in the occupation of Mr. Joseph Foster, at Cosgrove, and which he is leaving at Michaelmas next.

The company is requested to meet the Auctioneer at Lot 1 Top Woollens—near the Yardley Road, at Three o'clock.

Credit on the usual conditions.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 25 July 1868


Present, Rev. H. J. Barton, chairman, and C. Morrell, Esq. Cosgrove.

John Foster, of Cosgrove, was summoned by John Partridge, landlord of the Barley Mow Inn, of Cosgrove, for refusing to leave the said Inn when requested to do so, on the 2nd of July.-Convicted. Fine £1, and 14s. 6d. costs.

Bucks Chronicle and Bucks Gazette Saturday 01 August 1868

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Friday, July 17.

Public-house Case. John Foster, of Cosgrove, was summoned by Mr. John Partridge, landlord of the Barley Mow Inn, at Cosgrove, for refusing to leave the said inn when requested to do so on the 2nd of July. Fined £1 and 14s 6d. costs.

Northampton Mercury -Saturday 22 August 1868

STONY STRATFORD. PETTY SESSIONS, August 14th.—Present, Rev. H. J. Barton (chairman), the Duke of Grafton, and Chas. Morrell, Esq.

John Masom, of Yardley Gobion, was summoned for allowing cattle to stray on the highway, in the parish of Cosgrove.

Police-sergeant Willis deposed: On the morning of the 5th inst., about a quarter to nine. I saw four cows belonging to defendant grazing on the road. I watched them for about ten minutes, and then I saw Masom. I told Masom at the time that I should report the case, after which he abused me very much.—Mr. Jones, solicitor, of Aylesbury, appeared for defendant.

Two witnesses were called, one against the defendant, and the other for him, but their evidence did not amount to much.

Convicted— penalty 5s. and costs. Paid.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 05 September 1868

Fire Cosgrove.

On the morning of Thursday, August 27th, the Stony Stratford Fire Brigade was aroused early to a fire on the premises of Mr. Adams, at the Plough Inn, Cosgrove. They were soon on the spot. Happily there was a plentiful supply of water, and after a few hours hard work the fire was extinguished, and all left safe. We hear that the premises were insured, and that the Fire Brigade met with great kindness from the inhabitants, especially from Mr. D. Warren. Unfortunately it was the day appointed for the brigade's annual holiday, which took place in Stowe Park. Although delayed and prevented by the fire in the morning from appearing in uniform with their engine, they played a friendly game of cricket with the Stowe House Fire Brigade, which ended in favour of the Stowe Brigade. Mr. Blackwell, of Buckingham, provided a good substantial dinner, which all appeared to enjoy. By the Duke of Buckingham's permission, the brigade visited His Grace's fire engine and appliances, and found all in first-rate working order. They were then shown through the different gardens, greenhouses, aviary, &c, and took a pleasant walk round the mansion. On returning they found the Duke had ordered coffee for them. They gave three hearty cheers on leaving the mansion. Mr. E. Revill, captain of the brigade, supplied them with postilions, four horses, &c.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 12 September 1868

COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford.

GEO. BENNETT is instructed
24th SEPTEMBER, 1868,


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 17 October 1868

The New Dean of St. Paul's.—The Rev. Henry Longueville Mansel, D.D., Canon of Christ Church and Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Oxford, who has been elevated to the Deanery of St. Paul's Cathedral is the eldest son of the late Rev. Henry L. Mansel rector of Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, and a near relative of the late Dr. Mansel, some time Bishop of Bristol and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He was born at his father's parsonage in October, 1820, and was educated under Dr. Bellamy at Merchant Taylors' School, whence he was elected to a Scholarship at St. John's College, Oxford, in 1839. He took his B.A. degree in 1843, obtaining a "double first class," and became Fellow and Tutor of his College. He was ordained on his College title, deacon and priest successively, by the late Bishop of Oxford, Dr. Bagot. In 1855 he was appointed Reader in Moral and Metaphysical Philosophy at Magdalene College, and Waynflete Professor some four years later. He succeeded Dean Stanley in his Professorship and his stall in Christ Church 1864, and took an active part in the recent election of Mr. Gathorne Hardy for the University. It is, however, as a philosopher rather than divine that Dean Mansel's name is best known to the world. Even an undergraduate he was well known as the best Aristotelian, metaphysician, and logician of his day, and his speeches at the " Union " were remarkable for their depth and power of thought far more than for the graces of what is known at Oxford as " scholarship" par excellence. As far back as 1849 he published an edition of Aldrich's Logic, with notes, which at once stamped his name as a man of the highest attainments in "science." This he followed up by his Prolegomena Logica and an article on Metaphysics, published in the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His other works are the Bampton Lectures, which he delivered in 1858, on The Limits of Religious Thought —a most powerful and able treatise on a most abstruse subject, which lies on the borders of science as well as of religion; and an edition of the works of the late eminent philosopher, Sir William Hamilton, on logic and metaphysical science, which he gave to the world, in conjunction with Professor Veitch, of the Universities of Edinburgh and St. Andrew's.

Northampton Mercury -Saturday 16 January 1869


Joseph Panter, for 10 days, hard labour, and four years at Reformatory School, for stealing 1s, at Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 06 February 1869

Cosgrove. —John Adams, landlord of the Plough Inn, Cosgrove, was summoned by Edmund Smith, of Hanslope, for assaulting him at Cosgrove, on the 22nd of January.

Edmund Smith, who appeared with his hands and face bound up, deposed: I went into the Plough Inn about three or four o'clock in the afternoon, and remained there till about nine o'clock, when Adams came into the tap-room, struck me out of the chair, and dragged me into the street. He did not say anything to me, but struck me without any provocation on my part.

By Mr. Adams : You did not say to me, " Smith, you must leave my house."

Jonathan Stone was at the Plough Inn on the evening in question. Saw Adams come into the tap-room and strike Smith. He then dragged him into the street. He did not say anything to him before he struck him.

By Mr. Adams : You did not order Smith , out before you hit him.

John Adams deposed : I had occasion to go to Hanslope on the 22nd of January; I came home about nine o'clock in the evening. Wife complained that Stone had been using very bad language in the tap- , room. I went and accused him of it, when he told me to go to the ___. I ordered Smith out, and he made use of bad language. Told him he would have to go, upon which he offered to fight. I then pushed him out of the room, when he turned round upon me. I knocked him down with his face on the door-step, which caused the wounds now on his face and hands. He was not drunk at the time, but he was  not sober he had been drinking with other men.

John Harding was in Adams's house on the 22nd January; when he ordered Smith out he made use of bad language, and said he (Adams) could not put him out, nor any man in Cosgrove. Pulled off his coat and offered to fight. Adams then pushed him out. Did not see anything done that could produce the wounds on Smith's face.

William Garratt gave evidence to somewhat the same effect.

The Chairman, in summing up, said it was evident the house was in a very disorderly state, and as far as the evidence went it did not show why Adams turned Smith out. It appeared Mrs. Adams disapproved of Stones's language, but said nothing about Smith. He further said that Adams had done very wrong in taking the law into his own hands. The law made ample provision to suit a case of this kind, which ought to have been taken advantage of, therefore he should convict him for keeping a disorderly house in a penalty of £2 and costs 9s. 6d. Paid.

Joseph Cane was also summoned by Edmund Smith, the plaintiff in the above case, for violently kicking him on the leg, face, and hands, on the 22nd of January, at the Plough Inn, Cosgrove, the time Adams was dragging him out of the house. Smith put in a surgeon's certificate showing that the wounds might have been the result of violent kicks. Several witnesses were called who proved that Cane was in the parlour during the whole of the evening, and did not leave it until after the affray was over.

Case dismissed.

Buckingham Express Saturday 13 February 1869

DEATHS: January 28, at Cosgrove, aged 90 years, Mr. John Jelley.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 01 May 1869


John Robinson, seven days' bard labour, for begging, at Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 15 May 1869

PETTY SESSIONS, Friday, May 7th.

Present: Rev. H. J. Barton (chairman) and J. C. Mansel, Esq. Cosgrove.

A Serious Charge. John Foster, of Cosgrove, was summoned before the Bench by Sarah Ann Eakins, a domestic servant, whose parents reside at Castlethorpe, charged with having assaulted her.

Prosecutrix deposed: I have been living at the Barley Mow, at Cosgrove. On the 30th of last month the defendant came into the Barley Mow about half-past eight o'clock in the morning, and was there till about half-past ten. He came again about two, and wanted to know what master had been doing. I left Mr. Foster and mistress in the bar at ten minutes after two. Foster kept quarrelling all the time with mistress; at last mistress went upstairs. When I was in the bar he pushed me into a chair, and assaulted me. I shouted to the mistress, but she would not come down, and said I had no business to go into the bar, and that he might do what he liked to me. I went into the bar to mind it.

Cross-examined by Mr. C. C. Becke, who appeared for defendant: I went to my master next day for my wages and clothes. He had previously assaulted me in the presence of my mistress. He once threw me down in the tap-room, and pulled my clothes over my head.

Mr. Becke made a most able defence for his client, and called Mr. Partridge, landlord of the Barley Mow, said he was at home all the day. He never heard that Foster had been quarrelling. The prosecutrix told him she would not stop to be assaulted by Jarvis and Foster. His witness said he had seen men kiss her, and one man over 60 years of age, Copson, of New Bradwell.—The case was adjourned for a fortnight, in order that Mrs. Partridge might be present.

The case was reheard on May 21st and ultimately dismissed.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 12 June 1869

STONY STRATFORD. PETTY SESSIONS, June 4.—Present, the Rev. H. J Barton (chairman), Rev. R. N. Russell, R. R. Walpole, Esq. and C. Morrell, Esq. Cosgrove.

Thomas Holloway was summoned by Thomas Baldwin for having assaulted him at Cosgrove, on the 21st of May last.

Complainant said: At about a quarter to five in the afternoon, I was playing with other lads at " peg-in-the-ring" in the Hill Field, Cosgrove. I knocked Arthur Guttredge's top down, and kicked it towards another boy, who sent it back to me, and I kicked it into the stinging nettles, and then ran away.

Guttredge is defendant's nephew. Thomas Holloway, who was coming along the field, ran after me, knocked me down three times, and kicked me each time when I was down, hurting me very much.

William Smith, aged 11, corroborative evidence.

Thomas Holloway, in defence, said his little nephew came running to him and said Baldwin had stolen his top. He asked him civilly to give it to him and he swore at him, and said he shouldn't. I then ran after him and gave him two or three pats on the head.

The Bench considering the case sufficiently proved, convicted in penalty and costs 12s, which was immediately paid.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 19 June 1869

Fire at Cosgrove—On Friday, June 11, the Stony Stratford Fire Brigade was called into requisition, and started with the utmost dispatch to the Manor Farm, Cosgrove, in the occupation of Mr. Slade, where a fire was raging, which burnt stack of straw and two hovels. An engine from Yardley Gobion arrived first. Both engines had to work their water supply from one pond. The fire was subdued without extending to any other building. It is said it was the work of an incendiary. A lad of Potterspury is accused of doing the mischief.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 03 July 1869

Presentation. —After the return of the Stony Stratford Fire Brigade from the fire on Mr. Slade's farm, at Cosgrove, on the 11th ult., the members repaired to the Cock Hotel for the purpose of presenting their Superintendent, Mr. E. Revill, with a handsome gold scarf pin, subscribed for and purchased by the Brigade. Mr. J. C. Bates, the foreman, made the presentation, and in a few appropriate words stated the feelings of the members towards their esteemed superintendent, who received it with the well-wishes of the whole Brigade.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 17 July 1869

DEATHS: July 11, at the Rectory, Cosgrove, Stony Stratford, after a long illness, the Rev. John Graham, rector of Cosgrove, aged 61 years.

Bucks Herald Saturday 17 July 1869

CLERICAL VACANCY. The rectory of Cosgrove, near Stony Stratford, by the death of the Rev. Graham, M.A.; worth £330 a year; patron Mrs. H. Mansel

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 07 August 1869

BIRTHS: July 30, at Cosgrove Priory, Stony Stratford, the wife of Charles G. Boulton., of a son.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 28 August 1869

Inquest at Cosgrove.—On August 17, inquest was held at the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, before Mr. Weston, coroner, touching the death Thomas Taylor, aged 51 years, who returned home from Northampton Infirmary the previous Saturday, where he had been an in-patient for a short time. Tuesday, August 17, he was worse, and his wife went to the house where Mr. Bonser, the relieving officer, pays the poor in Cosgrove, and stated the case to him. Mr. Bonsor said he could give her a paper to go to the doctor, but he would go with her and see her husband. When they got to the house, which was not more than five minutes’ walk, the poor man had breathed his last. Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 04 September 1869

George Moore, of Cosgrove, was summoned for not having taken his child to be vaccinated.

ln this case the wife appeared, and stated that she had taken her child to the place appointed at the time stated in the directions, but the public vaccinator was not present.—Case dismissed.

Northampton Mercury -Saturday 11 September 1869

COSGROVE RECTORY, near Stony Stratford.

Messrs. DURHAM and SON have received instruction

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1869, at Ten o'clock, a.m.,


and a part of the
Belonging to the Rev. J. GRAHAM, deceased.

The Sale will comprise, amongst other things, two in-calf cows, one sturk, one heifer, about 20 fowls, rick of new hay about 14 tons; stump of old hay, about four tons; rick-cloth and poles, narrow-wheel cart, cow cribs, pig troughs, ladder, wheelbarrows, elm and other boarding, garden rolls, lawn mower, garden engine, cucumber frames and lights, carpenter's bench, capital lathe, garden chairs, lead cisterns, open carriage, for single or pair of horses; &c, &c. Also the dairy, laundry, scullery, and brewing utensils; with a part of the drawing-room, dining-room, and bed-room furniture, china, glass, dinner and breakfast services, together with about 500 volumes of books.

Catalogues are in course of preparation, and may be obtained from the Auctioneers; at the Inns in the neighbourhood; and at the place of Sale.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 25 September 1869

DEATHS: September 19, at Cosgrove, Mr. Joseph Brown, aged 73 years.

Bucks Chronicle and Bucks Gazette Saturday 16 October 1869

The Bishop of Peterborough has instituted the Rev. G. Jenkins to the Rectory of Cosgrove, Northamptonshire.

Northampton Mercury -Saturday 16 October 1869

PETTY SESSIONS OCTOBER 8TH present - Rev H J Barton chairman; Major Levi and C. G Percival Esq.

William Smith, a little boy, of Cosgrove, was summoned by Mr. Lewis Osborn for stealing a quantity of apple, from his orchard, at Cosgrove, on September 15th.

Mr. Osborn stated he did not wish to press the charge but only as an example to others, as he had frequently suffered by depredations committed in his orchard.

Joseph Atkinson, gamekeeper to J. C. Mansel, Esq., proved the case and the Chairman, after a suitable caution to both the boy and his mother (who was present), inflicted a fine of 1s., which, with the costs, amounted to 10s. 6d.

Northampton Mercury Saturday 06 November 1869

THE UNITED BRETHREN AT COSGROVE. On Tuesday evening, October 26, a meeting of the United Brethren was held at Wolverton, to consider what course they should adopt with respect to the position they are placed in at Cosgrove, through the conduct the landlord of the place they have there held worship in on the Sabbath. From the explanation given at the meeting it appears that, by subscriptions they purchased the forms and pulpit, which the landlord refuses give up, and that nearly a year ago he agreed to take no rent of them until the place had been properly done up, it has been handed over to the Wesleyans without any notice to quit being received by the United Brethren, or "Protestant Dissenters," as they were licensed.

The meeting decided to instruct a solicitor in the matter, demanding that the key given up to them, and stating their intention of worshipping in it until the expiration of a proper notice.

Northampton Mercury  Saturday 20 November 1869

COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford.



ON THURSDAY NEXT, NOVEMBER 25TH, 1869, by order of
the Assignees of Mr. THOMAS CANE.

See Handbills.—Sale at Twelve o'clock.

THE HOUSE and BUSINESS TO BE LET and entered upon immediately.—Apply to Mrs. Foster, on the Premises; or to Mr. Thomas Higgins, Hanslope.