Cosgrove Newspaper Reports 1870 - 1879

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 01 January 1870


A Black RETRIEVER BITCH—The owner requested to apply to Edward Gates, Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury 26 February 1870

CHANGES AT COSGROVE. Great changes have taken place at the village of Cosgrove during the past year, which have considerably affected the trade of that place and surrounding towns. No less than 108 persons, inclusive of children, have been obliged to leave; this is principally owing to the removal of the Locomotive Works from Wolverton to Crewe, as 53 persons have been sent there, 20 have gone to America, and 35 have moved to various parts on account of loss of work at Wolverton. In addition to this, it is supposed that five or six other families will shortly be obliged elsewhere to seek for a livelihood. Of course this removal will be greatly felt in a village whose population is not very large, and, consequently an unusual depression of trade is manifest. We can only hope that as Wolverton gets more settled, and the carriage works fully established, things will look up, and not only Cosgrove, but all the towns and villages around, will experience a return of the "good old times."

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 26 February 1870

WANTED, a GARDENER, who thoroughly understands his work, and can have a good character from his last place.—Apply at Cosgrove Hall, Stony Stratford

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 26 March 1870


On Friday evening last a white petticoat was stolen from the garden of Mr. Wm. Branson, at Cosgrove. It is supposed the thief must have gone into Mr. Warren's field and reached it off the hedge; there were other articles of clothing hanging about, but that was the only thing taken.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 09 April 1870

RECTORY FARM, COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford

Are instructed TO SELL BY AUCTION


ABOUT 240 ASH and ELM TIMBER TREES, with part of the Lop and Top, now lying felled on the Farm. The Timber is of large dimensions and excellent quality.

The company is requested to meet the Auctioneers at the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, at Ten o'clock, business to commence at 10.30 punctually.

A dinner will be provided after the Sale for purchasers to the amount of £10 and upwards.

All transactions will be for Cash.

Catalogues are in course of preparation, and may be had at the Inns in the Neighbourhood, and of the Auctioneers, High Street, Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 30 April 1870

COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford.

55 ACRES of GRASS for MOWING (the Hay to go off), and GRASS KEEPING, on fine old Pasture and rich Meadow Land,



On Monday, May the 2nd, 1870, direction of Mr. L. Osborn, in the following Lots:—

1. Home Close, to be mown, and the hay to go off    
2. New Piece, ditto   ditto 
3. The Whales, ditto ditto
4.   Trunk Meadow, to be grazed up to 31st Dec, 1870
5.   Ford Meadow, ditto ditto
6. New Meadow, ditto  ditto
The Lattermath Keeping as under, up to the 31st Dec, 1870.
7. Home Close  
8.  New Piece
9. The Whales

Credit on the usual terms. The Company is requested to meet the Auctioneer at The Plough Inn, Cosgrove, at Three o'clock in the afternoon, and proceed to Sale.

These fields are well Fenced and Watered, and are known to produce great Crops of Grass.

N.B.—The comfortable and convenient RESIDENCE, with Garden, Stable, and Coach-house, detached and pleasantly situate in the fields, near Cosgrove Village, TO LET with immediate possession.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 14 May 1870

Thomas Bignall, seven days, for drunkenness, and 14 days, hard labour, for an assault, at Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 14 May 1870

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS, May 6th.—Before the Rev. H. J. Barton, chairman. Lord Penrhyn, and Rev. R. N. Russell. Loughton.

George Hurst, labourer, of Cosgrove, was summoned for allowing a horse and cart, of which he was the driver, outside the George Inn, Stony Stratford, on the 21th April.—Inspector Webb deposed to watching the horse and cart for about 20 minutes; there appeared to be no one in charge.

As defendant had not been before the Bench till now, the fine was mitigated, which, with costs, amounted to 11s. 6d. Paid.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 28 May 1870

STONY STRATFORD Sessions, Friday, May 20th—Present : Rev. H. J. Barton, chairman J. C. Mansel, Esq., R. R. Walpole, Esq., and C. G. Percival, Esq. Stony Stratford

Cosgrove.— Elizabeth Bignell, of Cosgrove, was committed to prison for a week, for being drunk, and using indecent language, at Cosgrove, on the 9th of May.

William Jarvis, parish constable, proved the case.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 13 August 1870

WANTED, in the Country, a HOUSEMAID who thoroughly understands her work and is a good Needlewoman. Apply (by letter) at Cosgrove Hall, Stony Stratford

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 27 August 1870

COSGROVE PRIORY, near Stony Stratford.


Have been honoured with instructions from C. G. Boulton, Esq., who is leaving Cosgrove,




THE former comprises a half Alderney cow, barren ditto, two sturks, one steer, in-pig sow, nine store pigs, three prime fat ditto, and a quantity of poultry; also iron pigtroughs, hay rakes and drags, sheep trough, sheep hurdles, cow troughs and ties, turnip cutter, cow crib, 18-round ladder, five hen coops, two wheelbarrows, tubs, two 300-gallon galvanized iron TANKS, nearly new; carpenter's bench, two apiaries, each containing three of Neighbour's hives, two large cucumber-frames and lights, three hand-glasses, a quantity of hard wood and faggots, several thousand flower pots, dozen kale pots, &c, &c.; also, about 10 tons of prime old HAY.

The FURNITURE comprises handsome mahogany sideboard, dining-room, easy, hall, bedchamber, and American chairs; mahogany occasional and other tables, several pier glasses, pair of cabinets, Canterbury, mahogany bookstands and shelves, bureau, with side wings and sandal-wood fittings : hall bench, cupboards, cases of birds and insects, bedsteads, washing stands, toilette tables, fenders and fire irons, small mahogany wardrobe, carpeting, cocoa matting, about 250 volumes of well-bound books, a photographic portrait camera, by Ross, with all the appliances for photography; and many other articles.

Sale to Commence punctually at Ten o'clock. Catalogues are being printed, and may be had of the Auctioneers, Stony Stratford, and at the principal Inns in the neighbourhood. Persons applying for Catalogues by post, must send a stamp for postage.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 15 October 1870

Cosgrove.— Mary Lane, of Stony Stratford, was charged with stealing one peck of potatoes, and quantity of turnips, growing in field at Cosgrove, on the 10th September last, the property of Mr. Richard Slade, farmer.—Fined £1 and 13s. 6d.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 03 December 1870

John Wilson – 21 days Hard Labour, for begging, at Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 10 December 1870

Oct 27th, at Chicago, America, of typhoid fever, John Cane, late of Mare Fair, Northampton, eldest son of Thomas Cane, late of Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, aged 27, deeply lamented.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 18 February 1871

Thomas Amos, Cosgrove was charged with having a scale and weights deficient.—He pleaded not guilty.

Inspector Packer stated On Monday, the 5th of February, went into the malthouse at Cosgrove, found a number of weights unstamped, and took them away; the weights and scales were produced in court and appeared nearly new.

The defendant stated that he only used the scales for weighing barley when brought in; he did not sell by weight but by the quarter measure, therefore if they were incorrect the loss was to himself not to the public, and as he had not long since purchased them he thought the makers to blame in not having the weight stamped.

The Bench took the same view of the case, and said they did not believe there was any dishonest intention, but the act must be complied with, they had therefore alternative but to inflict a fine which would be a nominal one of 1s. and costs 17s. 6d. Paid. The weights forfeited.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 11 March 1871


On Lease or Yearly Tenancy,

"The PRIORY" COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford,

IT contains Drawing, Dining, and Breakfast Rooms, Study, and 10 Bed-rooms; with Stabling for 10 horses, Coach house, &c.
 For particulars, apply to W. J. Peirce, Auctioneer and Estate Agent, Derngate, Northampton.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 13 May 1871


With Immediate Possession,

NINE ROOMS, W. C, Brewhouse, Coach house. Stable, &c, Flower Garden front, large detached Kitchen Garden. —Apply to G. Bennett. Buckingham.

Leicester Chronicle - Saturday 15 July 1871


July 16. — Saltby, Saxby, Wymondham, Denton, King's Sutton, Clapton, Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 05 August 1871


The Very Rev. Henry Longueville Mansel, D.D, Dean St. Paul's Cathedral, died on Sunday night, suddenly, at the seat of his cousin, Jno. Chr. Mansel, Esq., Cosgrove Hall, near Stony Stratford, Northamptonshire, where he had been staying for some days.

The Dean retired to bed in his usual health, intending to proceed to town in the morning, but was shortly afterwards seized with what was supposed at first to be a fainting fit. Dr. Daniel, of Stony Stratford, was immediately sent for, but he arrived too late to render any assistance, death having supervened from rupture of a blood vessel in the head.

The sad event was not known in London until after the usual morning service at the Cathedral on Monday, when the organist commenced playing the "Dead March" in Saul —a proceeding which surprised not only the congregation, but those of the officials who were unaware of the melancholy intelligence which had been received. This was followed by the tolling of the great bell, an event which only happens on the death of a member of the Royal family, or of the bishop of the diocese, or of the dean of the cathedral, or of a Lord Mayor of London.

The deceased was appointed to the Deanery in 1868 by Mr. Disraeli, after the death of Dean Milman. He was born at Cosgrove (where he died) on the 6th October, 1820, his father being then rector of the parish. After a course of training at Merchant Taylors' School he was elected to a scholarship of St. Johns College, Oxford, whither he proceeded in 1839. He was elected a fellow in 1842, and graduated B.A, at Easter of the following year, being first in classics and mathematics. In 1844 he was ordained deacon, and priest in 1845. Ten years afterwards the late dean received the appointment of reader moral and metaphysical philosophy at Magdalen College, and in 1859 that of Waynflete Professor of the same sciences. At the beginning of 1867 he took the chair as Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History.

He married, in 1855, Charlotte Augusta, daughter of the late Daniel Taylor, Esq., of Clapham, but there is no issue of the marriage.

Dr. Mansel's earliest literary effort was a volume of poems, entitled "Demons of the Winds, and other Poems," which was issued in his eighteenth year. This was followed, eleven years afterwards, by "Aldridge's Logic, with Notes." In 1851 he published his "Prolegomena Logica," and followed it with "Philosophy of Kant," 1856;" Metaphysics " (in the " Encyclopaedia Britannica ") 1857; and Limits of Religious Thought," 1858. In that year his celebrated "Bampton Lecture" was published, which provoked the criticism of Professor Maurice, and led to the publication next year of the "Examination of Maurice's Strictures," of which three editions were speedily exhausted, and large numbers of copies were sold in America and elsewhere. His succeeding works were—" Metaphysics; or, the Philosophy of Consciousness," 1860; "Two Lectures on Smith's Lectures on History," 1861-62; " Witness of the Church to the Promise of Christ's Coming," 1864 ; and " Philosophy of the Conditioned," 1866; the latter work arousing a controversy with Mr. John Stuart Mill, with whom, as well as with Mr. Goldwin Smith, the late dean has held disputations. Dean Mansel was also co-editor, with Professor Veitch, ot the late Sir W. Hamilton's works on logic and metaphysical science. Lately the deceased has been working for "The Speaker's Commentary on the Gospels according to St. Matthew and St. Mark."

It is understood that the deceased will, probably, be interred at Cosgrove, and not at the cathedral.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 12 August 1871


 The funeral of the Very Rev. Henry Longueville Mansel, D.D., late Dean of St. Paul's, took place on Saturday morning, Cosgrove (near Stony Stratford,) a picturesque village in Northamptonshire, of which place his father was rector for many years.

In accordance with the wishes of the widow the funeral was a very private and unpretending one; the only persons present in addition to the members of the family being the Right Rev. Bishop Claughton, Archdeacon of London, the Rev. Canon Gregory, the Rev. Canon Liddon. Mr. Chandler and Mr. Barrick, old friends of the family, the Rev. J. A. Jenkins, rector of Cosgrove, and Mr. Daniels, medical attendant.

Mr. Robert Mansel, brother of the late dean, was chief mourner, and the other members and connections of the family present were Mr. H. P. Gates, Mr. A. Taylor, Mr. D. Taylor, Mr. Swarm, and Mr. Waters. The service, which was a plain one without choral accompaniments, was said by the Rev. Canon Gregory, the lesson being read by the Rev. Canon Liddon. At the conclusion of the service in the church the hymn "Jesu, Lover of my soul," was sung by the congregation, which was a large one, the church being full.

The mother, widow, two sisters, and other ladies connected with the family were present during the service in the church. The vault in which the late dean is laid is at the east end of the north chancel, immediately adjoining that of his father.

The Sunday morning service in the Metropolitan Cathedral was attended by an unusually large congregation, consequent, no doubt, upon the recent and sudden death of Dr. Mansel. Most of the dignitaries of the Cathedral, with the Bishop of the diocese at their head, were present on the occasion, and the services were conducted with much solemnity. The vacant stall of the departed Dean was draped with black velvet, embroidered with his armorial bearings and the insignia of his office.

The sermon was preached by the Bishop of London, who took for his text the 14th verse of the third chapter of the Second Epistle of St. Peter, Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless. It was hardly a funeral sermon in the ordinary sense; but rather solemn and urgent appeal on the imperative duty imposed on every member of the human family to prepare for eternity, while the period of probation lasted. Twice during its delivery did the Bishop refer in touching terms to the sudden sorrow which had fallen on the whole of the Cathedral Chapter, commenting on the keen and subtle intellect which has been quenched in its full vigour, and the healthy play of the late Dean's warm affections and his kind and gentle heart. On the previous Sunday, he said, the voice of the Dean was heard in the sanctuary, and his prayers went up with the incense of the Church's services. On the morrow he was no more. Often had he spoken from that place in the Cathedral, and well and faithfully, but never, surely, so solemnly as now, when," being dead he yet speaketh."

Towards the close of the discourse the right rev. prelate pointed to the vacant stall of the deceased Dean, hung with the emblems of mourning, and dwelt on the loss which had so suddenly fallen on the Cathedral, the diocese, and the whole Church, It was no ordinary loss, he said, but of one who was a practical and able man of business, anxious for the improvement of the fabric and the services of the Cathedral ; most exemplary and kind in the discharge of the duties pertaining to his high office; with a mind endowed with singular power and subtlety, capable of grasping the most abstruse and intricate subjects, and of recreating itself at times, in the exuberance of its strength, with the play of ready wit which was so exercised to inflict no pain. The Bishop added to the effect that their departed friend had sounded the depths of almost every ancient and modern system of theology and philosophy without having had his intellect dazed in the process, and had thus been enabled to lay down buoys and set up beacons in the currents of thought which had carried many onward to the haven of his own faith. With all that, the characteristic quality of his mind and heart was humility. Though a bold and ardent inquirer, he remained a humble and sincere Christian, and was destined, had he lived, to fight in the van of the nearing contest between faith and infidelity.

The sermon, of which this is necessarily but an outline, so far as it refers to the deceased Dean, was listened to with profound attention, and at its conclusion the Sacrament was administered to such of the congregation as remained to partake of it.

At the afternoon service the Rev. Dr. Liddon, the canon in residence, preached an eloquent funeral sermon before an immense congregation under the dome of the Cathedral. The text was the 4th verse of the 9th chapter of St. John's Gospel: —"I must work the works of Him that sent me while it is day; the night cometh when no man can work." After dwelling upon the lesson of the text he remarked that every one of his hearers must like himself be thinking of the premature close, within the last few days, of a great career. That career, which he advisedly called "great," might not, however, exactly have been of an order to attract popular recognition or sympathy. He believed that now, as in the olden time, the Holy Ghost " gave to some, apostles.; some, prophets and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, and for the edifying of the body of Christ," and that God might be equally served by the laborious student who snatched time from the usual hours of rest, and by the missionary who laboured in the dark corners of ignorance in that great city.

The late Dean of that Cathedral had left behind him a great example —viz., that he made the most of the time given him by God, and that when the call came it found him ready and prepared. He was a man of exceptionally strong intellect and power, dealing with abstruse subjects and with the science of metaphysics which in the general run was thought to be only another name for the unintelligible.

Dr. Mansel, while at Oxford, was one of the foremost men of his time, and his lectures on the subjects upon which he was pre-eminently qualified to treat were attended by large numbers of students, some ef whom had since taken very high places in the Legislature and elsewhere. He (Canon Liddon) could bear testimony to the benefit which he and his fellow students derived from those lectures. Dr. Mansel might be regarded as the English representative, exponent, in fact continuator of the mind of that distinguished Scotchman, Sir W. Hamilton. But where Hamilton had left mere hints and fragment-, Mansel supplied illustrations, chains of argument, and system. Where Hamilton had drawn but a skeleton, Mansel had clothed it with flesh and blood. Nay, in some respects he had rectified the work of his great master, and since Hamilton's death he commanded, till now an altogether unique position in the science. In speaking of the vast amount of labour by which such a position must have been attained, Dr Liddon emphatically vindicated the dignity of mental labour, its arduous character, which there was a tendency in some quarters to underrate and deny. The aching of the hands and muscles, he would venture to affirm, was less severe than the aching of the overworked brain.

Many of those about Dr Mansel, and who came in contact with him day by day, did not know the man; for, like all really great men, he was so humble, simple, so unpresuming, that few had any idea that they had been so close to almost the only man in England to whom all the heights and all the depths of the most recent speculations or the highest truths that could be grasped by the human mind were perfectly familiar. He had conferred, in his time, the greatest benefits by the exercise of his high mental gifts. But, above all things, it should be noticed that he consecrated his gifts and endowments to the work of his Creator.

His Bampton Lectures —"On the limits of religious thought," would be considered the most celebrated work of the age in regard to English philosophy, and they were characterised the exercise of the most vigorous analysis. Dean Mansel died in harness having up to the very time of his death been engaged in the interpretation of Scripture in connection with the Speaker’s Commentary. The part allotted to him was St. John's Gospel, and he believed he had been able to answer conclusively many the adverse statements made with regard to it by critics.

The Dean most warmly took part in the efforts to make that great Cathedral worthy of its noble work and of the city in which was placed, and in all his conduct he was known as the most unassuming of men. The night in which no man could work came suddenly to the Dean, for it was only a week ago that he took part in the morning and evening service of the Church, being then to all appearance in perfect health. He retired to rest having intended to return to his work in London next morning. But during the night a blood vessel at the base of the brain burst, and all was over. A death so sudden should show people the terms upon which they held their earthly existence, they being merely "tenants at will," and their Master being able to dispossess them any moment. The death of Dr. Mansel could not have taken him by surprise, for he was continually dwelling on the thought of separation from earth, and only last month, after reading the burial service in that Cathedral over the body of Mrs. Milman, he wondered whose turn it would be next, adding that they were all in God's care. On another occasion he expressed an opinion that sudden death was a merciful and blessed manner of passing away, and he invariably regarded death calmly, earnestly, and contently. Whereas as an intellectual giant he was always ready to combat the strongest forms of modern infidelity, yet he was content to kneel before his Master in the most perfect and child-like trust and faith. The lesson of his life was that he made the most of his work in the time that God allowed to him, and that when night came—although suddenly—he was found prepared to meet his Saviour.

After the sermon, during the delivery of which the Canon was at times visibly affected, the hymn commencing “A few more years shall roll," was sung by the congregation. The Dead March in Saul was played by Mr. Goss upon the organ afterwards. The late Dean, it will be remembered, was one cf the chaplains to the late Bishop of Peterborough (the Right Rev. Dr. Jenne), and on the occasion of his lordship's death preached one the funeral sermons. His discourse was fully reported in our columns at the time. The Observer has reason to believe that the vacant deanery of St. Paul's has been offered to Dr. Farquhar Hook. As the Dean of Chichester, however, has refused more than one offer of preferment, his acceptance of the office is doubtful.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 02 September 1871

Presentation.—On Friday evening week, Aug. 25th, a meeting was held at the Plough Inn, Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, by a number of the friends of Mr. Harding Talbot and workmen employed by the Grand Junction Canal company (in the district of which he had charge, as overseer, for upwards of 32 years), to present him with a very handsome silver lever watch and chain, &c, as a token of their respect and esteem, and for his great kindness during the time he was among them.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 23 December 1871

COMMITMENTS TO THE NORTHAMPTON COUNTY GAOL.— Richard Tombs, 21 days' hard labour, for begging, at Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 17 February 1872

Cosgrove —John Cockerill, Cosgrove, was charged with having received, knowing them to have been stolen, two rods of iron, value 1s, the property of James Read.

Mr. Read, agent to Wm. Mannsell Esq., proved that the rods once helped to keep together a house which had since fallen. The rods were then placed in a garden occupied by Edward Hollis, from which they were stolen.

Wm. Jarvis, parish constable, asked the accused if he had not some 5/8-inch iron to dispose of. The accused said he had, and produced the rods in question, which he said he bought of Thos. Bignall. Jarvis told him he had been on the lookout for them, and that he must have known Bignall did not come by them honestly. Bignall was called in, and being charged with stealing them, he said he had them of his sister, who got them from a barn she bought of person named Holloway, and that he sold them to Cockerill.

Mr. Becke submitted that there was no case whatever against the prisoner, who was not in a position to know how Bignall became possessed of the rods.—Prisoner was discharged.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 24 February 1872

John Brandon, four calendar months hard labour, for an assault at Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 30 March 1872

Thomas Bignall, one calendar month, hard labour, for stealing iron, at Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 18 May 1872


Patrick Bryan, 14 days, hard labour, for begging, at Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 18 January 1873

COMMITMENTS THE NORTHAMPTON COUNTY GAOL.— George Smith, for 42 days, hard labour, for an assault, at Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 26 April 1873



WHEREAS the Education Department, in pursuance of the Elementary Education Act, 1870, have received the Returns in the said Act mentioned, and made such inquiry as they think necessary with respect to the School accommodation the District hereinafter mentioned; Now, therefore, the Lords of the Committee of Council on Education have decided, and


I.                   The School District is the Parish of COSGROVE.

II.                  The School named in the first Schedule to this Notice is considered to be available for such District.

III.                Additional Public School accommodation of the amount and description mentioned in the second Schedule to this Notice appears to be required for the District.


No. of Children accommodated 74


Amount and Description of Accommodation required 26

If the National School is enlarged so as to accommodate about 30 additional children, no further accommodation will be required.

F. R. SANDFORD, Secretary. Education Department, 9th day of April, 1873.
Notice No. 6,304
Union of Potterspury

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 24 May 1873


William Gates v. John Wadsworth.

Claim for £3 5s brought by the plaintiff, a butcher of Cosgrove, against the defendant, for the loss of a  pig.

Plaintiff deposed that he left the pig in the defendant's charge in Newport Pagnell market, and went away. On his return the defendant offered him another pig (and a worse one) its place.

Defendant said that the pig he gave plaintiff his return was the same he received from him.

William Martin deposed to seeing Wadsworth mark the pig on the back of the neck and offer it to Gates, who refused to take it alleging that it was not his pig.

George Leeds deposed to seeing Gates sell Mr. Litchfield one of two pigs (the better of the two).

His Honour was of opinion that Gates's pig had been sold instead of another one, and therefore that the plaintiff was entitled to recover the value the pig (£3  5s as sought) and expenses.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 31 May 1873


A HOUSE and BLACKSMITH'S SHOP, with which a good trade is connected, situate at Cosgrove, near Stony Stratford.

To view, apply to Mr. James Reed, Cosgrove Hall; and for further particulars, to Messrs. Fisher & Son, Land Agents, Market Harborough.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 02 August 1873


AN INQUEST was held on Monday before A. Weston Esq., district coroner, on view of the body of Frederick Baker, son of Eli Baker, a labourer employed at the Wolverton Station, who was drowned in Mr. Dawson's mill stream at Cosgrove.

From the evidence it appeared that deceased went on the previous Friday evening to the mill stream with a lad named George Lovesay, aged six years. Deceased got into the Mill "tail" and the little boy saw him as he expressed it "Go up-and-down two or three times." The child, taking deceased's clothes with him, went home, and on his way was met boy named George Hillier, nine years of age, who noticed him crying and asked what was the matter. He said "Walter Baker was sunk in the mill dam." upon which Hillier went to the mill and gave information to Joseph Hall, the miller, and they went together to the mill stream and found the body of deceased in the mill tail. Deceased was lying flat on his face at the bottom of the water which was not more than three feet deep. The body was pulled out and taken to the mill house, but not before life was extinct deceased having been in the water about half an hour. In the spot where the body was found the water was not deep enough to have drowned him, and it is supposed he must have been seized with the cramp, and no assistance being procurable was unable to get out of the water. The jury returned a verdict "Accidentally drowned."

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 07 February 1874

County Court, Monday. Twenty original plaints and one adjourned summons were entered for hearing. Only two cases were set down to come before the Judge. Several undefended cases were decided by the Registrar.

Mr. John Ayres, of Castle Thorpe Wharf, sued three parties for different amounts for coal he had supplied them with, each bearing the same surname, viz., David Henson, labourer, Cosgrove; Benjamin Henson, labourer, Cosgrove and Geo. Henson, labourer Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 07 March 1874



ABOUT SIXTY ASH TREES, and a few ELM, now lying Felled and Numbered on the above Farm



 the BARLEY MOW INN, COSGROVE, at Five o'clock, p.m.

Credit will be given.


Lying in Cuttles. Lot.

1. Five Ash Trees

2. One Fine Elm

3. Four Elm and Two Ash

4. Five Ash

5. Three ditto

6. Ditto

7. Three Ash

Lying Stutch Furlong.

8. Five Ash By Farm Buildings.

9. Three ditto

10. Three Ash

11. Ditto

12. Ditto

13. Ditto

14. Ditto

15. Ditto

16. Four ditto

17. Four Pollard ditto

18. Five Elm

The Timber is well worth the attention of Wheelwrights, and lies close to the Road.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 18 April 1874

COSGROVE.—WESLEYAN CHAPEL. A miscellaneous concert of instrumental and vocal music was given by members of the choir and a few friends from Wolverton, in aid of the fund for liquidating the debt upon the new harmonium, which passed off in a very creditable manner and gave general satisfaction.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 09 May 1874

TOWCESTER. Petty Sessions, 5th May.—Before B. E. Oliver, Esq in the chair; Lord Charles Fitzroy, and Colonel the Honourable Douglas Pennant.

Alleged Felony.—Samuel Moreton, a labourer, of Yardley Gobion, was charged by John Murphy, of Cosgrove, with stealing three pounds of bacon belonging to him, on the 2nd of May of the value of two shillings.

Witness was going from Stony Stratford to Cosgrove, on Saturday night about eleven o'clock. He had three pounds of bacon and some shop things tied up in a handkerchief. Moreton came and asked what he had got. He said, some meat. Prisoner said he would have it. Of course he resisted, and in the scuffle lost his bacon. Was not sure he had not lost the other things before he got there.

ln reply to the Bench, witness admitted having had some beer.—

P.C. Samuel Stirling, of Old Stratford, was on duty on the night in question, and heard someone talking as though disagreeing. Went forward, and found the prosecutor and the prisoner, the latter having in his possession the handkerchief and three pounds of bacon produced, which prosecutor swore were his. Witness had picked up the prosecutor a short time before, who was helplessly drunk. The prisoner was also the worse for drink. Charged the latter with stealing the bacon, and locked him up. Found another bundle on the road, containing a new slop, a cap, and other things, tied up, which belonged to the prisoner, and were of more value than the bacon alleged to have been stolen.

Prisoner pleaded he had no intention of stealing the bacon, but took it for his own parcel.

The Bench thought it very unlikely the prisoner would leave his own parcel to steal the other, which was of much less value. They therefore dismissed the case.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 25 July 1874

COSGROVE. Agricultural Labourers' Meeting.

The small village of Cosgrove was all astir on Saturday last. A tea meeting was held, to which upwards of two hundred labourers and their friends sat down, after which the company adjourned to a field, where several excellent addresses were delivered.

Mr. Robinson, boiler inspector, of Wolverton, was voted to the chair, and after complimenting them upon their success announced, song, entitled " Stand like the brave," in which all heartily joined.

Mr. Mothershead, a gentleman from London, then rose and said he was very glad to be there as substitute for Mr. Stuart Evans, who was engaged, he hoped, in doing better work for the funds of the Union. He was glad the agricultural labourers of Cosgrove had joined the National Labourers' Union. It is only by union government succeeds, only if the Radicals created the great Reform Bill, it the farmers oppressed them, and only by union could they (the labourers) stand beside with them. He was old enough to recollect the miners low, degraded, dejected, and forlorn, as the position of the labourer now is; they are now practical and skilled mechanics.

It was their absolute necessity to become members of the Union; it was a fact that there is no such a peasantry as that of England; he knew no nation so low a state as the English peasantry is. (Cries of. Shame. ) Mr. Arnold says there is no such state which exists in England as that where one man reigns and another tills the soil.

Now the reason why they must go into union is to stop that robbery of two hundred years ago, when the land was taken from them. I find there are now 2,600,000 acres of land ready to be put to arable and other purposes. Now, without going back to the two hundred years, when the aristocracy robbed the people of the land which belonged to them. These 2,600,000 acres are now ready to become the property of the labourers. At this time this land, that is not bringing a single blade of grass to the people of England, could be let out to the people. Lord Derby told us that the soil should produce as much again as it does. It is only by union they could lay hold of it, and the time is coming when, by union, they would demand this soil to be theirs. If they were only to take the 2,000,000 acres now ready, and out in ten acre allotments, which of them would not be glad of having the land? (Cries of "I should think we would.") It would take two hundred thousand of them off the land, and that includes the women.

The time had come. Their getting two shillings a week more was not what he came there for no, their wages must be settled on a firmer basis than that; The wages of his friend, the chairman, and of himself, could not be settled in any other way than by the money price in the market. He did not think the wages of the agricultural labourers could be settled in any other way than giving them fair share of the interests in the soil they tilled. Six years ago, after the war of liberation, the Prussians had no direct interest the soil. At that time two men, Stein and Ardenbourg, introduced to the then King a plan, which read that the land of Prussia should be let out to the peasantry, it was let out in a certain form, and what had been the result? From Prussia being a degraded nation, in fifty years it raised a tribe of men, who mowed the French army down as they, the labourers, would now acres of wheat, and why? Because Prussia had raised a race of men who knew they had a home and a fatherland.

It is all very well to talk about Von Bismark and Von Moltke as being the emancipation of Prussia, but the two men were Stein and Ardenbourg. Now there was something to be said with regard to their condition. He had often read that, while day by day the trading and middle classes had become enormously rich, while the wealth of the country had been growing, and he could give the statistics, and they had those of Mr. Baxter, he pointed out to them that the property of England had in 20 years trebled in value, while, in 1849, it was only worth two thousand of millions, in 1869 it was worth six thousand millions.

Now, while the property of England has trebled in value, it is remarkable that the labourers of England had sunk. He wanted them to understand, then, that they were becoming lower and lower, while the wealth of the country had increased. They knew that at one time it was the doctrine that the wages fund was also the settling fund. He was a man of peace himself, but he could not shut his eyes to the fact that there must come time for England when they would have to fight for their existence. He put to the landowners whether they considered that the serfs would stand by them.

In 1815, in our struggle with France, the soil of Sutherland kept a thousand men in arms and prepared to fight for England. A duke came into power, and was aided by the Government. During the 50 years that had passed, the whole of the labourers had been turned out of their dwellings and out of Sutherland. What is the result? Why, that the county did not send a soldier to defend the soil. He then referred to the county of Sutherland, comparing its present condition with that of 50 years back, and said, if the landowners wished to defend their country, they must provide men who felt that they had something to fight tor. They must be united; they must insist upon having the franchise, for, unless the labourers were properly represented in the House of Commons, they would never get their fair share of recognition the State.

If they had been properly represented, Mr. Bruce's Licensing Bill, and the Criminal Law Amendment Act, would not have passed so easily. The speaker concluded by exhorting them to use their utmost endeavours to obtain the franchise.—Mr. Gregory then informed the audience that there would be a collection made on behalf of the Labourers' Union. The collections amounted to 26s.—A vote of thanks to the Chairman and Mr. Mottershead brought the proceedings to a close.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 15 August 1874


On Tuesday afternoon, about half past one o clock, a fire broke out in the rick yard belonging to Mr Warren, brewer and maltster, which destroyed between 80 and 100 tons of valuable hay. The rick stood in close proximity to some thatched cottages, which were quickly ignited, and would in all probability have been burned down, had it not been for the active and willing help rendered by the villagers, especially the women, before and after the arrival of the Stony Stratford Volunteer Fire Brigade, who arrived in a very short space of time after the alarm was given, and got to work in excellent time.

Although a copious supply of water was close at hand, the firemen were unable to subdue the flames until after midnight, and the debris was still smouldering throughout Wednesday. Police-Sergeant Alexander rendered useful service in keeping order amongst the crowd which collected during the evening witness the conflagration. We understand that Mr. Warren was insured with the Royal Farmers' Insurance Company.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 23 January 1875


Valuable Freehold COAL WHARF, BREWERY,
And PREMISES, on the Grand Junction Canal

At COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford, and within a short distance of Wolverton Station, London and North-Western Railway main line.

Is favoured with instructions


At the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, Bucks, on Thursday, February 11th, 1875 at Three o'clock in the Afternoon, in one Lot, and subject to such conditions as will be then read,

THAT valuable and convenient PROPERTY, known as COSGROVE WHARF and BREWERY, admirably situate on the Grand Junction Canal, at Cosgrove, and having a spacious yard, surrounded by substantial brick and stone-built and slated Premises, viz., a comfortable Residence, having three sitting-rooms, office, four bed-rooms, kitchen, and detached wash-house; one other Dwelling-house, and two Cottages, twelve-quarter Malt House, with large Store Rooms over same; Weigh Bridge and Office, Stables, Cart Sheds, covered landing from Canal, with two ton swing lifting crane fixed; excellently arranged Brewery, in which are fixed a Horizontal Steam Engine, with Gearing to Pumps, and other Machinery; ten-quarter mash vat, coppers, coolers, squares, refrigerator, &c.

There are three large Store Cellars, and other Sheds and Buildings, and adjoining the yard is a nice Garden, the whole forming a most compact property, where for many years past the late Mr. Daniel Warren has carried on an extensive business as Brewer, Coal, Corn, and Hay Merchant.

The portion of the Brewery Plant, Steam Engine. &c, which are fixed to the Freehold, will be included in the Sale, and the purchaser will be required to take at valuation in the usual way, the stock of Ales, Beer, Malt, Hops, Coal, and other Stock-in-Trade, and Store Casks, Trade Casks, and other Articles in the Brewery; also, some Coal Weighing Machines, &c, list of which will be produced at the time of Sale.

Land Tax, 6s. 3d.; Quit Rent on inclosure from road, 1s.

For further particulars, apply to John Parrott, Esq., or W. Rose, Esq., Solicitors, Stony Stratford, or the Auctioneer, Buckingham. To view, apply to Mr. John Warren, on the premises.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 13 March 1875

Cosgrove.— Attempt to Murder.

JOHN BERRY, described as a boatman, of the age of 35, was put into the dock under the charge of having, on the 1st of March instant, at Cosgrove, near to Stony Stratford, discharged a loaded pistol, with intent to murder John Cashmere.

Mr. Sargeaunt appeared for the prosecution; Mr. Hensman and Mr. Hall for the defence.—Earlier in the day Mr. Hensman had given notice that he intended to base his defence on the ground of insanity.

ln opening the case for the prosecution, Mr. Sargeaunt briefly stated the case as follows:

The prosecutor, who lives at Stony Stratford, was walking from Cosgrove, about two miles distant, about five or half-past in the evening of the 1st of March, by a footpath which leads across the Grand Junction Canal, and had gone into a spinney, just after crossing the canal, when he met the prisoner and a man named George Moore. The prosecutor had his hand in the breast of his coat, and the prisoner said to him, "Are you going to pull out?" He replied that he did not know what he meant, and the prisoner repeated his question, and took out a revolver, and fired at the prosecutor. Fortunately he was not hit, and subsequently gave information to the police, when the prisoner and Moore were taken into custody. The Grand Jury, however, had not found true bill against the latter, and he was discharged, but against the prisoner a true bill was found.

John Cashmere said he was a gasfitter, and resided at Stony Stratford. He was walking from Cosgrove to the latter place by the footpath on the evening in question, and on going into the spinney he saw prisoner and Moore there. One of them spoke to him, but he did not know which spoke first. The prisoner then asked him if he was "going to pull out." He then took a revolver out of his pocket, and pointed straight at him, and fired it off. He stood five or six feet from him. He (prosecutor) whistled and jumped on one side. He had never seen the prisoner before.

William Smith said he was in the employ of the agent of the Grand Junction Canal Company. On the day in question he was milking a cow in a hovel near to the spinney, when he heard the report of a pistol and a whistle. Two men then came to the hovel, and the prisoner said, "There's a boy milking here," and then, addressing the witness, said, " Have you seen a man go by? " He answered "No." Then the prisoner said, have just shot at one; did you hear me fire?” Witness said he did. The prisoner had a pistol in his hand.

P.I. Jabez Webb said he apprehended the prisoner in a boat, at Linford Wharf, when he said, "I hope you have got the vagabond locked up." He produced the revolver, which the prisoner had reached down from a nail in the cabin. Five of the chambers were loaded with ball cartridges, and the other was empty. Telling the prisoner on what charge he apprehended him, he said “I did shoot at him, but it was in self defence. I saw him take pistol out of his coat. I was not going to let him shoot me. I shot him first, or shot at him. I do not know whether I bit him or not."

P.C. Alexander deposed having gone with the Inspector to apprehend the prisoner, and testified to the accuracy of his statements. He searched the prisoner, and found a blank cartridge on him, which fitted the empty chambers.

Cashmere, recalled, said he did not know the prisoner, and had not a pistol, nor anything like one, about him.—

Mr. Hensman, in introducing the case for the defence, said that there was no doubt the man was a mad man, as he should be able to show most clearly. He was under the delusion that he was being pursued by enemies, were continually lying wait for him to destroy his life by shooting or any other means. He then called as a witness James Hughes, agent for the Grand Junction Canal Company, in this town.

He said he had seen the prisoner at various times during the last 12 months. About the 18th of Feb. last the prisoner brought a cargo of casks from London. Two of the casks were missing, and on being interrogated as to them, he said they had been taken away without bands. He then went on say that he was bewitched. He knew who had done it; it was a relation of his. But he had got something now which would prevent them doing him any harm. Witness then went on to state that the prisoner had gone with his little boy into Fenny Simpson Churchyard, at twelve o'clock night. He took from the grave of the last unmarried female buried there a handful of earth, and instructed his little boy do the same. This earth prisoner showed to him in a canvas purse, saying this and the Prayer-book, which he also brought out his pocket, would protect him from the people who had bewitched him. He likewise told witness story about some burglars whom he had prevented in attempt to commit a robbery, and that ever since they had been plotting his life. His (prisoner's) master had told him that he was the best, most honest and hard working man he had.

Dr. Barr, surgeon to the gaol, said he had frequently seen the prisoner since he had been the prison. He had had long conversations with him, and the result of these conversations was that be considered the prisoner insane. He was suffering from a number of delusions.—It should be said that the prisoner asked if he might put a question to the first witness, and as permission being granted, commenced a rigmarole about a minister.

Mr. Hensman said it was useless prolonging the matter by calling further witnesses, unless his Lordship desired.

His Lordship agreed with the learned counsel that it was unnecessary to produce further evidence as the case was quite clear. Then addressing the jury he briefly pointed out that if they thought the prisoner was a mad man, but with lucid intervals, &c, when he knew perfectly well what he was doing, and that the offence for which he was indicted was committed during one of these intervals, then it would be their duty to find him guilty. But if, on the other hand, they considered such was not the case, but that he was perfectly insane and incapable of judging between right and wrong, then it would be their duty to find an opposite verdict.

After a few minutes' conversation, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty, on the ground of insanity, and the Judge sentenced the prisoner to be detained and kept in strict custody during her Majesty's pleasure.

The prisoner had a troubled and perplexed look which increased from the moment he was put in the dock until he was removed.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 27 March 1875

NOTICE. To the Parish Clerk, Churchwardens, and others of the Parish of Cosgrove, Northampton.

WHEREAS the Leaf from the 6th of November, in the year 1808, to September, 1809, containing, with others, the Baptism of Cornelius, the son of George Mansel, of Cosgrove, has been taken out of the parchment Register Book of Baptisms, in use until the year 1812.

Any person detaining the aforesaid Leaf after this notice shall be prosecuted.

THOMAS MANSEL, Son of Cornelius Mansel.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 10 April 1875

COSGROVE WHARF, near Stony Stratford.

FIVE capital working CART HORSES, a promising well-bred NAG FILLY, three years old ; good FARMING IMPLEMENTS, comprising waggons, cart, and reaping machines, winnowing machine, chaff cutter, iron ploughs and harrows, hay making machine (double action, by Smith and Ashby), iron roll, horse rake, steer drill, with turnip box, long and short ladders, rick and waggon cloths, strong coal cart, grist cart, on springs ; good thiller and trace HARNESS, SPRING CART, WEIGHING MACHINE, large ALE CASKS. TRADE CASKS. BARREL TRUCKS, &c. : several lots of seasoned PLANKS and BOARDS, some HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, and variety of Effects.

Also 15 acres of GRASS KEEPING, on Passenham Farm, near old Stratford, to the 29th September, 1875



On Monday, April 19, 1875, on the Premises, at Cosgrove, by direction of the Executors of the late Mr. Daniel Warren, deceased.

Catalogues will be circulation, and may be had at the Place of Sale; and at the Offices of the Auctioneer, Buckingham and Stony Stratford. Business at 10.30 o'clock.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 01 May 1875


20 Head of COW STOCK, 70 SHEEP and LAMBS,
And 50 ACRES of Excellent GRASS KEEPING.


Has received instructions from Mr. R. SLADE, of Hanslope Fields (who is leaving his Cosgrove Farm),

On the Premises, at Cosgrove, on Thursday next, May 6th, 1875,

20 STEERS and HEIFERS, 50 EWES and LAMBS, 20 Long-woolled TEGS; also, 50 ACRES of excellent GRASS KEEPING, to 28th September next, viz. :—

Lot 1     Meadow 28A 2R 0P

Lot 2.    Ditto 4A 0R 0P

Lot 3.    Sandy Lands 9A 0R 0P

Lot 4.    Washing Troughs 9A 0R 0P

The above Keeping is well watered and fenced. Sale to commence punctually at Two o'clock

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 07 August 1875

RECTORY FARM. COSGROVE near Stony Stratford.



Has received instructions from Mr. Richard Slade, of Hanslope Fields (who leaving his Cosgrove Farm),


On Friday next, August 13th, 1875,


44 Ditto BARLEY

18½ Ditto BEANS.

Conditions at time of Sale. The company will please to meet the Auctioneer on the Premises, the Rectory Farm, Cosgrove, at Two o'clock, to proceed to Sale.

Catalogues will be ready due time, and may be had the Place of Sale, or of the Auctioneer, 3, Elysium-terrace, Northampton.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 27 January 1877

Robert Brown and George Smith, lads, of Cosgrove, were summoned for throwing dirt on the door and windows of the National School, Cosgrove, on Sunday, the 7th inst.

P.C. George Wilson proved the case. Fined 5s, damages 1s., and costs 7s. 6d each.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 27 January 1877

FOR SALE, capital Brown CART MARE. A good worker, and sold for no fault whatever. —Apply Mr. L. Osborn, Cosgrove, Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 21 April 1877

ISWORTH FARM, near Cosgrove.

THE very useful DAIRY COWS, Home-bred HEIFERS, STEERS, Young BULL, EWES and LAMBS, Strong TEGS, Ten CART HORSES ; all the excellent FARMING IMPLEMENTS, and Acres GRASS KEEPING, to Michaelmas next,


By Messrs. HARRISON & SON,

 On Tuesday, 1st May, 1877, by Order of the Administratrix of Mr. Edward Gates, deceased.

Sale to commence at Twelve o'clock.

 Catalogues at the principal Inns in Stony Stratford, or at the Auctioneer's Offices, Buckingham.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 05 May 1877

A Boat Race took place, on Saturday, at Old Wolverton, between the crews of the Galatea and Livonia Rowing Clubs. The race was from Cosgrove Locks to the Locomotive Inn, about seven furlongs. The event drew together great many persons, notwithstanding the weather being so cold.

Galatea won the toss, for choice of place, and chose the first. This will be better understood when we explain that the Canal not being wide enough to allow two crews to pass each other, the starting and finishing places were equal distances from each other. Both crews went off at swinging pace, although the Livonias were strongly the favourites, but an event occurred which almost decided the race. One of the Livonia crew caught a crab, which brought him nicely on his back, but the rest being rather heavy men the boat did not capsize, as it otherwise might have done. They pulled themselves together, but only in time to see the young Galateas win by a length and a half.

Rose, Esq., was umpire, and Mr. W. Panter starter.

The crews were follows : —

Galatea : No. 1, J. King; A. Evans; 3, W. J. Bore; stroke, G. Graham : cox., K. T. Bore.

Livonia : No. 1, J. Williams ; 2, C. Howitt; 3, J. Duncan; stroke, E. Leake; cox., J. Green.

The Livonia crew were the favourites, 2 to 1 being freely offered.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 21 July 1877

COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford.

80 ACRES of capital GROWING CROPS of CORN, COMPRISING 30 Acres of WHEAT, 9 Acres of BARLEY, 6 Acres of OATS, 16 Acres of BEANS and PEAS, and 16 Acres of CLOVER ; also a Rick of well-secured CLOVER HAY, about Tons, to go off;



On Thursday, August 2nd, 1877, on the Farm, at Cosgrove, by direction of Mr. WILLIAM GATES, who is leaving the farm at Michaelmas. Two months' credit will be given on the usual conditions.

The company will oblige by meeting the Auctioneer at the Farm Buildings, at Four o'clock in the Afternoon, and proceed to Sale.

Catalogues may be had at the "Cock" and "Bull" Hotels, Stony Stratford; and at the Offices of the Auctioneer, Winslow.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 28 July 1877

WOLVERTON.—Bean Feasts.

On Saturday last the smiths, &c., the works had their bean feast. They proceeded in four vehicles (in one of which was a horn playing) to Buckingham, where excellent dinner was provided at the Three Cups Inn. The whole party, numbering about 80, returned about eleven p.m., having spent a very enjoyable afternoon and evening.

On the same day the workmen in the west-side paint shop had a cricket match and dinner at Cosgrove, where a first-class spread was provided by Mr. Smith, of the Barley Mow. Dancing, &c., was kept up with great spirit till ten p.m.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 20 October 1877

COSGROVE COTTAGE, near Stony Stratford.

THE CONTENTS of this HOUSE comprising the FURNITURE of entrance hall, dining-room, drawing-room, study, butler's pantry, two kitchens, larder, pantry, out offices, two staircases, six bed and dressing rooms, store and box rooms, three servants' rooms, about 1,000 volumes of BOOKS, china, &c., belonging to the late Mrs. H. L. Mansel,



On the Premises, on Thursday, October 25, 1877, at Ten o'clock a.m., by order of the Executors.

Catalogues may be had of the Auctioneers, Stony Stratford, and 123, Chancery-lane, London.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 15 December 1877

COMMITMENTS TO NORTHAMPTON COUNTY GAOL.— December 7th, Frederick Nichols, Frederick Lane, Jonah Lane, and Joseph Bull, seven days' hard labour each, for poaching, at Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 19 January 1878


William Jackson, 21 days, hard labour, stealing a piece of cake, Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 23 February 1878

Feb 10, Henry Shepperd, 14 days' hard labour, for begging, at Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 04 May 1878

COSGROVE.—AN ENTERTAINMENT was given by the Band of Hope, in the Wesleyan Chapel, on Saturday. Mr. J. Swannel presided. Mr. Swannel made a few remarks on total abstinence, and the following programme was then gone through

Hymn, "Ye men of Britain,"

The choir ; recitation, "The young hero,"

William Olney : trio, Messrs. Irons, Reynolds, and Brewer ;

Reading, Miss Risdale;

Song, " Merry Dick'

Mr. G. Goodendge ; reading, " I take what father takes,"

Mr. Franklin ; address by Mr. Weekes :

Song, “ Draught from the old crystal spring," the choir:

Dialogue, Messrs. G. and J. Gooderidge;

Song. Miss Lyddy;

Recitation, Mr. J. Olney

Song, "Joe Perkins," Mr. Brewer:

Dialogue, G. and H. Gooderidge ;

Trio. Misses Compton and Mr. George Nichols ;

Recitation, " The Publican's net," J. Simpson;

Song. Mr. J. Gooderidge :

Address, Mr. Irons ;

Duet, Mrs. Osborne and Mr. Irons;

Song, Mr. H. Cowley ;

Recitation, "The brewer's vat," Mr. G. Nichols;

Duet. Misses Compton.

Votes of thanks were proposed, seconded, and carried, which brought a very pleasant evening to a close.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 27 July 1878


In the County Court of Northamptonshire, holden at Northampton.

IN THE MATTER of a special resolution for Liquidation by arrangement of the affairs of WILLIAM TEAL, COSGROVE, in the county of Northampton, Blacksmith. Alfred Long Field, of Bedford, in the county of Bedford, Accountant, has been appointed Trustee of the property of the Debtor.
All persons having in their possession any of the effects of the Debtor must deliver them to the Trustee, and all debts due to the Debtor must be paid to the Trustee. Creditors who have not yet proved their debts must forward their proofs of debt to the Trustee. Dated this Nineteenth day of July, 1878.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 24 August 1878

STONY STRATFORD.—Petty Sessions: Before K. K. Walpole, Esq.

James Wilson was summoned by Mr. Atkins, gamekeeper for J. C. Mansel, Esq , of Cosgrove, for fishing in water belonging to him, the 5th inst.

Thomas Amos, farmer, Castlethorpe, said: About 8 a.m. I was going across my farm, and saw James Wilson fishing in the river, on land belonging to J. C. Mansel, Esq. He had just hooked a pike. I saw him land it. I asked him if he had permission of Mr. Mansel. He said he had. I did not know him at the time, and have not seen him since until now.

Mr. Atkins said: It was three or four years ago that defendant obtained permission; but when I informed Mr. Mansel who he was he said I was not to allow him, and if he came again summon him.

The defendant pleaded guilty, but said Mr. Mansel had given him permission, which he considered a general one.

Mr. Atkins said a general permission was never given.—Fined 10s. and 12s. 6d. costs.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 19 October 1878

COSGROVE —Sudden Death.

On Monday last George Curl, gardener, Cosgrove, was bringing a perambulator, containing two baskets of apples to Stony Stratford, and, when near to where the old toll gate used to stand, on the Cosgrove-road, fell down, and instantly expired.

The following day an inquest was held at the Barley Mow, Cosgrove, before A. Weston, Esq.

Ann Burnham said her father was 61 years of age. He lived by himself, and she attended his wants. On Sunday evening he complained of spasms in his left side, but otherwise appeared well as usual.

George Jeffcoat deposed to finding deceased. Dr. Bull, of Stony Stratford, was passing, and be examined him, and pronounced life extinct.

Dr. Maguire, surgeon at Stratford, knew he had bronchitis and heart disease, and cautioned him to be very careful if he went to work. He had not the least doubt he died from heart disease.—Verdict accordingly.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 28 June 1879


Cosgrove Brewery Stony Stratford


Buckingham Swan and Castle Hotel : Agent Mr W Betts
Newport Pagnell George Inn : Agent Mr Thom Frost
Waddesdon Agent Mr C Humphrey


RESPECTFULLY informs his numerous customers and the public generally, that he is now prepared to supply WELL SEASONED ALES FOR HAY AND HARVEST PURPOSES, at prices varying from Eightpence to One Shilling and Fourpence per Gallon. He also confidently recommends his SPRING BREWINGS OF PALE ALES at One Shilling and One Shilling and Twopence per Gallon, as pure extracts of Malt and Hops, which for fineness flavour and wholesome qualities cannot be surpassed.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 27 September 1879


THIS DAY, Saturday, Sept. 27th, 1879, in the above Market, at Twelve o'clock, THE following HORSES,

The property of Mr. L. Osborne, Cosgrove. A Capital Black Cart Mare, eight years old, quiet, and a good worker, and believed to be sound.
Colt Foal, out of above, by Mr. Sander's black Horse, Active.
An excellent Bay Yearling Filly, by Active.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 11 October 1879

FOR SALE a handsome Bay Yearling Cart FILLY, by Mr. Sanders' Black Horse Active, out of a good Mare. Active was highly commended at the Bedford Show.

Also, a useful Black Gelding Carriage HORSE, aged, quiet to ride and drive, and believed to be sound. For price and particulars, apply to Mr. Osborn, Cosgrove, near Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 1 November 1879


Lot 17. Cigarette, Bay mare aged well up to 12 stone; good fencer, well known with the Duke of Grafton’s Hounds, and sold for no fault.