Cosgrove Newspaper Reports 1880 - 1889

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 10 January 1880

DEATHS: December 11, at Aston Hall, near Oswestry, Elizabeth, wife Mr. Last, formerly gamekeeper to J. C. Mantel, Esq., of Cosgrove Hall, aged .. years.
DEATHS: December 25, at Cosgrove, Jemima, widow of the late George Curl, aged 71 years.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 17 January 1880

FOR SALE, handsome pure-bred down-calving Ayrshire COW, time up, second calf ; bought direct from Fowler's.—For particulars, Mr. Osborn, Cosgrove near Stony Stratford.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 31 January 1880

MARRIAGES: January 18, at Yardley Gobion, by the Rev. Armstrong, Mr. George Allen, of Cosgrove, to Anne, second daughter of the late Mr. Morton, of Yardley Gobion.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 21 February 1880


John Canvin, butcher, was summoned for neglecting to give notice that forty sheep belonging to him were affected with scab, on Jan. 31st, at Cosgrove.

Superintendent Norman stated : I accompanied Mr. Davis, veterinary surgeon, to the Rectory Farm, at Cosgrove. We examined twenty-three sheep in the Home Close, and the inspector pronounced them all affected, as also were seventeen Sandylands Close. The inspector's certificate was produced in Court. Penalty, 10s, and costs 18s.

Bucks Herald Saturday 21 February 1880

STONY STRATFORD. PETTY SESSION, Friday, February 13. Present—J. C. Mansel, Esq. (in the chair), and H. Watts, Esq. Diseased Sheep. John Canvin, butcher, was summoned for neglecting to give notice that forty sheep belonging to him were affected with scab, on Jan. 31st, at Cosgrove. He pleaded guilty. Superintendent Norman stated that on the 31st Jan. he accompanied Mr. Davis, veterinary-surgeon, of Towcester, to the Rectory farm, Cosgrove, occupied by defendant, and told him it had been reported that the sheep in his home close were affected with scab. He said he had them dressed on Thursday, the 29th, and the man who dressed them told him some of them had the scab, and he told the man to dress them all. He also said he went to the police station at Stony Stratford to tell Mr. Howes, but he was not at home. Witness and Mr. Davis examined twenty-three sheep in the home close, and the inspector pronounced them all affected; also were seventeen in Sandylands close. —The inspector' s certificate was produced —Defendant was fined £2 : 10, and costs 18s.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 05 March 1881

Within a mile of Wolverton Station, L. & N. W. R.
LET, Immediate Possession,

The RESIDENCE is Detached, and situate near to, but out of the Village of Cosgrove, and has Dining and Drawing Rooms. Four Principal Bedrooms, W. C., Two attics, Two Kitchens and Offices. FARM LAND adjoining, with Carriage Standing Stable, Cowhouse, Hovels, Fowlhouse, Piggeries, &c. Flower and Kitchen Gardens stocked with Fruit Trees, and 55 Acres of Excellent PASTURE and MEADOW LAND.
For further Particulars, apply to MR. GEORGE BENNETT, Land Agent and Auctioneer, BUCKINGHAM.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 06 March 1880

The whole will be Sold for Cash.
19 HEAD of Well-bred CATTLE comprising
4 New-milch COWS,
2 In-calf HEIFERS, Barren COW,
4 Heifer CALVES, and
8 Two and Half-year Old BULLOCKS,
2 Nag HORSES, Useful COB, Valuable 2-yearold Bay Cart FILLY, DONKEY, In-pig YELT and 5
50 Head of POULTRY and DUCKS,
100 FLEECES of WOOL, and about 50 Tons of Capital Old HAY. (all to go off),
4 Well-built CARRIAGES, viz., a Handsome Brougham for one or a pair, with lamps, &c., in capital order, a well-built Wagonette with lamps and cushions, in good condition (to carry eight persons), Wicker Pony Phaeton, with lamps, &c., (under 4 cwt.), Strong Phaeton, Sets of Silver-plated and Brass Mounted Harness, Riding Saddle, Lady’s Saddle, &c.
IMPLEMENTS, consisting of Iron-arm Wagon and Carts, Oil Cake Crusher, Bean Mill, Chaff Cutter, Field Roll, Drag Rakes, Iron Sheep and Pig Troughs, Thiller and Trace Harness, Two Iron Garden Rolls, Tools, and effects,

On Monday, March 22nd, 1880, on the Premises by direction of Mr. L. Osborne, who is leaving.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 17 April 1880

COSGROVE.—An Inquest was held at the Falcon Inn, Old Stratford, on Friday, touching the death of Jane Monk, wife of a boatman, who died suddenly the previous Wednesday. Mr. Francis, surgeon, of Fenny Stratford attributed the death to heart disease, accelerated by confinement. The jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 01 May 1880

NEWPORT PAGNELL. Major Hill's Otter Hounds met Tuesday morning, ten o'clock, at Gayhurst Mill. The dogs got the scent directly they met, and drew the river against the stream as far as Cosgrove, when the party halted for lunch. They then returned by Haversham Mill to Little Linford, the dogs opening again at Little Linford Bridges. There was a large company present.

Bucks Herald Saturday 01 May 1880

 TO LET. a SMALL and CONVENIENT PLEASURE FARM, situate at COSGROVE, near STONY STRATFORD, containing about 55 ACRES of good sound PASTURE and MEADOW LAND, with capital Residence, having four Bed Rooms, two Attics, Dining and Drawing Rooms, two Kitchens, Pantry, Washhouse, &c.; also Homestead and Buildings, standing in its own grounds, with Carriage Drive from the Village. The House and Premises are good Repair, and possession may be had at once.—Apply to Mr. GEO. BENNETT, Estate Agent and Auctioneer, Buckingham.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 08 May 1880

Otter Hunting.

The Hon. G. Hill's otter hounds recently paid their third visit to this neighbourhood. On each of the previous meets in 1873 and last year, an otter was killed, and this year proved no exception, although a kill was not effected until the last day. The first meet was at Gayhurst Mills on the 27th ult. The hounds speedily touched on a drag, and worked it some way up stream by Little Linford and Haversham. After passing Haversham Mill, however, the drag was lost, and then was tried on by Wolverton Viaduct up to the Cosgrove Broad Water, but without success. The second meet was the 29th ult., again at Gayhurst Mill, to try the river down stream. It ended without view. On May-day the meet was Thornton Bridge, and the day commenced with quick walk by Beachampton, Passenham, and Stony Stratford. Old Wolverton was reached without a legitimate whimper, though, shortly after passing the Aqueduct, the tributary Tove was reached, and the hounds at once opened on unmistakeable drag, which was carried nearly to Cosgrove Mill, a short distance from which there is no doubt the otter was reached. After hunting backwards and forwards for about two hours, in the course of which the hounds worked water and land very prettily, the otter went to ground, and permission to dig not being obtained, the third day's sport was over. The fourth and last meet was Monday, May 3rd, at Wolverton Viaduct. Stanton Low and Haversham Mill were passed without any good result, but all of a sudden, on the Little Linford estate, in a meadow occupied by Mr. Tayler, the hounds threw their tongues real earnest, and went with splendid crash into the river, and there was little doubt that at last the otter really was put down. Several moorhens were mistaken for the "real thing" by ardent sportsmen, who enthusiastically "tally-hoed" accordingly, but a reliable view being soon after obtained, all doubt on the subject was removed, and when the master himself shortly after got a view, and announced that it was a " big one," the excitement increased, and those who had taken so much trouble to try and show sport, began to feel compensated for previous disappointments. A splendid opportunity was now afforded of seeing the hands work, and there was such music as does not often gladden the ear and heart of a sportsman. For an hour and a-half or so the otter went first and then down stream, the views getting more frequent time went on, and the "chain" being anxiously watched for. At length the otter came up in what proved for him a warm corner, on the Great Linford side, and he was pinned by a part of the pack and partially landed. As, however, neither of the whips nor any member of the hunt happened to be just on the spot, and as the amateur sportsmen who were there declined to rise to the occasion," and the tailing business, the otter eventually regained the water. After giving another view or two, and revisiting the bolt" (a hole in the bank) whence he was first put down, the otter, in an unguarded moment, showed on small rush bank nearly in midstream, to which one of the whips at one proceeded, and succeeded in tailing the animal in most workman-like manner. When brought to scale, the otter was found to weigh 29lbs., so that the master's early prediction of big one proved to be quite true. The last rites were then duly performed, and if the otter had possessed hundred heads and a proportionate number of pads, there would hardly have been sufficient to satisfy the numerous applicants—as it was a small piece of the skin was much sought after as a souvenir. Although time was yet young, was decided not to draw again, but to "leave off winning," and general move was made for home.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 15 May 1880

An Alarming Accident occurred yesterday. A carriage and pair were coming down the hill from Queen's Cross, when, owing to a slip, the horses took fright, and dashed off at furious pace towards the town. The carriage contained four ladies and two gentlemen, who had come from Cosgrove, posting at Stony Stratford. One of the gentlemen jumped out in the hope of being able to check the horses, but was thrown with great violence to the ground. The coachman, however, held the horses tightly in hand, but was unable to pull them till they had got some distance up Bridge-street, being brought to stand near the Plough Hotel. (not in Cosgrove)

The ladies were much terrified, and, indeed, if the gates at the railway crossing had been closed at the time the horses reached serious and even fatal consequences might have resulted. As it was the damage was comparatively slight. The party gave name which was understood to be Horspool, of Osborne.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 10 July 1880

MARRIAGES: July 7, at Beer, Devon, by the Rev. R. L. Johnson, curate-in-charge and brother-in-law of the bride, assisted by the Rev. H. Vyvyan, vicar, John Graham, Esq., of Coventry Park, Streetham, to Louisa Carter, youngest daughter of the late Rev. G. Jenkins, rector of Cosgrove, Northants.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 14 August 1880


On Tuesday morning a determined attempt at murder was made at Potterspury by man named Daniel Henson on his wife, Ann Henson. The two, with a son, aged 30, and a daughter, aged about 22, occupying a small cottage next door but one to a beerhouse kept by a person named Ismay, on the left-hand side of the principal street reading from the London road - the old Watling street, which passes through Towcester and Stony Stratford, the former being about five miles, and the latter two miles from the village. The son, William who lives at home, got up early to go to Stratford, where he is temporarily engaged at Mr. E. Hayes's, Watling Works, London road. A brother-in-law named Hewlett, who married the youngest daughter the family of the Henson's, is also employed there.

It seems that after the son had gone to his work the father, who is a man about 55 years of age, got up, his wife being asleep at the time. There had been a quarrel between them the previous night, when they were having supper, but no particular notice was taken of it by Mrs. Henson. Indeed, quarrels had been somewhat frequent between them of late, owing, it is said, to the drunken and dissipated habits of the husband, who spent nearly all the money he earned, and expected his wife to keep the house. It was stated that he had only brought home 13s. in the course of fifteen weeks, although he was employed as woodman near Cosgrove, and this being the time for stripping bark from the trees, he must have received something considerable in addition to his regular wages. Of the 15s. that he brought home last week, 5s. of it was taken to pay his club contributions, and the rest was required to pay his tobacco score, to say nothing of debts for beer which he had contracted, at one or two public-houses. It is well known that he drank heavily, and has been seen the worse for, drink early in the morning. For the last day or two, however, he had been soberer than usual, and on the day of this shocking occurrence he was to have gone out to do some mowing. What prompted him to make this savage attack upon his wife no one knows. It has been suggested that jealously had something to do with it.

Although quite 50 years of age, she was a good looking woman, and her services as a midwife were very acceptable amongst the poor people of the village and neighbourhood. She was fully qualified for her duties, and, if we are not misinformed, had been greatly assisted by the Duchess of Grafton in obtaining the information necessary for the discharge of them. This removal of the unfortunate woman, therefore, from the sphere of duty by one who should have been her protector will be keenly felt by all who knew her, and not only valued her for her services, but esteemed her. It would be impossible to describe the general consternation in the village [Potterspury] when the news ran from one end to the other that Daniel Henson had cut his wife's head off. Such was not the actual fact; the crime he has committed falling short of that, for at the time we write she is still alive.

It appears that shortly after five Henson, having got his woodman's bill-hook—a formidable weapon, curved at the point inwards—went to the bedside, and dealt a blow at his sleeping wife. She awoke, and endeavoured to shield herself from other blows which followed with her left arm, at the same time screaming out for help. Her daughter Amy, who was sleeping in an attic above, at once ran down stairs, but was deterred from interfering by the attitude of her father, who threatened that if she came near him he would serve her the same. She withdrew, and directly afterwards he left the house, and went to the residence of P.S. Clare, a  little way further up the village. He saw the sergeant, and said, "I've come to get locked up. I've nearly cut the old woman's head off, and wish I had killed her."

Sergeant Clare at once went with him to the cottage, and on going upstairs was horrified at the sight he saw. Mrs. Henson was lying on the bed, which was saturated with blood. There was one fearful wound on the right side of the head, the skull being broken in; another on the right side of the neck, and another on the upper lip. The curved point of the bill having struck it, and knocked one of her front teeth out. One blow that she warded off fell upon her left arm, in which a curved gash was inflicted, which penetrated the bone and smashed it. A messenger was at once despatched to Stony Stratford for surgical aid, and it was not long before Dr. Bull arrived, and attended to the injured woman, expressing at that time opinion that she could not possibly survive.

In the meantime the prisoner was conveyed Towcester lock-up, but on the way thither made remarks upon what had occurred. Supt. Norman and Inspector Wallace at once hastened over to Potterspury to gather further details. P.S. Clare had taken possession of the bill-hook with which prisoner had inflicted the injuries, and found it covered with blood and hair, the prisoner having left it in a room downstairs. In the afternoon, about half-past three o'clock, Lord Charles Fitzroy, one of the magistrates of the Towcester division, and Mr. Percival (Messrs Howes and Percival, - clerks to the magistrates) went over to take the deposition of Mrs. Henson, but she was then too ill to speak, and was not confronted with the prisoner. The prisoner, we were informed, expressed his sorrow to Lord Charles for what he had done, and was reminded that sorrow now was unavailing. Evidence was taken sufficient justify remand, and he was then formally remanded till Tuesday next, when the magisterial inquiry will take place at twelve o'clock. Since the prisoner's confinement he has made a long statement, which will no doubt be made known at the hearing of the case. It is quite probable that it will be an attempt to extenuate his crime on the ground that his wife and daughter have not behaved well to him, and that they did not supply him with sufficient food. How they should be able to do so when he spent his money in drink one cannot well understand.

On Wednesday, on making inquiries, we ascertained that the injured woman was a trifle better, though there are but faint hopes of her recovery. It seems that her maiden name is Holloway, and that she came from Cosgrove. With her husband she sometimes attended the Wesleyan Chapel at that place. Henson was a good workman, but was a somewhat unsociable and quarrelsome man. He has two brothers—Adam Henson and Jonathan Henson, and also a daughter married, who lives at Potterspury, where the family have resided for many years.

Croydon's Weekly Standard - Saturday 11 December 1880

STONY STRATFORD. PETTY SESSIONS. FRIDAY, December 3. Before J,C. Manse!, Esq., and with Rev. Canon Russell.
George Meakins was charged with trespassing in search of conies at Cosgrove, on the 20th of November, and was fined 5s., and 10s 6d. costs.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 22 January 1881

STONY STRATFORD.— PETTY SESSIONS, Jan. 14.—Before J. C. Mansel, Esq , and Spencer R. Harrison. Esq

George Brown, Joseph Smith (10), and William Hunt (10), were charged with ill treating a swan, Cosgrove on the 4th of December last, by pelting it with stones, but the case was dismissed.

Bucks Herald Saturday 26 February 1881

TO LET, with immediate Possession, a most convenient PLEASURE FARM, with Residence, &c. The Residence detached, and situate near to but out of the Village of COSGROVE, and has Dining and Drawing Rooms, four principal Bed Rooms, w.c,  two Attics, two Kitchens, and Offices; Farm Yard adjoining, with Carriage Standing, Stable, Cowhouse, Hovels, Fowlhouse, Piggeries, &c.; Flower & Kitchen Gardens, stocked with Fruit and Trees; and 55 ACRES of excellent PASTURE and MEADOW LAND. For further Particulars, apply to Mr. GEO. BENNETT, Land Agent & Auctioneer, Buckingham.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 12 March 1881

DEATHS: March 4, at 33 Devonshire-place, Portland-place, Robert Stanley, youngest son of the late Rev. Henry Longueville Mansel, of Cosgrove Rectory, Stony Stratford, aged 54.

Croydon's Weekly Standard - Saturday 14 May 1881

TO BE LET, two Furnished ROOMs, for single gentleman or lady, without board. Apply, A. B., Post Office, Cosgrove.

Bucks Herald Saturday 28 May 1881

Sudden Death.—On Friday. May 20. Lucy Goodridge, of Queen-street, Wolverton-road. when near the British School fell down suddenly, and on being picked up and conveyed into the schoolroom, it was found that she had ruptured a blood vessel on the brain. She was taken home and medical attendance at once procured, but she died in a few hours. The funeral took place at Cosgrove, on Tuesday. A number of the members of the society to which deceased's husband belongs attended on the occasion. The deceased was only 24 years of age, and leaves two children to mourn her loss.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 11 June 1881

William Pittam, labourer, Wolverton, for sleeping in an outhouse, and not giving a satisfactory account of himself at Cosgrove, on 5th June, was sentenced to ten days' hard labour.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 23 July 1881

Petty Sessions, Friday, July 15.—Before the Roy. Canon Russell (in the chair), and Spencer R. Harrison,

George Gascoign, for illegally fishing at, Cosgrove Mill, was fined £1  11s.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 27 August 1881

COSGROVE WEDDING.--On Thursday, August 18, an interesting ceremony took place in SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, being the occasion of the marriage of Miss Mary Grace McDouall, third daughter of the Rev. P. G. McDouall, rector of the parish, with F. W. D. McGachen, rector of the parish of Hanslope. The church was very prettily decorated for the event, which was one of uncommon [missing] in this parish, and was therefore witnessed by a large number of spectators, who were anxious to get a glimpse of the charming bride as she entered the sacred edifice. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. W. S. McDouall, rector of Owsden, Suffolk, uncle of the bride, assisted by the Rev. N. H. McGechan, vicar of Littlebourne, Kent, uncle, and the Rev: J. D. McGachen, vicar of Bartholomew's, Bethnal-green, father of the bridegroom. The bride, who entered the church leaning on the arm of her father, by whom she was given away, wore a dress of rich white silk, trimmed with satin, old Honiton lace and orange blossoms, and carried a tastefully arranged bouquet of splendid flowers. The bridesmaids, four in number, were attired in dresses of fawn-coloured cashmere with satin brocade and Spanish lace, and carried pretty little baskets, trimmed with cardinal ribbon and filled with choice flowers. As the happy couple left the church for the rectory, the village children strewed flowers in their path. The dejeuner was served at the rectory, accompanied by the usual wedding congratulation, and complimentary toasts. At its conclusion, the happy couple left, amidst a shower of rice and old slippers, for the Continent. The wedding presents were both costly and numerous, including many from the village people, a fact which fully demonstrated the esteem in which the rector is held by them—On the following evening, the rector and Mrs. McDouall entertained a party of ringers and members of the choir at the rectory.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 24 December 1881

STONY STRATFORD. Sessions. Dec. 16.—Before E. H. Watts and Spencer R. Harrison, Esqrs.

Edward Smith, of Cosgrove, was summoned by his master, Joseph Evans Whiting, Castlethorpe, for stealing three pints of milk, on the 3rd of December. —Prisoner pleaded guilty.— One month's imprisonment.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 27 May 1882

Near Stony Stratford.

TEN and a Half Acres of luxuriant crop of CLOVER, to go off, with the Afterfeed up to September 29th; eighteen-months-old Alderney HEIFER, twenty-one-months-old BULL, useful Brown PONY six years old. Farming IMPLEMENTS, comprising thill and trace harness, wagon on iron arms, 2 carts on ditto, iron horse hoe, scuffler, ploughs, harrows, turnip cutter, capital bean mill by Roberts, nearly-new barrel water cart, three-cylinder iron land roll, weighing machine and weights ; 100 feet of Oak and Larch Timber, Rowing Boat with oars and sail complete; and about 60 Lots of Household FURNITURE and Effects.

To be Sold by Auction,
On TUESDAY, JUNE, 6, 1882,

At the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, removed, for convenience of sale, by direction of Mr. James Reed, who is giving up the occupation of the Hall Farm at Michaelmas.

Credit will be given for the Clover till August 1st on the usual conditions.

The Sale will commence at One o’clock.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 05 August 1882

COSGROVE HALL FARM, near Stony Stratford.

40 Acres of capital GROWING CROPS of WHEAT, BARLEY, and BEANS, with the Wheat Straw, to go off; 10 Acres of CLOVER, to go off ; a rick of well-secured CLOVER HAY, about 20 tons, to go off



On Tuesday, August 8th, 1882, by direction of Mr. James Reed, who is giving up the occupation of the Hall Farm at Michaelmas.

The crops are good, and the Wheat Straw and the Clover may be taken off. Two months' credit will be given on the usual conditions.

The company will oblige meeting the Auctioneer at the “Barley Mow” Inn at Four for Five o'clock. Catalogues may be had the offices of the Auctioneer, Winslow, and the Town Hall Offices, Fenny Stratford.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 14 October 1882

THE RECTORY FARM, COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford, and about Miles from Castlethorpe Station.

and young STOCK,
Comprising six dairy cows and heifers, three two-and-
a-half-years-old in-calf heifers, three yearling heifers,
five fresh two-years-old steers and five weaning calves.
Three useful CART HORSES, five well-bred cart and
nag COLTS,
Strong brown PONY, ten half-bred LAMBS, seven in-pig
80 head of POULTRY,
140 qtrs. of WHEAT, BARLEY, OATS and BEANS,
in sacks.
Two RICKS Capital New HAY (to go off);



On MONDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 1882, on the premises
at the Rectory Farm, Cosgrove, by direction of Mr.
JOHN CANVIN, who is quitting the occupation.

The cow stock is all well bred and in good condition. The horses and colts are very useful. The hay is secured in good condition.

The Sale will commence at Twelve o'clock.

Catalogues may be had at the Cock and Bull Hotels, Stony Stratford, and the offices of the Auctioneer, Winslow, and Town Hall offices, Fenny Stratford.

Croydon's Weekly Standard - Saturday 14 October 1882


Williams Savage pleaded guilty to trespassing in search of game, at Cosgrove, on September 29, and was fined 6s. and 9s. 6d. costs.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 28 October 1882

1976, AND

To the Clerk of the Peace for the County of Northampton;
To the Clerk of the Peace for the County of Buckingham ;
To the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor,
Owners Property, and Ratepayers of the Parishes of Alderton, Cosgrove, and Furtho, in the said Comity of Northampton ;

To the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, Owners of Property, and Ratepayers of the Parish of Calverton, in the said County of Buckingham;

To the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, Owners of Property, and Ratepayers of the Parishes of Ashton, Grafton Regis, and Potterspury, in the said County of Northampton ;

To the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, Owners of Property, and Ratepayers of the Parishes of Stony Stratford St. Giles or West Side, and Stony Stratford St. Mary Magdalen or East Side, in the said County of Buckingham;

To the Guardians of the Poor of the Potterspury Union, in the Counties of Northampton and Buckingham;

 And to all others whom may concern.

WHEREAS the Parishes Alderton, Calverton, Cosgrove, and Furtho, in the Potterspury Union, the Counties of Northampton and Buckingham, are divided so that parts of the said Parishes are isolated and detached from the remainder within the of the Divided Parishes and Poor Law Amendment Act, 1876;  and the Poor Law Act, 1879 AND WHEREAS it has been proposed, pursuance of the said Acts, that each of the said isolated and detached parts should be separated from the Parish to which it now belongs, and be amalgamated with some adjoining Parish, or otherwise dealt with under the said Acts, and that, if requisite, provision should made for a change of County in respect of any such part; and the Local Government Board have appointed the Honourable Thomas Henry William Pelham, Barrister-at-Law, one of their Inspectors, to hold Inquiry reference to such Proposal:—

NOTICE IS THEREFORE HEREBY GIVEN, pursuance of the said Acts, that the said Honourable THOMAS HENRY WILLIAM PELHAM will attend at the Board Room of the Guardians of the Potterspury Union, at the Workhouse, Yardley Gobion, on Friday, the Tenth day of November. 1882, at Twelve o'clock, Noon, to hold a LOCAL INQUIRY into the matter aforesaid, when and where all persons interested in the subject of the said Inquiry may attend and state their objections (if any) to an Order being made by the Local Government Board in conformity with the provisions of the said Acts. Given at the Office of the Local Government Board, Whitehall, this Twenty-first day of October, 1882. JOHN LAMBERT, Secretary.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 18 November 1882


On 10th inst. the Hon. T. H. W. Pelham, barrister-at-law, and one of the inspectors »t the Local Government Board, held inquiry the Union Workhouse, Yardley Gobion, with reference to the proposed amalgamation of certain isolated and detached portions of parishes in the Potterspury Union to such other parishes may be deemed by the Local Government Board most expedient for Poor Law relief and local government purposes.

Among those present at the inquiry were the Rev. G. Willes, Rev. P. G. Macdouall, Mr. Simpson, Mr. J. Bird, Mr. Clark, Mr. Pipe, Mr. Grimsdick, Mr. R. Read, etc.

The Inspector, after stating the object of the inquiry (which affected the parishes of Alderton, Calverton, Cosgrove, and Fulton) explained that the Acts under which it was held were two in number. The Act of 1876 gave power the Local Government Board, where a part was detached from the rest of the parish, to amalgamate it with adjoining parish, and three months after the date of the order it would take effect, unless one-tenth of the ratepayers of the parish presented objection. Then the matter had to go before Parliament to be confirmed, which the ratepayers had the opportunity of appearing before one of the Houses. The Act of 1879 extended that of1876 considerably. By its provisions the Local Government Board had power to treat part of a parish cut off by a river, which for some reason was inconveniently situated for local government, part of adjoining union, and annex it accordingly. An Act passed 1882 provided that where portion of a parish was detached from the rest, and was entirely surrounded by another parish—such, for instance, an island —it should become part of that parish. He had nothing, however, to do with such portions at that inquiry, did not find any had been marked on his map. Therefore he had nothing to do with them, because without any inquiry such detached parts would merged in the parishes by which they were surrounded. It was impossible, however, that an Act of Parliament should be able to make provisions for contingencies which might arise in all parishes, and therefore the Local Government Board had sent him down to ascertain to which parishes certain detached portions in that Union should belong. He had come to inquire certain particulars as to local government area, rateable value, parish highways, the administration of the Poor Law and the sanitary government of those places, and also to hear the views of any persons interested to what should be done with those detached portions.

The alteration which would take place under the order of the Local Government Board would make changes in respect of these isolated parts with reference to poor relief, highways, and, possibly, education. Therefore it was important he should ascertain where the children living in these isolated parishes attended school. The change made by the order, however, would have no effect whatever in respect of ecclesiastical matters or tithes. The first parish taken was Alderton, the detached portion in question being cut off from the rest of the parish of Grafton Regis, lying between that parish and Ashton, and touching on one side Stoke Bruerne, which is outside the Union.

ln answer to the Inspector, Mr. Simpson said he was present as agent to his Grace the Duke of Grafton, the owner of the property in question, to represent that nobleman. The detached portion in question, he said, comprised one acre three roods, and (exclusive of canal) was meadow land, with no houses upon it, occupied with a farm in Stoke Bruerne parish. It was situate in the Towcester highway district. The Inspector (after considering the facts laid before him) intimated that he should recommend the Local Government Board to annex the portion in question to Grafton Regis, which seemed to  surround it on two sides. This would keep it within the union, but of course he could not say if the Board would adopt his view.—in reply to a question by Mr. Simpson to what effect the alteration would have in reference to the Land-tax charged on the property, the Inspector said as the Commissioners had power to make arrangements of their own the order would make no difference as to that.

The parish of Furtho was next taken, the Inspector having to consider what should be done with detached part which adjoins Stony Stratford east, Old Stratford.

Mr. J. Bird (overseer) stated it comprised 1a. 3r. 5p., and consisted of land and a part of a house used for school purposes. The rateable value was £15 5s. was occupied by the Rev. J. Thomas, the owner being the Rev. J. W. Knight. His (Mr. Bird's) the property should be annexed to Cosgrove parish—a view which inspector appeared to favour.

In Cosgrove parish the detached portion question is known as Puxley Green, and comprised five different holdings, 199a. 2r. 11p., at a rateable value of £215 5s.; 16a. 2r. 15p., £18 12s. 6d.; 4a., £6 17s. 6d.; 2a. 0r. 6p. £2 12s. 6d.1.; 25a, (glebe), £32; 26a. 0p., £36 12s. 6d., making a total of some 260 acres. This land is detached nearly half-a-mile from Cosgrove parish, besides which there is another portion between Cosgrove and Furtho parishes, 6a. 2r. 0p,, with a rateable value of £10.

Rev. P. G. McDouall, Messrs. Clark and Pike represented Cosgrove, Messrs. Simpson and Grimsdick, Potterspury. It was stated that the land in question was occupied by Potterspury, and the children who resided upon it attended Potterspury schools. The land was chiefly pasture, although there were one or two fields arable. The inspector offered to forward the annexation of the parish to Potterspury, and reply to a statement by Mr. Simpson that several detached portions, which should be annexed to Cosgrove and Old Stratford had been omitted, the inspector said the Ordnance Survey had taken no notice of them, perhaps for the simple reason that the maps differed.

In the case of Calverton parish the detached portion consisted of two meadows, bordered by the river Ouse, one 12a. 0r. 12p., with rateable value £38 15s., and another 13a. 2r. 4p., £42.12s. 6d.—Rev. G. Willis and Mr. R. Read (representing Calverton) objected to the annexation of this detached portion, on the ground that there being no highway district for Calverton the parish would lose the rateable value of the property, and get nothing in return if it were detached to Stony Stratford, as the Inspector seemed think would be desirable.— The latter replied that the question as to rates was one with which he had nothing to do. That was an objection to the principle of the Act, not a reason why its provisions should not be enforced. —This concluded the business.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 25 November 1882

HANSLOPE, Bucks. COSGROVE, Northants.

Is favoured with instructions from the Proprietor,

(close to Castlethorpe Station, on the L. and N.-W.
Railway, Main Line), on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5th,
1882, at Four o'clock the Afternoon, the

VALUABLE FREEHOLD PROPERTIES two lots, and subject to such conditions as will be then read :—

Lot 1.—Consists of all those excellent Business premises, now in the occupation of Mr. George Adams, at the annual rent of £24, whose tenancy expires at Christmas next, and where now and for many years past the business of Baker, &c, is being, and has been, carried on. This convenient property is most advantageously situate the High-street, in the Town of Hanslope. The Dwelling-house (detached) has a double-fronted shop, two sitting-rooms, private entrance from the street, good kitchen, brewhouse, pantry, &c, four bedrooms, and attics. Adjoining the house is a newly-erected Brickbuilt and. Slated Bakehouse, fitted with excellent coal ovens, large Meal-room over, Salt-house, Yard, Garden, and Premises, and admirably adapted for any business requiring space.
 Early possession can be had.
The whole of the fixtures belonging to the landlord will be included in the purchase. This property has frontage of about 16 yards, and a depth of about 60 yards.
Hanslope is four miles from Wolverton Station, and less than two miles from Castlethorpe Station.

Lot 2. —Comprises all those seven Brick and Stonebuilt and Slated Cottages, in good repair and order, situate on the Green at Cosgrove, viz.,

two Cottages, having each two living rooms, two bedrooms on the first floor, and a large attic, in the occupation of Mr. Marks and Charles Gascoyne, as weekly tenants, 2s. 9d. per week each.

Cottage rented by the managers of the National Schools of the parish, for the schoolmaster, and now in his occupation, having two sitting-rooms, kitchen, and two bedrooms, at a yearly rent of £7. Partly over one of the sitting-rooms of this Cottage is the Wesleyan Preaching Room, for which rent of £2 per annum is paid.

Small Cottage, in the occupation of Mrs. Stamp, having one living-room and two bedrooms, rent 1s. 6d. per week.

Cottage adjoining, occupied Mrs. Gutteridge, having living-room, scullery, and two bedrooms; rent 2s. per week.

Cottage, having living-room, pantry, two bedrooms the occupation of Mr. Bianchi; rent 2s. 6d. per week.

Cottage, having two living-rooms, pantry, two bedrooms, in the occupation of John Smith ; rent 2s. 6d. per week.

This block of Cottages is admirably arranged, in the bedrooms are grates, cupboards, and other conveniences, outhouses for wood and coal, or for washing purposes, are attached to each Cottage, and the whole are spouted, and large iron tanks fitted to receive and hold a supply of soft water. A small piece of garden is with each Cottage, fenced in by a substantial stone wall (well coped) and iron fencing.

Cosgrove is about one-and-half from Wolverton Station and Works, and about the same distance from Castlethorpe Station.
For further particulars apply to John Worley, Esq., Solicitor, Stony Stratford; or the Auctioneer. Buckingham.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 09 December 1882

CASTLETRORPE. Property Sale.—On Tuesday, December 5. Mr. George Bennett, auctioneer. Buckingham, offered for sale two lots of valuable freehold property at the Carrington Arms Inn, belonging to W. Grimes, Esq Lot one, a double-fronted shop and Bakehouse, in the High-street, Hanslope, was bought in for £410 Lot two, seven cottages at Cosgrove, were withdrawn, the bidding, not reaching the reserve prior.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 23 December 1882


Walter King pleaded guilty begging, Cosgrove, on Dec. 14th. Fourteen days' hard labour.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 20 January 1883


Stealing Wood at Cosgrove. Frederick Hillier, a boy, of Cosgrove was charged with stealing wood, value 6d., the property Frederick Dickens, farmer, on Jan. 10th.—

Complainant stated that he occupied land at Cosgrove, and in one of the fields he had a number of roots (wood).—

John Shaw, labourer, who was in Dickens's employ, proved seeing the defendant, as he came out of school in the afternoon, take the large piece of wood produced from the field, and go towards his home. Witness told him to bring the wood back, but he said he should not.

Mr. Dickens added to his former statement that he sent three times to the defendant, and asked him to take the wood back, under pain of prosecution.

Mr. Loder remarked that he thought there were other persons as guilty as the boy.

Fined 10s., and ordered to receive ten strokes with the birch rod.

James Neale, Charles Burnell, and John Liddey, two of whom were men, were also summoned for stealing wood, value 6d., at Cosgrove, on the 11th, the property of John Clarke, farmer. Mr. Worley (for Mr. Parrott) prosecuted on behalf the Stony Stratford Association for the Prosecution of Felons, of which the complainant is a member. Mr. Clarke said the defendants were in his employ. On the 11th inst. he saw Neale and Burnell in the rick-yard, and take a bundle of wood each from the stack. They took it to the hay barn, and on going there, later in the day, witness saw the wood behind some hay.

P.C. Wilson, stationed at Yardley Gobion, deposed that from information received he was "on the look out for the defendants on the evening of the 11th inst.” First he saw Liddey, who said, in reply to witness, that he had nothing about him. His basket was felt, and he stated that he had "only a bit of stick" in that. The other two defendants came up at the time, and they were asked, too, what they had. Neale had four pieces of wood under his arm, Liddey had one piece, Burnell had some wood as well. Defendants were all taken back to Mr. Clarke's house, and prosecutor identified the wood.

The case was not pressed; Burnell, lad, was fined 10s., and the other two defendants 14s. each.

Croydon's Weekly Standard - Saturday 07 April 1883

FOR SALE, 18 Fat Scotch Sheep, also 20 that have been well fed during winter. Apply to the Groom, Cosgrove Priory.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 21 April 1883

BIRTHS: April 18, at Cosgrove, the wife of Mr. William Atkins, of a daughter.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 28 April 1883

DEATHS: April 23rd, at Cosgrove, Jane Elizabeth, daughter of the late John Eyles, of Carton, Beds, aged 40.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 05 May 1883

GOOD Single-handed HOUSEMAID required early next month. Personal character and full particulars. Apply by letter to Mrs. St. Maur, Cosgrove Priory, Stony Stratford.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 05 May 1883

STONY STRATFORD Attempting to Pass Counterfeit Coin.— Annie Maria Sharp, of Cosgrove, was charged at a special petty sessions on Friday, April 27th, with attempting to put off two pieces of coin, representing a sovereign, at Wolverton, on the 11th and 20th of April.—Mr. Sheppard, of Towcester, defended the prisoner.—On the 22nd of last December the prisoner visited the shop of Mrs. Rogers, and having bought some goods tendered a counterfeit half-sovereign, and received the change, the base coin not being detected till afterwards. She again visited the shop on the 20th of April, and tendered another bad half-sovereign. This time, however, the policeman was sent for, and she was given into custody It appeared that the prisoner had attempted to pass the coins at other places; but was refused. Mrs. Greaves, her mistress, of Haversham, stated that she gave the prisoner the money wherewith to purchase the goods she sent her for. As to the bad sovereigns, she knew she had them in the house, but she also knew they were worthless, and had told the prisoner so. She now missed four of the five base coins.—Prisoner was remanded for a week.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 12 May 1883

Mr. and Mrs. Wright, school master and mistress, have been presented with an electro-plated tea and coffee pot, on the occasion of their resignation, after five years’ residence in the village.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 12 May 1883

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Friday, May 4 1883.
Ann Maria Sharp, of Cosgrove, was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions, of uttering base coin at Wolverton, on the 11th and 20th April.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 07 July 1883

DEATHS: June 26, at Cosgrove, Bellaria Swannell, widow of the late Thomas Swannell, butcher, aged 82 years.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 18 August 1883

STONY STRATFORD.—PETTY SESSIONS, Aug. 11.— Before E. H. Watts, Esq. (chairman), and B. R. Harrison, Esq.

Thomas Lovesey, of Cosgrove, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, on August 4th. Fined 19s. 8d. including costs.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 12 May 1883

Mr. and Mrs. Wright, school master and mistress, have been presented with an electro-plated tea and coffee pot, on the occasion of their resignation, after five years’ residence in the village.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 12 May 1883

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Friday, May 4 1883.
Ann Maria Sharp, of Cosgrove, was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions, of uttering base coin at Wolverton, on the 11th and 20th April.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 07 July 1883

DEATHS: June 26, at Cosgrove, Bellaria Swannell, widow of the late Thomas Swannell, butcher, aged 82 years.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 06 October 1883

lSWORTH FARM, one-and-half miles
from Stony Stratford.

FOUR strong active Cart HORDES. Seven Pure-bred
Jersey COWS and HEIFERS,
Two In-pig SOWS.
320 Quarters of WHEAT, BARLEY, and BEANS,
in Sacks; the whole of

Comprising three narrow-wheel waggons, three carts, Hornsby's self-raking reaper, Hornsby's mower, haymaking machine, by Howard; iron horse rake Roberts : four ploughs, bouting plough, four sets of harrows, cultivators, corn drill, winnowing machine, pulpers, Ransome and Sims' combined patent oat and bean mill, turnip cutters, weighing machine and weights, 10 sets harness, ladders, corn sacks, pig troughs, eight milk leads, dairy vessels, six capital one-hogshead iron-bound ale casks, and numerous effects,


On FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12TH, 1883, on the Premises at
ISWORTH FARM, COSGROVE, by direction of J. C.
Mansel, Esq., who is relinquishing his occupation
of the Farm.

The Sale will commence Twelve o'clock.

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

Bucks Herald Saturday 11 October 1884

RANDOLPH – MANSEL. At Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, on the 7th inst., by the Rev. W. P. Trevelyan, assisted by the Rev. P. G. McDouall, rector of Cosgrove, the Rev. Rodney Granville Randolph, vicar of South Kyne, Lincolnshire, only son of Vice-Admiral G. G. Randolph, C.B., to Frances Charlotta, only daughter of J. C. Mansel, Esq., of Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 13 October 1883

COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford.

SALE of first-class FARMING STOCK and prime
CLOVER HAY (to off).
Is favoured with instructions from the Executors of Mr.


On the Premises, FRIDAY, OCT. 19, 1883.

The flock of grand half-bred Sheep, consisting of 156 young ewes and theaves, 104 ewe tegs, 96 wether tegs, five shearhogs, two Cotswold rams. ,
The first portion of the herd of well-bred short-horned CATTLE, comprising down-calving cow, seven down-calving heifers, three forward in-calf heifers, six fresh barren heifers, shorthorn bull, by Baron Puck ; seven heifer and three steer calves.
The HORSES consist of two capital cart mares, colt and filly foal, roan cart filly, rising three years old ; valuable ring filly, rising four years old, by Hidalgo, dam by Grampian.
The PIGS, which are of the Berkshire breed, comprise two sows, with eight pigs each; sow, five yelts, and four store pigs.
The CLOVER HAY consists of two ricks, which well secured, and these will be sold to go off. The whole of Stock has been bred on the Farm. The Cattle have been well known in the district for over half a century, and have been bred with the greatest care. Pure-bred shorthorned bulls have always been used, purchased from the herds of the late Mr. Robert Pittam, Lord Penrhyn, Mr. Robarts, Mr. Ellis Clarke, Mr. Munton, and others.
The flock of Sheep are of excellent quality, being big, with colour, and plenty of wool, and at this time there are with the ewes two first-class Cotswold rams, purchased from Mr. Garne and Mr. Swanwick.

Catalogues may be had ten days prior to the Sale the Place of Sale; at the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford; of the Auctioneer, Buckingham, and will be sent by post on application. Luncheon Eleven o'clock ; Business at Twelve o'clock.

Cosgrove is about one a-half miles from Castlethorpe Station, and two miles from Wolverton Station, on the L. & N W.R. main line.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 18 October 1883

STONY STRATFORD Petty Sessions, Friday, October 3.—(Before A. Grant Thorold, Esq. in the chair, and S. R. Harrison, Esq.,)
Ann Marks was charged with beating John Henson at Cosgrove, the 30th July last, and Jane Henson was charged with assaulting Mina Florence Willison at the same place.—Mr. Pugh appeared for Mrs. Henson, and Mr. Bull for Mrs. Marks.— The lad Henson and another were at play, and knocked a ball into the garden of Mrs. Marks, who next day fetched Henson from school into the garden, there hit him in the face and thrust a bunch of green corn-bind into his mouth. —The case against Jane Henson was dismissed, and Ann Marks was fined with costs 17s.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 20 October 1883


At  HANSLOPE, in the County of Bucks;
 Close of Old PASTURE LAND,

Is favoured with instructions from the Trustee under
the Will of Mr. Joseph Foster, deceased,


On FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH. 1883, at the
"COCK" HOTEL, STONY STRATFORD, at Four o'clock the Afternoon,
The under-mentioned desirable and convenient Properties:

Lot 1 consists of all those three substantially brickbuilt and slated Dwelling-houses, pleasantly situate on the east Side of the main road at Old Stratford, and near the site of the old toll-house, having large gardens and outbuildings, and protected from the road by ornamental iron palisades, and approached therefrom by a flagstone path; in the several occupations of Thomas Atkins, William Ratliffe, and James Savage, producing a yearly rent of £24. Landlord pays rates. Present land tax, 17s. 10d.

Lot 2 comprises all that convenient close old Pasture Land, adjoining the road leading from Old Stratford to Cosgrove, having an area of 4a 3r. 2p., in the occupation of Mr. Robert Hamilton, at the yearly rent of £20. Present land tax, 13s. 1d.

Lot 3 consists of a convenient Dwelling-house, with bakehouse attached, situate in the village of Cosgrove, having coal oven, yard, stable, garden, buildings and premises, in the occupation Mr. Joseph Barker, at the yearly rent of £16 ; and adjoining two convenient Cottages, with small yard and outhouses, in the occupation of William Tombs and George Allen, producing a yearly rental of £11 6s. Present land tax, 12s. 10d. and 2d.

Lot 4 comprises all that field of productive Arable Land, conveniently situate near the populous village of Hanslope, adjoining the road leading to Tathall-End, containing, according to the recent Ordnance Survey, 14a. 3r. 27p., and now in the occupation of Mr. Sawbridge at the yearly rent of £30.

Lot 5 consists of all that convenient field of Accommodation Pasture Land, situate close to the village of Hanslope, and near the Half-way Houses, containing, according to the recent Ordnance Survey, 4a. 2r. 31p., and being in the occupation of Mr. William Gregory, at yearly rent of £14.

Printed particulars, with conditions, are .being prepared, and may be had 10 days prior to the Sale, at the place of Sale; of John Parrott, Esq., or W. R. Parrott, Esq., Solicitors, Stony Stratford ; or the Auctioneer, Buckingham, from whom any further information can obtained.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 03 November 1883

Sale.—Mr. George Bennett, of Buckingham, submitted for sale by public auction on Friday, the 26th October, at the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, direction of the executors of the late Mr. Joseph Foster, several valuable freehold properties situate at Cosgrove, Hanslope, and Old Stratford. —Lot 1, three houses at Old Stratford, were knocked down to Mr. J. Boughton for £315, and Mr. Thos. Foxley became the purchaser of Lot 2, a close of pasture land near Old Stratford, for £500.—Lot 3, house, bakehouse and cottages at Cosgrove, were purchased by Mr. Jonah Brown at £430, and Mr. Varney bought Lot 4, field of arable land at Hanslope for £700.—Lot 5, field of pasture land near Hanslope, was knocked down to Mr. Stephen Branson for £330. A large company was present, and for some of the lots there was spirited competition. The vendor’s solicitors were Messrs. J. and W. R. Parrott, Stony Stratford.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 08 December 1883

PROPERTY SALE. The sale of the Coffee and Refreshment Tavern, Wolverton-road, by Messrs. Durham, Gotto & Samuel realised £270, Mr. William Wright, of Cosgrove being the purchaser.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 03 February 1894

COSGROVE Concert. —The Stony Stratford Handbell Ringers, under the conductorship of the Rev. J. H. Travers, journeyed to Cosgrove on Thursday evening January 25th, and gave a successful concert in the Schoolroom. The room was half full, but the wet weather which prevailed at the time no doubt hindered a good many from being present. The comic songs of Mr. F. Downing were much enjoyed and called forth much applause from the audience, as did also the readings of the Rev. H. Travers. The selections by the Ringers were very good We give the programme :

Part I.

Song...Like be a soldier...Mr. W. Elmes Selection...Legend of the Bells...Hand-Bell Ringers Song ..Marjary’s Almanack... Miss Glidewell Song...Love’s Mirror...Miss Cashmore. Selection...Grandfather’s Clock...Hand-bell Ringers Comic song...The Grass Widower...Mr. F. Downing (encored, and They’re a Job Lot,” given.) Selection...Glorious Apollo ..Hand-bell Ringers. Reading...The Mirror...Rev. J. H. Travers.

Part II.

Selection...Huntsman’s Chorus...Hand-bell Ringers. Comic song...The Simple Pimple...Mr. F. Downing. Song...Love Hail’d a little Maid...Miss Glidewell Song...A child of Spain...Miss Cashmore. Selection...Chiming Bells...Hand-bell Ringers. Reading...Blue Jays...Rev. J. H. Travers. Song ..Love...Miss Cashmore Comic song...I could do with a bit...Mr. F. Downing. God Save the Queen.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 02 June 1894

A match between the Wolverton Park Quoit Club and the Cosgrove Quoit Club took place on Saturday in the Wolverton Recreation Ground, and resulted in win for Wolverton by 32 points with eight games to six. The conditions were 12 yards beds, 7lb quoits, 15 up. Below are the scores . —J. Smith 12, v. J. Knight 15; A. Alderman 15, v. H. Lambert 7 A. Dawson 9, v. W. Woodcock 15; G. Battison, 15. v. F. Henson 7 ; G. Robinson 15, v. F. Henson 7; G. Robinson 15, v. R. Brown 11; J. Cameron 12, v. J. Brown 15; F. Warrick 6, v. J. Wise, 15; J. Lloyd 14, v. G. Brown 12; J. Brocklehurst 15, v. B. Wise 9; C. W. Foster 15, v. T. Jelley 11; W. Rock 15, v. F. Hillier 3; J. Shaw 15, v. W. Hillier 4; J. Dixon 15, v. T. Smith 3; G. Gilliard 10, v. G, Baldwin 15; totals, 177 and 145.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 8 March 1884

COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford.
Important Sale of
Is favoured with instructions from the Executors of Mr.
William Clarke, deceased,
TO SELL BY AUCTION, On the Premises, on Friday, March 14th, 1884,
the Undermentioned Valuable LIVE and DEAD

The excellent Flock of Half-bred SHEEP, consisting 154 ewes, many with lambs and the remainder in-lamb, 191 good ewe and wether tegs, live shearhogs and two long-woolled rams.
The Herd of well-bred Short-horn CATTLE, comprising 14 down calving, new milch and barren cows and heifers, 15 in-calf heifers, 23 very nice sturk heifers and steers, ten yearling heifers and steers, bull calf and weaning calf, also a fat bull and two fat heifers.
The HORSES comprise two cart mares (in-foal), nine active cart horses and mares, roan cart filly (three years old), yearling cart filly and colt; also very pretty dun pony, about 13½ hands high, capital trapper and quiet to ride ; and a valuable bay mare, five-years-old, nearly thorough-bred, which was ridden driven all last summer.
The PIGS, which are of the Berkshire breed, consist or three in pig sows.
The IMPLEMENTS and MACHINES comprise mowing and reaping machines, chaff cutter and horse power for driving same, elevator and horse power to same, two three-cylinder iron field rolls, clod crusher, iron ploughs, harrows, cultivators, scuffles, horse hoes, horse rake, turnip mills, root pulpers, oil cake breaker, nearly new Suffolk corn drill, winnowing machine, five waggons, six carts, iron water and pig troughs, about 16 sets of thiller and trace harness, several ladders, patent corn screen, sheep troughs and racks, cow cribs, colt troughs, cow ties, tools, &c, &c. very neat pony trap and set of pony harness (black and silver plated), in excellent order.
About six years CLIP OF WOOL, which has been carefully stored and is therefore an excellent state and condition.
The Grass Keeping comprises about 210 acres, and is convenient lots, and will be let to the 5th day of April, 1864.
Catalogues will be ready six days prior to the Sale, and can obtained at the Inns in the Neighbourhood, the place Sale, and the Offices of the Auctioneer, Buckingham.
Cosgrove is about one-and-a-half miles distant from Castlethorpe Station, and two miles from Wolverton Station, both on the main line of the L. and N.-W. Railway.
On account of the number and importance of the Lots, the Auctioneer respectfully requests early attendance as to enable him to commence selling 10.30 o'clock.
The whole of the Stock has been bred on the Farm, the Cattle have been well-known in the district for over half-a-century, and have been bred with the greatest care, pure-bred short horned bulls have always been used, purchased from the herds of Mr. Robert Pittam, Lord Penrhyn, Mr. Robarts, Mr. Ellis Clarke, Mr. Munton and others. The Flock of Sheep are of excellent quality, being big, with colour, and plenty of Wool. The Horses are all home-bred and capital workers. The Implements and Machines are by the best makers.
N.B. —The Order of the Executive Committee of the County of Buckingham, prohibiting Animals being moved from the County of Northampton into that County Revoked ; such Revocation take effect from and utter March 10th.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 26 April 1884

STONY STRATFORD.— PETTY SESSIONS, April 18. —Before the Duke of Grafton, S. R. Harrison, Esq., and A. Grant Thorold, Esq.

Joseph Baldwin was charged with assaulting Ellen Hurst, at Cosgrove, on the 2nd of April, and was fined 1s. and 11s. 6d. costs.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 03 May 1884

MIDDLETON CHENEY. PETTY SESSIONS; Monday, April 20. Before Col. H. A. T. C. Cartwright, Esq., and Major H. C. Norris-Harry William clerk,

Betsy Wilford, Cosgrove, was charged sleeping in an outhouse, at Brackley, the 17th of April. Discharged with a caution.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 03 May 1884

COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford.
SEVEN Valuable Cart HORSES, Capital In-foal
Cart MARE,
Strong Chestnut COB, quiet to ride and drive ;
Stump of prime CLOVER HAY, about 12 Tons,
to go off;

Comprising strong waggon, winnowing and weighing machines, excellent ten-furrow Suffolk corn drill, nearly new ; sack barrows, iron scuffle, ladders, iron water troughs, sheep racks, troughs, cribs, 22 dozen hurdles, sacks, caving skips and sieves, chain cow-ties, waggon cloth, hay forks and rakes, thiller trace harness;

A very nice Oak Village CART,
with lamps, cushions, &c, thorough good repair, by
Wilson, Northampton;
A Light Pony TRAP,
Two Sets Silver-plated HARNESS, SADDLES,
The Dairy and Brewing UTENSILS,
Oak Slabs and Sawn Boards,
Also the excellent Household FURNITURE,

Consisting of handsome mahogany sideboard, with plate glass back ; mahogany chairs and sofa, haircloth ; chimney glasses, in gilt frames; Spanish mahogany dining-table, with three loose leaves; mahogany bagatelle board, balls, cues, &c.; Brussels and Kidderminster carpets and hearthrugs, mahogany bookcase, with secretaire and drawers ; barometer, mahogany, Arabian, and iron bedsteads and furniture, wool mattresses, mahogany secretaire, with brass handles; mahogany chests of drawers, wardrobes, toilet glasses, washstands, with marble tops and ware; fender and fire irons, bureau, clocks, kitchen utensils, Kent's patent knife cleaner, two guns, oil paintings, prints, engravings, China, dinner, and dessert services, glass, plated articles, and numerous effects,


On the Premises, on THURSDAY, MAY 15TH, 1884,
by direction of the Executors of the late Mr. W. CLARKE.

In consequence of the number and importance of the Lots the Sale will commence punctually at 10.30 o'clock with the Implements, &c.

Catalogues will be in circulation eight days prior to the Sale, and may be had at the Inns and Hotels in the Neighbourhood, or of the Auctioneer, Buckingham.

Croydon's Weekly Standard - Saturday 16 August 1884


Near Stony Stratford, and within a short distance of Castlethorpe Station.
20 TONS of prime MEADOW HAY, Egerton's rick cloth, poles and cords, iron and wooden pig troughs, wooden sheep trough, Biddell's patent oat mill, garden frames, a large quantity of wire netting, 2 garden seats, 3 portable wooden hen houses, hurdles and stakes, flower stands, mowing machines, and a quantity of miscellaneous effects; which

Messrs. DURHAM GOTTO & SAMUEL Are instructed by Algernon St. Maur. Esq., to Sell by Auction, the above premises a, On MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 1884, at Two o'clock precisely. May be viewed morning of sale, and  catalogues obtained of Messrs. Durham, Gotto & Samuel, Auctioneers and Valuers, Newport Pagnell and Stony Stratford.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 25 August 1894

DEATHS: August 16, at Northampton, John Liddey, (formerly of Cosgrove), aged 77 years

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 01 September 1894

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions: School Cases
Edward John Abel, groom, of Cosgrove, was charged with not sending his child to school, as required by the Bye-laws in force in the Union, and was fined 5/-.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 08 September 1894

Towcester County Court. Before His Honour Judge Snagge.

Edward John Abel, coachman Cosgrove Priory, applied for an administration order. His debts were stated to be £45 19s. 8d., and offer of 7s. 6d in the £ was made, payable in instalments of 10s. per month.—Creditors representing £25 8s. 9d. intimated their assent, and two creditors appeared in person to object. —The applicant said he was in the employ of Mr. Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory, his wages being 26s. a week and house. His wife was dead, and he had to pay 5s a week for child out nurse He had made a similar application Newport Pagnell two or three months ago, but it did not come before the Judge, as his debts were then over £50. The statement he had now made represented all his indebtedness. He could not say he had never done any betting; might have had shilling on, but that would be about all.—His Honour said must pay his debts in full. The section was not intended for the relief of persons in his position. He would relieve him by ordering him to pay his debts in full at 24s. a month.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 15 September 1894

Tickford Park Horse Show: CLASS 6. Col. Murray, Cosgrove Hall, chestnut mare, Bess, by Dalesman, to Mount Gifford.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 11 October 1884

MARRIAGES: October 8, at Cosgrove by the Rev. W. P. Trevelyan, assisted by the Rev. P. G. McDouall, rector of Cosgrove, the Rev. Rodney Granville Randolph, vicar of South Kyme, Lincolnshire, only son of Vice-Admiral G. G. Randolph, C.B., to Frances Charlotta, only daughter of J. C. Mansel, Esq. of Cosgrove.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 06 December 1884


Is instructed by the Executors of the late Mr. Thomas H. Marriott, Cosgrove.
To Sell by Auction,
On the Market Hill, Newport Pagnell,
On Wednesday, December 10, 1884

8 Head of COW STOCK and 15 SHEEP, comprising 1 down-calving cow, 3 cows in profit. 1 maiden heifer, 3 sturks, 9 in-lamb ewes, and 6 store tegs.

The above will be sold at Twelve o’clock, and prior to the Christmas Fat Stock Sale.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 03 January 1885

DEATHS: December 28, suddenly, at Cosgrove Rectory, Caroline Jane beloved wife of the Rev. P. G. McDouall, aged 58.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 10 January 1885

FUNERAL OF MRS. McDouall. – On Friday, January 2, the remains of the estimable lady, wife of the rector, were consigned to the grave in the parish churchyard, in the presence of a large gathering of sorrowing relatives and friends. The solemn and impressive ceremony was performed by the Rev. E. Cadogan, M.A., rector of Wicken. The coffin was polish oak, with brass mountings, and bore the following inscription: “Caroline Jane McDouall, Born August 18th, 1826, Died, December 28th 1884, at Cosgrove Rectory, aged 56.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 17 January 1885

MARRIAGES: January 15, at All Saints’ Church, Hastings by the Rev. G. A. Foyster, rector, James Henson second son of William Pike, of Castlethorpe, Bucks, to Catherine, youngest daughter of the late William Wilson Clarke, of Cosgrove, Northamptonshire.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 22 August 1885

August 18, at Bedford, Henrietta, youngest daughter of the late Rev. Longueville Mansel, of Cosgrove.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 10 April 1886

April 2, at S. Andrew’s Hospital, Clewer,[Berkshire] Emily Maria, Sister of Mercy, community of St. John Baptist, daughter of the late Rev. John Graham, M.A., rector of Cosgrove, aged 44.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 27 June 1885


LIBERAL MEETING. A meeting in support of the candidature of Maurice Fitzgerald was held in the Wesleyan Chapel at this village on Saturday evening. It had been arranged for the meeting to take place Mr. Bull's field, but the weather being unfavourable the chapel was kindly placed the disposal of the promoters and this building was crowded to excess.

The Rev. J. Holmes, of Wolverton, presided, and in opening the meeting reminded the new electors of the responsibility now put upon them and urged them to exercise their franchise by supporting Sir Maurice FitzGerald. Mr. Malcolm Dunn, of Northampton, Mr. E. Abbott, Wolverton, and other gentlemen afterwards addressed the meeting, which was unanimous throughout. Resolutions were passed expressing confidence in Mr. Gladstone and promising support to the Liberal candidate.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 17 July 1886

BIRTHS: July 13, at Cosgrove Priory, Northamptonshire, Mrs. Jepson Atkinson, of a son.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 07 August 1886

Mr. Davis, (gardener to Mr. J. J. Atkinson, Cosgrove Priory)

Buckingham Express Saturday 09 October 1886



The Annual supper is connection with the members of the above Club took place on Saturday, October 2nd. A substantial supper was provided in the school, by the Committee of the above club, the room was tastefully decorated with various devices by Mr. Bianchi, which added to the brightness of the room, the members to the number of about 40 assembled to supper, after the table was cleared. J. J. Atkinson, Esq., was called to the chair, and T. D. Bull, Esq., to the vice-chair. The chairman rose and said, he felt sure all present would drink heartily and loyally to the toast he had such pleasure in proposing to the Queen, it was drank with enthusiasm , the toast to the Chairman proposed by Mr. Martyn, was drunk with enthusiasm, the Chairman suitably responded, and alluded to the feeling he had for the club, and promised that at any time he should feel it a pleasure to assist the club in any way he could or anything else for the improvement of Cosgrove, which we have had proof of and are glad to hear from him, he intends to settle down at Cosgrove, the toast to the Vice-Chairman T. D. Bull, Esq., proposed by Mr. Bianchi, was drank with enthusiasm, the Vice-Chairman suitably responded, and said it gave him great pleasure to be among them tonight and I hoped at any time when required assistance he should feel it a pleasure to assist and said he felt sure the toast he had such pleasure in proposing via the Mutual Improvement CC, coupling; with it the President Mr. Bianchi, and Mr. Whales, to which the former suitably responded. Mr. Whales, said the toast he had such pleasure in proposing viz the Secretary Mr. Martyn, and the Committee, to which the former suitably responded, the Cook and Waiters were the other toast given. A number of songs were contributed during the evening much to the general enjoyment by F. D. Bull, Esq., Messrs. Whales, Brawn, Wright, Baldwin, Brown, Buckby, Gaskins, Wheatley, Willison, Price, Meadoes, Hilton, Baldwin, jun., Lambert, being well received.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 24 October 1885


SIR MAURICE FITZGERALD'S CANDIDATURE. Maurice commenced his second campaign in the Southern division on Saturday by holding a meeting in the Primitive Methodist Chapel, at Cosgrove.

Mr Bull presided, and Mr. Knight moved a vote of confidence in Mr. Gladstone and his late colleagues. This was seconded by Mr. Wood, of Old Stratford, and supported by Sir Maurice in an excellent speech.

On being put the motion was unanimously carried.—Mr. Pollard moved a resolution pledging the meeting to support the Liberal candidate. Mr. A. R. Bianchi ……

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 15 May 1886

TOWCESTER COUNTY COURT, MAY 10.—Before the Registrar, Mr. W. Whitton.

F. D. Bull, brewer, Cosgrove (for whom Mr. W. Beattie Bull, of Newport Pagnell, appeared), claimed £18 13s. from Joseph Price, publican, Cosgrove, for goods supplied.

Defendant agreed to pay £1 down, £10 on the 15th of May, and balance a fortnight.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 24 July 1886

FANCY BAZAAR. A grand fancy bazaar, in aid of the Organ Fund of the pariah church of Cosgrove, was held in a large and commodious barn, kindly lent by Mr S. H. Pike, on Thursday, July 18, and was largely attended. The ladies and friends of the congregation had worked most assiduously in order to bring the undertaking to a successful issue, which they did. In addition to the articles contributed by the congregation, a large number of gifts were sent in from outside friends. The barn in which the bazaar was held presented an animated and striking appearance. Over the entrance was an archway of evergreens, relieved with a number of bannerets. The main stalls, five in number, were gracefully decorated and contained a large selection of useful and ornamental articles, several of them being of a costly character. On entering, one was struck with the remarkable neatness of a flower stall, containing, as it did, such a number and variety of most kinds of flowers. Is addition to the flowers for sale was a number of flower baskets and epergnes. This stall was under the charge of Miss Florence McDouall and Miss Worley. Facing this were three fancy stalls, under the superintendence of Mrs. Henson Pike, Mrs. Bull, Miss McDouall, Miss E. Mansel, Mrs. McGachan. and Mrs. Barrow. A stall, more especially containing baby linen, the majority of which was wool work, came under the care of Mrs. Clough; while a weighing machine attended by the Master Bull (2), claimed a large share of support. At the extreme end of the building was a refreshment stall laden with many tempting articles, managed by Mrs. Lankester, Miss K. Perkins, and friends. A pet lamb, given by Mr. and Mrs. Henson Pike, was raffled for, and secured a large number of patrons.
During the time the bazaar was open, from two till eight, a brisk trade was done. The Band of the North Ducks Volunteers was present, and during the afternoon and evening played a number of choice selections of music, which tended greatly to enhance the pleasure of the proceedings. The bazaar was well patronised during the day, and amongst those. present were noticed the Rev. P. G McDouall (Cosgrove Rectory), Rev. E. and Mrs. Cadogan end party. Rev. A. H. Barrow (Fenny Stretford), Rev F. R. Harnett (Wolverton), Rev. J. B. and Mrs. Harrison (Paulerspury). Rev. T. H Garde and Miss Garde (Shenley Rectory), Hon. Mrs Isted and Colonel Murray (Cosgrove Hall), Dr. Rull and party (Stony Stretford), Mr. and Mr. S. Rooke and party, Mr. and Mrs. Hudson (Stony Stratford), Mr. and Mrs. E. Worley, Mr. W. Parrott and Miss F. Bull, Mr. Bull and party, Mr. and Mrs. Webb (Old Stratford), Mrs. Waddell and family, Miss Watts (Shepley House), Mr. W. Harnett and friend, Mr. Fitzroy (Yardley Gobion), Mrs. Spencer Harrison (Wolverton House), Miss Cochrane, &c. The decorations it should be stated, were most efficiently carried out by the family of the Rector (Rev. P. G. McDouall) and Mr. and Mr. Henson Pike and friends. The result of the sale, we have no doubt, will be a large augmentation of the funds for the improvement of the church.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 11 December 1886

every WEDNESDAY, at Eleven o’clock.

Four Prime down-calving Heifers, the property of the Rev. P. G. McDOUALL, Cosgrove Rectory.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 08 January 1887

MARRIAGES: December 27, at Cosgrove Church, by the Rev. P. G. McDouall, Mr. Robert Sharp, to Emma, eldest daughter of Mr. John Tompkins, of Hanslope.

Buckingham Express Saturday 22 January 1887


SKATING ACCIDENT. While a number of young men were skating on the Grand Junction Canal on Sunday morning last, the ice gave way, and Levi Baldwin, Robert Brown, and Charles Gaskings were immersed. Brown and Gaskings were got out without a great deal of trouble, but Baldwin was almost exhausted before he could be got out of the water. About a year ago Baldwin had a similar ducking and a narrow escape.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 22 January 1887

SKATING DISASTERS. Skating in the neighbourhood of Wolverton has been popular pastime, but has not been without accident. Saturday, January 15, while skating at Haversham, George Brown fell, and, in so doing severely cut his right eye. Sunday, Jan. 16, same place, Jesse Parr had a similar misfortune. On the same date a more serious mishap occurred, involving danger to the lives of three young men who were skating on the Grand Junction Canal at Cosgrove, and to several others who were standing together when the ice gave way. All were safely got out.

Buckingham Express Saturday 12 March 1887


Is it a fact that a person living not two miles from Cosgrove, hangs up a paraffin lamp to keep the crows from his beans.
I hear that it was suggested at the Jubilee meeting held at Cosgrove, on Monday night, that several paraffin lamps would prove a benefit if placed in the aqueduct.
So perhaps somebody thought that if a lamp was fixed on an eminence it would not only frighten the crows but would guide the pedestrian through what is certainly a very dark tunnel.
Anyhow he should have given notice, for then the fear that a barge had hoisted a distress signal would not have been raised.

The school at Cosgrove was closed on Monday last and will continue so until further notice from the District Sanitary Authorities, on account of a local epidemic.
The annual general meeting of the South Northamptonshire Conservative Association, was held at the Barley Mow, Cosgrove, on Tuesday evening last, when officers were elected for the ensuing year.

THE JUBILEE.—On Monday last a meeting was convened in the schoolroom, Cosgrove, for the purpose of taking into consideration the best way to commemorate, the Jubilee of her Majesty. The Rev. McDouall, vicar, was voted in the chair, and a committee was elected :—Rev. P. G. McDouall , Col. Murray, J. J. Atkinson Esq., (Cosgrove Priory), F. D. Bull, Esq., A. Grant Thorold, Esq., H. Henson Pike, Ems., W. Pike. Esq., Messrs. Marks, Dickies, Martyr, Baldwin, Brawn, Bianchi, Clough, Wright, H. Martyr. After the chairman had briefly addressed the meeting Mr. Bull proposed that the Queen's Jubilee should be celebrated at Cosgrove by having a general holiday and village feast. This was seconded by Mr. J. Price and being put to the meeting was carried unanimously. Before the audience left the schoolroom they had the pleasure of hearing that £21 was promised by gentlemen present that evening, a vote of thanks to the chairman terminated the proceedings.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 09 April 1887


Is instructed to Sell by Auction, by order of His Honour the Judge of the County Court of Northamptonshire holden at Towcester, at the Cock Hotel

Lot 1 All that Close of Arable Land, containing 5a. 2r. 18p., situate in the parishes of Cosgrove and Furtho or one of them, and now in the occupation of Miss Elizabeth Gregory.

Buckingham Express Saturday 16 April 1887


QUEEN’S JUBILEE.—On Wednesday evening, 6th inst. a preliminary meeting of the committee appointed to make arrangements for the celebration of the Queen's Jubilee at Cosgrove, was held in the National School-room. J. J. Atkinson, Esq., (Cosgrove Priory), was voted to the chair, and F. D. Bull, Eq., (Cosgrove Brewery), to the vice chair. The other members of the committee present were the Rev. P. G. McDouall, (rector), Col. Murray, (Cosgrove Hall), Messrs. Henson, Pike. Marks, Clough, Baldwin, Brawn, Bianchi, and Wright. It was resolved that the village men women, and children, should be entertained to a dinner and tea, the usual sports, and dancing, is be wound up with a display of fireworks at night. The vice chairmen was instructed to engage au efficient band from Wolverton, who had written to him offering their services. Funds are coming in very satisfactorily from the cottagers as well as the gentry and farmers, and when the committee know the amount they will have to deal with they will be able more particularly to settle the details of the celebration. On the motion of Mr. Bianchi, seconded by Mr. Clough, (the schoolmaster), it was resolved that the Chairman should write to Mr. Gates of Peterborough, asking if he could favourably entertain the question of granting a piece of land contiguous to the school for the purpose of a playground, the children at present being without one. Another meeting of the committee was fixed for Wednesday the 20th inst.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 30 April 1887

WOLVERTON CHESS AND DRAUGHTS CLUB. A draughts match was played on Saturday last, April 23, at Cosgrove, between Cosgrove and Wolverton Clubs. The following is the score:-



W H Brewer

J Brown

J Pakes           


C Baldwin


F Dixie

F Bugby

W Rooke

R Brown

A J Bailey


J Clough


G Miller


H Lambert


J Valiant

J Moore

G Covington


W Wright

Buckingham Express Saturday 07 May 1887


NEW ORGAN. The new Organ for the Church of SS. Peter and Paul Cosgrove arrived on Tuesday last, May 3rd, and as far as appearance goes is a beautiful instrument. It will in all probability be opened in Whit-week with a recital, when opportunity will be given to criticise its capabilities.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 14 May 1887


INQUEST. On Saturday afternoon last, Mr A Weston held inquest at the Plough Inn, touching the death of Gertrude Annie Holman, daughter of James and Maria Holman, of this village.

From the evidence, it appeared that the deceased had always been a healthy child. It slept with its mother on Friday evening, and when the latter awoke about a quarter past three the child appeared to be dead. There were no marks of violence on the body, and the jury returned a verdict of "Death from natural causes."

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 21 May 1887


A CONCERT was given in the School-room at Cosgrove on Saturday evening, in aid of Mr Brawn, Gardener at the Hall, who, through severe domestic affliction, has been placed in financial difficulties. The Rector (Rev J McDouall) occupied the chair, and excellent programme was rendered, the following ladies and gentlemen kindly giving their services :— The Misses McDouall, Martyr, Watson, Willison, Baldwin, Mr and Mrs Power, Messrs Wright, Nicholls, Appleton, Compton, Smith, and "The Mac." Mr. Devey accompanied.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 18 June 1887

Ann Bambrook, 15, was charged with stealing a wicker hand-basket and leather purse containing 2s. 6d, the property of John Bull, of Cosgrove, on the 31st May.
Jane Bull said :—I am the wife of John Bull, of Cosgrove, labourer: On Tuesday, the 31st of May, about three o’clock in the afternoon, I sent my little girl to Stratford, with a wicker band-basket, containing a purse, 2s. 6d, and a note addressed to Mr Osborn, Stony Stratford. My daughter is 9 years of age, and her name is Annie Elizabeth. The basket produced is the one I sent with her with, and the purse, which is also produced. She was to go to Mr. Osborn's and pay 2s. 6d on amount of a bill. She returned to me about 4 30, crying. The bill was not settled; she said that when she got to Mr. Osborn’s, the money was not in the purse. blur. Information was given to Sergeant Pitson the same day. In the evening I came to Stony Stratford with my daughter, and from enquiries, I found that the prisoner had been in my daughter's company. I and my daughter went to the prisoner's house. I saw her and accused her of having my girl's basket, and also said what it contained
The prisoner's mother was present, and was very angry, talking so loud that I could not hear what the prisoner said. The value of the basket and the contents was 4s. 6d.
Annie Elizabeth Bull, daughter of the last witness, said I am 9 years of age, and live with my mother. On Tuesday, 31st of May, my mother sent me to Stony Stratford to Mr. Osborn’s. She gave me 2s. 6d done up in a note, and the basket produced. The note was in the purse, in the basket. I started from Cosgrove by myself. When I got into the first field from Wolverton Mill, I saw the prisoner. I did not know her before. She spoke to me. I had occasion to stop in the field; the basket was by my side. The prisoner came up and offered to carry the basket. I refused. She picked it up and went about half-way across the field. I got up and went after her. I did not see whether she opened it or not. When I got up to her, I took the basket. The basket was fastened when I sat down. I did not open it since leaving Cosgrove. When I took the basket from the prisoner, the fastening was undone. I did not look inside. The prisoner came to Stratford with me, and left me on entering the town. I went to Mr. Osborn's and gave him the basket to open. He found the purse, but there was nothing in it. I went back and told my mother the money was missing.
Frederick Arthur Gray stated :—I am an assistant to Mr. Osborn, draper. the 31st of May, the last witness came into the shop, and said she had come from Mrs. Bull, of Cosgrove. She handed me the basket produced, and said that she had a 1s. and a note. She took out the purse, and opened it. There was neither money note in it. She handed the purse to me. She said she had the money when she started and that she had not taken the purse out on the way. I told her she had better go home and see whether she had left it there which she did.
Sergeant C. Pitson deposed that on the 1st of June he received official information concerning the robbery. He then went and apprehended the prisoner and charged her with the theft, and she denied the charge. He took her to the police station, when she there admitted taking the 2s. 6d,, putting it into her pocket, and losing it. She was in custody until the following day, when she was liberated on bail. Their worships also retired to consider this case and after deliberating a short time, the chairman said that it was a very bad case, and therefore they would inflict a fine of £1, or in default 14 days’ hard labour.
The prisoner's father stating that he would pay fine on the 1st of July, this time was allowed for payment.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 18 June 1887

COSGROVE.— THE OPENING OF THE NEW ORGAN. —On Thursday afternoon, a service of thanksgiving was held in the Parish Church of SS. Peter and Paul, on the occasion the opening of the new organ, erected Mr. Atterton, of Leighton Buzzard. The interior of the church is very much improved by the recent removal of the gallery from the north aisle, thus opening out the beautiful arcade in its fine proportions, in addition to which a new window has been inserted, where was formerly the entrance to the gallery. Before the service the bells rang forth joyous peal to summon the congregation, which speedily filled the sacred edifice. The service commenced with the hymn 242, "We love the place, O God." The prayers were said by the Rector, and the lessons were read by the Rev, J. B. Harrison, rector of Paulerspury. An excellent sermon preached by the Rev. Percy Dundas Moreton, vicar of St. David's, Birmingham. The organ was ably presided at by Miss Walford, whose excellent performance before, during, and after the service were much appreciated. The Cosgrove choirs, kindly and ably assisted by some members the Stony Stratford choir, sang the hymns and chanted psalms for the day. At the conclusion a collection was made towards the Organ Fund, amounting to £6 16s 9. Among the company present we noticed, the Hon. Mrs. Isted and Miss Moreton, Rev. G. M., Mrs. and Miss Capell, Rev. J. B. and Mrs. Harrison, Rev. Mr. Barry, Mrs, Grounds, and Miss Sams, Mrs. Harnett, and the Rev. F. R. Harnett, Mr. R. Hutton and Miss Cadogan, Mrs. Atkinson, Mr. and Mrs. Rooke, Mr. W. H. Bull, St. Oswald’s House, Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Bull, Mr. and Mrs. Pike, Mrs. Lancaster, Mr. Webb, Mrs. Wardlow Ramsay, and the Misses McDouall, Mr. J. L. Bolden, &c., &c.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 18 June 1887

Local Notes and Queries


8. —“HOLY WELL”— Your querist is in error in supposing the Hundred (of Cleley) to take its name from the Well in the parish of Passenham. The “Hundred” does take its name from another sacred spring situated between Potterspury; and Yardley, and some mile and a half distant from the Holy Well alluded to in your query. This spring is still known as “Cleley Spring,” and is considered by some of the villagers to possess considerable medicinal qualities. The “Holy Well” in the parish of Passenham is sometimes called by the older inhabitants “Thomas's Spring” and also “Backet’s (Becket’s) Well.” The tradition is that Becket, having been summoned by the king to appear before him and a great council that had been assembled for the purpose at Northampton, on his journey thither stayed for night at one of the religious houses in the neighbourhood (probably Cosgrove Priory), when he was requested by the people to bless the waters, which then, now, perhaps might not be any too pure. The great Archbishop is said to have walked in a straight line across the then open country for more than mile till be came to this spring, which he himself drank of, blessed its waters, and pronounced them holy. One can readily understand that miracles of healing soon took place, and I am not quite sure but that miracles of healing would take place still if the people of Stony Stratford, Deanshanger, and the surrounding villages would only consent to take a walk each morning of a mile and a half to “St. Thomas’s Well” for their daily supply, instead of drinking the diluted sewage which they have been in the habit of drinking of late. The walk would certainly be beneficial, the water pure, and, for aught I know, holy too !—A. E. D

Buckingham Express Saturday 02 July 1887


On Tuesday last the villagers of Cosgrove held a capital holiday in honour of her Majesty's Jubilee. The village was gaily decorated with arches of evergreens and flags, and the proceedings were enlivened by a part of the 1st Bucks R.V. band, who discoursed some capital music. About 1.30 a procession was formed near the Parish School, which was headed by the band, the rector and churchwardens, who wended their way to the church, where the special Jubilee service was conducted by the Rev. P. G. McDouall. Miss Thomas presided at the organ in a most efficient manner, the National Anthem and special hymns were sung, the service was most hearty throughout. After leaving the church the procession reformed and a march was made through the village, this being done the villagers dispersed to prepare for dinner. At half-past 12 children under 15 years of age reassembled, and bearing large flags made a start for a field, kindly lent by Mr. G. H. Pike, where dinner was provided in a large barn. After grace was sung the children were well helped to the good things provided. By two o'clock the men and women assembled in the large barn, where eight tables were most sumptuously set out; and the building was neatly decorated with flags and flowers. After the dinner, J. J. Atkinson, Esq., chairman, proposed the first toast, "The Queen," and remarked that he was sure all would drink it with enthusiasm, after which, the toast was drank with musical honours, and the choir sang the Jubilee anthem, being lead by Mr. Clough.—Mr. F. D. Bull, vice-chairman, proposed " The Prince of Wales and rest of the royal family." This was drunk with musical honours, and the choir sang " God bless the Prince of Wales."—The Chairman then proposed the health of "The Army and Navy," coupling with it the name of Col. Murray, whom, he said, had seen much service and was the best person to reply.—Col. Murray responded at considerable length with items of interest as to the strength of the Army and Navy.—The next toast was "The Church," coupled with the name of the rector, Rev. McDouall.—The toast was heartily drank and was most suitably responded to.— The health of the " Ladies " was proposed by Colonel Murray, and was responded to with cheers. At the close of the above proceedings, cheers were given for Mr. Atkinson and family, Mr. H. Pike (for the use of his field), and thanks to Mr. F. D. Bull and family. An adjournment was then made to the Priory field, where dancing was indulged in, followed by athletic sports. Shortly after six o'clock the whole of the villagers were entertained to tea in the Priory gardens through the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson, where a capital spread was laid out, to which ample justice was done.
The following is the programme of sports which was most successfully carried out :-100 yards handicap, first, Frank Hilton, 5s., second, George Hilton, 2s. 6d., third, John Brown, 1s. Ladies handicap, 50 yards, first heat, Ann Robinson, second A. Hurst ; 2nd heat, first Mrs. Thomas Jelley, second, Simmonds, each of these received 1s. instead of running the final heat. Race for boys under 15 years, first, Harry Martyr, 5s. ; second, R. F. Bull, 2s. 6d.; third, A. Hillyer, 1s. Wrestling match (American), for the Priory Plate, J. Bugby. Obstacle race, first, Wm. Meadows, 5s. ; second, George Hillyer, 2s. 6d. Grinning through horse's collar, first, Henry Henson, 2s. 6d.: second T. Packer, 1s. High jump for boys under 15, first, H. Stamp, second, H. Willison. Long jump, first, F. Dickins, second, H. Martyr. Handicap race for girls under 15 years, first, F. Busby, 2s.6 d. second, C. Martyr, 2s., third, M. Willison, 1s. Tug of war, won by Robert Brown's team, 10s. The Jubilee arrangements were under the care of a committee of gentlemen, comprising the following, to whom the greatest praise is due for the manner in which everything was so successfully carried out :—Rev. P. G. McDouall, J. J. Atkinson, Esq., Colonel Murray, Messrs. H. Pike, W.H. Pike, C. Whales, F. Dickins, H. Martyr, Bianchi, Marks, J. Clough, A. Baldwin and W. Wright. Mr. F. D. Bull being the hon. sec. During the evening dancing was engaged in, and the proceedings terminated by some good fireworks being let off, and a large bonfire being lit in Mr. F. Dickins's field, the light of which could have been seen for miles.

Buckingham Express 23 July 1887

COSGROVE QUOIT MATCH.—On Monday last, Feast Monday, a quoit match was played at the Barley Mow, the opposing teams being Cosgrove and Hanslope. The different games were exceedingly well contested those of Higgins's and Lambert Gregory's and Gomersall's, which were respectively won—as the subjoined score will show by one point only. Eventually, after some capital individual play on both sides, the match ended in favour of Cosgrove, by eight points on the aggregate. The following is the score. 21 up :--Cosgrove Jelley, 18 ; Wise, 21 ; Lambert, 20 ; Gomersall, 20; Smith 18 ; Burnell, 21; total, 118. Hanslope Fawson, 21 ; Amos, 14; Higgins, 21; Gregory, 21; Willingham, 21; Sawbridge, 12 ; total, 110.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 13 August 1887

[These cottages are Myrtle Cottages]

Near Stony Stratford.
Are instructed by the Devisees under the Will of the late Mr. Joseph Holdom,
To Sell by Auction,

At the BARLEY MOW PUBLIC HOUSE, COSGROVE; on Monday the 13th of AUGUST, 1887, at Six for Seven o'clock precisely;
FOUR Stone-built and Thatched COTTAGES, one lately occupied by Mrs. Holdom, and three in the respective occupations of Messrs. Harding, Liddy, and Adkins.


All those Four Freehold Stone-built and Thatched Cottages, pleasantly situated in the centre of the village, the one lately occupied by Mrs. Holdom containing living room, shop, two good bedrooms, scullery, and pantry; that in the occupation of John Harding containing two rooms above and two below: and the other two Cottages containing two rooms in each.
There are four convenient boarded and thatched Wood barns and W.C. in the rear, with excellent front Gardens.
The property is almost entirely surrounded by property belonging to A. Grant Thorold, Esq.
Conditions will be produced at the time of sale, and any further particulars may be obtained of W. R. Parrott Esq., Solicitor, Stony Stratford; or of Messrs. Durham, Gotto & Samuel, Land Agents and Auctioneers, Newport Pagnell and Stony Stratford.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 8 September 1887

DEATHS: September 8, at Wolverton Road, Stony Stratford, Josiah, eldest son of Anthony and Jane Lowe, of Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 22 October 1887

TOWCESTER PETTY SESSIONS. OCT. 18. Before Mr. R. Eykyn (Chairman), and Mr. R. W. Watkins.
Duck Stealing. Alfred and Thomas Smith, of Potterspury, labourers, were charged with stealing three tame ducks, value 7s. 6d., at Cosgrove, on the 13th inst the property of James Marks.

Henry Willison, Cosgrove, stated that the prosecutor, his father-in-law, keeps white Aylesbury ducks. On the morning of the 13th there were 20, and from what he heard in the evening he went to count them, and there were only 17. One of the 17 was dead and three others wounded from shot. The ducks were all marked, and he recognised the skin of the duck produced by the mark. The value was 7s. 6d. The ducks used to be let out into the canal.

William Davis, of Cosgrove, gardener to Mr. Atkinson, of the Priory, said saw the two prisoners across the footpath leading to the canal at Thorpe Wharf. Smith had a basket under his left arm. After about a quarter of an hour he heard the report of a gun, the prisoner had gone, and in five or six minutes afterwards he saw Smith running towards him on the side of the canal.

Joseph Foster, of Cosgrove, butcher, corroborated.

John Holt, sergeant of police, stationed at Potterspury, stated that from information he received he, in company with lnspector Matthews, visited the prisoners' houses, and asked them several questions. Smith at first denied being at Cosgrove, but afterwards said he had been there and left Tapp there. Tapp said he was home all the morning, and after dinner went to the Pound Field and dug some potatoes. Tapp's house was searched, and the basket produced was found with stains of blood inside quite fresh. They found a gun loaded in the house, and the Inspector drew the shots out, and they corresponded with the shots found in the dead duck, and the one found in the skin produced.

Prisoners were both brought to Towcester and locked up. —On prisoners being charged they both elected to be tried summarily, and pleaded not guilty.—They were then committed to one calendar month's hard labour.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 12 November 1887

WANTED, an ORGANIST. Two Sunday Services – morning and afternoon. Will be required to practice the choir on Saturday evenings. Good salary. Apply to Messrs. J. H. Pike and F. D. Bull, Churchwardens, Cosgrove, Stony Stratford.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 12 November 1887


MAGISTERIAL. At the Occasional Court House, Cosgrove, before J. C. Mansell, Esq., on the 4th inst., George Smith, a pedlar, was brought up for trading without a licence, at Deanshanger, on the previous day. Police-constable Upchurch stated that he saw the prisoner hawking from door to door in Deanshanger, and on asking him what he was selling, he was told a few almanacs. He asked Smith if he had a licence, when he replied that he had not. He then apprehended the prisoner and brought him to Stony Stratford Police Station. The prisoner was committed to Northampton for seven days, with hard labour.

Buckingham Express Saturday 03 December 1887


APPOINTMENT OF ORGANIST. Considerable satisfaction is evinced at the probable appointment of Mr. A. E. Jones, of Wolverton, as organist of Cosgrove church. There have been about 40 applicants for the above office, but as Mr. Jones’ musical ability is well-known, it is reasonable to suppose he will be elected without difficulty.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 03 December 1887

CHESS AND DRAUGHTS CLUB. A match at draughts between the Wolverton and Cosgrove teams was played on Saturday evening last, at Cosgrove, with the following result:




J. King



W. Wright


F. Dixie



H. Lambert


G. Miller


B. Wheatley


W. Short



W. Wise


A. Bailey



W. Busby


W. H. Brewer



J. Bucksley







Buckingham Express Saturday 24 December 1887


At the church of this village, on Sunday last, special sermons were preached. The sermon in the morning being preached by the Rev. McDouall, and the pulpit in the afternoon was occupied by the Rev. G. P. Trevelyan (vicar of St. Mary's, Stony Stratford), who gave an excellent discourse from the vi chapter Corinthians, in which he exhorted his brethren to give liberally to the Cottage Hospital, as it was a good institution, and a vast amount of excellent relief had been afforded, and in some cases many lives bad been saved. Collections were made at each service.

Buckingham Express Saturday 07 January 1888

CHURCH CHOIR SUPPER.—The choir and bell ringers (as in previous years), were kindly entertained to a capital supper, at the Rectory, on Saturday evening, by the Rev. McDouall, rector of Cosgrove Church. The repast, which consisted of a number of courses, was thoroughly enjoyed, and, on the removal of the cloth, the usual loyal toasts were duly honoured, after which the rector wished those present a happy new year, and in doing so said that they were come nearly to an end of the Jubilee year, and, on the whole, it had been very prosperous. There had been a lot of grand festivities in honour of the Jubilee, and everything had passed off very satisfactorily. He hoped the year 1888 would be still more prosperous (applause). The rector here left, and the evening's harmony was well sustained by Messrs. Brawn, Benson, Jones, T. Green, Wheatley, Green, and Baldwin. Dancing was also indulged in at intervals, which was much enjoyed. Towards twelve o'clock Mr. Brawn proposed that three cheers be given to the rector for his very great kindness. This was most heartily done, and three cheers for the servants were given. After the cheering had subsided, God save the Queen was sung, and a very pleasant evening was brought to an end. The ringing of the bells announced that the old year had passed away.

Bucks Herald Saturday 07 January 1888

SKATING. On New Year’s Day, a considerable number of residents in this locality enjoyed this pastime. The fine piece of water known as the Broadwater, at Cosgrove, was in a capital condition for the exercise.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 14 January 1888

Stony Stratford

VALUABLE FREEHOLD RESIDENCE, Large, Business Premises, a COTTAGE, Garden, Yards &c. situate in the village of Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, about one and a quarter miles from the town of Stony Stratford.

Is instructed to Sell the above desirable Property.
On Friday, January 27, 1888, at Four for Five o’clock in the afternoon, at the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, in One Lot, subject to conditions to be then read.

The residence (now occupied by the Vendor, Mr. Foster) contains parlour, sitting-room, kitchen, pantry, scullery, and coal-house, two staircases, four bedrooms, w.c., &c. The adjoining Premises (detached from the house) consists of well-built Stable, Gig-house, Bakehouse, with loft over, Cow-house for two cows, Building used as a slaughter-house, Butcher’s Shop, Fasting Pens, open Hovels &c.
There is also a good-sized walled-in Kitchen Garden, large Yard, and an excellent water supply.
The Cottage is a modern built roomed Cottage, with Yard, and Pigstyes near to, in the occupation of Mrs. Brown, at a gross yearly rent of £5 4s.

Land tax 17s. 8d. per annum

The property is situated in the centre of the village, and a butcher’s business has been carried on there for many years.
As an investment, or for business premises, the property is well worth attention. Immediate possession of the whole of the premises can be had.
For further particulars apply to W. P. Parrott, Esq., Solicitors, Stony Stratford, or the Auctioneer, Buckingham.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 28 January 1888

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Friday, January 20.

There was only one case for hearing on this day, a charge against William Harding, of Cosgrove, for being at such distance from his horse and cart at Old Wolverton, on the 9th inst. that he had not the proper government over the horse.
The defendant appeared to the charge, but, in consequence of the being one magistrate only (His Grace the Duke of Grafton, K.G.), the case could not be heard, two magistrates being required.
Superintendent Hall thereupon stated that he would withdraw the charge on the defendant paying the costs already incurred.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 11 February 1888

COSGROVE Concert.—On Saturday evening, February 4, a concert was given in the schoolroom on behalf of the social club, when the following interesting programme was given to a large and appreciative audience : Overture,  “Scottish Belle," - encored, St. Mary's string band ; song, " The day when you'll forget me," Miss A. Baldwin ; song,  “Heart of my heart," encored, Mr. Power; glee, " The sun is rising," the Choir; comic duet, "A storm in a tea cup," Miss N. Martyr and Mr. Lawford ; song, " Death of Nelson " (well rendered), Mr. F. Brawn ; song, " Bonnie Mary," Miss E. Baldwin ; comic song, " No fear," encored and responded with " Ten minutes too late," the Mac ; song, " See that my grave's kept green," Mr. Wright; comic song, " Why don't you be steady, Maria," encored and responded, with "Timothy Gee," Mr. Nichols; pianoforte duet, Masters T. P. and R. F. Bull; song, "Maid of the Mill," Miss N. Martyr ; song, " Close the shutters," Mr. Wright ; song, " True till death," encored, Mr. Parr ; song, " The skipper and his boy," Mr. Brawn ; glee, " Where art thou " Choir ; comic song, " Riding on the top of an omnibus," encored and " Five o'clock 'bus" given, the Mac ; song, " Kathleen Mavourneen,” Miss Baldwin ; song, " The lost chord," encored, Mr. Power; comic sketch, " The boat that came over," Mr. Nichols ; God save the Queen.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 25 February 1888


MISSION SERVICE.-A special service was held Sunday evening m the Mission Room, Cosgrove. Two anthems were sung by the choir, and addresses were given by Messrs Wollard and Hall. The hall was crowded.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 25 February 1888

IN BANKRUPTCY.— Re Joseph Price.

THE BARLEY MOW, COSGROVE, Northamptonshire.



MARCH 2nd, 1888,
By order of the Official Receiver in Bankruptcy.
Sale to commence at One o'clock.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 10 March 1888

CHESS AND DRAUGHT CLUB. On Saturday evening last the members of this club played the return match with those of the Cosgrove Social Club, in the Science and Arts Institute. Only four Cosgrove players turning up the games lacked interest, at the conclusion the Wolverton team proved themselves much the stronger, winning by 13 games to 3. Score:




F. Dixie



W. Wise


A. Bailey



A. Brown


J. Valient


W. Busby


E. Whitlock



H. Gee


  13     3

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 17 March 1888


Re Joseph Price, of Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, publican and harness maker.— The first meeting of the creditors this debtor was also held on Tuesday. The debtor's liabilities were put down at, £205 the assets £54 5s. 11d., and the deficiency £150 17s. The debtor stated that he commenced business September 29, 1879, with a capital of £128. No resolutions were come to, and the Official Receiver was continued trustee.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 17 March 1888

Re JOSEPH PRICE, of Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, publican and harness maker. —The following is summary of debtor’s statement of affairs :—Liabilities : To creditors unsecured, £205 2s 11d. Assets : Stock-in-trade £, machinery, trade fixtures, fittings, utensils, &c., £25 ; furniture, £20 ; other property, £8 ; book debts, estimated to produce 5/11; total, £54 5s11d ; deficiency, £150 17s. Official Receiver’s observations : The debtor presented his petition on the 21st January, 1888, and receiving order was made thereupon. The debtor states that he commenced business on the 29th September, 1879, with a capital of £128. He attributes his failure to his rental and other expenditure being in excess of his profits and income. He states that he has not kept any books of account excepting memorandum books for beer accounts. The deficiency is explained principally by estimated amounts. “Other property” represents the value of the full licence of the public-house occupied by the debtor. The Court has made an order for the summary administration of the estate, and the debtor has been adjudged bankrupt.

Buckingham Express Saturday 07 April 1888


A SOCIAL GATHERING.—A social gathering was held in the Mission Room of the above place, on Saturday last. The tea-tables were well filled, and the meal passed off satisfactorily. In the evening, a public meeting took place, the Rev. H. J. Bayley in the chair, (essentially the right man in the right place), Mr. C. P. Woollard, Mr. Irons, Mr. Mackerness, and Mr. Hammersley were also present and in turn addressed the meeting in few well chosen words. We have attended meetings where the speeches have been long winded, and prosy to a degree, but this happily was far from being the case on Saturday. Mr. Woollard read a report of the year's expenses, &c., which showed, when all was paid, a small balance still in hand. The speeches were pleasantly interspersed with duets and part songs by the choir, Miss Bianchi presiding at the harmonium, as she has hitherto done at each of the special services. A very interesting feature of the evening, was the presentation of a Russian leather purse by Mr. Woollard to Miss Baker, in kindly recognition of her services at the Harmonium during a greater part of the year. Mr. Irons varied the proceedings by giving a very affecting reading, and also at a moment's notice took the place of one of the Choir, who was absent through illness, and thus materially helped the others' so that the pieces went with what is called " good swing." After a most pleasant evening, the meeting was closed with prayer.—Communicated.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 21 April 1888

Re Joseph Price, Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, publican and harness maker. —The debtor came up for his public examination, and, in answer to the Official Receiver, said he went into the public-house he occupied eight years since. He had £128 capital at the time. He paid £10 good-will and about £67 for fixtures. He was not tenant of the house. He first knew he was insolvent about two years since. His deficiency was about £150 and his assets £54. He had increased his brewer’s book during the two years, and he did that to pay off other people. He hoped to get through all right until six or seven weeks since when he was served with two writs. He did not think he owed more now than he did two years since.—The debtor was allowed to pass his examination.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 21 April 1888

ABOUT 83 ACRES of excellent GRASS KEEPING, up to October 10th 1888,
Will be sold by Auction,
On Friday, APRIL 27, 1888,
By direction of Mr. Henson Pike, of Cosgrove, who is relinquishing his occupation.







Upper Ox House Close





Great Ox House Field





Little Meadow





Top Meadow





Spring Leys




The above Fields are healthy old turf, within two minutes’ walk of Old Stratford, and have a never failing supply of water. The fences are in good order, and a shepherd will be found to look after the stock.
Credit will be allowed under the usual conditions.
The company is requested to meet the Auctioneer at Lot 1. At 4.30 o’clock.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 21 April 1888

COSGROVE. Capture of a Badger.—We hear that very large badger was captured last week in the vicinity of COSGROVE.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 21 April 1888


SPECIAL SERVICE.—On Sunday evening a special service was held the church at Cosgrove, when the attendance was very good. The canticles were sung to Helmore and Farrant’s setting, and the service was taken from that used at the Peterborough cathedral. An anthem, "The Lord is my strength” (V. Novello), was rendered very satisfactorily. The sermon was preached by the Rev. P. G. McDouall, who delivered an excellent discourse on music as used in the olden times. The offertory was in aid of the Choir Fund. The occasion was very interesting, as it was the first time an anthem was sung in the church.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 21 April 1888


TUESDAY.—Before Dr. Faulkner, Registrar.


Re Joseph Price, Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, publican and harness maker. —This debtor came up for public examination. —Mr. J. Banks represented the debtor, who stated in reply to the Official Receiver, Mr. W. G. Carter Mitchell, that he entered into his public-house about eight years ago. He had £128 capital. He paid £10 to the tenant and £68 for the fixtures. The debtor was not tenant now. He had deficiency of £102—£54 assets and £156 liabilities. It was two years since he first knew he could not pay 20s. in the £. He did not think he owed more now than he did two years ago.—This closed the public examination of the debtor.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 28 April 1888


CONCERT. A very successful concert was given in the Schoolroom, in aid of the Choir Fund, on Friday, April 20. The room was quite full, among those present being Colonel Murray and party, Rev. G. P. McDouall, M.A. (rector), Miss McDouall, Miss Bull, Miss Barrie, Mr.Whales, &c.

The following programme was performed in a very creditable manner :—

Pianoforte solo. Miss E. McDouall; song, " The Arab's Farewell to his Steed" (Blockley), Mr. F. Brawn; recitation, "Kissing Cups Race" (Campbell Row Brown), Mr. W. Matthias; glee, " Sweet and Low (Novello), the Choir; song, " The Rose of Allandale " (H. Clarke), Miss A. Baldwin; vocal duet, May and December" (Stamford), Mr. and Mrs. Power, encored, Mr. and Mrs. Wright given; song, Mr. W. H. Bickley; song, " Only a little while" (Pascal), Miss Gregory; duet, " I Heard a Voice of the Tranquil Night," Mrs. Woods and Miss Walker (encored, and part repeated); comic song, "Wicked Little Mary." Mr. J. Nicholls (encored, and " Double Dum Deerey" given in response); pianoforte duet. "Invitation a la Valse" (Weber), Miss Barrie and Miss Bull; song, "The Peasant's Wooing” (Langford Grey). Miss E. Baldwin; song, " When other Lips" (Balfe). Mr. W. H. Bickley; recitation, "The Story of a Stowaway " (Clement Scott), Mr. W. Matthias; song " Sunshine and Rain," Mrs. Woods; song, White Squall, Mr. W. Power; song, “I may, or I may not." Miss Gregory; song, Mr. F. Brawn; comic sketch, " Don't Know What to Call it,” Mr. A. Smith and Mr. J. Nicholls (encored, and Black Hussars " given).

Mrs. Power and Mr. A. E. Jones accompanied on the pianoforte.

Buckingham Express Saturday 05 May 1888

COSGROVE. DIOCESAN SUNDAY-.By the request of the Bishop of this Diocese, sermons were preached and collections made on Sunday last, at Cosgrove Church, on behalf of the Peterborough Diocesan Finance Association. The pulpit was occupied at each service, by the Rector, the Rev. G. P. McDouall, who told his hearers that the objects of the association were. First, extension in the Diocese, Second Religious Education, and Third Augmentation of small benefices. The congregation was a large one in the morning.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 19 May 1888

COUNTY COURT, FRIDAY, MAY 11. Before his Honour Judge Whisham. Lewis Osbourn, Stony Stratford, sued J. Broadrick, schoolmaster, of Cosgrove for £2 19s. Order made for 5s. per month.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 16 June 1888

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS, June 8th. —Before the Rev. C. W. Selby-Lowndes. and Mr. S. R. Harrison.

Henry Henson of Cosgrove was summoned by Henry James Broadbridge, schoolmaster, of the same place, for assaulting him on June 3rd. The defendant denied the charge.

The complainant deposed that on Sunday morning, as he was taking the children to church, defendant came up to him and accused him of hitting his child in the day school. He admitted having punished the child, and he swore at witness and struck him on the left cheek.

Mark Cockerill stated that he heard defendant accuse Broadbridge of ill treating his child which the latter denied. Henson then made an attempt towards him, but only held his fist in the complainant's face. —The case was dismissed.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 23 June 1888

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions Friday, June 8
Henry Henson, of Cosgrove, was summoned by Henry James Broadbridge, of the same place, schoolmaster, for assaulting him, on the 3rd of June.
The complainant deposed: On Sunday morning last, in the execution of my duty, I was taking the Sunday school children to church. The defendant stopped me in front of his house, and followed me to the entrance to the aqueduct. He said I had punished one of his children on Friday. I admitted it and told him she richly deserved the punishment. I told him if I had given excessive punishment I was amenable to the law. He swore at me and said “If you touch one of my children I’ll half kill you.” He said he had a good mind to do so then.
He struck me on the left cheek, causing it to swell. There was a mark as the result of the blow. I have a medical certificate. (This was produced, but was not accepted, being only documentary evidence). The complainant called a boy of six or seven years of age as his first witness, but the Bench did not consider the boy old enough to tender evidence.
The defendant, in his statement, declared that he asked complainant civilly what he meant by using spite on his child, when he replied that he did not use any. He told him that there were marks on the child's shoulders. He further said that the complainant remarked that if it had not been Sunday morning he would give him a thrashing, as he deserved one. There was no violence on his part at all.
Annie Wright, in giving evidence for the defendant, stated that she saw Broadbridge and Henson talking together, but she did not hear what was said. She did not see any blows: they were merely talking. She did not see them the whole time.
In reply to a question from the complainant as to whether she heard what defendant said to him, she replied emphatically that she did not hear a word.
Mark Cockerill stated that he heard Henson accuse complainant of unlawfully ill-treating his child, which be denied. When defendant repeated the accusation, the complainant again denied and called him a liar to his face. Henson then made an attempt towards him, but did not strike him, merely holding up his fist.
The Bench dismissed the case, considering that the assault had not been proved.
Henry James Broadbridge the complainant in the last case, was charged by Jane Henson, the wife of the above defendant, with assaulting and beating her child, Annie Henson, on the 1st of June.
The defendant pleaded not guilty--only in the way of duty, ia loco parentis.
Jane Henson, the complainant, stated: My daughter attends the school kept by defendant. On the 1st of June she came home from school soon after twelve o'clock, and made a complaint to me. I examined her and found three black wounds on her back, where she had been struck with a cane or stick. They were very nearly blooding. I went the same day to see the defendant. I asked him what Annie had been doing that he had beaten her. He said he had not beaten her. I told him to look at her shoulders, but he would not.
Annie Henson, the complainant’s, daughter, said: I was at school on the 1st of June. The defendant struck me three times on my back with a stick. He hurt me very much and made me cry. I went home and told my mother, and she looked at the wounds.
The defendant was very angry.
Examined by defendant: I did not go down when you told me. You told me several times before I went, and then I did so sulkily. I kept the school waiting quite half an hour. I have often before been obstinate. You have not always punished me, but merely reproved me. (The witness gave her replies with evident hesitation).
The defendant, in defence, stated that he struck the child three times across the back with the stick produced, and that he did not use any unnecessary force, as the whole of the school would readily admit. The child had several sore places on her back before, so he had been told by two or three of the other girls.
Annie Wright, on behalf of the complainant, stated that she saw the wounds on the girl’s back. There was no appearance of sores. The wounds were very dark and purple.
The chairman said they thought there had been excessive punishment administered on the part of the schoolmaster, and consequently a fine of 2s. 6d. would be inflicted, with 11s. 6d. costs; in default of payment seven days' hard labour.

[He was sacked for drinking later on!]

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 30 June 1888

COSGROVE Northamptonshire

TO LET, with possession at Lady-day next, Six excellent Accommodation Pasture Closes, containing 57a. 0r. 16p., with comfortable farmhouse and good buildings, suitable for dealer, situate in the village of Cosgrove, near Castlethorpe Station.—For particulars, and order to view, apply Messrs. Durham, Gotto and Samuel, Land Agents, Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell; or on Saturdays, at 12, Guildhall-road, Northampton.

Buckingham Express Saturday 30 June 1888

COSGROVE. CHOIR OUTING.—The adult members of the choir of St. Peter's Church Cosgrove to the number of 15, held their choir trip on Saturday by going to London, journeying by the 8 a.m. from Castlethorpe, and they arrived in the " town " at 9.20. a.m., and from there the party paid a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral ; Westminster Abbey ; Tower of London and the Italian Exhibition. The day being fine the outing was enjoyed by all.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 22 September 1888


Amelia Jones, Stantonbury, was charged with stealing wearing apparel, value 10s. 6d., at Cosgrove, on the 31st of August last. —Frederick Brawn, gardener to Mr. Grant Thorold, of Cosgrove, said the prisoner had been his housekeeper since the beginning of April last until the 31st August. On the 10th of September he missed a portion of the articles produced, the whole of which he identified as his property. He valued them at 10s. 6d. During the time the prisoner was in his service he sold her a boy's jacket and other articles. He charged her 6d. for the whole them. She had no authority to take any of the articles.—Ellen Elizabeth Brawn, daughter of the preceding witness, recognised the whole the articles produced as the property of her father. —Catherine Jones, wife Joseph Jones, labourer, Stantonbury, said the prisoner was her sister-in-law. About month before she left Mr. Brawn she came to witness and brought with her five of the articles produced. On the Sunday following the Friday on which she left the prisoner gave witness three more of the articles, — Inspector Matthews deposed that on account of information received he went to Stantonbury on the 12th inst. to Mrs. Jones, where he received the articles, which had been given to the preceding witness by the prisoner. He went to Leamington, where saw the prisoner working a laundry, and on charging her with having stolen the articles, she said, “I did not steal them. He told there were a few of the children's things I might have, and I bought some things off him, and he stopped 6d. of my money for them." Witness found a shirt in prisoner's lodgings, took her into custody, and brought her to Towcester. Prisoner elected to have the case dealt with summarily, and pleaded not guilty of taking the smaller articles, but said she had taken the shirt. She thought she might have them, they were no use to the prosecutor. The articles were, she considered, valued much too highly. Superintendent Norman mentioned that the proprietors of the establishment at Leamington, for whom prisoner had worked on previous occasion, gave her a good character for honesty. The Chairman said there was no doubt as to the guilt of the prisoner, and she would be sentenced to one month's hard labour. —Prisoner, as she was being removed, turned to the prosecutor and his daughter and said, "Ah! it'll come to 'em before they die."

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 29 September 1888

COSGROVE. near Stony Stratford.

30 head of Home-bred SHORTHORN CATTLE,

Consisting of 3 cows profit, a down-calving cow, 2 down-calving heifers, 6 forward in-calf heifers, 13 very nice heifers and steers, 4 calves, and a young bull, a fat Welsh cow ;

The Capital Flock of SHEEP,

Comprising 49 fresh ewes, 69 lambs, and a 2-shear ram;


Comprising 4 powerful cart horses and mares, a colt foal, bay cart filly, ditto colt, yearling cart colt, strong half-bred mare, a very promising yearling nag colt, by Newry;
2 YELTS, and 2 SOWS with their litters, 20 store PIGS ;

A useful lot of IMPLEMENTS:

Iron plough, scuffle, harrows, roll, reaping machine, horse rake, turnip cutters, pulper, sheep racks, fold hurdles, chaff cutter, bean mill, corn and turnip drills, cow cribs, pig troughs, ladder, milk lead and 9 milk tins, &c. ;

About 60 head of POULTRY;

Also a rick of exceptionally well-gotten PRIME CLOVER HAY, (to go off)


BY GEO. BENNETT, on the Premises, on Tuesday,
 October 9th, 1888,
By direction of Mr. HENSON PIKE, who leaving

Luncheon at Eleven. Business at Twelve o'clock.
Catalogues are in circulation, and may be obtained at the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, or of the Auctioneer, Buckingham.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 06 October 1888

BANKRUPTCY NOTICE. Joseph Price, Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, publican and harness maker, first and final div. of 1/6, October 15. Official Receiver’s Office, Bedford. Gazette

Defendant paid the money.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 06 October 1888


Before Rev. C. S. Selby-Lowndes, and Mr. S. R. Harrison.

William Richardson and William Shouler, of Stony Stratford, were charged by William Basby with trespassing on the 23rd' inst., at COSGROVE, search of game.

The plaintiff stated that he saw the defendants coming along the towing path; he was behind a bush. They had a dog with them, which they set to put the rabbits out.

The defendants denied the charge, and called Robert Reed, who said he saw the men walking along the path and heard one of the men call the dog out the hedge.

Fined 5s. each and costs.

Buckingham Express 06 October 1888

COSGROVE OBITUARY.—It is our painful duty to record the death of Mr. Anthony Loe, which took place on Sunday at his residence Cosgrove. Deceased was 81 years of age, and had up to recently performed the duties of sexton and clerk at the Parish Church, Cosgrove. He held these offices for 40 years. The funeral took place on the following Saturday afternoon, at S.S. Peter's and Paul's Church, Cosgrove, and the service was a choral one. The Rev. C. P. McDouall, M.A., (rector), performed the last sacred rites in a very impressive manner. The choir sang two hymns, one in the church, and one at the grave, and as the cortege left the church, the Dead March in Saul was played by Mr. A. E. Jones (organist). The coffin was covered with wreaths and crosses, and the attendance of spectators was large. On Sunday at the afternoon service the rector in his sermon referred to the loss of Mr. Loe, who had filled the offices of sexton and clerk for the last 40 years. He said deceased had been a very good man, and one who had attended to the offices in a straightforward manner.

Buckingham Express 13 October 1888

COSGROVE. GLEANERS' HARVEST HOME. This quiet village was the scene of much merriment on Saturday last, it being the occasion of the gleaners' harvest home. The proceedings commenced with a procession. The children assembled at the schools at 2.30. and from there marched to the Priory headed by the Newport Pagnell Church Institute Brass Band, which were especially engaged for the occasion. The children carried a number of Jubilee flags which greatly added to their appearance. Arriving at the Priory, games, dancing, and sports, were indulged in. and prizes were kindly given by J. J. Atkinson, Esq. At five o'clock the procession was reformed and marched back to the school where a meat tea was discussed. About 120 sat down, including the mothers of the various families. After the tea the room was cleared and a miscellaneous concert was given.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 20 October 1888


Mr. A. J. Barnes (deputy-coroner for the Southern Division of Northamptonshire) held inquest at the Plough Inn, Cosgrove, on 12th inst., touching the death of Ann Rebecca Marks, aged 65 (wife of John Marks, district superintendent of the Grand Junction Canal Company), who was drowned the canal the previous day.

The jury, of whom Mr. T. Seymour was foreman, having viewed the body, the following evidence was taken.

John Marks said that his wife was well when he left home in the morning about eight o'clock. He did not see her alive again.

Pamilla Ann Willison, daughter of deceased, said she took her mother a cup of tea the afternoon, about three o'clock, as she did not feel well. She thought her legs would drop from under her. She did not see her mother again till she saw her go by with a milk tin in her hand, to go to the canal to fetch some water. Shortly after witness went out and saw her mother in the water with her face downwards. She got a fire-rake out of the house, and dragged the body to the side, and held the deceased's head up above the water, and shouted for assistance. Some men who were going by in a lighter looked back on hearing witness shout, but took no notice. The body was got out of the water about ten minutes after it was dragged to the side. A doctor was sent for, who came once, and pronounced life to be extinct.

Mr. F. Dickens, farmer, of Cosgrove, said he was fetched by the previous witness's little girl about four o'clock on Thursday afternoon. He went at once and saw Mrs. Marks in the water. With the help of Mrs. Willison and Mr. L. Bird (Old Stratford) the deceased was pulled out of the water, and was, in witness’s opinion, quite dead.

The jury returned a verdict "Accidental Death."

A vote of censure was passed on Samul Phipkin for his conduct in not helping to pull the deceased out of the water when called. A vote of condolence was also accorded Mr Marks and family in their sad bereavement.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 27 October 1888


HARVEST FESTIVAL.—The harvest thanksgiving services were held at Cosgrove Church, on Sunday last. The church was very nicely decorated with corn, flowers, and fruit; and a loaf of bread, with the word “Harvest" on, was placed in a conspicuous position. At, the morning service, which was conducted by the Rev. P. G. McDouall (rector). Helmore's Te Deum was used, and the service was fully choral. In the evening the church was crammed. Monk's service in F was used, and the anthem, “O Lord how manifold are Thy Works" (Barnby) was nicely rendered by the choir. The Rector again conducted the service, and collections were taken at both services in aid of the Northampton Infirmary, realising £4 16s. 6¼d.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 05 January 1889

COSGROVE Church Choir Supper. On Monday evening last the members of this choir were entertained to supper at the vicarage. About 26 were present, the vicar, the Rev. P. G. McDouall, presiding. After the repast, the loyal toasts were duly honoured, and amongst the toasts proposed were, the health of the vicar and family, the organist Mr. A. E. Jones, the choir, &c. During the evening songs were given by many present, and an enjoyable gathering broke up shortly before midnight.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 05 January 1889

DEATHS: December 31, at Chadsmoor, Staffordshire, Jabez Scrivener, late of Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, aged 77 years.

Buckingham Express Saturday 12 January 1889

COSGROVE. On Wednesday, Mr. John Jepson Atkinson, the Priory, Cosgrove, was elected unopposed as representative of the Passenham Division on the Northampton County Council. Mr. O. Roberts, of Deanshanger, is Deputy Returning Officer.

Buckingham Express Saturday 02 February 1889


A REVOLUTION IN THE COPPER INDUSTRY A company has been formed to acquire and work the British patents for an extremely valuable discovery made by Messrs. F. E. and S. A. Elmore, two Yorkshiremen, for manufacturing copper articles direct from rough copper bars, which does away with the processes of melting, rolling, forging, drawing, and the present costly and laborious methods of manufacturing copper articles, such as tubes, vats, cylinders, wire for electric purposes, and hundreds of other articles. In fact, it is believed that this important invention is destined to take the same leading position in the copper industry, which Bessemer's process has done in that of iron and steel. The discoverers of this process were not able to bring it out through want of funds, but they found an able and willing friend, we understand, in Mr. J. Jepson Atkinson, of The Priory, Cosgrove, and who was recently returned unopposed to the Bucks County Council for the Passenham division. By his aid, a limited company has been formed, with a proposed capital of £200.000. in 100.000 shares of £2 each, and the first issue of 48,700 shares were offered for subscription on the 21st and 22nd ult. The Money Market Review says that the scheme was most successfully launched, the capital having been subscribed about four times over, also adding that it understands that important negotiations are pending for an extension of the system abroad. 23.300 shares have been allotted to the vendors as part payment of the purchase money.

Buckingham Express Saturday 02 February 1889

COSGROVE. A DROP. TOO MUCH.—A tradesman from Leckhampstead, a few days ago, was transacting some business with a person at the Locks. Cosgrove, when his horse went to the canal to drink. It must have imbibed a little too much, for it tumbled into the canal, dragging the cart after it, and it was rescued with considerable difficulty.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 09 February 1889


INVITATION BALL. On Tuesday last the Cosgrove Conservative Association gave an invitation ball, in a barn kindly lent for the purpose by Mr. A. Grant Thorold. About 100 persons were present. Messrs. F. Brawn and Jelley had been engaged in decorating the interior of the structure with evergreens, banners, &c., and the effect produced was very pleasing. Mr. J. Rickett's band supplied the music, and the movements commenced at eight o'clock.

Among those present were Mr. G. Roberts and party (Deanshanger), Mr. Webb and party, Mr. Vench (Wicken), Mr. and Mrs. Whales, and Mr. Anchor. At intervals Messrs McIsacks, F. Brawn, Robinson, and Sibthorp entertained the company with songs. Mr. Whales made an efficient M.C.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 23 February 1889


PETTY SESSlONS.—February 15th.

Before his Grace the Duke of Grafton, KG., Rev. C. S. Lowndes, Mr. S. R. Harrison, and Mr. L. R. Hall.

George Meakins, of Yardley, was charged with a similar offence [drunkenness], at Cosgrove.

P.C. Allen stated that he found defendant lying on the road between Yardley and Stratford.—

The offence was admitted.—Fined 2s. 6d. and costs.

John Harding, of Cosgrove, was charged with being drunk on licensed premises, at Cosgrove, on the 29th ult.—P.C. Allen stated that he visited the Barlow Mow beerhouse, at Cosgrove, and found the defendant in the tap-room, very drunk. He called the landlord's attention to defendant. In a quarter of an hour he again visited the house, and defendant was still there. The landlord then ordered him off. —Defendant denied the charge.—Fined 2s. and costs.

Buckingham Express Saturday 02 March 1889

COSGROVE. DEATH AND FUNERAL OF MR. A. BALDWIN. We regret to announce the death of Mr. Arthur Baldwin, of Cosgrove, which occurred on Thursday afternoon, 21st ult., at the Northampton Infirmary. Deceased has had a lingering illness, and was only removed to the Infirmary five days before he died. Every attention was paid to him at that institution, but they failed to rally him round. Mr. Baldwin has been for 23 years in the employ of Captain Mansell, The Cottage, Cosgrove, as his coachman. Deceased was also, up to the time of his demise, a member of the Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows. He leaves a widow and a family of ten to mourn a good husband and father. The funeral of deceased took place on Monday afternoon, in the churchyard at Cosgrove. The sad procession wended its way from the residence at 2.30, and was met at the gate by the Rector, the Rev. P. T. McDouall, M.A., who read the opening portion of the Burial Service. The coffin, which was of polished elm with brass mountings, was covered with some splendid wreaths and crosses, and bore the following inscription :—" Arthur Baldwin, died February 21st, 1889, aged 56 years.”

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 30 March 1889

COSGROVE, near Stony Stratford.


Dough troughs, sack cart, two step ladders, spring cart, with tilt, two sets of harness, two-knife chaff machine, brewing copper, lead water tank, pair gig lamps, iron garden chair, barrels, Three Porkets, &c., &c.,



By order of Mr. Joseph Barker, who is giving up the Baking Business.

Sale to commence at One o'clock punctually.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 13 April 1889


BUILDERS desirous of Contracting for ADDITIONS and ALTERATIONS to Stables, etc., at the Priory, Cosgrove, for J. J. Atkinson, Esq., please send in their names to the Architect, Chas. Dorman, 51, Abington street, Northampton.
Mr. Atkinson does not bind himself to accept the lowest or any Tender.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 13 April 1889


Close to the Castlethorpe Station, on the L. and N. W. Railway.

Messrs. Durham, Gotto and Samuel,

are instructed by Mr. Lewis Osborn,


On Thursday, April 18th, 1889.

56 Acres of Excellent GRASS KEEPING,
Up to the 11th of October next, 39 Acres of which can
be mown (to go off) ;

Also part of a Rick of Well-gotten Meadow HAY;
A Stump of ditto;
And a Quantity of WILLOW POLES.

Credit will be given until August 1st, on payment of a deposit of 25 per cent., and giving approved security upon conditions which will be produced at the time of Sale. The company are requested to meet the Auctioneers at the Farm Buildings at Three o'clock precisely.

Catalogues may be had of Messrs. Durham, Gotto and Samuel, Auctioneers and Land Agents, 12, Guildhall Road, Northampton, Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 20 April 1889

STONY STRATFORD. PETTY SESSIONS. April 12th. Before his Grace the Duke of Grafton, K.G. (chairman), the Rev. C. Selby Lowndes, Mr. S. R. Harrison, and Mr. E. H. Watts.

Drunk in Charge of a Horse. Daniel Bull was summoned for being drunk while in charge of a horse and cart, at Cosgrove, the 14th inst.

The defendant admitted the offence.

Sergeant James Butlin having given evidence, defendant was fined 10s. with costs 6s. 6d., or in default 14 days hard labour.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 27 April 1889


On Easter Day the usual festival services were held. The altar was adorned with choice flowers by the Misses McDouall. There were good congregations at each service, and a good number of communicants. Both services were fully choral, Ouseley's music being used. The preacher was the Rector. Rev. P. McDouall, M.A.

Buckingham Express Saturday 04 May 1889

COSGROVE. MISSION ROOM TEA AND CONCERT—On Saturday last, at the Mission Room, Cosgrove, a public tea and concert took place, in celebration of the second anniversary of its opening as a Mission Room. A large number partook of a capital tea, which was closely followed by the concert, and every item on the programme was well rendered, especially the recitation by Miss Alice Bianchi. The success of the concert was due to the Stoney Stratford and Wolverton friends, and by the hard working of Mr. Bianchi. Miss Woolard, Miss Osborn, and Miss Bianchi were the accompanist...
ANNIVERSARY SERVICE.--On Sunday evening, a special service was held at the Mission Room, and a sermon preached by the Rev. J. Holmes. The singing which was very spirited, consisted of two anthems. How Beautiful," and Rejoice in the Lord." Mrs. Ellard presided at the harmonium. A collection was made at the close in aid of the Mission Room Fund.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 11 May 1889

COSGROVE Concert,—The annual concert on behalf of Choir Fund of the Parish Church, was held Friday evening, in the Schoolroom, which was crowded with a very appreciative audience. Amongst those present were the Rector (Rev. F. G. McDouall), and the Misses McDouall, Mr. J. J. Atkinson (Cosgrove Priory), Col. Murray, Mrs. Wilkinson, Miss Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. &. R. Rooke, Mr. and Mrs. Whales, Miss Bull, Messrs. Revill, (Stony Stratford), J. Pike (Castlethorpe), &c. The programme was principally provided by friends from Stony Stratford and Wolverton, and throughout the proceedings passed off without a hitch. Mrs. Woods, as usual, acquitted herself admirably, as also did Miss Walker. Mr. Howes also sang agreeably, and the comic duets of Mr. and Mrs. Power were, as usual, very taking, Mr. A. J. Gould, who made a first appearance in this part of the county, is really good comic, and his effusions were vociferously encored. Mr. Matthias recited with great ability, and the other items on the programme came in for their due need of applause, Mrs. Power, Messrs. R. Devey and A. E. Jones, and Miss Bianchi acted as accompanists during the evening.
Appended is the programme:— Piano solo Mr. A, E. Jones.
Song...Needles and Pins... Mr. W. Howes.
Duet...Venetian Boat Song...Mrs. Woods and Miss Walter.
Song...Queen of my Soul...Mr. W. H. Bickley.
Serio-comic duet...Mr, and Mrs, Brown, and Mr, and Mrs. Power.
Recitation.,. How we Beat the Captain’s Colt...Mr. Matthias.
Song...Miss F. McDouall.
Duet...Larboard Watch...Messrs. F. Braun and T. Green.
Song...Close the Shutter, Willie’s dead...Master Valentine.
Song.. Star of Bethlehem...Miss Walker
Comic song...Sister Mary walked like that (encored). Mr. A. J. Gould.
Pianoforte duet...Mrs. Power and Mr. A. E. Jones.
Glee...Softly fall the Shades Evening,,. Choir.
Song...Cockles and Mussels...Miss P. Taylor.
Song...The Lost Chord...Mr. Power.
Song...Garden of Sleep... Mrs. Woods.
Song...Let Kiss Him for his Mother...Mr, Braun.
Serio-comic duet (encored)... Mr. and Mrs. Sharpe, and Mr. and Mrs. Power,
Recitation...The Pride of Battery B...Mr. Matthias.
Song...Love’s Golden Dream...Mr. W. Howes.
Comic song...Tickling Mad (encored)... Mr. A. J. Gould.
God save the Queen.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 25 May 1889

COSGROVE, Northamptonshire,

Within a few minutes' walk of Castlethorpe Station, the L. and N.-W. Line, and two miles from the Market Town of Stony Stratford.

Messrs. Durham, Gotto, and Samuel
are instructed


At the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, on Thursday, JUNE 20TH, 1889, at Four for Five o'clock, the Highly desirable Freehold and Tithe-free


known as " Elm Tree Farm," containing 56 acres of rich Accommodation Pasture Land, a portion being prettily timbered, with a comfortable and pleasantly-situated stone-built and slated Residence, (approached from the village through avenue of young and thriving Elm Trees), and the necessary farm buildings for the occupation of the land. The Farm has until recently and for several years been in the occupation of Mr. Frederick Dickens, at the annual rent of £180. The property is bounded on two sides by the Rivers Ouse and Tove, where excellent fishing can be had.

Particulars, with plan and conditions of Sale, may shortly be obtained of W. R. PARROTT, Esq., Solicitor, Stony Stratford; Or of Messrs. Durham, Gotto, and Samuel, Land Agents and Auctioneers, 12, Guild-hall-road, Northampton Stony Stratford ; and Newport Pagnell.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday 15 June 1889

Are instructed to Sell by Auction, in One Lot,
At the COCK HOTEL, STONY STRATFORD, on THURSDAY, the 20th of June, 1889,
at Five o'clock in the evening precisely.

FIVE Stone-built and Thatched COTTAGES, situate on the Green, Cosgrove, two of which are in the occupation of David Merriden at an annual rent of £6 10s., the remainder being at present unoccupied.
Particulars and conditions of sale may be obtained of J. and E. T. Worley, Esqrs., Solicitors, Stony Stratford, or of Messrs. Durham, Gotto & Samuel, Land Agents and Auctioneers, Newport Pagnell and Stony Stratford.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 20 July 1889

Cosgrove Annual Feast.

Sunday was the annual feast, and, as usual, there was a large influx of friends and relations from the Stratfords and Wolvertons. The holiday proper took place on Monday in a large field at the rear of the Barley Mow, kept by Mr. H. Attwood. Here were located Billing’s steam horses, and a number of stalls, shows, swing boats, shooting galleries, and the usual fun of the fair. In the course of the day a quoit match was brought off in the Barley Mow yard, and in the evening great amusement was caused by what was called a tub race in the canal. The prize of a pair of new boots was not, however, a sufficiently tempting bait, and the entry was small. There was dancing on the green, skittles, and a variety of other amusements. The village was crowded during the evening, the towing path between Cosgrove and Wolverton presenting an animated appearance. Among the visitors during the day was old Mr. Holloway, of Old Stratford, who has reached his 102nd year, and has been a regular attendant at the feast for over 80 years. He carries his age remarkably well, and entertained a good many of the younger people with his stories of what took place between 80 and 90 years ago. He well remembered being at Cosgrove Feast many years ago, when a heavy downpour of rain caused the canal, which passes along an embankment through the village, to burst through causing a great flood. He was also on Boughton Green when the notorious Captain Slash and his crew were captured; and can recollect the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo, as if they were but yesterday, and has an equally good memory of the day when wooden plates and spoons were in general use, when the farmers rode to church in smock frocks, and wheat was a guinea a bushel. This venerable old gentleman has a younger brother residing at Northampton, who is also very close on becoming a centenarian.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 20 July 1889



The members of the Deanshanger and District Conservative together at Cosgrove on Tuesday evening. A marquee was erected in a field, and this, decorated very prettily with bunting, and set off with flowers and plants arranged by Mr J Brown, gardener to the Hon. Mrs. Isted, Cosgrove Hall, looked very charming.

About 200 sat down to the dinner over which Lord Penrhyn presided. After the loyal toast had been honoured, the health of the "Army, Navy and Auxiliary Forces" and " The Church" were duly drunk. The Rev P McDouall, acknowledging the toast of the Church made use of a wonderfully sage remark: “If you dissolve the Union between Church and State," he cried, ”I say good-bye to the State! The Church first of all established the state, and then the state established the Church."

[various other speeches by the leading men are described in the article]

The complimentary toasts of “The Visitors”, “The Ladies”, and “The Cosgrove Committee” concluded the toast list.

See other comments below!

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 20 July 1889

You generally expect a good amount of brag and bluster at a Tory dinner, and there was even more than usual at Cosgrove on Tuesday evening. One orator told the poor Tories that within three weeks after Home Rule is given to Ireland, the "Unionists" there will be at Civil War. He could answer for it the 44 Unionists" would rather die than be governed by an Administration headed by Mr. Parnell. I dare say Mr. Parnell will not object to their dying, only they can do it more peaceably than fighting. A little rat poison will be less expensive and quite as patriotic.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 20 July 1889

If we want an illustration of an Orangeman's disregard for law and order turn to the remarks of a Mr. MacKinnon, at Cosgrove, who declared that the "loyalists " in Ireland would rise in arms if Home Rule came about. Of course no sensible man takes this bluster for more than a lot of empty nonsense, but it delighted the Tories, and instructive as showing the sincerity of the men who condemn Mr. Parnell and his followers.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 27 July 1889


Before Mr. M. G. S. Knapp (chairman), and Mr. S. R. Harrison.


Joel Lack, of the Navigation Inn, Cosgrove, was charged that on Sunday morning, the 14th inst., he did sell ale and whiskey during illegal hours. P.S. Butlin and P.C. Allen proved the case. Fined £4 and 10s 6d costs.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 24 August 1889


Most of the licensing business was transacted, but at the request of the superintendent two cases were left over to the adjourned sessions. One of these was Joel Lack, of the Navigation Inn, Cosgrove who was fined £4 and costs at Stony Stratford Petty Sessions on the 19th ult. For keeping his house open on Sunday morning. His license was not endorsed. The superintendent had heard nothing from the owner about the matter; he know the agent, but did not know the owner.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 24 August 1889

MARRIAGES: August 5, at the Register Office, Stony Stratford, (by licence), Edward Thomas Atterbury, of Wolverton, to Mary Evans, of Cosgrove.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 31 August 1889


CHURCH CHOIR TREAT. The members of this choir were given their annual picnic on Saturday, when the party, numbering 16, proceeded to Leamington. The Portobello Gardens was made headquarters, and here tea was provided. Warwick Castle was also visited, and altogether a very pleasant day was spent. At the dinner the healths of the vicar (Rev. P. G. McDouall ) churchwardens (Mr. J. J. Atkinson C.C., and F. D. Bull) and the subscribers to the fund, were cordially drank.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 07 September 1889

STONY STRATFORD. PETTY SESSIONS.—August 30th. Before the Rev. C. Selby-Lowndes, Mr. M. G. S. Knapp, Mr. E. H. Watts, and Mr. S. R. Harrison.

William Davies was charged with drunkenness at Cosgrove. He pleaded guilty, and the case was dismissed on payment of costs.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 14 September 1889

Funeral.— Mr. Joseph White, of Old Stratford, who died on Thursday, September 5th, after a lingering illness, at the age of 56 years, was interred in Cosgrove churchyard on Sunday afternoon. Mr. White was a member of Court “Prosperity,” Ancient Order of Foresters, and representatives from this benefit society followed the remains of their deceased brother to their final resting-place. The officers and others belonging to the Salvation Army also attended the funeral, as a token of respect to the deceased. Numerous wreaths and crosses were placed upon the coffin by relations and friends.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 28 September 1889


COSGROVE, close to Castlethorpe Station.

TO BE LET, from Michaelmas next, the rich Accommodation Pasture Land, in three enclosures, containing 20 acres (more or less), with comfortable Dwelling-house and farm buildings, in the occupation of Mr. Frederick Dickens —Rent and further particulars, apply to Messrs. Durham, Gotto, and Samuel, Land Agents, 12, Guildhall-road, Northampton.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 19 October 1889

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions. Friday, October 11

William Meadows, of Cosgrove, groom, was summoned for using s gun without a licence, at Cosgrove, on the 5th September.
Police Constable Allen stated that he saw defendant on land belonging to his employer Mr. Atkinson, and saw him fire at a rabbit.
Defendant was fined £1 and 9s 6d. costs, which were paid.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 19 October 1889


On Sunday last the harvest thanksgiving services were held in the Church SS. Peter and Paul. The building was prettily decorated by Miss and Mr. Jelley. Special hymns and psalms were sung at matins, and the anthem “Make Joyful Noise unto the Lord " was well rendered. The preacher for the day was the Rev. G. McDouall. In the evening the service was fully choral, Tallis' Service in D being rendered and the anthem of the morning repeated. The collections, which are devoted the Northampton Infirmary, realised £3 12s. 2½d. J. Mr. A. K. Jones presided at the organ.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 09 November 1889


Under the auspices of the South Northamptonshire Liberal Association a crowded meeting was held in the Mission Room, Cosgrove, Friday week. The chair was taken by Mr. Slade who was supported on the platform by Mr. D.C. Guthrie Liberal candidate; Mr. W. Ryland D. Adkins, of Northampton and Mr. E. R. Broom. Milton.

The Chairman briefly opened the meeting with remarks on the important issues which are before the electors the present day.

Mr. Guthrie, who was enthusiastically received, proposed resolution of confidence in the leaders of the Liberal party. He began by referring to the great satisfaction felt the result of the North Bucks election, and the important effect it would have on neighbouring constituencies. After short discussion of the more recent aspect of the Irish Question, he passed on to deal with the reforms English politics which were now most pressing. He pointed out the vital defects in the existing Allotments Act, and declared himself favour of measure which should not be completely inoperative on account of expense. Mr. Guthrie then alluded to the various devices, such as Fair Trade, the Sugar Bounties, and Bimetallism, which the Tory hankering after Protection was all the time shown, and in declaring his own adhesion to the utmost possible extension of the Free Trade principle showed that on the Liberal party only could working-men depend to keep that principle intact. He treated a similar way the land and education questions, his remarks frequently being cheered, expressed himself in favour of free education, and ridiculed the fears which members of the wealthy classes appeared to entertain of it. He concluded by asking the support of the Cosgrove electors on the grounds of his earnest Liberalism.

Mr. Adkins seconded the resolution able speech, chiefly devoted to criticising the action of the Government during the past three years. showed that the special interests of the country electors had in no way been regarded in spite of the multitude of fair promises which characterised Tory meetings, and he suggested that the policy of the Primrose League, however effective it might be for a time, was really intended sap and undermine the proper independence of the working classes. The resolution was carried unanimously with much enthusiasm.—A vote of thanks to the speakers was carried on the motion by Mr. Broom, seconded by Mr. Baker.

Buckingham Express Saturday 16 November 1889


FORMATION OF A CHORAL SOCIETY On Wednesday evening, at a public meeting, it was decided to form a Choral Society, and the Rev. P. G. McDouall was appointed president. Mr. T. Green was elected secretary, and Mr. Bianchi treasurer.

Buckingham Express Saturday 07 December 1889

ALDERTON. WEDDING.—On Thursday a very pretty wedding took place at the church. Alderton, the contracting parties being Mr. Levi Baldwin (son of the late Mr. Arthur Baldwin, of Cosgrove), and Miss Sarah Jelley (third daughter of Mr. John Jelley). The service was performed by the Rev. C. J. P. Blundell, M.A., rector of Grafton Regis, and at the conclusion Mr. A. E. Jones played in capital style Mendelssohn's wedding march, after which the bells rang a merry peal. The bride wore a terracotta dress, with fawn plush trimmings and hat to match, whilst the bridesmaids, two in number, Miss Eleanor Jelley and Miss Ada Baldwin, looked very pretty. As the happy couple left the church they were well pelted with rice.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 21 December 1889


THROUGH the kindness of Mr. Atkinson, The Priory, Mr Bull, and other gentlemen, the annual gleaners' party was made much more of success than ever before. The women met on Saturday last in a room kindly provided by Mr. Bull, and nicely decorated for the occasion, at 4 p.m. to sit down to a capital meat tea. Later in the evening the men were admitted, and a real good evening was spent in songs, country and other dances till 11 p.m. The songs by Mr. Cave were loudly applauded, as were those given by Mr. Wales, Mr. Anker, Mr. Baldwin, and Mr. Wright. Mr. Richard Deney, of Wolverton, provided most enjoyable music. The company dispersed with cheers for Mr. Atkinson, Mr. Bull, and the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 28 December 1889

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSlONS.—DECEMBER 20th. Before his Grace the Duke of Grafton, K.G., and the Rev C. Selby-Lowndes.


William Hillyer and Clement Baldwin, both of Cosgrove, labourers, were charged with trespassing in search of rabbits on land in Cosgrove, in the occupation of Mr. A. Grant Thorold and Joel Lack.

Defendants pleaded not guilty, and stated they were only after water-rats.—William Busby, keeper in the employ of Mr. Thorold, proved the case.—Fined 4s., with costs 8s. each, or seven days.