Cosgrove Newspaper Reports 1880 - 1889

Newspaper office c.1880

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 05 May 1883

STONY STRATFORD. PETTY SESSIONS, April 27.—Before A. Grant Thorold, Esq.

Annie Maria Sharp, of Cosgrove, was charged with attempting to put off two pieces of coin, representing a sovereign, at Wolverton, on the 11th and 20th of April last.

Mr. Sheppard, of Towcester, defended the prisoner. After evidence in support of the charge had been given, prisoner was remanded for a week.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 10 March 1888

DRAUGHTS MATCH On Saturday afternoon a match between players of Wolverton and Cosgrove took place in the Science and Art Institute, when Wolverton were the easy victors by 13 to three.

The following were the scores :-

Wolverton - Mr. F. Dixie 4; Mr. A. J. Bailey, 3; Mr. J. Valient 3;  Mr A Whitlock, 3; total, 13.

Cosgrove - Mr. W. Wise, 0; Mr. R. Brown, 1 ; Mr. W. Busby, 1 ; Mr. H. Gee, 1; total, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 £110. 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.

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.

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

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.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 19 October 1889

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


John Williams, who did not appear, was charged with fishing in private waters at Cosgrove, the property of Mr. A. Grant Thorold.—Fined £1 and costs 10s. 6d., or 14 days' hard labour.


William Meadows, of COSGROVE, groom, was convicted for that he carried and used a gun 5th September, at Cosgrove, without a licence.—Fined £1 and costs 9s. 6d. 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.

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.