Newspaper Reports 1890 - 1899

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 04 January 1890

COSGROVE. Choir Supper.

The annual supper given to the choir and bell-ringers of S.S. Peter and Paul's Church by the Rector, Rev. P. G. McDouall, took place on Tuesday evening at the Rectory. The room was nicely decorated. A capital hot supper was provided and done full justice to. The Rector presided. The usual toasts were duly honoured, and the Rector, wishing all a happy New Year, said he was pleased to meet them all once again, and hoped they would enjoy themselves.

The evening was spent in song and dance, Messrs. T. Green, A. Durrant, M. Cockerill, H. Martyr, G. Henson, C. Burnell, B. Wheatley, A. B. Jones, Green, and J. Baldwin contributing to the harmony of the evening. Mr. A. B. Jones (organist) accompanied the songs and played for dancing. Before the party broke up the health the Rector was proposed in suitable terms by Mr. A. E. Jones for his kindness In providing the supper, and the aid he rendered the choir.

Buckingham Express Saturday 04 January 1890

A REAL VILLAGE FEAST. —John Jepson Atkinson, Esq , of Cosgrove Priory, always looks around at Christmas time, with a view to affording some comfortable entertainment to his neighbours. Having entertained the people of his own village, his thoughts reverted to Deanshanger, and there he gave the nucleus to what was a most successful tea, entertainment, and dance, his contribution being a whole sheep, £3 in money, and a kilderkin of ale [The kilderkin (from the Dutch for "small cask") is equal to half a barrel or two firkins – 18 gallons]. Through the kindness of the Rector, the Rev. G. M. Capell, the use of the National School was obtained for the entertainment, and the gifts of Mr. Atkinson were supplemented by £1 from T. B. Grounds, Esq., £1 from Mrs. Grounds, and £1 from the Rector, along with subscriptions from many other residents of the neighbourhood. Mr. Atkinson requested that the whole of the arrangements should be left in the hands of a committee of ladies, and this proved an excellent plan, for a better knife and fork tea was never put before over 200 ladies' and gentlemen than that which was served in the National Schools on Wednesday evening, under the personal superintendence of Mrs. Harris, Mrs. H. Burrows, Mrs. Swannell, Mrs. E. Roberts, Mrs. Robinson, and Mrs. Johnson, who were ably assisted by many other ladies of the neighbourhood, all of whom contributed crockery, knives, forks and spoons, along with tablecloths and other necessaries. The room was very neatly decorated for the occasion, a piano was lent by Mr. E. Roberts, and after tea the amusements included singing, reciting and dancing, the latter being kept up until the small hours of next morning. It should be mentioned that the trays were taken and superintended by ladies who belong to the Church of England, the Congregationalists, Wesleyans, and Baptists, so that no invidious distinction was made in any direction, and the whole of the people of the village had an opportunity, which they largely embraced, of enjoying themselves.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 18 January 1890

STONY STRATFORD. POLICE COURT, Jan. 10. Before his Grace the Duke of Grafton, the Rev. C. Selby Lowndes, and Mr. S. R. Harrison.

A Serious Charge. Wm. J. T. Bonham was charged with Indecently exposing himself with intent to insult a certain female named Laura on the 6th Jan. Cosgrove.

Defendant pleaded guilty.

Laura Meakins stated that she was daughter of Geo. Meakins, of Yardley Gobion. labourer, and was 14 years of age next May. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday she went to Stony Stratford for errands, and as she was returning home Monday last, the 6th inst, when passing the quarry pit in the parish of Cosgrove she saw defendant looking over the fields. She hurried on, as she wanted to catch Mrs. Saunders and another person who were front of her. As she passed defendant he made an improper proposal to her twice. She said she would tell the policeman when she got home. He then behaved in an indecent manner. She screamed and ran away, and defendant then stopped. She caught Mrs. Saunders, and told her of the occurrence, and also Mrs Warr, where she went to nurse in the afternoon. She also told her mother when she reached home, and went with her to the policeman's house.

Defendant was ordered to pay £1 for fine, and costs, within eleven days.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 25 January 1890

Rabbit Coursing.

A coursing match took place on Saturday last, in Mr. Panter’s field (Wolverton-road). The arrangement was £1 a-side. and Messrs. Meadows and Hargreaves acted as judges. The match was between Panter's (Cosgrove). “Nettle” and Mr. J. Woods (Newport Pagnell). " Nellie," the agreement being five runs and the highest number to be the winner. A lot of coursing took place, and finally Mr W. Panter's "Nettle" came off victorious. There was a large attendance.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 22 March 1890

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions Friday, March 14.Charles Burnell, of Cosgrove, was charged with assaulting Clement Baldwin, at Cosgrove, on the 8th inst., but case dismissed.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 19 April 1890

COSGROVE. Service of Song

On Saturday evening a service of song entitled. "Nimble Nat," was given at the Mission-room, Cosgrove, by the choir and friends. The room was crowded, and both the musical and reading part of the service thoroughly enjoyed. Mr. C. P. Woollard, of Stony Stratford, gave the connective readings.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 26 April 1890

COSGROVE. Mission Room.

On Saturday afternoon a public tea was provided in the Mission Room, Cosgrove, in connection with the Local Preachers' Association, when a large number sat down to the repast. Alter the tea a public meeting was convened, when earnest addresses were delivered by the local preachers who had assembled for their quarterly meeting.

On Sunday the anniversary service was held, when in the evening Miss Woods, Birmingham, preached an excellent sermon. The building was crowded, and an overflow service had to be held in an adjoining cottage. The special efforts were a success in every way.

Buckingham Express Saturday 10 May 1890

BIRTHS: On May 5th, at Cosgrove, Northants, the wife of Mr. Joseph Baldwin, of a son.

Bucks Herald Saturday 31 May 1890

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The Bucks Standard Saturday 07 June 1890

COSGROVE Concert—On Friday evening May 30, the annual concert in aid of the Church Choir Funds was given in the Schoolroom, and, notwithstanding the fact that the day chosen was the end of the holiday week, the audience was a large and enthusiastic one. Owing to various causes, the entertainment which had arranged to be given directly after Easter had to be postponed, with the result that some who had promised to attend then found themselves unable in Whit week to perform their promise. Amongst those were the Rev. P. G. McDouall, Miss Vardy, (Castlethorpe), Mrs. F. D. Bull and party, Mr. C. P. Woollard (Stony Stratford), Mr. Marks, Mr. Seymour, &c. A very agreeable concert was given, and the vacancies on the programme were filled up by volunteers from those in attendance. One very cleverly rendered item was the "Gypsies waltz," which was capitally given by a choir of girls residing in the village, who had been admirably trained by Mr. A. E. Jones. Messrs. Davies and Masterman were simply “lions " in a comical sense, and a vociferous encore followed the singing of the Tar's song by the Wolverton Glee Union. Miss Woollard's sweetly pretty voice was heard to much advantage, and Mr. Paxton's String band, which was much hampered by the fact of some of its members being absent through "broken lips," got through its part of the programme very well. Mr. A. E. Jones and Miss Osborn furnished accompaniments throughout the evening. The responsibility for the arrangements fell upon Mr. Jones who came out of the ordeal, all things considered, with a great amount of credit. Appended is the programme:—Marsh, "Light of foot," W. Paxton's String Band glee, "Softly falls the shades of evening," the Church Choir; song, " See that my grave's kept green," Miss M. William; comic song, “Ballyhooly,"encored and " I owe 10s. to O'Grady” given, Mr. F. Davies glee, "Beware," Wolverton Glee Union (Messrs. Bickley, Bradley, Watkins, and Lloyd.; song, " Not good-bye, but good night," Miss Woollard ; song "The old sexton," Mr. W. H. Lloyd ; song, "Death of Nelson," Mr. A. E. Jones ; comic song. "Not wanted," encored and "Up comes Jones" given, Mr. Masterman; grand march, “Les volontares." the String Band ;' glee, 'The tar's song," encored and " By Celia’s Arbour” given, Wolverton Glee Union; vocal waltz, "Gypsies," special choir of children ;comic song, " Woman, lovely woman," encored "So it was." given. Mr. Masterman: “Dolly’s Revenge," Miss Woollard; comic song. " Enniscorthy," encored and "Killaloo” given, Mr. F. Davies; comic duet, “We are two mariners bold" encored and the “Wooden-legged Brigade " given. Messrs. Masterman and Davies," God save the Queen," the Choir.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 14 June 1890

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions. Friday, June 6

Annie Henson of Cosgrove, was charged with stealing one Shilling's worth of stamps, at Cosgrove, on or about  April16th last, the property of Leah Hannah Goodridge.
Eliza Waterman of Watford, stated that the prosecutrix  was her aunt. She was in the habit of sending her money in stamps. On the 16th April she her aunt two shillings worth of stamps. The letter (produced) was the one in which the stamps were enclosed. The letter was not in the same state now as it was when she sent it. When she sent the letter it read “2 shillings." But the figure 2 had been altered to the letter "a" and the final "s" crossed out.
John Moore, postman for Cosgrove, proved delivering the letter.
The prosecutrix stated she was a widow living at Cosgrove. The first witness Mrs. Waterman, was her niece and she sometimes sent her stamps. The last letter she received from her niece was in April. The prosecutrix could not read or write herself, and the defendant read her letters, and also received her letters from the postman, with her knowledge and consent, as she was an infirm old lady, and was not up when the postman called. She made no alteration in the letter after the received it. Her daughter saw the letter and told her there had been some alteration made, and she therefore went into the prisoner's house and told her about it, and asked her where the stamps had gone.
The prisoner said she did not know. Ultimately the matter was put the hands of the police.
Rebecca Henson had been summoned to attend by the police as a witness in the case, but, as she did not appear, the case was adjourned for a fortnight to secure her attendance.

The Bucks Standard Saturday June 28 1890

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions Friday, June 20
Annie Henson, of Cosgrove, who was remanded from the last meeting of the Court, was charged with stealing 1s. worth of stamps from a letter, about 16th of April.
Mr. Phillips of the firm of Pugh and Phillips, Northampton, appeared for the defendant.
Supt. Norman requested permission from the Bench to withdraw the case, which was accordingly granted.
Mr. Phillips spoke a few words to the Bench with forensic eloquence.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 July 1890


Amid considerable evidence of popular good-will and rejoicing, at Cosgrove Church on Wednesday afternoon, Miss Florence Uphamia McDouall, fourth daughter of the Rev. G. P. McDouall, the rector of Cosgrove, was married to Mr. H. W. Gates (son of the Rev. W. J. Gates, of Croydon), solicitor, of Peterborough, the holder of large number of important offices connection with the ecclesiastical organisation of the diocese, including the secretaryship to Bishop Magee.

The wedding parry assembled at Cosgrove Rectory, adjoining the churchyard, and entered the church by the main door, the paths being covered with carpet for the occasion. Almost all the people, and a large number of others from the immediate district, assembled to witness the function, and the large congregation quite filled the church. The bride, who looked exceedingly nice, was attired in a pearl white faille bodice and extensive train, with jupon of silver brocade and bunch of orange blossoms. The bodice was trimmed with zouaves of silver brocade and silk passementerie. The bride also wore a wreath of charming blossoms her hair. Her veil was a family heirloom of fine Honiton lace, and she carried a bouquet of flowers.

The bridesmaids were Miss Evelyn E. McDouall (sister), and the Misses Bolden, of Arundel-gardens, Notting-hill, London (nieces), and they were all similarly dressed with nun's veiling, and scarves and sashes of old gold silk lace. They also wore straw hats with areophone rosettes of gold and cream, and sprays of cream violet roses. Besides these there accompanied the bride two train bearers, Master Bolden (nephew) and Master McGachen. Bletchley (nephew). The party was completed by Dr. Kirkwood, of Peterborough, who was best man.

The service the church, which was commenced by the efficient rendering upon the organ of Barnby's "Bride's March," by the organist (Mr. A. E. Jones), was conducted the Rev. W. S. McDouall, Rector of Ousden, Suffolk, uncle of the bride, assisted by the Rev. E. Gates, Rector of Pytchley, brother to the bridegroom, and was concluded by the playing of Mendelssohn's "Wedding March.'

On the party emerging from the church they were greeted the happy welcome shouts of the school children, who scattered flowers before the bride and bridegroom. After a short stay at the rectory, where luncheon was served, Mr. and Mrs. Gates left spend their honeymoon in Norway. The wedding cake was supplied by Messrs. Buszard, the celebrated London firm, and plants were lent to decorate the church by the Hon. Mrs. Isted.

The following were among the valuable presents: Gold and pearl bracelet and diamond brooch, from the bridegroom to the bride; Family Bible, the Rev. P. G. McDouall; toast rack, Miss McDouall; grape scissors, nut crackers, and pick, Miss E. McDouall; spoons and forks, Mr. and Mrs. J. Bolden; cruets, Misses and Masters Bolden; revolving dish, Mr. and Mrs. McGachen ; clock, the Rev. W. and Mrs. McDouall; frame, Misses McDouall; chatelaine, Mrs. Hathorn ; silver pincushion, Miss Hathorn -. prayer book, Miss N. Hathorn; painted table, Miss G. Hathorn ; needle book, Miss V. Hathorn; brooch, Mrs. J. W. Ramsay; gravy and salt spoons and ladle, Mrs. Bolden ; cruets, the Rev. A. H. McGachen; moonstone star brooch, Mr. and Mrs. G. Hathorn; folding mirror, Mrs. H. Linton ; cheese, butter and biscuit dishes, and knife and fork, Major and Mrs. Benning ; brass tea kettle, and spirit lamp, Mr. and Mrs. C. Benning; Worcester china jag, Mrs. G. Bolden ; pair vases, Dr. Chippendale ; silver salvers, Mr. Ellis Harvey; old silver spoons. Mr. and Mrs. Moore Bayley; candlesticks, Mrs. Shepherd ; butter dish, the Rectory servants ; china vases, Mrs. McGachen's servants; travelling clock, Hon. Mrs. Isted; silver tray, Colonel Murray; salt cellars and spoons, Mr. and Mrs. Mansel; old oak cupboard, the Rev. G. and Mrs. Randolph; brass tea kettle and spirit lamp, Mrs. Searle; travelling bag, Miss ; crumb scoop, Mr. and Mrs. Whichcote ; ice pail. Miss Whichcote ; silver tea spoons and tongs, Mr. and Mrs. Bull ; glass scent bottle and scent, Miss D. Garde ; china flower pots, Mr. W. R. Parrott ; silver sugar tongs, Mr. and Mrs. Rooke ; silver photo frame, Mr. and Mrs. E. Worley ; oak stool, Miss Worley ; silver mirror, Rev. G. and Mrs. Willes , silver salver, Rev. G., Mrs, and the Misses Capell ; pair silver napkin rings, Mrs. Grounds ; clock, Miss Sams ; brooch, Mr. Sams; silver button hook, Mrs. Spencer Harrison; silver bonnet brooch, Mrs. Trower ; lace handkerchief, Mrs. Harrison ; electro candlesticks, Mrs. Searancke ; tea cloth, Miss Payne ; inkstand, Mrs. and the Misses Cadogan ; flower vases, Rev. D. and Mrs. Long; carvers, Mr. and Mrs. Waddell ; fan, Mr. F. D. Bull ; brooch, Mrs. Crokatt ; china dish. Miss J. Crokatt ; tea cloths, Miss Willoughby ; worked cushion, Miss Bolton ; cake knife, Mrs. Walker ; china table set, Miss Walker ; silver sugar basin and cream jug, Mrs. Percival; tea sloth, Misses Percival ; Indian box, Mr. and Mrs. J. Cummings; grape scissors, etc., Rev. and Mr3. Lindon-Parkyn : biscuit box, Mr. and Mrs. Seymour and the school children ; inkstand, etc., Mrs. Adkins ; pillow lace, Mrs. Mathews ; flower basket, Mrs. Cockerel ; butter dish, Mr. and Mrs. Anchor ; handkerchiefs, Mrs. Fowler ; cheque, Mr. Harvey Roberts; tea service, etc., Mrs. Harvey Robarts ; tea-kettle and spirit lamp, Rev. E. and Mr3. Gates ; egg stand and spoons, Mr. and Mrs. Carter ; mahogany bedroom suite, inlaid Davenport table, carved oak coffer, etc., and cruet stand, Mr. and Mrs. Gates ; cheque, Mr. Percival; china tea set, Mrs. Percival; sofa cushion, the Misses Percival; fish knives and forks, Mt. and Mrs. J. A. Percival: dessert china, Mr. and Mrs. H. Percival; china vase. Dean of Peterborough; ornamental table, Mrs. Perowne; photo frame and stand, Miss Perowne; drawing-room lamp, Mrs. H. L. Mansel; bamboo table. Miss E. M. Mansell; china ornament, Miss M. Taylor; dessert knives and forks. Dr. Kirkwood; cut glass salad bowl, etc., Dr. and Mrs. Whitty ; Benares hanging flower basket, Rev. W. P. Hurrell; china cream jug.; and sugar basin, Mr. and Mrs. Gray; fruit spoons, Mr. and Mrs. Hill; napkin rings, Mr. and Mrs. Dryden ; marmalade dish, Mrs. Whitelock; decanters, Mrs. Mountjoy ; water decanter, Mrs. Stanger; butter dish, etc., Dr. and Mrs. Walker ; sugar basin and tongs, Rev. W. P. and Mrs. ; gravy spoon, etc.. Rev. E. and Mrs. James ; cheque, Miss Langridge ; oriental china cup, etc., Mr. Daek; vases, Mr. and Mrs. Tomblin; sugar basin, Mr. C. V. Collins biscuit box, Dr. Keaton ; silver spoons, Mr. and Mrs. Edwards ; inkstand, &c, Canon and Mrs. Clayton ; candlesticks, &c., Dr. preserve jar, Rev. P. and Mrs. Royston ; crumb scoop, Mr. and Mrs. Oldfield ; cut glass silver mounted decanter, the Bishop of Leicester and Mrs. Thicknesse; coffee service, Dr. and Mrs. Cane; cigarette case, Dr. Paloy ; cheque, Rev. W. J. Gates; drawing-room chair, Mr. and Mrs. M. V. English ; china vase, Mr. and Mrs. Strong; china ornaments, Mr. and Mrs. Day: flower vases, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. English; silver match box, Mr. Dyne; rests for carvers. Rev. W. H. Deane; cake knife and fork, Canon and Mrs. Syers sofa cushion, Dr. and Mrs. Payne ; silver dessert spoons, Mr. Simpkins ; autograph album, Mr. and Mrs. A. English; punch ladle, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. English ; claret decanter, Mr. Laurence, Mr. Butler, and Mr. Palmer.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 19 July 1890

Cosgrove Feast has been held this week, and, as usual, on Sunday and Monday was attended by a large number of people from Wolverton and Stony Stratford. Cosgrove, it is well known, though only 1½ miles from either place, is in Northamptonshire (at Stony Stratford it is only necessary to cross the river Ouse bridge to be in that county) where the new muzzling order is in force. Some of those who visited the feast being oblivious of this took their dogs, with the result that the police had a fine harvest of unmuzzled dogs, to the no small inconvenience of their owners and the amusement of the feasters. The moral of this is that before crossing any boundary be assured of the regulations on the other side.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 11 October 1890

RUN OVER BY A WAGON.—On Saturday afternoon last, a man named H. Lambert, of Cosgrove, was run over on the Stratford-road by a team of runaway horses. He was in charge of the horses to which was attached a heavy wagon, and the horses taking fright, he was knocked down and the wagon wheel went over his leg. The horses were stopped by another wagoner, who placed his wagon across the road. Lambert was taken to a house near the printing works, and was attended by Dr. Faschnet. His leg was not broken, but badly bruised and cut, and he was severely shaken. He was taken to his home in the evening.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 November 1890

COSGROVE Church Concert.

For the purpose of augmenting the funds of SS. Peter's and Paul's Church, concert was held in the School-room on Friday evening, and was attended with much success. The programme was arranged by Mr. Seymour (schoolmaster), and went off capitally, reflecting considerable credit on the performers. The songs were accompanied Miss Payne, Miss E. McDouall. and Mr. Fulcher.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 December 1890

NEWPORT PAGNELL. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. Wednesday.—Before the Rev. C. S. Lowndes (chairman), Mr. W. Cariile, and the Rer. J. Tarver.

George Hillier, William Hillier, Benjamin Wise, William Wise,and William Hurst of Cosgrove., were charged with trespassing in search of game on Sunday, the 23rd November last, in the parish of Haversham.

Mr. W. B. Bull appeared to prosecute, and Mr. G. J. Phillips, of Northampton, defended.

James Hollis gave evidence as to seeing defendants to a cover, and send in three dogs. When they saw him they whistled their dogs out and made off.

James Tysoe of Haversham, spoke to seeing five men and their dogs go into a field.

Eli Dollins of Castlcthorpe, saw the defendants pass his house. They had three dogs. He saw them again when they came back, and Hollis was following them. He went with Hollis in the pursuit of the accused. He knew the men by sight.

William Busby, keeper, Cosgrove, on the day named saw the defendants near Castlethorpe.

For the defence, Charles Burnell, of Cosgrove, was called. He accompanied the accused to Haversham. They never went Pike's Cover, nor did they put their dogs into the Cover. They had only two dogs with them. He saw other men who had four dogs with them, but his party had only two dogs. —Fined 15s. and 13s. costs each.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 27 December 1890

SKATING. On Saturday last, owing to the frost, all the pools in the neighbourhood were frozen over, and skating, consequently, was the pastime of the day. The Broad Water, at Cosgrove, was visited by a large number of persons. The ice having been nicely swept by some itinerants, it was in capital condition, and the pastime afforded much pleasure to those engaged therein. On the Buckingham branch of the Grand Canal a clear stretch of nine miles could be taken, and a number from Stratford and Wolverton did the distance.

Buckingham Express Saturday 03 January 1891

SKATING. The “Broad Waters,” near Cosgrove, and the Grand Junction Canal were crowded from Christmas Day up to Monday last with holiday makers who had some rare good skating.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 03 January 1891

MARRIAGE: On the 9th Miss McDouall, of Cosgrove was married to Mr. Gates, of Peterborough.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 03 January 1891

CHURCH CHOIR ANNUAL SUPPER. Through the kind hospitality of the Vicar (Rev. P. G. McDouall), the members of the choir of SS Peter and Paul, Cosgrove, held their annual supper on New Year’s Eve, at the Rectory. After the repast the loyal toasts were duly honoured, and the rest of the evening was spent in harmony, terminating at midnight.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 10 January 1891

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Friday January 2.
Edward Kirk, of Cosgrove, was charged with trespassing in search of game at Furtho, on Dec. 13th. Mr. Jakeman said that about 11 a.m. on the 13th ult. he was on the farm of Mr. Bird, over which he had the shooting. He observed defendant crouching down at a rabbit burrow in a spinney, and upon enquiring, defendant gave his name as Johnson, of Potterspury, and stated Mr. Bird had told him he might get briar roots. Defendant had a spade and a rabbit in a bag, which had a wire round its neck. He said he found the rabbit.
Defendant was fined 5s. and 10s. 6d. costs, or seven days.

Buckingham Express Saturday 14 February 1891

COSGROVE. PENNY READINGS.—On Friday evening, the first of a series of penny readings, organised by Mr. Seymour, school master of the village, was successfully held in the National Schoolroom. Amongst those being present were Rev. P. G. McDouall, Miss Annie McDouall, Colonel Murray, Mr. E. Whales, Miss Payne, Mr. S. R. and Rooke (Ouse Bank, Stony Stratford), Dr. O'Connor, and Miss Garde, Mrs. Wallace (St. Paul's College), &c.
A capital programme was given, including part songs, readings, musical selections, songs, &c. Mr. Fulcher ably presided et the pianoforte.

Buckingham Express Saturday 14 February 1891

SERIOUS ACCIDENT.—On Saturday evening, a man named Teagle, employed by the Rev. P. G. McDonall (Rector of Cosgrove), as coachman, was coming out of the stables into the yard. He stumbled and fell on a Buckset, which caught him in the eyes. Dr. W. H. Bull was immediately sent for, and did all he could for the unfortunate man. Teagle on Monday morning proceeded to London, and it is feared in order to save the sight he will have to lose one eye as both are seriously affected.

Buckingham Express Saturday 28 February 1891

YARDLEY GOBION. ENTERTAINMENT AT THE WORKHOUSE.—On Saturday evening, an entertainment was given to the inmates of the Workhouse by the Cosgrove Choral Society, consisting of glees, instrumental solos, and songs. The glees included " Canadian Boat Song," " See our oars," " The sun is rising," " Autumn leaves," " Glorious Apollo," &c. Mr. G. Fulcher sang " Tom Bowling," "An old man's advice," " Signor McStinger," " Tom Pearsey's old Mare," and " Paddy's Dream." The other vocalists were Miss Bianchi, Miss Pedley, Miss A. Clarke, and Messrs. T. and F. Green. Mr. Fulcher officiated as accompanist, and thanks were given to the performers for their excellent entertainment.

Buckingham Express Saturday 14 March 1891


A GENTS First-class SAFETY BICYCLE, equal to new, cost £19, will be sold for £8 10s, for further particulars, apply to W. A. ANCHOR, Cosgrove, Nr. Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 March 1891

Fox Terrier Coursing.—The final of the adjourned coursing meeting was held on Monday field at Cosgrove, when Mr. Knighton's Spy beat Mr. Baxter's Snider, Mr. Stevenson's Daisy beat Mr Pollard's Dart, and Mr. Kendal's Trough beat Mr. Judge's Jacko. In the semi-final Spy beat Trough, and Daisy had a bye, and finally Spy beat Daisy and won. The prizes were :—First £3; second £1; third 10s. ; and other three dogs 5s. each.

Buckingham Express Saturday 21 March 1891


The annual statement of accounts of these schools, which are in connection with the National Society, has just been issued. From it we learn that the income amounts to £156 5s. 10½d., made up as follows :---Balance, £9 0. 5½ ; Government Grant, £56 16s. 4d. endowments, £4 11s. 8d.; contribution', £50 3s. 9d. ; school pence, £34 16s. 2d. ; and 17s. 6d. from other sources. The expenditure was as follows :—Salary of teacher and assistants, £90 ; stationery. &c., £9 9s 9d. ; fuel. £5 16s. 6d., repairs to furniture and buildings, £19 15s. 10d.; rent, rates, &c., £13 1s. 4½d., leaving a balance in hand of £10 2s. 5d. £35 17s. 9d. is raised by a voluntary rate, and £14 6s. is contributed voluntarily as under :




Lord and Lady Brook




A. R. Graham, Esq. M. D.




Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson




Honble. Mrs. Isted




H. P. Gates Esq.




J. C. Mansel, Esq.




Mrs. R. S. Mansel




Trustees of Whalley’s Charity




The inspector's report on the examination of the school is as follows:
" The school has passed, on the whole, about a fair examination in the elementary subjects. Reading is very weak in the first and fourth standards, and may well improve throughout the school. Spelling is defective in fourth standard, and the mental arithmetic needs attention. A beginning has been made with grammar, but the results are not yet sufficient to justify the recommendation of the grant for this subject. The note singing, also, does not well satisfy the requirements for the higher grant, and should show decided improvement next year. Very creditable needlework is shown on the garments prepared during the year, but several of the specimens worked at the examination were not of very good quality. Many of the children appear to be very imperfectly grounded in the elements of their work, especially of reading, and it would be wise to devote chief attention, for some time, to remedying the defects of previous years."
INFANTS’ CLASS.—" A great improvement has been effected by the removal of the partition, and, with a better arrangement of the room, the work will be carried on more comfortably and efficiently. On the present occasion the infants have passed a fair examination in the elementary subjects. Note singing is not good enough for the higher grant. Needlework will doubtless improve."
C. M. Pedley is recognised under Article 68.
The school was examined in religious knowledge by the Rev. C. E. Stukeley, assistant diocesan inspector, and his report states :
" The infant class showed a very fair elementary knowledge. The children in the other group, consisting of standards II-VI., were too widely different in age and attainments to admit of the answering being very general. Many of the bigger ones knew their work well and answered thoughtfully. The younger ones also answered the more simple questions fairly well."
The committee is composed of the following gentlemen:—Rev. P. G. McDouall (chairman), J. C. Mansel, Esq., A. Grant Thorold, Esq., J. J. Atkinson, Esq., and F. D. Bull, Esq.

Buckingham Express Saturday 5 April 1891

BIRTHS: Atkinson. On April 16th, at Castle House [The Priory], Cosgrove, Northants, the wife of J. Jepson Atkinson, Esq. C.C., of a daughter [Gune]

Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 27 April 1891

STONY STRATFORD. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. FRIDAY.—Before the Rev. C. W. Selby Lowndes (chairman), Mr. E. H. Watts, and Mr. S. R. Harrison.
Joel Lack was summoned for allowing drunkenness on his licensed premises at Cosgrove on March 25th.—Defendant pleaded not guilty. P.C. Tebb stated that he visited the defendant's premises about four p.m. on the day in Question, and saw man named Bartholomew Berrill drunk in the parlour. Berrill used very bad language, and afterwards fell down in the village of Cosgrove, and had to be taken home in his father's cart.—William Robinson, gamekeeper, gave corroborative evidence.— Henry Atkins said he and Berrill arrived at Mr. Lack's house about two o'clock, when Berrill was sober. After they had been there some time Berrill began swearing at the landlord.—Joel Lack said Atkins and Berrill were each served with two pennyworth of whiskey when they came into this house, and afterwards with another two, that being all the drink they had in the house. Defendant's housekeeper also gave evidence.— Fined 20s. costs.  £1 1s. 6d.—Paid.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 May 1891



are instructed by Mr. Lewis Osborn


On Monday, May 25th, 1891,

56 Acres of Excellent GRASS KEEPING
Up to the 11th October next, 39 acres of which can
be mown (to go off),
Part of Rick of well-gotten MEADOW HAY,
Two well-bred Shorthorn BULLOCKS,
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Four Milch COWS and CALVES, belonging to

Credit for the Keeping will be given until August 1st next on payment of a deposit of 25 per cent., and giving approved security upon conditions which will be produced 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, Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo Saturday 30 May 1891

CHARGE OF ARSON. At Towcester, on Thursday, before Mr. K. W. Watkin, William Compton, Castlethorpe, painter, was charged by Joel Lack. Cosgrove, innkeeper with unlawfully and feloniously setting fire to a hayrick belonging to prosecutor, at Cosgrove, on the 26th inst.—The prosecutor said on the 26th inst. he had a stack of hay standing in a grass field adjoining the road from his house to Castlethorpe. When prosecutor left the rick a few minutes to four it was quite safe, and when he went home he saw the prisoner sitting there. Prisoner left about seven, and a few after a boy (George Eakins), ran into prosecutor’s and informed him his rick was on fire. There were 14 and 16 tons of hay, and it was all consumed. A piece of it had been cut away in the meadow. Prosecutor refused to serve prisoner with beer in the house. George Eakins, of Castlethorpe spoke of giving the alarm seeing prisoner near the fire.— Inspector R. stationed at Towcester, proved apprehending prisoner, and he was then committed for trial at the Assizes, was admitted to bail—himself in £50, and two sureties in £25 each.

Buckingham Express Saturday 06 June 1891


FORMATION OF A BRASS BAND —During the last four months Mr. H. Brooks (Wolverton), Regimental Bandmaster to the 1st Bucks R.V. Corps, has had under his charge 15 young men who expressed their desire some time ago to form a band. After constant practice the band appeared before the public last Saturday afternoon for the first time, and played at several of the gentlemen's residences, and also in the village. The performance, considering the time, was very good, reflecting great credit on their painstaking bandmaster. The following subscriptions have been sent to the secretary of the band fund :—Mr. J. J. Atkinson. £4; Mrs. Atkinson, £1 ; Rev. P. G. McDouall, £1; Col. Murray, £1; Mr. Anchor, 5s..; Mr. Allen 2s.; Mr. Marks, 2s. ; Mr. Seymour, 1s. ; Mr. Willison, 6d. Other ladies and gentlemen have also announced their intention of forwarding subscriptions

Northampton Chronicle and Echo Saturday 20 June 1891

STONY STRATFORD. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. FRIDAY—Before the Rev. C. W. Selby-Lowndes (chairman), sad Mr. M. G. S. Knapp.


Joel Lack, of Cosgrove, was charged with assaulting Martha Willison at Cosgrove on June 1st.—Mr. Clare (Bedford) appeared for the defendant—Martha Willison said defendant abused her and tried to stamp on her toes, and kicked her on the thighs and legs.—Dr . Dufty said he found the complainant had been bruised on both sides from the hip to the thigh.—By Mr. Clare: He was of opinion that Mrs. Willison must have been on the floor, as the whole of the bruises could not have been caused by a kick.— Martha Willison was also summoned for assaulting. Joel Lack at the same place and time.—Joel Lack said she put her fist in his face, and struck him with a plate.—Case dismissed.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 27 June 1891

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS. FRIDAY, June 19. Before the Rev. C. W. Selby-Lowndes (chairman) and M. G. S. Knapp, Esq.
Joel Lack, of the Navigation Inn, Cosgrove, was charged with assaulting Martha Willison, in his house at Cosgrove, on the 1st June.
Mr. Clare, of Bedford, appeared on behalf of defendant and denied the charge. Martha Willison said she was acting as housekeeper for Mr. Lack on the 1st. inst., when two men from Leckhampstead, having heard that defendant's premises were to let, called and made enquiries. Witness took them into the garden, and showed them round. They then went into the house, had a drink, and immediately went away. When dinner was over she told the landlord what was the cause of their calling. She then went upstairs and made the beds, and, when she came down to wash the dishes, Lack commenced abusing and swearing at her, and said he would murder her. He tried to stamp on her toes, and kicked her on the thighs and legs. Witness had two or three plates in her hand, and Lack struck at her and smashed them. She hit him, but whether accidentally or not she did not know.
By Mr. Clare: She did not shake her fist at him or spit in his face, neither did she strike him behind the ear with a plate. She struck him anywhere where she could get the chance, but the plates broke before she struck him.
Dr. Dofty then gave evidence, and said that Mrs. Willison went to his house on the 2nd inst., and asked him to examine her. She said she had been bruised and kicked, and he found there were bruises on both aides from the hip to the knee.
By Mr. Clare: He was of opinion that Mrs. Willison must have been on the floor, because the bruises could not have been caused by a kick.
Martha Willison was then charged with assaulting Joel Lack at the same time and place, and pleaded not guilty.
Joel Lack said he asked Mrs. Willison for an explanation of the visit of the men, and told her be considered she had taken great liberties in showing strangers round his premises without acquainting him of it. She then put her fist in his face, and said "You old f— you see that," and also spit in his face. She struck him with a plate and broke it into a dozen pieces, cutting his head and making it bleed freely. He kicked at her after she cut his face, but was not sure whether he kicked her or not. He gave her a month's notice to leave.
The cases were dismissed.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo Tuesday 30 June 1891


No True Bill was found against WILLIAM COMPTON (on bail), for setting fire to a stack of hay, at Cosgrove on May 25th, the property of Joel Lack.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 11 July 1891

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Friday July 3.

The charge against George Hillier, of Cosgrove, bricklayer, for assaulting Eli Dolling, was, upon the prosecution’s own application, withdrawn.

Buckingham Express Saturday 18 July 1891


THE FEAST.—Delightful weather prevailed at the opening of Cosgrove feast, which as in former years was largely attended. On Sunday the special services in connection with the Feast of the Dedication were held. The pulpit was occupied in the morning by the Rev. Dr. Payne (Warden of St. Paul's College), and in the afternoon by the Rev. C. J. P. Blundell, Rector of Grafton Regis. The Rector, the Rev. P. G. McDouall was unable to be in his place owing to the epidemic which has confined him to his house for a fortnight. The congregations were small. On Monday evening the weather being charming large numbers visited the village when not a few amused themselves by throwing at the cocoanuts and having just one shy at the " Old Aunt Sally." At the Plough inn the Cosgrove band were in attendance and played for dancing. It continues all the week, and on Friday and Saturday the Cosgrove band will play again for dancing under their Bandmaster, H. Brooks.

Buckingham Express Saturday 29 August 1891

BIRTHS: PAYNE. On August 23, at Cosgrove, the wife of Mr. Thomas Payne, of a daughter.

Buckingham Express Saturday 05 September 1891

At a meeting of the parents of the children attending the National School at Cosgrove on Saturday evening it was decided to accept the fee grant from September 1st.

Buckingham Express Saturday 19 September 1891


CHOIR TRIP. The members of SS. Peter and Church, Cosgrove, to the number of 20, had their choir trip on Saturday last, journeying to London for the occasion. The party, under the charge of Mr. T. Seymour, left Castlethorpe Station by the 7.50, and arrived at Euston 9.30. They at once left for the Tower of London, where a couple of good hours' sightseeing was obtainable. A substantial dinner was partaken of at the Peace and Plenty Temperance Hotel, after which the Naval Exhibition was visited, where the party thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Tea was taken in the gardens, a happy time being spent up to 10 o'clock, when the party made a move for Euston Station, which was left at 12 o'clock, and they arrived home at 2 o'clock, all having thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Many thanks were expressed to the donors towards the day's holiday, and to those who have patronised the concerts.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 September 1891

Accident at the Envelope Works.—On Wednesday afternoon a lad named Brown, residing at Cosgrove, met with a rather serious accident in the envelope works. Brown was standing with his back to a machine, and by some means started the machine. Putting out his hand to save himself, he got his right hand in the machine. The second finger was badly crushed. The lad was taken to Dr. Symington, who dressed the finger, but said it would have to be amputated at the first joint.

Buckingham Express Saturday 03 October 1891

COSGROVE. SALE OF WORK Tuesday afternoon, a sale of work was held in the Rectory Grounds, Cosgrove, for the purpose of raising a sum towards the Church Fund. The stalls which were laden with useful and fancy articles were presided over by Miss E. McDouall, Miss A. McDouall, Mrs. McGachen, Mrs. Bull, Miss C. Bianchi. Daring the afternoon the proceedings were enlivened by the presence of the Cosgrove Brass Band under Mr. H. Brooks and some lively music was discoursed. Amongst those present were the Rev P. G. McDouall (Rector) Colonel E. Murray, Hon. Mrs. Isted, Mrs. Byam Grounds, (Passenham) Mrs. E. T. Worley (Stony Stratford) Mrs. Mansell, Ac.—The attendance throughout was very fair and a good trade was done at the stalls.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 03 October 1891

ACCIDENT AT THE ENVELOPE WORKS. On afternoon week a lad named Brown, residing at Cosgrove, met with rather serious accident in the envelope works. Brown was standing with his back to a machine, and by some means started the machine Putting out his hand to save himself, got his right hand in the machine. The second finger was badly crashed. The lad was taken to Dr. Symington, who dressed the finger, but said it would have to be amputated at the first joint.

Buckingham Express Saturday 10 October 1891

“A WELL WISHER” writes congratulating the Cosgrove Band on the success that attended their first engagement on Sept 29, their performance being in his opinion very creditable, seeing that the band has only been started twelve months.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 12 October 1891

William Hillyer, of Cosgrove, was charged with assaulting  John Brown at Cosgrove on October 4th.--There was also a cross-summons charging Brown with assaulting Hillier at the same time and place.—From the evidence of John Brown, Elizabeth Burnell, William Hillier, William Wise, and William Brown, which was very conflicting, it appeared that both defendants must have had some previous quarrel, and when they met at Cosgrove they had a fight, Brown evidently having the worst of it.— Both cases were dismissed, each party to pay costs amounting to 3s.

Buckingham Express Saturday 17 October 1891


Cosgrove, like a great many villages, now boasts of a brass band, and in order to keep the exchequer full, a concert (organised by Mr. A. B. Bianchi) was given in the Schoolroom on Saturday evening, when the attendance was very large including the Rev. P. G. McDouall, Miss E. McDouall, Mr. and Mrs. Seymore. Not only was the financial point of view good, but the musical part was up to date considering the non-appearance of a few artistes from illness, &c. The band acquitted themselves very creditably under the baton of their painstaking bandmaster, Mr. H. Brooks; and without hesitation we say the band have got on well. Miss German sang with nice effect, and Mr. Thurstans was at home in the Gondoliers. The "Lost Chord" was touchingly played by Mr. Brooks, and Miss Minnie Willison created much amusement by her rendering of "Buy a Broom" (in character). Mr. and Mrs. Davey ably officiated as accompanists.

Programme :

March —Thou art from my gage—The Band.
Vocal Duet—.Course while the moonlight gleaming—.
Misses Barnes and Elston.
Song—There lived a King (The Gondoliers—)Mr. W. Thurstans (encored, and lest verse repeated).
Chorus—Hail to the Chief—Palace Choir.
Piano solo—Miss E. McDouall.
Song—Anchored--Mr. W. Howes.
Cornet solo—The Lost Chord—Mr. H. Brooke.
Song—Love's old sweet song—Miss German.
Comic song I’m so volatile—Mr. Gould (encored, and gave " Rule Britannia ").
Pianoforte Duet—Grand Gallop Westward Ho—Mr. and Mrs.. Devey.
Polka—Village Pet—The Band.
Song (in character)—Buy a broom—Miss M. Y. Willison (encored, and repeated last verse).
Chorus—Sunbeam and Maiden—Palace Choir.
Song—Ever of thee—Mr. W. Howes.
Cornet solo—The Bitter Land—Mr. Brooks.
Chorus—Roll on, O sea—Palace Choir.
Song—Don Alhambra—Mr. Thurstans.
Song—The Children's Queen—Miss German (encored, and gave " The man who leaves behind him ").
Comic song—Wink the other eye—Mr. Gold (encored, and repeated last verse).

Buckingham Express Saturday 19 December 1891

PRESENTATION of CERTIFICATES—On Monday afternoon the certificates of proficiency in home nursing and hygiene, in connection with the Stony Stratford Detached (Nursing) Classes of the St. John Ambulance Association, were distributed to the successful students by the Rev. W. M. Miller in the Parish Room. Dr. W. H. Bull stated that since November, 1887, the number of pupils who had attended the whole of the classes amounted to 296, and out of that number 270 presented themselves for examination, and 263 passed. Having given another statistic, he said every pupil was taught the ordinary common-sense home nursing. Twenty ladies attended the nursing class, 17 of whom entered for examination and passed. Two of the other ladies were not eligible, and one did not present herself for examination.—The Rev. W. M. Miller then made a few remarks, and presented nursing certificates to the following :—Miss McDouall, Miss England, Miss Bull (Cosgrove), Miss Cadman, Miss Calladine, Miss Bryant, Miss Chennells, Miss L. Berrill, Miss E. Berrill, Miss Milne, Miss Odell, Miss French, Mrs. Venn, Mrs. Perrin, Mrs. Fowler, Mrs. Bridgman, and Mrs. S. Calladine. The usual votes of thanks concluded the meeting. There was a fair attendance.

Buckingham Express Saturday 19 December 1891

MARRIAGE: JONES _ BALDWIN. On December 29, at St. Matthew’s Church, West Kensington, by the Rev. George Savage, M.A. Albert Edward, eldest son of Sergt.-Instructor Jones, Wolverton, to Eliza Harriett, fifth daughter of the late Arthur Baldwin, of Cosgrove.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 28 December 1891


The four rounds between Narrow Jeyes, of Northampton, and W. Hilllyer of Cosgrove, Wolverton, did not come off: and the catch-weight completion, which had obtained six matches, failed to produce a contest.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 02 January 1892

SKATING.—For the last three days in last week skating in this neighbourhood was possibly, without danger to anyone, the flood water having frozen over, and affording a splendid stretch of ice, at Haversham, there being quite 12 acres of beautiful ice to skate upon. Hundreds of people were skating on Thursday, and on Christmas Day the attendance was exceedingly large. The Broad Water at Cosgrove was also available, and a number of people were to be seen there on Christmas afternoon. During Christmas night the frost gave way, and all skating prospects had to be abandoned.

Buckingham Express Saturday 09 January 1892

COSGROVE. ANNUAL CHOIR SUPPER:. --The Choir and Bell Ringers of SS. Peter and Paul's Church, Cosgrove, were entertained on New Year's Eve at the Rectory by the Rev. P. G. McDouall, a custom observed by the Rector since his residence here. A sumptuous repast was placed on the tables, to which over 20 sat down. Grace was said by the Rector and full justice was done to the good things provided. At the conclusion the usual loyal toasts were observed, and the rest of the evening was spent in harmony and dancing, capital songs being contributed by Messrs. T. Green, F. Green, G. Henson. W. Wright, &c. Just before midnight party adjourned to the Belfry, where a merry peal welcomed the New Year in. Altogether a very enjoyable evening was spent.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 09 January 1892

MARRIAGE: December 29, at St. Matthew’s Church, West Kensington, by the Rev. George Savage, M. A., Albert Edward, eldest son of Sergeant-Instructor Jones, Wolverton. to Eliza Harriett, fifth daughter of the late Mr. Arthur Baldwin, Cosgrove.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 23 January 1892

SKATING.- The recent floods have permitted abundant indulgence in this exhilarating pastime, and the large number who attended showed beyond doubt that it was highly appreciated. The canal between Old Stratford and Cosgrove was again the scene of the greatest activity, and although it was rough in places, it afforded many a pleasant afternoon's skating.

Buckingham Express Saturday 23 January 1892

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions Friday, Jan 15

Ernest Green, of Cosgrove, was charged with being drunk and making a great disturbance at Old Stratford on January 9th.— Defendant denied the offence.—P.C. Tebb stated that he saw the defendant drunk and making a great disturbance, and using very bad language, and wanting to fight a young man named Charles French, who corroborated the constable's evidence. —Fine and coats 15s. ; paid.
The Bucks Standard Saturday 06 February 1892


Before M. G. S. Knapp Esq. (in the chair), E. H, Watts, Esq., and S. R. Harrison, Esq.

Timothy Whitlock Wake, of Cosgrove, was charged with not having his child vaccinated. Mr. J. Canvin, father-in-law, appeared for the defendant, and said he was quite willing to have the child vaccinated if the Royal Commission reported in favour of the practice.
Mr. W. R. Parrott, on behalf of the Potterspury Board of Guardians, read the section of the Act under which proceedings were taken, and Mr. John Bird, vaccination officer, stated he registered the child's birth, and supplied at the time the usual vaccination notice. He had not received any certificate of postponement or of successful vaccination. He saw Mrs. Wake twice, and she said her husband did not intend having the child vaccinated.
Defendant was fined, including costs, 13s.

Buckingham Express Saturday 27 February 1892

COSGROVE PARISH SCHOOL.-The annual statement of accounts and report of this school, which is in connection with the National Society, has just been issued. From it we learn, first of all, that there is a balance due to the Treasurer of 8s. 2d., against a balance in hand last year of £10 2s. 5d. This is due to the fact that the expenditure is slightly heavier, and there is also a decrease in the amount of the voluntary contributions. The Government Grant this year is in excess of that received on the previous occasion, being £65 2s. against £56 6s. 4d. The sum of £33 17s. 6d. is raised by voluntary rate and £10 2s. by voluntary contributions, the total income, including the balance brought forward and the amount overdrawn, being £153 19s. 8d., the whole of which amount was expended during the year. Among the voluntary contributors are Lord and Lady Brooke £2, A. R. Graham, Esq., M.D., 21 £1., Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson, £3, H. P. Gates, Esq., £1, J. C. Mansel, Esq., £2, and £1 1s. was received from the Trustees of Whalley's Charity.
The examination of the School was held in November last, when 63 from the mixed school and 27 infants were examined. The Inspector's report states : " The mixed school is carefully conducted and the general results of the examination are very fair. Arithmetic is the weakest subject and this fact holds especially with regard to the oral part of the work. It is to be regretted that no class subject has been taken up this year. The infant's class is taught in a bright and sympathetic manner and the results of the examination as a whole are very fairly satisfactory ; needlework is below the average." The examination in drawing was held on October 13th, when 31 boys were examined and the report states it was "fair." No examination in religions knowledge was held this year, as so many of the scholars were absent so long from influenza.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 05 March 1892

COSGROVE CONCERT —ln aid of the funds of the village band, a capital concert, under the patronage of the Rev. P. G. McDouall, Col. Murray, Mr. J. J. Atkinson, C C., the Hon. Mrs. Isted, Mr. F. D. Bull, &c., was given in the village schoolroom on Friday evening, February 26. The room was crowded with a very appreciative audience, and as expenses were kept at the lowest possible limit, the pecuniary result of the concert turned out very favourably on the right side. Amongst those present were the Misses McDouall, Mr. Branson, &c. Some Wolverton and Stony Stratford friends were in the main responsible for the programme, but a couple of items by the band, which has only been established twelve months, shewed that, under the leadership of Mr. H. Brooks, of Wolverton, there is a possible future before it. Everything went off without a hitch, Mr. Garner accompanying with his usual ability. Appended is the programme : Piano solo, Miss E. McDouall ; song, "A hundred fathoms deep," Mr. H. Lloyd ; selection, " Youths and Beauty Waltz," Band ; song, " Blue Peter," Mr. Howes ; duet, " Storm in a tea cup," cheered, and " Country courtship" given, Mr. and Mrs. Power ; cornet solo, " Our solo cornet police." Mr. Sharp; quartet, " Banish, O Maiden," Wolverton Glee Union; song, " The Hazel Dell," Miss Harris; song, " Longshoreman Billy," Mr. Power ; song, " Jack and Jill," Mr. Reynolds; Overture, "The honest working man," Band; song, “Father pray for me tonight,”  Miss Harris ; song, " Once again," Mr. Howes; quartet, "Spring's delights," Glee Union ; cornet solo, " Star of Bethlehem ," Mr. Sharp ; encored comic duet, " Mr. and Mrs. Sharp," encored, and " Fully and Fashion" given, Mr. and Mrs. Power ; song, " Diver," Mr. Lloyd; song, " Tar’s farewell," Mr. Percival ; God save the Queen.

Buckingham Express Saturday 12 March 1892

COSGROVE. ALLOTMENT GROUND.—A general meeting of the Allotment Association was held in the National Schoolroom on Wednesday, March 2nd. Mr. Bianchi (Secretary), in opening the proceedings, said the meeting was called for the purpose of electing a fresh committee, and also a secretary. The balance sheet proved that the whole expenses since the starting of the allotments (new) nearly four years ago, amounted to 17s. 9d., and the income (by sale of grass and by five penny levies) amounted to 17s. 8d., leaving a deficiency of one penny. The accounts were audited by Mr. T. Seymour, and passed by the meeting. The election of the Committee was as follows Messrs. E. Skeats, E. Gee, W. Clark (re-elected), G. Gaskins, C. Baker, B. Brown, and D. Merriden. Mr. Bianchi, in resigning the Secretaryship, said  he had held this office for so long it was quite time a change should take place, as it was possible a man might hold one office too long.—Mr. Gee proposed that Mr. Bianchi be begged to reconsider his decision, which the meeting at once agreed to.—Mr. Bianchi thanked the meeting for their confidence in him, and agreed to his re-election, announcing his willingness to continue to fill the post of Secretary, to the best of his ability.—Mr. Baker proposed that the work of the secretary should in future be paid for ; this was agreed to unanimously, and the meeting closed.

Buckingham Express Saturday 19 March 1892

JELLEY. On March 11, at Cosgrove, the wife of Mr. Fred Jelley, of a daughter.

Buckingham Express Saturday 02 April 1892

FIRE AT THE RECTORY FARM evening considerable alarm was caused in this quiet village by a report that the Rectory Farm was on fire. One representative, who was in the neighbourhood, started at once for the scene of conflagration, which is about ten minutes' walk from the village. Arrived there it was found that happily the fire was confined to a rick of corn, and the Stony Stratford Fire Brigade, under Captain Revill, were directing their attention to the out buildings closely adjoining, which would in all probability have caught fire had not been for the promptness displayed.
Our Stony Stratford correspondent sends the following account:—A wheat rick, the produce of about 8 acres, belonging to the Rev. P. G. McDouall, rector of Cosgrove, was set on fire on Monday in a very curious manner. Some gentlemen were rat hunting, and one of their number fired at a rat near the stack, and the pellets or wad from the gun set the stack on fire. The Stony Stratford Fire Brigade were immediately sent for and they arrived on the scene about 5.30. There being a plentiful supply of water close at hand, the Brigade were enabled to confine the conflagration to one rick, and thus succeeded in saving the neighbouring ricks and buildings. The property was insured in the County Fire Office, of which Mr. W. Boyes, Stony Stratford, is the local agent.

Buckingham Express Saturday 02 April 1892

The Return of the Cuckoo. “Naturalist” writes stating that he heard the cuckoo at Cosgrove so far back as March 20th. The swallow, and chiff-chaff and willow wren have also been seen.

Buckingham Express Saturday 23 April 1892


THAT a capital future card is being arranged for the coming season in connection with the Cosgrove Cricket Club, and that players should benefit by the remarks made by their Chairman at the Football Club dinner on Saturday last.
THAT the village was greatly enlivened by the strains of the Cosgrove Brass Band, which played in various places last Saturday.
THAT rapid strides have been made by the band under the able tuition of Harry Brooks (Wolverton) was very noticeable.
THAT great success attended the annual dinner of the Cosgrove Association Football Club, which was held on Saturday at the Barley Mow inn.
THAT early in the month of May the Lord Bishop of Peterborough will hold a confirmation service at Deanshanger, embracing the parishes of Wicken, Passenham, Cosgrove, and Old Stratford.
FASHIONABLE.—Lady Waterpark (lady in waiting to the Queen) is now paying a visit to the Hon. Mrs. Isted at The Hall, Cosgrove.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 23 April 1892


Mr. Willison, of the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, applied for an extra hour on April 16, on the occasion of the Football Club Dinner, which was granted.

Buckingham Express Saturday 14 May 1892

The Buckingham Express can be obtained from our agent, Mr. E. Gee, on Saturday (noon)

Buckingham Express Saturday 14 May 1892


THAT the school children at Cosgrove had a jolly time of it last week at the Priory, through the kindness of Mrs. Atkinson, when a capital tea was provided, after which books were presented to the scholars and some pleasant games were indulged in.
THAT cricket commences in earnest to-day (Saturday) with the members of the village club, and from what I can glean their prospects look capital.
THAT the members have arranged to play a match with a London Club sometime in August.

Buckingham Express Saturday 21 May 1892


THAT under the auspices of the Dilleg and District Conservative Association  missing. and dance took place last night at Cosgrove in a barn kindly lent by Mr A. Grant Thorold which was nicely decorated for the occasion.
THAT some capital speeches were delivered, and were thoroughly enjoyed by the large company present.
THAT the dance was well attended, the Cosgrove Brass Band supplying suitable music.
THAT many thanks are due to Messrs. Whales and Seymour for the success of the undertaking. That a full report of the whole proceedings will appear in the Buckingham Repress next week, for which early orders should be given to our agent, Mr. E. Gee, Cosgrove.
THAT Cosgrove Cricket Club first team played Hanslope on Saturday last, when, after a very interesting game, the former won by 19 runs on the first innings.
THAT it is about time the annual general meeting of the Cosgrove Association Football Club was held, or a good list of fixtures cannot be looked for.
THAT DAY FESTIVITIES.—ln missing May Day falling on Sunday this year missing makings at Cosgrove were postponed missing week—old May Day—when, temp missing weather, there was a large gathering missing children to participate in the old custom of  crowning the May Queen in this village. The children met at the schoolroom, and were marshalled by Mr. and Mrs. Seymour. Prior to the tea and games the procession paraded the village, the chief character in it, of course, being the May Queen, who was personated by Miss Nellie Baker. Very pretty did her Mayic Majesty look in her attire decked with flowers. With his customary generosity the children were entertained at the Rectory by the Rev. P. G. McDouall, where the whole partook of a capital tea, and, needless to say, which the youngsters attacked with great force. Several May songs were rendered, and games were indulged in the Rectory grounds. Amongst the company were Miss A. McDouall, Miss E. McDouall, Colonel Murray, Mrs. Longueville Mansel. Mrs. J. C. Mansel, Hon. Mrs. Isted and party, Miss Mary Atkinson and Master L. Atkinson

Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 May 1892

COSGROVE Conservative Meeting

A fairly well attended meeting was held at Cosgrove on Friday evening in a barn lent by Mr. H. Grant Thorold. The chair was occupied by Mr. J. J. Atkinson. C.C., who was supported by Mr. T. L. Cartwright (Conservative candidate for the division) Rev. P. G. McDouall (rector), Dr. W. T. (Towcester). Mr. Ashworth (Conservative candidate for North Durham), and Mr. F. D. Bull. Among the audience were several ladies and representatives from Deanshanger and Old Stratford.—The Chairman made a short speech, and then called on Mr. whose speech was, to a great extent, a repetition of that delivered recently at Deanshanger. During the course of his remarks, he said he was against Local Option and Sunday closing, unless all clubs were closed, but was all for Temperance and dead against drunkenness.—Mr. Ashworth then addressed the meeting at some length.—Votes of thanks to Mr. Cartwright and Mr. Ashworth were accorded with acclamation, and a vote of thanks to the Chairman concluded the meeting. The Cosgrove Brass Band was in attendance and played “God Save the Queen.'' A dance was subsequently held.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 June 1892


A capital Liberal meeting, in support of the candidature of Mr. D. C. Guthrie in South Northamptonshire, was held on Thursday evening, in the Mission Room, Cosgrove, under the presidency of Mr. F. W. Woollatt, C.C., Stony Stratford. The audience that filled the room included. Mr. W. Ryland Adkins, C.C. (Northampton), Mr. E. Baker, Mr. F. Abbot (Wolverton), Mr. Whales. Mr. T. Marks, Mr. A. Bianchi, Ac.—Mr. Adkins having expressed Mr. Guthrie's sincere regret that, under medical advice, be was obliged refrain from addressing meetings this week, suggested that the two grounds by which electors in South Northamptonshire should decide which way they would vote were, first, the manner which the two political parties had behaved during the last few years, and, second, that to which the candidates and the parties they represented were pledged in the future.

Taking the last six years, Mr. Adkins showed that at the commencement of that period the Conservatives and their faithful watchdogs, the dissentient Liberals, won the election on the cry of equal laws for England and Ireland, and of English Reforms before Home Rule. In spite of the cry of equal laws, they passed a Coercion Act for Ireland in 1887; they brought in a Local Government Act for England 1888, and denied it to Ireland ; and they brought in Local Government Act for Ireland in 1892, not the same as the English Act, did not persevere with it, and dropped it ignominiously, though had a majority in its favour on the second reading of 92. As for English Reforms, the best thing they attempted was the Local Government Act. The Bill included powers for making District Councils. The Liberals tried improve it by adding Parish Councils; but the Conservatives left out all except County Councils—all that most closely affected the country people. The Tory Government had thus been false to its pledges.

On the other hand, the Liberal party, a minority in the House of Commons, and with everything against them, had managed to prevent the Tories putting tax on wheels ; stopped the Tories paying out of the pockets of the people of the country a very large amount of compensation to gentlemen called brewers, who were not the poorest people the world already ; forced upon the Conservatives a resolution whish they recommended that school-rooms should always be opened for public meetings; and against the will of the Government, and in opposition to their arrangements managed get the public funds that were to have been used making rich brewers richer, for the purposes of the education the children. (Cheers.)

Mr. Adkins conceived that the rural voter was especially desirous of three things—First, his fair share in the control of his own parish; second, to be quite sure his parents, if they got old and poor, would not be hunted into the Workhouse, and treated with harshness and cruelty by the existing authorities (hear, hear); and third, have his share in saying how his children should educated, and seeing that, they had fair play at (Applause.) If any man thought he should be satisfied on those three points before he voted was sure to vote for the Liberal candidate. On all three the liberals were sound to a man, and the Tories were as shifty as leaky water.

Mr. Cartwright seven months ago on the Question of Parish Councils asked whether the Radicals did not know that they had parish vestries (laughter.) Radicals did know it (hear,hear.) On poor law reform Mr. Cartwright said nothing about the property qualification and plural voting ; and he said nothing in favour of Free Education until his Government was forced to pass it by public opinion and the impetus of the Liberal party. Mr. Adkins made amusing references to Mr Cartwright's double shuffles, followed by breakdowns at his village meetings. On Parish Councils Mr. Cartwright had altered his opinions. Not long ago the Parish Vestry was sufficient, now Mr. Cartwright finds that the Conservatives will deal not only with District Councils but with Parish Councils too. On Poor Law questions three months ago Mr. Cartwright complained of these wicked Radicals who stirred the question at all; today Mr. Cartwright promises anything short of something definite. Not long ago Mr. Cartwright had nothing to say about National Pensions, now he says he would be most delighted to support them. These changes in his statements showed that he had no particular fixed opinions of his own, that he knew unless he changed he would get no vote. (Cheers.) Indeed, it was only at the eleventh hour and 59th minute that Mr. Cartwright appeared for the first time as a Liberal and Reformer. Was he likely be so good a Liberal or so good a Reformer as one who had been at it for years. (Cheers.)

Mr. Adkins concluded by appealing the electors to throw off the coming election the Conservative yoke that had been kept on South Northamptonshire for forty years, to follow all the surrounding Parliamentary Divisions in raising their voice on behalf of freedom. (Cheers.)—

Mr. F. Abbott, in an interesting speech, appealed to the electors to judge from history the actions and policy of the Tories in regard to Ireland, India, and education; and the Chairman, in a few remarks, said he felt satisfied that when the time for polling came, the voting would be on the right side, and the Liberal candidate would be returned for South Northamptonshire. (Cheers.)—A hearty vote of thanks to the Chairman and Mr. Abbott concluded the proceedings.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo Thursday 11 August 1892


Ernest Green, of Cosgrove was summoned for being drunk while in charge of a horse and trap, at Hanslope, on 31st July. P.C. Foster stated that defendant was so drunk that he couldn’t stand when he got out of the trap. Fined 5s. and 11s. 6d. costs, or 14 days.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 19 August 1892

STONY STRATFORD. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before his Grace the Duke of Grafton, K.G. (chairman), the Rev. C. W. Selby-Lowndes, Mr.  Watts, and Mr. G. S. Knapp.

John Toombes, of Stony Stratford, was summoned for stealing cultivated mushrooms, on July 27th, at Cosgrove. —Defendant did not appear.—Mr. W. R. Parrott appeared on behalf of the prosecutor.—Evidence was given by Henry Wales (bailiff) and Robert Daisley (keeper).—It was stated the mushrooms were cultivated, and that defendant had got a basket containing 12lbs. of them which were valued at 3s.—Fine and costs, 10s., or seven days.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo Saturday 27 August 1892

Stony Stratford Divisional Petty Sessions:


George Ellard and Henry Hurst, Cosgrove, were summoned for Assault, at Cosgrove, on August 21st and 22nd. Ellard was charged with assaulting Emily Catherine Hurst, and Hurst with assaulting Eli Baker and George Ellard. From the evidence it appeared there had been a general quarrel, and consequently the Bench dismissed the cases.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo Thursday 15 September 1892

Extract from article. Primrose League Show: Held at Passenham.

The Cosgrove Band, under the leadership of Mr. F. Green, was in attendance, and played suitable selections of music during the afternoon and for dancing in the evening, the latter amusement being extensively indulged in.

Buckingham Express Saturday 03 September 1892


THAT Mr. John Marks, who is in charge of the Cosgrove section of the Grand Junction Canal, contemplates resigning that position at an early date.
THAT Mr. Marks has been with the company a great many years.
THAT under the auspices of the Cosgrove Association Football Club a smoking concert will be held at the club headquarters, the Barley Mow inn, on Saturday, September 17th.
THAT a scratch match was played on Wednesday evening between the Captain's and sub- Captain's teams, and a pleasant game ensued.

Buckingham Express Saturday 08 September 1883

Cosgrove, near Stony Stratford.
THE EXCELLENT Household Furniture, plate, linen, glass, kitchen requisites and effects

On Thursday, September 20th, 1883,

On the premises in Cosgrove, by direction of the Trustees under the will of Mr. JOSEPH FOSTER deceased.

The sale will commence at 12.30.
Catalogues are in circulation. Auction and Agency Offices. Buckingham.

Buckingham Express Saturday 24 July 1886

A Bazaar, in aid of the organ fund, was held in Cosgrove on Thursday and Saturday in last week, and was largely attended. A large number of gifts were sent from outside friends, in addition to the articles contributed by the congregation. The goods were displayed in a large barn, kindly lent by S. Henson Pike Esq. Five large stalls were tastefully decorated, containing much that was pretty and useful. The introduction of a stall, containing a splendid variety of flowers, had a novel effect; whilst the beams &c. were covered with evergreens and bannerets.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 September 1892


Mr. T. M. Percival, Coroner, held inquest on Monday, the Plough Inn, Cosgrove, on the body of Mrs. Mary Ann Holdom, wife of John Holdom, general labourer, of Cosgrove.

John Holdom stated that deceased was 65 years old. She got up on Saturday morning about seven o'clock, and went downstairs. Witness was in bed. He was called by William Henson, and he got out of bed and went downstairs, and found his wife lying on the floor at the bottom of the stairs. Her head was nearest the house door, and her feet pointing upstairs. Her head bled very much. She never spoke at all, and lived for about an hour. Deceased had not been well for some time, and five or six years ago she had a stroke.

William Henson, of Bradwell, labourer, stated that he was staying at Cosgrove with the Holdoms on Saturday, and about a quarter to seven that morning he was downstairs in the living-room. The door was shut, and he heard a great noise. He went out immediately, and found deceased (who was his sister) lying on the floor, with her head against two pails of water at the foot of the stairs.

Thomas Stephen Maguire, of Stony Stratford, surgeon, stated he found the deceased woman dying. She was quite unconscious, and completely paralysed in all her limbs. They tried to rouse her, but she did not utter a sound, and seemed unable to speak. He believed she had an apoplectic seizure, and that was the cause of death, no doubt accelerated by the fall and loss of blood. There was a small cut the back of the head. He examined the head carefully, and there was fracture of the skull. She had, to witness's knowledge, a stroke a few years ago.

The Coroner briefly summed up, and the jury returned the following verdict:—"That deceased died from apoplexy, accelerated by an accidental fall downstairs.”

Buckingham Express Saturday 17 September 1892

Passenham Primrose League Fete. The Cosgrove Brass Band was in attendance, and contributed several selections of music, and played for dancing in the evening.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 30 September 1892

COSGROVE. On Saturday a smoking concert was held in the large room adjoining the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, aid of the funds the Cosgrove Football Club. A large number of friends from Wolverton, Stratford, and Deanshanger had promised to help, and a capital concert was expected, and the hope was realised. The committee hail gone to lot of trouble in decorating the room. The secretary (Mr. A. E. Jones) had devoted a large amount of time to the organisation of the concert, and was through his efforts that was complete success. There was some capital singing.

Programme : — Song, " Britannia's Flag," Mr. Roberts ; song, " Soldier's Tear," Mr. Barren ; song, ""The Longshoreman," Mr. Thurstons (encored, and " True till Death given): comic song," Killaloe," Mr. West: song, "Clara Nolan's Ball," Mr. Boulter; song, "Two Lovely Black Eyes," Mr. Boulter: song, "England is England Still," Mr. Roberts: comic song, Mr. Hilton: song, "Ho, Jolly Jenkins, Mr. Thurstons ; song, Only to see her Face, Mr. Jones; song, " Comrades," Mr. Cresswell; song, "The Tar's Farewell," Mr. Percy; comic song, " Still Alive," Mr. Furniss; song, The Song that Reached Heart," Mr. Jones ; comic song, Mr. Percy; song, Mr. Webb; comic song, Mr. West; song, "Off to Philadelphia," Mr Thurstons. The chair was occupied by Mr. F. Payne.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 30 September 1892

Stony Stratford.

Three Prime Fat BULLOCKS, Fat HEIFER,
90 Store EWES and LAMBS,
Two Fat SHEEP, SOW, Eight PIGS,
Four Valuable CART HORSES,
Excellent Assortment of IMPLEMENTS and
Five Ricks of Old and New HAY,
Quantity of STRAW and MANURE. Crops of
(all to go off),


GEO. BENNETT and SONS, on the Premises, on Thursday, October 13th, by direction of the Rev. P. G. McDouall, who is leaving Cosgrove.

Luncheon (for which a moderate charge will be made and returned to purchasers) Eleven o'clock, and business 11.30. Intending purchasers can view the hay and roots prior to the sale. Credit will be allowed the hay subject to conditions.

Catalogues are in circulation. Auction and Agency Office, Buckingham.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 01 October 1892

COSGROVE Smoking Concert—On Saturday evening last, a smoking concert was held in the large room adjoining the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, in aid of the funds of the Cosgrove Football Club. A large number of friends from Wolverton, Stratford, and Deanshanger, had promised to help, and a capital concert was expected, the hope being realised. The committee had been at a deal of trouble in decorating the room, the walls being hung with flags and banners, and the beams covered with evergreens and flowers, the work principally of Mr. J. Jelley, all of which was creditably done. At the platform end of the room a large bill bore the inscription " Success to the Cosgrove Football Club." The secretary, Mr. A. E. Jones, devoted a large amount of time to the organisation of the concert, and it was through his efforts that the concert was a complete success. There was some capital singing, Mr. Boulter, late drummer in the H.M 97th regiment, amusing the company with his rendering of " Clara Nolan's Bill," "The Whistling Woman" and " Two Lovely Black Eyes." Mr. West sang a couple of capital songs in very good style; and Mr. Thurstans, who is always in favour, sang “Ho! Jolly Jenkins," "The Longshoreman," and several others of that character, and a very enjoyable evening was spent by the company.
Appended is the programme : Song, " Britannia's Flags," Mr. Roberts ; song. Soldier's Tear," Mr. Burnell; song, "Killall," Mr. West ; song, " Clara Nolan's Ball," Mr. Boulter: song, " Longshoreman," encored and “True till death" given, Mr. Thurstans ; comic song, "Two Lovely Black Eyes," Mr. Boulter; song; " England is England Still," Mr. Roberts; comic song, Mr. Hilton ; song, "Ho ! Jolly Jenkins." Mr. Thurstans song, "Only to see her face." Mr Jones ; song, " Comrades," Mr. Cresswell ; song, " Tar's Farewell," Mr. Percival ; comic song, Mr. Percy; comic, song, "Still Alive," Mr. Furniss.; song " The song that reached my heart," Mr. Jones ; comic song, Mr. Percy ; comic song, Mr. Webb ; comic song. Mr. West ; song, " Off to Philadelphia," Mr. Thurstans. The chair was filled by Mr. F. Payne ; after a vote of thanks to the singers, and to the chairman, moved by Mr. A. E. Jones, the party broke up about 11 o'clock, an extra hour having been granted.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 November 1892

One mile from Stony Stratford and 1½ miles from
Castlethorpe Station (L. and N.-W. Ry).


Comprising: Mahogany telescope dining table, sideboard and chairs, curtains, couch, lady's chairs, walnut chiffonier, fine-toned cottage pianoforte in walnut, walnut occasional table, Brussels carpets, oak hall table and chairs, wicker and cane seat chairs, bookcases, books, massive mahogany 4-post and Arabian bedsteads, iron bedsteads, mahogany marble-top washstands, toilet ware, mahogany cheval glass and toilet glasses, baths, handsome mahogany wardrobes (fitted), chests of drawers, circular revolving library table, mattresses, palliasses, feather beds, blankets, fenders and fire irons, carpenter's bench and tools, lamps, tortoise stove, sets of steps, kitchen table, and culinary utensils, box mangle, ironing stove, clothes horses, meat safes, lead tanks, weighing machine, &c, i &c. ;

Two Milking COWS, Capital Harness HORSE,
Well-built WAGGONETTE.
Sets of Double and Single HARNESS,
Riding Saddles, Lady's Side-saddle, Bridles, Chaffcutter, and Stable Requisites.
Lawn Mower, Garden Roll, Garden Chair, and
Numerous Garden Tools and Implements,
Ladders, Cucumber Frames, Hearson's Incubator,
Wheelbarrow, Waterbarrow, &c, &c
The Glazed Wood-framed Structure forming
Quantity of Carrots, Seed Potatoes, Beetroot,
and Firewood,
Part of a Rick and Small Rick of MEADOW HAY,


GEO. BENNETT and SONS on Thursday, November 17, 1892, by direction of the Rev. P. G. McDouall, who is leaving.

Sale to commence 10.30 o'clock.

N.B.—On account the number and importance of Lots, and the short days, the Sale will commence punctually at the time stated. Catalogues will be in circulation eight days prior to Sale, and may be obtained from the Cock and Bull Hotels, Stony Stratford, or from the Auctioneers, Buckingham. On view, the day prior to the Sale. HENRY COOPER, AUCTIONEER AND PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT. Debtors Advised and Creditors Consulted. Private Arrangements Completed. 30. MARKET SQUARE. NORTHAMPTON.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 05 November 1892

CLOTHING SOCIETY. The manager, Mr. W. Anchor, of the Stony Stratford, Wolverton, and District Clothing Society, entertained the members to dinner at the Barley Mow Inn, at Cosgrove, Saturday last, when a capital cold spread was put on the tables by the Host, Mr. Willison. About 50 were present, and did full justice to the fare provided. After the cloth had been removed short toast list was gone through. Mr. W. A. Anchor was voted to the chair. Among those present were— Messrs. W. Panter, E. Skeats, Seymour, Marks, H. Willison, Toombs, Gomersell, Bianchi, and T. Jelley. The toast of the “Queen and Royal Family” was heartily drunk. In proposing the toast of “Success to the Society,” Chairman said that the society, which is two years old, had been very successful, and hoped it would be more prosperous in the future, it was his endeavour to look after the welfare of the members, and be intended that everything supplied to the members should be of the best quality. The “Health of Mr. Anchor” was heartily drunk. Songs were given by Messrs. C. Burnell and Geo. Brown. The room was cleared tor dancing which was indulged in, accompanied by the Cosgrove Brass Band, under the leadership of Mr. F. Green.

Buckingham Express Saturday 03 December 1892

COSGROVE OBITUARY.—We much regret to chronicle the death of Mr. William Knight, late of this village, which took place at his residence, Stony Stratford, on Saturday morning last, after only an illness extending from the previous Monday, he being stricken down with erysipelas on the brain. Deceased was very popular. He was for many years a chorister in Cosgrove Church, also a bell-ringer, and at all concerts he was always willing to assist vocally or otherwise. He leaves a widow and five young children. Deceased was buried on Tuesday at the new Cemetery, Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 December 1892

The property of J. J. Atkinson, Esq., Cosgrove Priory. Bay Gelding, Victor, by Victor 11. Up to 16 stone; well known with the Grafton Hounds and in Ireland. A splendid jumper ; makes slight noise.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 10 December 1892

After 46 year as a clergyman of the Church of England, fifteen years of which have been spent at Cosgrove, the Rev. P.G. McDouall, M.A., rector of Cosgrove, has tendered his resignation to the Bishop of Peterborough on account of ill-health. Much regret was expressed on all sides by his parishioners when it was espoused some little time ego of his intention, and since then Mr. J. Jepson Atkinson, C.C., and Mr. P. D. Bull (churchwardens) have been busy in gathering subscriptions for the purpose of presenting the rev. gentlemen with some mark of recognition of his kindness during his rectorship of the place. A massive black marble time piece with gold front, and a testimonial on vellum in frame, with a suitable address, was presented to him by the churchwardens in the name of the parishioners. On Sunday, in the presence of a large congregation, the rev. gentleman in preaching his farewell sermon, referred with much regret to his severing connection of fifteen years with them and thanked them most heartily for their very valuable present, and asked for the Lord's blessing on them in the future and also his successor. The Rev. H. N. C. Henson, Higham Gobion, Hitchin, has been appointed to the living.

Buckingham Express Saturday 24 December 1892

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions. Friday, December 16th


William Woolcock, Cosgrove, was summoned for neglecting to send his child Elizabeth to school.

Buckingham Express Saturday 07 January 1893

During the past week skating has been considerably indulged in around the neighbourhood of Wolverton, the principal place of amusement being the “Broad Waters,” Cosgrove, where thousands availed themselves of the splendid ice.

Buckingham Express Saturday 13 January 1893


THAT since the retirement of the late Rector of the Parish (the Rev. P. G. McDouall) the services at the church have been very irregular, owing to the none arrival of the Rev. H. C. W. Hewson, the newly appointed Rector.
THAT Mr. F. D. Bull, as one of the Churchwardens has been very active in making the best of a bad job, and the services of the Rev. Dr. Payne have been requisitioned on more than one occasion to conduct the service.
THAT great dissatisfaction prevails amongst the parishioners at such high-handed proceedings, and they say some explanation ought to be forthcoming from some quarter as to the meaning of it.
THAT the Committee of the football club intend arranging another smoking concert to be held at the Barley Mow inn at no distant date, when the proceeds will be given to the funds.
THAT up to half-time ending December 31st the Cosgrove football club have played 10 matches, won 8, lost 7, drawn 1. Total goals scored—For, 44 ; Against, 40.

Buckingham Express Saturday 04 February 1893

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Friday January 27th

Thomas Jelley, Cosgrove, was summonsed for assaulting John Sharp at Cosgrove, but the parties, on the advice of Supt. Norman, having come to some amicable arrangement the Justices allowed the case to be settled out of court.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 18 February 1893

The Rev. Henry Newington Clarke Hewson has been appointed Rector of Cosgrove, Stony Stratford.

Buckingham Express Saturday 25 March 1893

COSGROVE ACCIDENT. Whilst working at a guillotine machine at McCorquodale's Envelope Works, at Wolverton, on Tuesday, an employee named Frank Dollings, residing at this village, got one of his fingers severely cut; in fact, the joint hung with a thread. Dr. Symington was sent for, and did all he could for the, unfortunate man. This is the second accident at this machine in a very short time.

Buckingham Express Saturday 22 April 1893

COSGROVE. QUOIT HANDICAP.—On Saturday afternoon, at the Plough inn, a quoit handicap took place, when there were 25 competitors. After a very pleasant and interesting game the first prize was taken by Mr. J. Knight, the second prize by Mr. H. Lambert, and the third prize by Mr. C. Panter.
THE CUCKOO AND NIGHTINGALE. A correspondent writes that on Saturday last the Cuckoo was heard for the first time in the village; and on Sunday evening the Nightingale was heard to splendid advantage. For the latter songster it is considered very early.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo Tuesday 25 April 1893


Information brought to Wolverton states that a large fire is raging this afternoon at Cosgrove. A farmhouse (Plough Inn) on the Green, in the occupation of Mr. Cowley, with several adjacent thatched cottages, being involved. The Stony Stratford Fire Brigade has been called to the scene.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 29 April 1893

COSGROVE Fire.—On Tuesday, April 26, about 1 p.m., a fire broke out in a barn in the occupation of Capt. Mansell, and owned by Mr. Grant Thorold. Attached to the barn on the west side is a cottage, and adjacent are some thatched barns and outhouses, but fortunately the people about were able to confine the flames to the place in which it broke out. The fire was first observed by a young man named Wm. Smith, who at once gave warning, and the Stony Stratford Fire Brigade were sent for. Meanwhile, the efforts of those in attendance were directed to keeping the flames from spreading, but there being very little water about this was somewhat of a difficulty, the contents of the blazing structure, viz., straw, wooden rafters, and firewood helping on the conflagration to a considerable extent. About 2 p.m. the roof went in, and there was then much more danger of the result apprehended above. The Stony Stratford Brigade, under Supt. Revill, arrived about this time, and were soon busy, a portion being told off to quench the fire, others keeping the cottage well soaked so that the flames could not spread—a task in which they were successful. About 3 p.m. the fire was well overcome. The barn and its contents were burnt out, the damage, which amounts to about £100, being, we understand, covered by insurance. The cause of the outbreak is not at present known.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 April 1893

STONY STRATFORD. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before the Duke Grafton (in the chair), the Rev. G. E. Willes, and Mr. T. Byam Grounds.

Henry Jones, Cosgrove, was charged with keeping dangerous dog not under proper control, March 27th.—Mr. Jones said the dog had always been quiet and inoffensive.—George Clarke, hawker, said the dog bit his leg, and William Pittam, neighbour, and P.C. Tebb stated that the dog was dangerous one.— Fine and costs 12s. 6d., the dog to be destroyed at once.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 April 1893

County Court, Wednesday.—Before His Honour Judge Snagge.

J. W. Lord, carrier, of Cosgrove, sued Emma Jones, wife of Henry Jones, of Cosgrove, for £4 for goods supplied.

Defendant said she only owed £2  17s. 9½d.

A book was put in by the plaintiff containing entries of returns owing to him the defendant.

His Honour: Did you make these different entries in this book as you received them?

Plaintiff: Yes, sir.

His Honour : Take care, now you cannot deceive me in this matter. You might as well try to deceive an expert jeweller of there being no difference between paste and diamonds. It appears me this is a copy made out as nice and clean as possible purpose for the use of the judge. Is not that so?

As plaintiff did not answer, his Honour would not give judgment for the amount claimed, but only for the payment of £2 17s. 9½d., the sum which defendant admitted she owed the plaintiff.

Defendant said she had no means of paying the money, for she did not possess anything “to speak of."

His Honour told her she had nothing to fear according to that, and advised the plaintiff to recover the debt in the best way he could.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 April 1893


About noon on Tuesday a fire broke out in a barn belonging to Mr. J. C. Mansel, Cosgrove. Information was at once conveyed to Stony Stratford, and the fire brigade, with all possible speed, journeyed to the scene of the conflagration. Fortunately it was not found necessary to use the engine. The firemen rendered necessary service in removing portions of the building, and thus prevented the tire from spreading. As there was no wind their efforts in this direction were successful. Had there been a strong, or even a moderate wind, the thatched cottages and other buildings adjacent must have caught fire. The inhabitants of the cottages commenced moving their furniture, but the fire was soon out, in fact, the brigade was back less than an hour.

Buckingham Express 01 July 1893

QUOIT MATCH.—A match between the Prince of Wales Quoit Club, Stony Stratford, and the team Cosgrove Plough Quoit Club was played on the ground of the former on Saturday, the home team winning by 18 points. The conditions were 12 a side, 15 up. Scores.

Prince of Wales

Cosgrove Plough.

E. Smith


W. Tombs


J. Robinson


W. Brown


H. Nicholls


B. Wise


H. Pollard


J. Wise


J. Pratt


J. Knight


R. Leek


T. Jelley


F. Newman


H. Lambert


R. Roll


F. Henson


G. Gillard


J. Holman


T. Holman


G. Dollings


O. Claridge


H. Burnell


W. Warr


W. Gomersall


F. Hassell


J. Brown




Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 July 1893



This small village, not behind in any festivities of a national character, held high holiday on Thursday. As in the Jubilee year the whole affair was a complete success. The proceedings began with a tea for the women and children, kindly provided Mrs. Atkinson, which was served at the Priory. From then till seven o'clock games were indulged in, after which the majority of the village had assembled on the lawn.

Amongst those present were Mr. J. Jepson Atkinson, C.C., and Miss Atkinson, Colonel Murray, Rev. H. C. W. Hewson, Mr. F. D. and Mrs. Bull, &c. The Cosgrove Brass Band was engaged for the occasion, and added materially the enjoyment of all. A large marquee had been erected (kindly lent by Mr. J. Knight), where splendid refreshments were supplied ad lib. Sports were held for men, women, and children, in which a large number participated. At nine o'clock the ground was cleared for dancing, which was kept with great spirit till midnight, when the National Anthem terminated a very enjoyable and memorable day.

The following gentlemen deserve every word of praise for so ably carrying out the arduous duties the holiday : —Messrs. A. R. Bianchi (chairman), T. S. Smith, T. Wake, O. Gommersall, J. Holman, R. Johnson, G. Brown, F. Jelley, J. Knight, C. Baker, and Seymour (secretary). Stony Stratford.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 15 July 1893


TREAT TO THE VILLAGE.—On Saturday last, July 8, most of the inhabitants of this village partook of a substantial tea on the lawn of the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Grant, the host and hostess Their kindness was very much appreciated by the large gathering present. At the same time the school children were not forgotten, tea being provided for them in the Board School, under the superintendence of Mr. and Mrs. Brearley, the master and mistress. Afterwards the young people enjoyed themselves with cricket, swings, and racing, in a field kindly lent for the occasion by Mr. Whiting. The music of the Cosgrove Brass Band added greatly to the evening's enjoyment. A vote of thanks, with hearty cheers, was given to Mr. and Mrs. Grant for their hospitality, proposed by Mr. Brearley, and seconded by Mr. Day. The thanks of the company were also due to Mrs. Gregory and Messrs. Whiting, Pike, Amos, Groves, Manning, and Compton for substantial aid given towards the children's treat.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 15 July 1893

FEAST WEEK.— With all the usual paraphernalia, this village feast has taken place this week, perhaps with more success than for many years. Located in the Barley Mow Inn field, the renowned George Billing’s steam circus has provided no small amount amusement. On Sunday the Cosgrove Brass Band paraded the village and then marched to the Parish Church, where divine service was held, being well attended, the Rev. H. C. W. Hewson officiating. On the following day there were large numbers in the village, and in the evening there was quite an exodus into the place, many listening to the Band, who played several nice pieces under the conductorship of Mr. Gilbert Locke (Wolverton). On Monday evening the feast was quite at its height, the various hostelries, roundabouts, and shooting galleries, doing roaring trade. The feast continues throughout the week. On Saturday the first heats of a quoit handicap took place at the Barge Inn, when some closely contested games were witnessed.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 22 July 1893


The Sanitary State of Cosgrove has been remarked upon more of late than ever, and if something is not done, and very shortly, it is alleged that something will happen. The attention of the Sanitary Inspector to the Potterspury Board of Guardians is directed to the very bad condition of a few cottages near the church and near the schoolmaster’s house.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 29 July 1893

THE FEAST Saturday last saw the final stages of the feast week in this village. Provided by the genial host of the Barley Mow inn, Mr. Willison, a tea with sports for men, women and children took place, the latter evoking much amusement. There was a very large number of people present. The Cosgrove Brass Band was in attendance, and played for dancing, which was entered into with much spirit. Altogether a capital time was spent.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 31 July 1893

LOST, near Cosgrove on Sunday, 23rd, a Brown Leather HANDBAG. Anyone returning same to the Barley Mow, Cosgrove, will receive Five Shillings reward.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 August 1893



are instructed by Mr. Lewis Osborn


On Monday, September 1893,

56 Acres of Excellent GRASS KEEPING, from November 2nd next up to the 29th day of September, 1894, and which can be mown once or grazed.

Credit will given until the 24th of June, 1894, on payment of a deposit of 25 per cent., and giving approved security for the balance upon conditions that will be produced at the time of Sale. The company are requested to meet the Auctioneers at the Farm Buildings at Five o'clock precisely. Catalogues may be had of Messrs. Durham, Gotto, and Samuel, Auctioneers and Land Agents, Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell, and Northampton.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 August 1893


MESSRS. DURHAM, GOTTO, and SAMUEL are instructed by the Rev. H. N. C. Hewson


On Monday, September 4th, 1893,
Immediately after the sale of the Elms Farm,

83 Acres of Luxuriant GRASS-KEEPING
From the 30th September next to the 29th September, 1894, which can be mown once or grazed.

Credit will be given until the 24th June. 1894, on payment of a deposit per cent., and giving approved security for the balance upon conditions that will be produced at the time of sale.

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

Buckingham Express Saturday 08 September 1894

COSGROVE, QUOITS MATCH.—COSGROVE BARGE INN CLUB v. OLD STRATFORD FALCON INN CLUB.—These clubs played a match at quoits on Saturday at the Falcon Inn, Old Stratford, when the visitors, after a very interesting game, won by eight points. The teams were not fully represented, owing to the harvest weather. The conditions were 12 yards distance 15 points up.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 09 September 1893


The following, taken from the Morning Post of Saturday, September 2, will be read with interest, as one of the defendants is a well known resident in the neighbourhood :
“At the Rochester County Police Court yesterday John Thompson Cooper, described as a merchant, of The Creigg, Nightingale-Lane, Wandsworth, and John Jepson Atkinson, described as a barrister, of Cosgrove Priory, Northamptonshire, were summoned for that they, being Directors of the Northfleet White Lead Company (Limited), did neglect to forward a list of members and summary, in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act to the Registrar of the Joint-Stock Companies for the year 1892, and did unlawfully, knowingly, and wilfully permit that Company to be in default in that respect for the space of 180 days.—The complainant, Mr. Bernard Boaler, of No. 17, Hanover - park, Peckham, conducted his own case. Mr. H. Courthorpe Munroe was counsel for the defendants and the liquidators of the Company, which is in process of winding up, —Mr. Boaler, who holds 50 shares in the Company, stated that the defendant Atkinson was registered, the holder of 1,806 shares allotted on the 14th of July, 1891, and the claim register book (produced) purported to show that he had paid £3,612 in cash as the price of those shares. Cooper was also the registered owner of shares, and represented as having paid £3,610, whilst Mr. Alexander Cruickshank, another Director, was represented as having paid £4,250 in respect of shares and a Mr. Davie  £3,890. He should prove that these alleged payments were bogus and absolutely false; no such payments had been made. The names of Henry Hickman, engineer, of 51 and 53 Hanbury road, was entered in the claim list as the holder of 4,660 shares in this company, and as haying paid the separate sums of £582, £1,020, and £7,717. He should prove that the individual in question and the payments were alike fictitious and false —Mr.  Alexander Cruickshank, who appeared on Crown subpoena gave evidence that he wall entitled to shares as the nominee of the vendors, but the entry representing that he had paid £4,250 as cash for them was not correct. He was formerly manager to Mr. Elmore, the promoter of this Company, and knew there was no such person as Henry Hickman at the address given, which was the address of Mr. Elmore's experimental white lead works. Letters had come there for Mr. Henry Hickman, and witness sent one back to the Dead Letter Office. A reporter from a financial paper came from the office to interview Mr. Hickman, and they got to high words because witness insisted that there was no such person, and had to show the interviewer the door. (Laughter) When witness told Mr. Elmore that he had returned to the Post Office letters that had come to that office addressed to Mr. Hickman, Mr. Elmore directed him to hand all such letters to him henceforward, and to have a brass plate put on the door with the name of “Hickman” upon it. —Mr. Frederick. Darlington, of West Norwood, said he was one of the four persons who had taken out a patent for the improved manufacture of white lead. This was afterwards sold under the agreement produced to the defendant Company for £150,000, paid part in cash and part in shares. The agreement purported to be executed on the 22nd of July, but, as a matter of fact, it was signed on June 25. Complainant pointed out that the contract agreement was void, as the Company did not exist on June 25. Subsequently witness signed another agreement, whereby the patent rights were assigned to the Company for £25,000, and not £150,000. Witness had Vendors' Shares and Deferred Shares in his own name, and others in the name of Mr. Doyle, to whom he had given 10 per cent, for applying for allotment, but no cash had been paid for them. The object was to get the Cornpany's shares quoted on the Stock Exchange.—Mr. Munroe: A daily occurrence—Colonel Hartley (one of the Magistrates)—But a very colourable transaction -- Darlington : The transactions in connection with this Company have been so dishonest that I am left with £10,000 of shares which will fetch nothing, while Mr. Elmore has been dabbling in the shares at high premiums —It transpired that questions in connection with the winding-up of the Company were still before the High Court, and the Magistrates therefore decided to adjourn the further hearing of this case for two months.—Both defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges."

Buckingham Express Saturday 15 September 1894

At the fourth annual Tickford Horse Show, held last Friday, in class 6, for the best mare likely to breed a hunter, in foal, or with foal at foot, an exhibit by Colonel Murray of Cosgrove Hall, was highly commended by the judges.

Buckingham Express Saturday 29 September 1894

The Court Circular - contains the following reference to the death of the Dowager Lady Waterpark: "The Queen has sustained another loss of a devoted friend to whom Her Majesty was much attached in the Dowager Lady Waterpark, who expired after some months' illness on Saturday, September 15th. Lady Waterpark, who had been for many years Lady of the Bed Chamber to Her Majesty and only retired from active service in 1891, had been an extra Lady of the Bed Chamber since 1891." For many years Lady Waterpark has been a constant visitor at The Hall, Cosgrove, where her sister, the Hon. Mrs. lsted, is in residence.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 October 1893

STONY STRATFORD Petty Sessions, Friday.—Before Mr. A. Grant-Thorold (chairman),, Rev. G. E. Willee. and Mr. T. Grounds.

Arthur Clarke, Cosgrove, did not appear answer to a charge of keeping a dog without a licence.

Mr. T. B. Harmer. supervisor, prosecuted, and the ease was proved Mr. W. J. Foddy, excise officer.— Fined 10s. and costs 6s.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 23 December 1893

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions Friday, December 15 1893

Henry Harris Hurst, of Cosgrove, sawyer, and Catherine Emily Hurst, his wife, were charged with assaulting Jane Elisabeth Ellard, on the 2nd of December.
There was also a cross summons taken out by Henry Harris Hunt against Mrs. Ellard.
Mr. Phillips, Northampton, appeared for Mrs. Ellard; and Mr. Darnell, also of Northampton, for the Hursts.
The three cases were, by consent, taken together.
All defendants pleaded not guilty.
Jane Elizabeth Ellard stated that on the day in question her husband was away at work. About two o'clock she was in the garden of her house at Cosgrove, talking to Mrs. Smith. Hurst was in his garden, adjoining, and called her an ugly —, and asked her why she was going to blind his boy. Witness replied that she had not said she would, nor did she mean to. She then went down to her backdoor, and when on the step, Hurst struck her with a knife under her left eye. She escaped into the house and Hurst followed her, and took hold of her by the neck with the left hand and struck her several times in the face with the right hand. He also knocked a tooth out of her (witness's) month, and put his thumb in her mouth saying he would break her jaw. Hurst called his wife and dragged her (witness) to the door. His wife then came into the house, and struck her under the jaw, tore her earring out and pulled a quantity of hair out of her head, which she carried away. She also held her, whilst Hurst struck her. Witness sent for her father. Hurst said if she came out again he would chop her head off.
Cross-examined : She did not speak first, nor did she scratch Hurst until he assaulted her. She bit Hurst's thumb when in her mouth, and he then called for his wife. He had been cutting celery with the knife.
Elisabeth Smith and Elizabeth Brown, neighbours, corroborated the last witness as to what took place outside.
Eli Baker, father of complainant, said that on the 2nd inst. he went to his daughter's house, and found her in a very exhausted state. She had two black eyes and a swollen nose.
Mr. Darnell addressed the Bench on behalf of the Hursts and called Henry Harris Hurst, who stated that on the 2nd of December he had a word or two with Mrs. Ellard, who sneered at him and called him distrusting names. He asked her why she shook her mat in his little boy's eyes, and she replied she did not and called him a liar. She scratched witness's face, and gave him two or three " clouts." She also seized his thumb in her month and bit it. He did not call for his wife, she came when she saw his thumb in Mrs. Ellard's mouth. They went into the house in the scuffle.
Cross-examined: He did not hold Mrs. Ellard as she and her witnesses had said. She grabbed at his thumb. He struck her with his left hand.
Mrs. Hurst stated that she went to her husband's assistance. She did pull Mrs. Ellard's hair, because she was biting witness's husband's thumb. Mrs. Ellard commenced the quarrel by swearing, and struck the first blow.
Cross-examined: She saw complainant attack her husband. The evidence of Mrs. Brown was untrue, but Mrs. Smith's was partially true. She did not see her husband strike complainant.
Clara Ann Stewart, daughter of Mrs. Hurst, bore out the evidence of her mother.
Hurst was fined £2 and 11s. costs, the Bench describing the assault as a very cowardly one ; and Mrs. Hurst was fined 2s 6d. and 8s. 6d costs.
The summons against Mrs. Ellard was dismissed.

Buckingham Express Saturday 06 January 1894

COSGROVE. SMOKING CONCERT. On Friday evening in last week, a smoking concert was given at the Barley Mow inn, the proceeds being handed to Mrs. Payne. A fair number were present. Messrs. A. Jelley, H. Gee, W. Dilliston, H. Willison, and others contributed to the harmony of the evening. Miss Minnie Willison, presided at the pianoforte.

Buckingham Express Saturday 06 January 1894

CHOIR AND BELL, RINGERS SUPPER—At the kind invitation of the Rev. H. C. N. Hewson (Rector) the adult members of the choir and bell ringers of the Church of SS. Peter and Paul were entertained at their annual supper, which took place, as usual, at the Rectory. The various viands having been discussed, Mr. Burnell presided at the post prandial proceedings, and amongst those present were the Rector and Mr. F. D. Bull (churchwarden). The health of the Rector was heartily drunk, and songs were given by Messrs. T. Green, C. Burnell, Busby, Holt, Durrant, and F. D. Bull.

Bucks Herald Saturday 24 March 1894

WANTED WORKING FOREMAN; must be able to Build and Thatch Ricks, and thoroughly understand stock. Wife to attend Poultry. Apply J. Manners, Home Farm, Cosgrove, Stony Stratford.

Buckingham Express Saturday 21 April 1894

COSGROVE. PONY RACING. -At the invitation of Mr. J. Jepson Atkinson, C.C., a large party of nobility and gentry of the neighbourhood assembled at the Priory to witness some very interesting juvenile pony racing. The party included Lord Euston, Col. Murray, Mr. H. Grant-Thorold, Mr. J. Jepson, Mrs. Atkinson, &c.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 01 June 1894

Quoit Match.

Wolverton Park Quoit amd Bowling Club v. Cosgrove.

This match was played in the Park on Saturday, when Wolverton won by 32 points, or eight games to six games. Conditions: Twelve yard beds, 71b. quoits, 15 up.

Scores:— J. Smith, 12; A. Alderman, 15; A. Dawson, 9; Battisson, 15; G. Robinson, 15; J. Cameron, F, Warrick, 0; J. Lloyd, 14; J. Brocklehurst; 15 ; W. Foster, 15; W. Rock, 15; J. Shaw, J. Dixon, (captain), 15; G. Gillard, 10. Total, 177.

Cosgrove: J. Knight (captain), 15; Lambert, ; W. Woodcock, 15; F. Henson, 7; R. Brown, 11; J. Brown, 15; J. Wise, 15; G. Brown, 15 ; B. Wise, 9 ; T. 11; F. Hillier, W. Hillier, T. Smith, 3; C. Baldwin, 15. Total, 145.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 23 June 1894

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions Friday, June 15th

Mr. Gotto applied, against for F. C. Mansel, Esq. of Cosgrove, for a warrant to eject Emma Swannell from a Cottage at Cosgrove, she having taken no notice of the notice served.
After having proof of service of the notice, the application was granted.

Buckingham Express Saturday 21 July 1894

COSGROVE VILLAGE FEAST.—The annual village feast which is being celebrated this week is observed on larger scale than in previous years. The feast was ushered in on Sunday morning with a peal of bells from the Parish Church, and during the day well attended services were held. The Rector (the Rev. H. C. W. Hewson) officiated, and in the course of his sermon referred to the feast. In the evening there was a large number of friends and visitors, and the village was quite lively. The Yardley Gobion Band played several sacred selections. On Monday there were many attractions, Billing's Steam Gallopers being located in Willison’s field and at the Plough inn grounds Shepperd's shows were stationed. In the evening Hanslope Band played for dancing, there being a large company present.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 28 July 1894

WOLVERTON PARK QUOITS CLUB v. COSGROVE. The return match between these clubs was played on Saturday, July 21, at Cosgrove, and it being the “tail end” of the feast week a good company was present, the Hanslope and Yardley Gobion Brass Bands helping to enliven the proceedings. The visitors were opposed by a strong local team, and excitement ran rife until the finish, Wolverton just managing to win by a bare margin of 5 points, the score of games being Cosgrove 10, Wolverton 7. The conditions were 15 up, 7lb. quoits, and 12 yard illeg. Scores appended.



J. Dixie



J. Knight (capt)


T. Swannell


W. Woodcock


J. Brocklehurst


C. Burnell


A. Dawson


R. Brown


G. Battinson


W. Brown


G. Robinson


H. Lambert


J. Smith


F. Henson


H. Randell


C. Baldwin


F. Warrick (3)


F. Hillier


W. Pooley


J. Brown


W. Meacham


G. Brown


W. Johnson


T. Jelley


G. Gillard


B. Wise


J. Cameron


J. Wise


J. Ingram


G. Panter


W. Rock


T. Bugby


A. Alderman


W. Hillier




Northampton Mercury - Friday 31 August 1894

Administration Order.

Edward John Abel, coachman, at Cosgrove Priory, applied for an administration order.

He put down his debts at £45. and offered 7s. 6d. in the £, payable by monthly instalment of 10s. each. —The debtor said his wages from Mr. Atkinson were 26s. a week, payable until recently quarterly house free. He made a similar application at Newport Pagnell, but it was not granted on account his debts were then over £50. His wife was dead, and he laid it to her bad management that he had got into this mess.—ln reply to a debtor, he said if he got the order applied for he was not going on a fortnight's holiday to see the Doncaster Races.

His Honour said it was a great pity the debtor was not paid weekly instead of quarterly. That was the reason the man's debts were not paid. There was, however, no reason why he should not pay his debts in full. He granted an order for the payment of the debts in full by monthly instalments of 24s.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 December 1894


On Tuesday the Parish Meeting, established by the present Government in the Local Government Act of 1894, was held in every rural parish throughout England. The Act enjoined that the Meeting, summoned by the overseers, must be called at some time between six and eight o'clock in the evening.

COSGROVE. Parish Schoolroom, seven p.m. Chairman, Mr. T. Seymour.

Nomination of Parish Councillors (nine seats): Messrs. H. Robinson, T. W. Wake, D. Jones, J. J. Atkinson, C.C., J. Panter, H. Grant Thorold, M. Willison W. Cross, 0. W. Richardson, F. D. Bull, V. Gomersall, E. Baker, W. Tarry, W. Woodcock, and the Rev. H. N. C. Hewson. The meeting was conducted in an orderly manner. Mr. Eli Baker, not being satisfied with the result of the show of hands, demanded a poll. There was good attendance. The first nine had the majority on the show of hands.

Buckingham Express Saturday 06 January 1895

COSGROVE CHURCH CHOIR & RINGERS' SUPPER.—The members of this Church Choir were entertained on New Year's Eve at the Rectory by the Rev. H. C. N. Hewson to their animal supper. At the conclusion of the spread the choir were paid a visit by the Rector, who in a few words welcomed them, and wished them a Happy New Year. The remainder of the evening was spent in harmony, and at midnight the ringers welcomed the New Year with a peal of bells.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 16 February 1895

SKATING. This was pretty general in Wolverton and neighbourhood on Saturday, the river Ouse at the Trunk, Cosgrove, bearing well, a thing not known for many years. Though the frost has been prolonged, there were some immersions, mostly through recklessness; in one case a lad named Raffe, getting in the canal at Old Wolverton. Fortunately he was got out without much trouble. The trimmers in the Works, who are at present on short time, arranged a hockey match on Saturday morning, under the title of "Lords v. Commons." Mr. H. Packer captaining the former, and Mr. E. Cook the latter. The game took place on the Broad Water, Cosgrove, and sixteen per side participated therein. A well contested game ended in a draw of one goal each. Mr. W. Poole was referee.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 16 February 1895

DISTRESS IN THE POTTERSPURY UNION.--In consequence of the extraordinary severity of the weather a special meeting of the Potterspury Board Of Guardians was held at the Board Room, Yardley Gobion, on Saturday morning, for the " consideration of relief cases and any cases of distress that might require attention in consequence of the severity of the weather, and to give instructions to the relieving officers the matter." The Rev. G Willie presided.—The Chairmen stated that he had received a letter from the Duke of Grafton, asking if he did not consider a special meeting should be called on account of the weather, and as a result of that Mr. Robinson (Stony Stratford) and Mr. French (Stony Stratford, East), issued a notice to the Clerk (Mr. W. R. Parrott), asking for that special meeting to be called. —The permanent relief list was considered first, and after some discussion the Relieving Officer, who thought it would be better to err on the side of humanity, was instructed to use his discretion in increasing the relief to the out-door paupers up to a limit of 9d.—With respect to of distribution and starvation, Mr. Holman said the Overseers were empowered to deal with case of sudden and argent necessity, but could only give relief in kind — It was ultimately decided to issue recommendations to the overseers, asking them to give relief in kind in cases of urgent necessity. This recommendation was more the Northampton parishes, as the Relieving Officer was close at hand for the Bucks parishes. With regard to the barges icebound in the parishes of Wolverton and Cosgrove, it was resolved to give relief "as a loan" on application, and after enquiries had been made by the Relieving Officer.

Buckingham Express Saturday 23 March 1895


AT a meeting of the Cosgrove Parish Council May, 1895, held on Monday last a very excellent proposal was adopted, viz., to admit the Press to their meetings. This is as it should be, but this was not to go unchallenged, as the Rector and the rose and moved that the reporters should submit their notes to the Council before leaving, so that they (the Council) would be able to rectify any mistakes or strike out objectionable matter; a proposal we should think unparalleled in the 19th century, and one so subversive of all usage that on the invitation of the Chairman our representative rose and emphatically declined to accede to such autocratic censorship which world not for one moment be tolerated outside of Russia. We would advise all who are afraid of being unable to bridle their tongues sufficiently to either say nothing or prepare their speeches with a just respect to other people's feelings. They need not then fear their contributions to the elucidation of parish matters being fully and correctly reported, and lay to heart the old motto "That speech in may be silvern, but silence is golden." We would respectfully point out to the gentleman in question that to stifle the mouthpiece of the people is to destroy the usefulness of that medium to which both cleric and layman have free access.

Buckingham Express Saturday 06 April 1895

DEATHS: HENSON. On March 31, at Cosgrove, David Edward Henson (suddenly), aged 82.

Buckingham Express Saturday 20 April 1895

MARRIAGES: GREEN--STAMP. On April 15, at S.S. Peter and Paul’s Church, Cosgrove, by he Rev. H. C. N. Hewson Frederick Albert Green to Ellen Stamp, both of Cosgrove.

Buckingham Express Saturday 25 May 1895



FROM particulars gleaned at the Allotment Holders' supper at Cosgrove on Saturday evening, there rests no doubt that they have a very considerate landlord in Mr. H. Grant-Thorold. There are, the Secretary says, 49 holders with 68 plots, and the cost of management is nil. The land is in good condition, and according to the tone of several "tillers of the soil " present some very good crop, are realised. Some short time ago Mr. Thorold was waited upon with a view to a reduction of rent being brought about, and after hearing the particulars laid before him kindly granted a reduction of 10s. an acre, and gave them to understand that whilst always ready to I hear any complaint from them, he trusted that this concession would suffice. According to price paid per acre, I question that if you were to search many villages one would not find land much cheaper and near home as in the present instance.
THE only regrettable feature of the evening was the poor attendance. It looks to me like the old adage, that promises are like piecrusts, made to be broken. But then, that is Cosgrove all over.

Buckingham Express Saturday 25 May 1895


In order to recognise the kindly considerations as of the reduction of rent met with from the hands of the Lord of the Manor  Mr. H. Grant-Thorold) the allotment holders of this villagers, had a supper on Saturday evening at the Barley Mow Inn. It was originally intended by Mr. Thorold to have been present, but at the present time he is doing duty with the Northamptonshire Militia, and thus his thing, his unavoidable absence was the more regrettable. Host Willison placed a capital cold spread on the tables, to which a very small company eat down. The room was very nicely decorated. After the various good things had been well discussed Mr. F. D. Bull filled the position of chairman, being supported by the Rev. H. C. N. Hewson, Mr. F. G. Branson (London), Mr. A. R. Bianchi (Secretary of the Allotments). Mr. A. E. Jones, &c. The Chairman read letters of apology from Mr. H. Grant-Thorold, Colonel Murray, Mr. J. J. Atkinson, C.C., all of whom were unable to be present through unforeseen circumstances. "The Queen" was submitted by the Chairman and loyally received, after which, by the kindness of Mr. Branson, cigars and liquor were placed upon the tables.
The Chairman next gave the health of Mr. H. Grant-Thorold, and took advantage of referring to the kindness of that gentleman in meeting the allotment holders and making a considerable abate in the rents. He was sure he was perfectly justified in expressing thanks to Mr. Thorold for his kindly consideration. The toast was heartily received. Mr. A. R. Bianchi, in returning thanks on behalf of Mr. Thorold, said he thought they had no cause to complain, for Mr. Thorold had granted all they had asked for, and he had met them in a very reasonable way, and he trusted they would treat him in a respectful way (applause). He had granted them a reduction of 10s. on an acre He made this considerable concession on the understanding that they would not trouble him again. He begged to propose a vote of thanks to Mr. Thorold, and no doubt he would be gratified with this little appreciation of his kindness. Really this was what had called them together but at the same time he much regretted the company present. Mr. Baker said he had much pleasure in seconding. The vote of thanks was carried. The following songs were submitted " The Noble Six Hundred,” Mr. C. Burnell ; "See that my grave’s  kept green," Mr. A. E. Jones ; "The Holy Friar." Mr. F. D. Bull. Mr. Bianchi proposed "The health of Mr. Branson and Mr. F. D. Bull, the latter remarking that it was always a pleasure to be amongst them, and assured them that he was always ready to give his support to further anything for the welfare of the village. The remaining toasts were: “The Rector”: “The Press”; responded to by the Representative of the Buckingham Express; “The Host and Hostess”; “Mr. R. Bianchi”; &c. A very enjoyable evening concluded with the singing of Auld Lang Syne.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 31 May 1895


Mr. John Christopher Mansel, late of Cosgrove Hall, died at the advanced age of 81, at Cosgrove, on Monday. The deceased gentleman was a son of the late Rear Admiral Robert Mansel (who died in 1843), by Frances Charlotte, daughter of the late Rev. William Thorold, of Weelsby House, Lincolnshire. He was educated at Harrow, and married in 1853 his cousin, Katherine Margaret, daughter of the late Rev. Henry Longueville Mansel. The deceased was a magistrate for the Counties of Northampton and Buckingham, being High Sheriff for the latter county in 1858, and was Lord of the Manor of Cosgrove.

Buckingham Express Saturday 01 June 1895


THAT there is a strike in the choir at S.S. Peter and Paul's Church, Cosgrove.
THAT many would like to know the reason of the "split" and what the Churchwardens are doing in not bringing about some speedy settlement.
THAT the village is now without a cricket club, and no signs of forming one are discernible.
THAT a bathing place is sadly needed.

MAY-DAY OBSERVANCES. — As is usually the custom in this village May Day was kept up recently. The school children paraded at the Schools, and from thence they marched through the village bearing the May Queen, who, on this occasion, was represented by Winifred Gee. The principal houses of note were visited. On the Saturday the whole of children were entertained at The Cottage by Mrs. Mansel to a very substantial tea, after which various games were indulged in, and a very enjoyable day was spent considering the cold weather.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 01 June 1895

DEATHS: May 27, at Cosgrove, John Christopher Mansel, Esq., of Cosgrove Hall, Northants, aged 81.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 01 June 1895

We regret to record the death of Mr. John Christopher Mansel, late of Cosgrove Hall, who died at the advanced age of 81, at Cosgrove, on Monday. The deceased gentleman was a son of the late Rear-Admiral Robert Mansel (who died in 1843), by Frances Charlotte, daughter of the late Rev. William Thorold, of Weelsby House. Lincolnshire. He was educated at Harrow, and married in 1853 his cousin, Katherine Margaret, daughter of the late Rev. Henry Longueville Mansel. The deceased was a magistrate for the Counties of Northampton and Buckingham, being High Sheriff for the latter County in 1858, and was Lord of the Manor of Cosgrove.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 20 July 1895

Quoits. —Wolverton Park Club v. Cosgrove.—On Saturday last, July 13th, in the Park, this friendly contest was played on 12 yard beds, 7lb quoits, 15 up. The home team just beat the visitors by two points. Teams: —Wolverton ; Jas. Dixon, 15; J. Ingram, 15 ; J. Smith, 15 ; J. Brocklehurst, 15; A. Meacham, 5; G. Bathison, 15; T. Swannel, 15; W. Lucas, G. Carrol. 15 ; H. Robinson, 14; J. Oldham, 11; J. Pakes, 7; J. Lloyd (capt.), 10; total, 160. Cosgrove: H. Lambert, 13; V. Gommersall, 12; J. Knight, 10; W. Woodcock, 4; W. Hillier, 15; G. Brown, 12 ; C. Burnell, 7; J. Wise, 15 ; J. Brown, 10; E. Brown, 15; F. Hillier, 15 ; W. Tarry, 15; C. Panter, 15: total, 168.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 August 1895

COSGROVE Conservative Dinner. The Conservatives in the district of the Deanshanger Association assembled at Cosgrove on Friday night last to give a welcome to the Hon. E. S. Douglas Pennant, M.P. A capital cold collation had been provided, and about 200 sat down to the repast. The chair was occupied by Mr. J. J. Atkinson, C.C., who was supported by the Hon. E. S. D. Pennant, Sir Henry Drvden. Sir Herewald Wake, etc., etc. At the conclusion of the repast, the usual toasts were given, and the Hon. E. D Pennant replied, and thanked them for the flattering reception they had given him, and the brilliant victory they had won. Other speeches followed.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 September 1895



 are instructed by the Rev. H. N. C. Hewson,


On Friday, September 27, 1895, 106 Acres of Luxuriant GRASS KEEPING, From the 30th September instant to the of September, 1896, and which can be mown once grazed. Credit will be given until the 24th of June, 1896, on payment of a deposit 25 per cent., and giving approved security for the balance upon conditions that will be produced at the time of sale. Intending purchasers are requested to meet the Auctioneer at Lot 1, close to the Navigation Inn at Two o'clock in the Afternoon. Catalogues may be had of Messrs. Durham. Gotto, and Samuel, Auctioneers and Land Agents, Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell.

Buckingham Express Saturday 14 September 1895

TREAT TO SCHOOL CHILDREN.—Through the kindness of Atkinson, the children attending the National Schools with their mothers were entertained to tea on Thursday week last in the Priory grounds. A very enjoyable time was spent.

Buckingham Express Saturday 14 September 1895

QUOIT MATCH.—On Saturday. a quoit match took place at the Barge Inn, between Cosgrove Barge Inn Club and Stony Stratford Royal Oak. The following were the scores : Stony Stratford Total 87. Cosgrove Total 144.

Buckingham Express Saturday 09 November 1895

Cosgrove Parish Council: A letter from the Rector of Cosgrove, was read stating that he had no plan of Cosgrove Churchyard, but he has received a letter from the late Rector proving that the boundary had never been altered.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 16 November 1895

DEATHS: October 28, at Potterspury, Emma, wife of the late J. Scrivener, of Cosgrove, aged 79 years.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 December 1895

STONY STRATFORD. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. Friday— Before the Rev. G. E. Willes, Mr M. R. Hall, Mr. T. B. Grounds, and the Rev. C. W. Selby Lowndes.

Wm. Woodcock, currier, Cosgrove, and Wm. Tarry, labourer, of Stony Stratford, were charged with trespassing in search game at Cosgrove on December 8th. Defendants pleaded not guilty.

Robert Dazeley, gamekeeper to Mr. Thorold, stated he saw the defendants rabbiting with ferrets. The defendants claimed they only went for a walk.

Fined 15s. including costs, or seven days.

Buckingham Express Saturday 28 December 1895


A meeting of the ratepayers of Cosgrove was held in the Schoolroom on Friday evening last, to decide as to what should be done with the Parish House. There were only about a dozen persons present. Mr. H. Grant Thorold was voted to the chair, in the unavoidable absence through business in Yorkshire of the chairman of the Parish Council, Mr. J. J. Atkinson, C.C. The Chairman read the notice convening the meeting, and also legal opinion from Mr. Markham, Northampton, and Mr. Burton, Daventry, from which it appeared that the houses were now vested in the Parish Council. He gave an extract of the deed, from which it appeared that the cottages were sold in 1830 by Mr. J. C. Mansel to the Churchwardens and Overseers for 10s. The area of the property is 91 feet by 65 feet. The property was sold upon trust for (1) a workhouse for the reception and employment of paupers of Cosgrove, or (2) for such other purposes or objects as to the major part of the inhabitants and occupiers assessed to the relief of the poor in vestry assembled should seem meet and convenient—provided always that the said trustees could sell the property, either by public auction or privately, with the consent of the owner or owners, proprietor or proprietors for the time being of the greater part in value of the lands situate in the village of Cosgrove. If sold, the money, after paying expenses, to be disposed of as such owners or proprietors should deem fit. The deed also contains a covenant by J. C. Mansel to make any further deed necessary for the safety of the conveyance, and his right to the property.—Mr. H. Robinson said they would borrow money to put the houses in repair, and he stated that the trustees of the Foresters' Juvenile Society would be willing to advance £100 after the cottages were put in repair. —Mr. E. Baker proposed "That the parish houses be handed over to the Parish Council, and that they appoint trustees as required by the Local Government Act of 1894."—This was seconded by Mr. W. Brown and carried.—Mr. J. Oldham proposed "That the houses be put in repair."—This was seconded by Mr. T. W. Wake and carried.—This concluded the business, and a vote of thanks to the Chairman concluded the meeting.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 28 December 1895

Local Divorce Case.—At the Divorce Court on Tuesday last, before Mr. Justice Barnes, Samuel Albert Jones, High-street, Harlesden, builder sought a divorce by reason of the adultery of his wife, Dinah Jones, of Newport-road, Hanslope, with the co-respondents, William Rainbow, of Cosgrove Mill, Stony Stratford, and Dellamore.—Mr. Duncan appeared for the petitioner, and Mr. S. Moses (instructed by Mr. G. J. Phillips) for the respondent, and Mr. W. Ryland D. Adkins (instructed by Mr. G. J. Phillips) for the co-respondent Rainbow. The other co-respondent did not appear.—ln opening the case, it was alleged that the respondent had been guilty of adultery with Delamore, and a child was born, and that she was still cohabiting with Rainbow at Cosgrove Mill. A number of witnesses were called in support of the petition.—Counsel for the respondent admitted the adultery with Dellamore, but pleaded that the petitioner was not entitled to relief, inasmuch as he had conduced to the adultery by his cruelty to his wife, whom he had abandoned and left destitute. The respondent went to Dellamore as house-keeper representing himself to be a widower, but it afterwards transpired that he was a married man with a family living apart from his wife. The alleged adultery with Rainbow was strenuously denied.—ln the result the Court decided there was no evidence against Rainbow, and as regard the other co-respondent the petitioner’s conduct to his wife deprived him of the right to relief, and the petition was therefore dismissed with costs for both respondent and co-respondent.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 18 January 1896

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS, Friday January 10th Before the Duke of Grafton, K. G. (in the chair). Rev. C. W. Selby-Lowndes, Messrs. T. B. Grounds, and J. Chettle.

Assault on a Little Girl at Cosgrove.— Emma Jones was summoned by Annie Henson, for assaulting her daughter, Edith Sophia Henson, at Cosgrove, on the 16th of December.—Mr. C. J. Allinson (Northampton) defended. The little girl who was not administered the oath on account of her age (10 years), said that at about five minutes past 12 the day in question she had just come out of school, and was in the act of crossing the roadway, when the defendant came out of a house, caught her by the arm, afterwards grasped her by the throat, and drew her up to a water-butt, endeavouring to throw her into it. The defendant then said that she had put a lot of horse manure in her cart (used by defendant for locomotive purposes as her legs are ulcerated), and thereupon took her across to the said vehicle, and filled her mouth with manure, which she picked up from the roadway. The occurrence was seen only by little girl, but the schoolmaster saw her being dragged along by the defendant. —Cross-examined, the witness denied either having called the defendant “names,” or having done anything else to annoy her. —Elizabeth Henson, the mother, proved being summoned Lily Woodcock, a girl friend, and finding her daughter in excited state. Witness had to remove the manure from her (the daughter’s) mouth with water, and wash her face which the defendant had also besmeared. The defendant, witness continued, had frequently threatened to shake her children and thought nothing of sending half-bricks” at them; but she had never complained to her of her children causing her annoyance.—ln cross-examination, witness said she was not friendly with Mrs. Jones, and had had “few words” with her sometime ago, but not in relation to the children. She had never heard her children call the defendant “names,” and was not aware of any nickname by which Mrs. Jones was known.—Thomas Seymour, schoolmaster, Cosgrove, said after he had dismissed the school children, on the day in question, he heard a child crying, and going outside saw the defendant dragging the girl Henson down the road. The former stooped down, and picking up something from the ground rubbed it in the child’s face, but he could not say what it was, as he was about 40 yards distant. He did not hear the woman say anything; he only heard the child’s screams.—Cross-examined by Mr. Allinson the witness said he had never heard the children call Mrs. Jones “names," and, in answer to the Bench, stated that the defendant was noted for worrying the children because they played before her house on the village green, which was a public place.—The mother, re-called, said that she took her child to the doctor’s on the following Wednesday, because her throat was so bad. The doctor gave her medicine and visited her once, having since sent in a bill for 6/- for his treatment. Her daughter was very sick after Mrs. Jones had put the stuff in her mouth. In opening the case for the defence, Mr. Allinson stated that there had been a squabble between the defendant and the prosecutrix, since which the latter’s children had called the defendant “names.” On the day in question the child put her head in at the door of Mrs. Jones’s house, and called her “mouldy-headed.” Mrs. Jones, who happened to behind the door, caught hold of her, and the girl dragged her down. She denied everything in regard to the statement about the water-butt, and said that she only asked the child not to offend again. He called Thos. Cadd, labourer, of Yardley Gobion, and Elizabeth Foster, wife of Joseph Thos. Foster, of Cosgrove, the former denying that the assault appeared so grave as made out by the prosecution, and the latter proving provocation on the part of Mrs. Henson’s children. The Bench ultimately fined the defendant the actual costs of the case, 6/-, and bound her over, in the sum £5, to keep the peace for six months. They also warned Mrs. Henson and advised her to prevent her children from interfering with Mrs. Jones, stating that unless she did this she would likewise have to be bound over.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo Saturday 06 February 1897

BLUNT and SONS Tea Traders

T. W. WAKE, Cosgrove Bakery, Stony Stratford.
I find the people of our neighbourhood prefer your Tea to any other, and the demand for it is rapidly increasing.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 15 February 1896

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Friday, February 7th

Unmuzzled Dogs.—For breachers of the muzzling orders still in force in Northampton, Joseph Thomas Foster, Cosgrove, and John Reynolds, Deanshanger, were each fined 10/- inclusive.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 14 March 1896

Near Stony Stratford.
Are instructed to Sell by Auction,
On THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1896,

THE Remaining CONTENTS OF THE ABOVE RESIDENCE, lately occupied by Mrs. Mansel, comprising Bedroom, Dining-room, Drawing-room, and other FURNITURE, SILVER and PLATED ARTICLES, China, Glass, and the usual Effects
Further particulars will appear in next week’s paper, and catalogues may shortly be obtained of Messrs. Durham, Gotto, and Samuel, Land Agents sod Auctioneers, Stony Stratford aid Newport Pagnell.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 21 March 1896

Near Stony Stratford.

Are instructed to Sell by Auction,
On the THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1896, at Eleven o'clock precisely,

THE Remaining CONTENTS OF THE ABOVE RESIDENCE, lately occupied by Mrs. Mansel, comprising bedsteads and bedding, dressing tables and washstands mahogany wardrobes and chest of drawers, dining-room and other furniture, including carpets, a mahogany shaped sideboard, dining and chairs, clocks and ornaments, a quantity of SILVER, and PLATE, china and glass, with numerous other indoor and outdoor effects.
May be viewed only on Tuesday the 24th and Wednesday the 25th, between the hours of ten and four, and catalogues may be obtained of Messrs. Durham, Gotto & Samuel, Auctioneers and Land Agents, Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 20 June 1896

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Friday, June 12

Riding on the Footpath— Hubert Brooking gentleman, of Cosgrove, was charged with riding a bicycle on the footpath, at Stony Stratford, on the 29th ult.—The case was stated by William James Monday, road foreman on the County roads.—Fined 5/6. and costs 4/6, or 7 days.

Bucks Herald Saturday 27 June 1896

A GENTLEMAN wishes to RECOMMEND a Steady, Trustworthy MAN, to attend to Garden, Poultry, Horse and Trap, and generally useful. Apply, Captain Brooking, Cosgrove, Rectory, Stony Stratford.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 11 July 1896

CASTLETHORPE PARISH COUNCIL. A meeting of the Council was held Monday last, July 6.
At the last meeting of the Council Mr. Olney and Mr. Luing; were deputed to wait upon Mrs Amos and lay before her the Council’s proposal for diverting the footpath leading to Cosgrove Mill through the meadows, in the occupancy of Mrs. Amos. They found her quite agreeable to the change, and she thought it might be done with advantage to herself and to the public. The matter stands adjourned pending the decision of the Cosgrove Parish Council.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 03 October 1896

The necessity of an addition to the Churchyard of SS. Peter and Paul, at Cosgrove, for the purposes of burial has long been foreseen, and some difficulty was experienced in obtaining land until Mr. Grant Thorold kindly gave a suitable piece of ground adjacent to the old Churchyard. This has been nicely prepared for interments, and the consecration ceremony was performed by the Bishop of Peterborough on Tuesday [29th]. The annual harvest festival in connection with the Church was celebrated on the same day, and was very successful.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 12 December 1896

COSGROVE A BOAT CHILD DROWNED IN THE CANAL. —On Monday last T. M. Percival, Esq., coroner, held an inquest at the Navigation Inn, touching the death of Emily Elwell, an orphan child, aged 13, employed on a canal boat. Reuben Green, of Brierly Hill, Staffordshire, canal boatman on the Grand Junction Canal, said the deceased was no relation of his. She was an orphan, and the daughter of Joseph Elwell, late of Brierly Hill, and was 13 years old. The grand-mother put her in witness’s charge, and she had been with him since Whitsuntide, travelling on his boat with his wife and self. The deceased helped witness and his wife in looking after their children, and occasionally after the horses when witness had his meals. Witness did not know that deceased’s life was insured. Last Saturday they stopped at the Barley Mow, Cosgrove. Witness went to get his horses at five o'clock on Sunday morning, and they started about half-past five; it was quite dark. Witness had the little girl with him on the towpath to assist him coming round the corner of the bridge close to the Navigation Inn, at Cosgrove. When he got through the bridge with the horse he asked her if she had pegged the line to the mule. She said "Yes, go on." Just as witness got up to the stretch of the line he said, "Emily, come here"; and his witness shouted, "Oh Lord, she's in the cut." Witness stopped the horse, undid the line, and ran back with the line. His wife also got the shaft and felt about for deceased, and three men ran down with lamps and shafts, but they could not see her in the water. Witness then got the drag on the line, and dragged for the deceased. The drag pulled her to the side and witness dragged her on to the towpath. The landlord of the Navigation Inn came down to the towpath and they brought her to the Inn. Efforts were made to restore animation, but without avail. Witness did not know how she got in the canal, and did not know she was in until his wife called out. He never heard her scream, and witness did not know whether she was trying to get into the boat. He had told her to get into the boat. From the time witness's wife called out to the time she was found would be about 25 minutes.—Hannah Green, the wile of the last witness, ale, gave evidence.— Mr. Charles Simpson, surgeon, stated that he was just temporarily acting for Mr. Maguire during his illness. He was sent for on Sunday, morning between nine and ten to go to the Navigation Inn, and saw the body of the deceased, who had been: dead apparently about four hours. He examined the body, which was that of a well, nourished child. There were no evidences of violence about the body with the exception of a small unimportant bruise on the lower part of the left side of the abdomen. From the various signs present he had no doubt the cause of death was asphyxia from drowning.—The Coroner having summed up the evidence, the Jury returned a verdict of " Accidentally drowned," and added the following rider : " That the Jury wished the Coroner to write the Secretary of State informing him of the facts of the case, and to state that neither the witness Green or his wife was in a position to state the age of the child, neither had they the pass book that is necessary under the Elementary Education Acts, and that the jury believe that the provision of the Acts relative to the duties were frequently neglected, and they consider some more active steps should be taken to see that the Acts were more efficiently carried out."— The Coroner promised to forward the recommendation to the proper quarter.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 16 January 1897

SCIENTIFIC LECTURE. On Monday evening, January 11, under the auspices of the Science and Art Institute Committee, Dr. Common, F.R.S., gave a lecture on “The English Expedition to observe the recent solar eclipse,” with illustrations by limelight. Mr. J. J. Atkinson, C.C. of Cosgrove presided and amongst those present were Mr. S. R Rooke, C. A. and Mrs. Rooks, Mr. C A. and Mrs. Park, Mr. F. Littleboy, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzhugh Whitehouse, Dr. Symington , Dr. Maguire , Rev. F. R. and Mrs. Harnett, Rev. W. L. and Mrs. Harnett, Rev. W. K. Vaughan. Mrs. J. J. Atkinson, Messrs G. M. Fitzsimons, R King. J. Knight, E. T. Lewis, A. Walton. W. H. Beetle, A E; Abbott, W. H. Bickley, J. Watson, J. Plant, W. H. Tarry, G. Coker, J. Goiter. &c. Mr. H. J. Coker and the Rev. F. R. Harnett assisted at the lantern. The chairman had the honour to introduce Dr. Common, president of the Royal Astronomical Society, who was governor of the expedition, and would give them something like an hour's lecture describing the work. He (Akinson, the chairman) might say that about 2000 people went the long voyage round the North Cape to see the eclipse, and all the trouble taken and the expense laid out, some thousands of pounds, had been useless owing to the heavens being obscured by clouds. He [Atkinson] himself took part in the expedition as ‘chuckerout’ (laughter), and had charge of the camp at night, he had pleasure in introducing Dr. Common to them —Dr. Common, who was received with applause, first explained what an eclipse was, and said that it was very important to use every minute of total obscurity to see the surroundings of the corona, and proceeding by rapid stages Dr. Common showed views of the transit of Venue across the sun, and an eclipse of Jupiter, and followed with several views of sun spots. He referred also to the work of Stone and Richardson, who were more fortunate in the place selected (Japan), and through their work the results and the expense of the expedition were not totally lost. With respect to future solar eclipses he said that the only ones which had and would be visible in the British Isles were those of 1715, 1724, 1921, 1999, 2035, 2151, and 2200. He followed with several views, showing how an eclipse could be photographed, and described an instrument, viz., a plane mirror, by which it was possible to have telescope of almost any focus and length, the rays of the sun being reflected from the mirror into the telescope and focussed. This would make a great difference in the work of the expeditions of the future. The learned doctor described at some length incidents in the work of the expedition, and regretted that all the trouble taken was rendered abortive by the cloudy heavens. At the close a cordial vote of thanks was accorded Dr. Common, at the instance, of Mr. Fitzhugh Whitehouse, seconded by Dr. Maguire, and was duly acknowledged. A similar compliment to the chairman brought the meeting to a close.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo - Saturday 23 January 1897


There was a very heavy fall of snow during the night, and in places it had drifted to a considerable depth. Just before six in the morning, as a man named Burridge, from Cosgrove, was going down the hill in the Carriage Works to his work, he slipped and broke his leg. The poor fellow was attended to by Dr. Symington, and then removed to Northampton Infirmary.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo Saturday 06 February 1897

BLUNT and SONS Tea Traders

T. W. WAKE, Cosgrove Bakery, Stony Stratford.
I find the people of our neighbourhood prefer your Tea to any other, and the demand for it is rapidly increasing.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 April 1897


Thomas William Nicholls, aged 21, chimney sweep, who could neither read nor write, pleaded first not guilty, and then guilty, of assaulting Elizabeth Mary Ann Lovesy, at Cosgrove, on March 8th. The prisoner appeared in the dock with a bare neck and a thin jacket which disclosed a shirt as black as ink.

Mr. Metcalfe appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Adkins for the defence.

Mr. Adkins said that the prisoner was considered in the neighbourhood as scarcely in full and complete possession of his faculties, and at the time confessed his guilt promptly. There had been other charges against him, and without being actually an idiot insane, it was evident that he was a man of a low type of mind and ability.

He was sentenced Nine Months' Hard Labour.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 30 April 1897

STONY STRATFORD. Appointment of Trustees to Whalley's Charity.

Sub-committees of the Parish Councils of Stony Stratford East, Stony Stratford West, and Cosgrove met on Monday evening, at the British Schoolroom, for the purpose of appointing additional trustees to Whalley's charity. Mr. S. R. Rooke, C.A., was voted to the chair.

The trustees wore appointed : Cosgrove Mr. Hugh Robinson ; Stony Stratford East, Mr John Attwood Reeve Stony Stratford West, Rev. S. Cheshire and Mr. J. S. Tibbetts.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 June 1897

STONY STRATFORD. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before Mr. A. Grant-Thorold (chairman), the Key. G. E. Mr. T. Byam Grounds, and Mr. J. Appleton.

Dinah Jones, Cosgrove, was charged with an assault on Elizabeth Rachel Foster, at Cosgrove on May 13th. There was a cross-summons charging Mrs. Foster with assaulting Mrs. Jones's little girl, at the same time and place.

Mr. C. C. Becke, Northampton, defended Mrs. Foster. It appeared that Mrs. Jones's little girl hit Mrs. Foster's child, and it was alleged that Mrs. Foster thumped Mrs. Jones's girl. Mrs. Jones then shook and, it was alleged, hit Mrs. Foster, and knocked her down.

Dr. Bull, of Stony Stratford, deposed to Mrs. Foster's elbow being bruised, the glands her neck swollen, and a tooth broken in her upper jaw. The charge against Mrs. Foster was dismissed, and Mrs. Jones was fined 2s. 6d. and 11s. costs.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 June 1897

TO LET, with immediate possession, at Cosgrove, close to Castlethorpe Station, on the main L. and N.W. Line, a comfortable HOUSE, in excellent repair, containing two good sitting-rooms, five bedrooms, and domestic offices; with Stabling and buildings; and 20 Acres of Good PASTURE LAND adjoining.— For rent and further particulars apply Messrs. Durham, Gotto, and Samuel, Land Agents, Stony Stratford. Newport Pagnell, and Northampton.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 30 July 1897

Alice Marks, of Cosgrove, was charged with being drunk in that village on July 11th. and denied the offence. P.S. Dunn and P.C. Sisney proved the case. Fine and costs 6s. 6d.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo Saturday 10 July 1897

Stony Stratford Divisional Petty Sessions.

William Woodcock, of Cosgrove was charged with keeping two dogs and only having a licence for one, at Cosgrove, on June 17th. P.C. Sismey proved the case and costs 10s.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 17 July 1897

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Friday, July 9th

W. Woodcock, carrier of Cosgrove, was summoned for keeping two dogs with one licence at Cosgrove on the 15th ult., and pleaded guilty. P. C. Sismey stated the particulars, and an inclusive fine of 10/- was imposed.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 31 July 1897

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Friday, July 31st

DRUNKNNESS. Alice Marks, of Cosgrove was charged with being drunk at the village on July 11th, and denied the offence. P.S. Dunn and P.C. Sisney proved the case. Fine and costs 6s 6d.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 14 August 1897


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that on the 18th day of October next, application will be made to Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace assembled at Quarter Sessions in and for the County of Bucks, at Aylesbury, for an Order for turning, diverting, and stepping up part of a certain Public Highway lying between the Village of Castlethorpe, in the County of Bucks, and the Village of Cosgrove, in the County of Northampton, and situate within the Parish of Castlethorpe, in the Rural District of Newport Pagnell, in the said County of Bucks, and that the Certificate of two Justices having viewed the same, and that the proposed new Highway is more commodious to the public, and proof given to their satisfaction of the several notices required by the Statute having been published, with the Plan of the [old and proposed new] Highway, will be lodged with the Clerk of the Peace for the said County on the 13th day of September next.
Dated this 7th day of August, 1897.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 09 October 1897

TOWCESTER. Special Divisional Petty Sessions. Tuesday, September 28th.

Before Lord Euston (in the chair), Major Price Blackwood, and J. Chettle, Esq. The Overseers for the various parishes in the division attended and produced their jury lists, which they swore were duly correct.
Adjourned Licensing Sessions. —This was the adjourned Licensing Sessions. Several transfers were sanctioned. —Mr. C. Pell applied for an interim licence for Cosgrove in place of Mr, Willison, who is leaving.—The Bench granted the application.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 01 January 1898

Strange and singular incidents and co-incidents are frequently occurring in this life, and therefore it may not be at all surprising that the little village of Cosgrove, situated on the banks of the Grand Junction Canal, should come in for its share and afford one such incident. On Christmas Eve, when every eye almost is turned towards the incident that occurred in the East which should startle the world, and every mind fixed upon the birth of a Saviour in a manger, there was lying a poor young starving labourer who had, strange to say, sought the covering of a stable, and a manger for his bed, in which to end his days and pass away from a world that was evidently too cold for him, and away "from the madding crowd," whose charity was all too little to enable him to keep body and soul together. Another and somewhat singular co-incident was the fact that the said stable was situated in " Dead Man's Meadow," a title which was peculiar and appropriate to the distressing event of last Christmas Eve, and which gave a still further strength to the appropriateness of this very singular title, and which will now hang to this fatal spot for many years to come.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 23 April 1898

Stony Stratford.
Valuable Freehold Building Land.
Are instructed by Mr. W. Webb to Sell by Auction
At an early date,

15 PLOTS of excellent BUILDING LAND, with frontages to the Cosgrove and Northampton road.
A Plan, which is being prepared, can shortly be inspected ; and, in the meantime, further particulars may be obtained of W. B. Parrott, Esq., Solicitor. Stony Stratford, or of Messrs. Durham, Gotto & Samuel, Auctioneers and Land Agents, Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 April 1898


On Monday evening an inquest was held at Cosgrove Mill before Mr T M Percival touching the death of George Rogers, a groom of Paulerspury, who had been in the employ of Mr J. J. Atkinson. C C . the Priory, Cosgrove, a short time. The following evidence was adduced.

Samuel Rogers, of Paulerspury, gardener said the deceased was has son and was 20 years of age. He came to Mr Atkinson's as groom last Tuesday April 19th and had always enjoyed good health.

Thomas Jelley, of Cosgrove, gardener, said he went to the Barge Beerhouse about 8.30. The deceased was there when witness went in but soon left, returning again about 9.15. and then complained about having hurt himself. Witness understood that he had fallen over a stile The deceased declined to have a drink at witness's request, and again repeated that he had hurt himself. He put his hand up to his head, and witness noticed some blood on his finger. The deceased, who was quite sober, went home, saying he would soon get to bed. There was some dirt on the shoulder and back of his coat.

George Chater, gardener, of Cosgrove met the deceased by arrangement at the Barge Beerhouse about 9.20. The deceased said he had fallen over a stile and hurt himself. They went to bed about ten o’clock, sleeping in adjoining rooms. Witness drooped off to sleep, but about 5 am he shouted out, but getting no answer went downstairs and saw the deceased lying on the floor. Witness fetched the stud groom, and the doctor was sent for. Witness did not now think that the deceased had had beer, but thought he must have been suffering in some form.

Dr T S Maguire of Stony Stratford said he was sent for on Sunday morning and arrived at Cosgrove Mill about eight o’clock. He examined the body and found three slight abrasions, one on the shin bone, one on the second finger of the left hand and one on the left shoulder. There were no external marks of injury on the head. He made a post mortem examination on Monday, and found that there had been a rupture of a blood vessel. A large clot of blood, about the size of an egg, was resting on the brain. That was sufficient to account for death. Death was due to haemorrhage from the rupture of a blood vessel. That could result from a fall. The body was well nourished and healthy.

The Jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death”.

Buckingham Express Saturday 28 May 1898

Accident. Through a pony belonging to Mr. Atkinson, of Cosgrove, running away on Tuesday, an accident happened in the High-street. The wheel of the pony trap caught the leg of Mr. T. Clarke’s horse, breaking the same, and compelling the owner to have the horse killed. The shafts of the pony trap were broken, and a lady occupant was thrown out, but escaped injury. It is fortunate that nothing more serious resulted.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 July 1898

COSGROVE Athletic Sports.

The village of Cosgrove was alive with visitors from a wide district on Saturday afternoon, the attraction being sports arranged as a finale to the feast festivities. The sports were held in a field near the Barley Mow, kindly lent by Mr A Canvin, and some exciting finishes were witnessed.  Messrs F D Bull, W. Hillyer, and W Woodcock officiated as judges, Mr G F Branson as referee, Mr. W East as starter, and the secretarial duties were admirably carried out by Mr J Faux.

The committee was composed of Messrs J. Wise. A. Adkins. R. Brown. C. Baldwin. H Lambert. G Clifton, and C. Bumell. who also undertook the handicapping. The Hanslope Excelsior Prize Band, under the leadership at Mr A Draper, was in attendance and contributed excellent selections of music, in addition playing for dancing after the sports. Besides this, in a field at the back of the Barley Mow, were the usual concomitants appertaining to village feasts. The results of the sports were as follows:

120 yards local handicap Final heat - 1 H Brown, 7 yards start, R Brown and G Clifton (dead heat) divided the 2nd and 3rd prizes. Also ran: W Wise and F Henson – 120 yards handicap (open). Final :1 G Jolley. Stony Stratford. 8 yards; 2 H Griffin, Newport Pagnell, 15. 3 W Whitehouse, Northampton, 24 Very close race; Jolley and Griffin breasted the tape together. but the decider ended in favour of Jolley.

Half-mile local handicap (under 18); E Cockerill, 20 yards; H Keech 30, 3  A. Meridan. 35  Also ran Holman. 40. and W Brown 45.

80 yards handicap (girls under 18): 1. Mabel Jelley, 2. Louie Horne. 3 May Pittam

440 yards handicap (local youths over 18): 1 G Clifton, 2 H Brown. 3 C Burnell

440 yards handicap (open). Final: H Griffin. Newport Pagnell. 40 yards; 2 E Flavill, Kingsthorpe, 15. 3 T Pratt. Yardley Goboin. 40.  Also ran: J Drinkwater. Yardley Gobion 20; H Marris. Stony Stratford, 12; J. Clayson. Northampton, 5; D Hall. Puxley, 10; and A. Moseley, Newport Pagnell. 25.

50 yards handicap (females over 18): 1 Mrs Lambert. 2 Minnie Cockerel. 3 Harriett Clifton.

One mile handicap (open): .1. R Pumffrey. Weedon. 75 yards; 2 J Griffin Newport Pagnell 120. 3 T Hawtin. Northampton, 40

120 yards handicap (men over 30):  1. R Brown. 2 W West. 3 T Jelley

Tug-of-War Married v. Single (2s each winners, 1s losers), best of three pulls: The single men won easily.

Buckingham Express Saturday 27 August 1898


COUNTY COURT WEDNESDAY.—Before His Honour Judge Snagge.

Claim for work done.—Aaron Rogoff, labourer Old Stratford, sued the Rev. Henry Hewson, Rector of Cosgrove, for £1 5s., for four days wages, at the , rate of 2s. 6d. per day, and 15s. for one week's wages in lieu of notice.—Plaintiff said he was engaged by the defendant to do any work there was to do about his premises, at 2s. 6d. per day. He received his money regularly for a time, but one week defendant told him to go, and failed to pay him the money he had earned for those four days, or give him notice. —Defendant denied his liability, he said he paid plaintiff regularly until one Saturday he went off to London and returned on the following Wednesday, when he told him his services were no longer required. He allowed him, however, to go on working in the hay field, but had to dismiss him on account of his having no knowledge of the work and breaking the rake, &c. He only employed plaintiff (who out of work) out of pity for him.—His Honour said it was clear that the plaintiff went on his own account to London without giving his employer any intimation, and he might have remained there till now, and the defendant would have had no claim against him. Then he went back on Wednesday, but there was no fresh arrangements made as to wages. There was no counter-claim for the damage to the hay forks, so plaintiff was only entitled to 6s. 3d for the work actually done. Verdict accordingly.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 24 September 1898

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions Friday 16.
James Macdonald, of Cosgrove, labourer, pleaded guilty to leaving a horse and cart on the highway, at Cosgrove, for a long and unreasonable space of time so as to obstruct the passage thereof on the 10th September.
Police-constable Sismey stated the facts, and defendant was ordered to pay the costs 4s.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 01 October 1898

COSGROVE SUDDEN DEATH OF A CHILD.—Mr. Percival held an inquest; at the Barley Mow, Cosgrove, Monday, September 26, touching the death of Charles Ernest Barratt the infant son of Thomas Williams Barratt, who is a clerk in Wolverton Works, but a resident of Cosgrove. Rebecca Matilda Barratt, the mother, having given evidence that the child had been ill from his birth on the 6th, July last and that he was taken with sickness and diarrhoea on the 24th, deposed that she gave him a little brandy in Nestle’s milk, which stopped the sickness and diarrhoea, but on Sunday evening he died in her arms. Eliza Lambert, of Cosgrove, gave corroborative evidence, and Dr. Bull, of Stony Stratford, deposed that he made an external examination. There were no marks about except signs of thrush. He considered the child was born delicate and degenerated into a state of marasmus, the mother being unable to suckle the baby, which did not thrive on artificial food. The immediate cause was death was convulsions, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 19 November 1898

STONY STRATFORD PROPERTY SALE. At the Cock Hotel, on Thursday evening, November 10th, Mr. F. E. Gotto (Messrs. Durham, Gotto, and Samuel) offered for sale, under instructions of the executers of the late Mr. Lewis Osborn, two freehold dwelling-houses and premises, situated in the High-street. Lot 1, a dwelling house in the occupation of Mrs. Thomas, at an annual rental of £17, was purchased by Mr. J. Brown, Cosgrove, at £265. Lot 2, a valuable dwelling-house, with enclosed yard, containing coach-hoses and stables, in the occupation of Mr. W. Dickens, at an annual rental of £22, was knocked down to Mr. W. Panter, Old Stratford, for £360. Mr. Hedley Baxter, Bedford, was solicitor for the vendors.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 January 1899

William Pittam, of Cosgrove, labourer, was charged with being drunk on the highway at Stony Stratford on January 15th.

P.C. Tustain proved that the defendant was helplessly drunk.—The defendant expressed his thanks for the kind assistance of the police in taking him home. —Fine and costs 7s.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 February 1899

TO LET, with immediate possession, convenient DWELLING-HOUSE, with Garden, Stabling and Premises, and Three Closes of Accommodation Pasture Land, containing 20 acres pleasantly situated on the Green, Cosgrove, close to Castlethorpe Station. For rent and further particulars apply Messrs. Durham, Gotto, and Samuel, Land Agents, Stony Stratford.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 11 March 1899

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS, Friday, March 3rd. Before His Grace the Duke of Grafton, K.G. (chairman), A. Grant-Thorold, Esq., Rev. G. E. Willes, T. Byam Grounds, Esq., and John Chettle, Esq. Frederick

John Brown, of Cosgrove, dealer, was charged with driving a vehicle on the highway at night without having a lighted lamp attached, at Yardley Gobion, on February 11th.—The offence was admitted, and the particulars were briefly stated by P.C. Sismey.—Fine and costs 8s. George Yeoman, of Wolverton, for a like offence, in the parish of Cosgrove, on February 21st, was also ordered to pay 8s. fine and costs. P.S. Dunn proved the case.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 29 April 1899

WANTED, a good GENERAL SERVANT, Apply, Mrs. F. D. Bull, The Cottage, Cosgrove, Stony Stratford.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 15 July 1899

Before A. Grant Thorold, Esq., and J. Appleton, Esq., and B. Grounds, Esq.

Joseph Foster, labourer, Cosgrove, was charged with assaulting William West, labourer, of Cosgrove, on the 30th ult. There was also a cross-summons charging West with assaulting Foster.
Both parties denied the assault.
West stated that at 5.15 on the 30th ult. in the morning, he was passing Foster's barn on his way to work. Foster was there doing up his shoes. He asked Foster the cause of a row the previous day between their wives. Foster then picked up the broom and struck at him. He closed, and took the broom away. Foster then struck at him with a bat, and in warding off the blow he fell down, when Foster sat upon him and beat him with the bat, breaking the handle. They then got up and parted.
West's daughter Alice also gave evidence corroborating part of her father's evidence. Foster stated that West started the affair. As he was doing up his shoes West came to him, and after a few words struck him with his fist.
Both summonses dismissed.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 15 July 1899

Funeral of Mrs. Lancaster, at Cosgrove.

 On Saturday, at mid-day, the remains of the late Mrs. Ellen Lancaster, widow of the late Mr. Charles William Lancaster, were interred in the new cemetery at Cosgrove. The deceased lady died at Buckingham on Thursday, July 6th. She was a native of Old Stratford, where she resided until about six years ago, when she went to Buckingham with her daughters to keep a school in the Chandos Road. She was well known in Stony Stratford and the neighbourhood, and highly esteemed by a host of friends, who deeply sympathise with the daughters in their great bereavement. The funeral service in the Church was conducted the Rev. H. N. C. Hewson, rector of Cosgrove, and at the graveside by the Rev. P. P. Goldingham. Vicar of Buckingham. The mourners were: Miss Lancaster, Miss K. Lancaster, Mr. Thorne, Mr. Athol Thorne, Dr. G. H. De’Ath, Mrs. and the Misses Bird, Mr. E. Woodford, and Miss Thomas. Dr. Thorne, of London, owing to a mistake in the railway arrangements, arrived too late to attend the funeral. The grave was lined with moss and ferns by Mr. and Mrs. E. Hutton, of Cosgrove. The coffin was made by Mr. Marshall, of Buckingham, and it bore the inscription Ellen Lancaster, died July 6th, 1899, aged 59 years.” It was covered with most lovely floral tributes, as follows Darling Mother.” from Edith and Kathleen; "In loving remembrance,” from Alderman Henry Bright, of Leamington; “From her loving brother, Mr. G. Thorne; loving remembrance of a dear friend and sister,” from Crissie (Mrs. Thorne); “In loving memory and with sincere regret.” from Athol and Bertha; “From nephew Fred”; “With love from the Pupils”: “In loving remembrance,” from Mr. Edwin Woodford; “In loving remembrance,” from Mr. and Mrs. Bird; “With sincere sympathy,” from Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Reeve; “With loving sympathy.” from Miss K. Bird; ''With deepest sympathy and regret.” from A. King; “In fond love,” from E. and K. Horwood; “With loving sympathy.” from L. Read; From Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Townsend, Water Stratford”; “From James and Bessie (brother and sister).”

Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 July 1899


A goose shaving competition was announced as the novelty for the Feast on Monday, a stimulus for competitors provided in the shape of £10 in given by Mr G. F. Branson, of Cosgrove. At the time announced for the contest among welders of the razor a good number of people had assembled to witness the novel contest, and as the razors began their work the “down” began to fly about until it resembled a miniature snowstorm. Messrs G F Branson, W J Crisp and W Panter acted as judges and they awarded the first prize of £6 to Mr Fredk Joshua Sykes of Stony Stratford, barber. Mr Dan Rolfe, butcher, secured the second prize of £3 and the third prize of £1 was divided between Messrs Hebbes, a billiard marker, and T. Kightley, a shoemaker. Subsequently a number of races were held for the unsuccessful competitors and dancing was also indulged in afterwards.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 29 July 1899

Cosgrove Feast.


A large number of people assembled at the village of Cosgrove on Saturday to witness the second annual sports, which were held in Mr. J. Knight’s field, adjoining the Plough Inn. A capital programme of sports had been arranged, and the racing was of an interesting description. The arrangements were capitally carried out the following officials President. Mr. G. F. Branson; referee, Mr. W. H. Teagle; judges, Messrs. W. Hillyer, T. Tomkins, and F. Hillyer; marksmen, Messrs. W. Woodcock, C. Baldwin, and G. Gee; starter, Mr. W. J. Crisp; secretary, Mr. J. Faux; treasurer, Mr. J. Knight; the above formed the committee, with the addition Messrs. S. Williams and W. Hurst. Details of the racing are appended:
120 Yards Local Handicap (boys under 14)—1, G. Holman, scratch; 2, W. Holman, 4 yards start,; 3, H. Foster, 4 yards start. Time, 17 4-5 secs.
120 Yards Open Handicap—Run in heats, the first in each heat to compete in the final. Winners of heats; G. Lightfoot, Stony Stratford, 6 yards start, time 12 2-5 secs.; J. Bass, Newport Pagnell, 12, time, 13 secs.; F. Whiting, Stony Stratford, 11. time, 12 2-5 secs.; E. Flavill, Kingsthorpe, 6, time, 12 3-5 secs.; G. Hollowell, Northampton, 11. time, 12 4-5 secs.; G. O. Clifton, Cosgrove, 12½, time, 13 secs. ; D. Davis, Newport Pagnell, 12½, time, 13secs. Final heat: 1, G. Hollowell; 2, D. Davis; 3, E. Flavill. Time, 12 1-5 sec.
880 Yards Local Handicap (under 18)—1, D, Green, scratch; 2, E. Cockerill, 30 yards start; 3, A. Willison, 35.
80 Yards Handicap (girls under 14)—1, W. Gee, 14 yards start; 2, M. Jelley, scratch; 3, F. Moore, scratch.
80 Yards Handicap (open)— The first two in each heat competed in the final. First heat—1, F. Kightley, Yardley Gobion, 28 yards start; 2, A. Herbert, Hanslope, 23—time. 56 secs. Second heat—1, F. Boon, Newport Pagnell, 18; 2, H. Smith Wolverton, 30 (walk over). Third heat—1. D. Davis, Newport Pagnell, 30; 2, J. S. Griffin, Newport Pagnell, 25—time, 55 secs. Fourth heat —1. J. Walters, Linford, 30; 2, E. Flavill, Kingsthorpe,6—time, 55 secs. Fifth heat—1, J. Bass, Newport Pagnell. 30; 2, A. Roberts, Deanshanger —time 56 secs. Final heat—1, D. Davis; 2, J. S. Griffin; 3, F. Kightley—time, 53 4-5 secs.
80 Yards Handicap (women under 25) —1, Miss Horn; 2, Mrs. Lambert; 3, Mrs. Wise.
80 Yards Handicap (women over 25)—1, Mrs. Bailey; 2, Mrs. Smith; 3, Mrs. Johnson.
80 Yards Handicap (men over 30)—1, R. Brown, scratch; 2, W. Wise, scratch; 3, J. Brown, 5 yds. start.
One Mile Open Handicap—Forty-one competitors entered, and 28 turned out. This was a good race. G. Swain, of Yardley Gobion (130 yards start) won the first prize, being about four yds. in front of the second man, E. Tolley, of Deanshanger (140), and W. Nightingale, of Foster’s Booth (10) was third, being some six yards behind Tolley. Time, 4 min. 45 secs.
The Hanslope Excelsior Prize Band was in attendance, and contributed selections of music at intervals during the sports, and subsequently played for dancing. In addition to the sports, the usual great attractions, located near the Barley Mow, came in for large share of patronage. Saturday was the last day of the feast, which this year has been visited by larger numbers of people than ever, and during the week the usually quiet village of Cosgrove has been quite lively.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 29 July 1899

Accident in the Carriage Works.— On Friday morning a man named Thomas Smith, whilst oiling shafting, had a serious fall in the Works. The poor fellow sustained a broken forearm, and his face was badly cut and bruised. The broken arm was set by Dr. Symington, and he was conveyed to his home at Cosgrove.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 29 July 1899

ACCIDENT. On Friday morning, July 21, a serious accident occurred to a man named T. Smith, of Cosgrove, who was engaged oiling shafting in the Fitting Shop of the Carriage Works. Smith fell from a ladder during the breakfast hour, and was found a few minutes after with his wrist broken and some severe cuts and contusions on his face. Dr. Symington was at once fetched, and, after attention, Smith preferred to be taken home, which was done in a cab.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 12 August 1899

Near Stow Stratford.

13 Head DAIRY CATTLE and YOUNG comprising 3 down-calving heifers, milch cow, and 9 two years old  and yearling heifers and steers ; 60 Oxford Down EWES, SOW and 8 PIGS, 30 head of Poultry, a very promising CART COLT rising three, Bay CART MARE and FOAL, very useful COB, quiet in harness, Farming IMPLEMENTS, comprising four-inch wheel Scotch cart, spring cart, chaff-cutting machine, pulper, iron plough, drag harrow by Roberts, two-horse harrow, harness, ladders, Hathaway’s churn, dairy vessels and effects.

To be Sold by Auction,
On Tuesday, August 22,1899,

On the premises, Cob Bush Farm Cosgrove, (adjoining the road form Yardley to Castlethorpe), by direction of Mr. Geo. Nicholson, who is relinquishing farming.

The Sale will commence at Two o’clock

Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 October 1899

The funeral of Mrs. Grant-Thorold took place on Wednesday at Cosgrove and the manifestations of mourning at the funeral showed how deeply her death lamented by the village, which has good reason to be grateful to her for her many deeds of kindness to the inhabitants.


The funeral took place at Cosgrove on Tuesday of Mrs Anna Hamilton Grant-Thorold. Wife of Mr Alexander Grant-Thorold, J.P. DL., and daughter of the late Admiral Sir Stirling, who died at Cosgrove Hall last Friday. The deceased lady will be greatly missed by the villagers, to whom she was a kind and sincere friend. At St. Giles Church. Stony Stratford, where the family of late worshipped, the Dead March in Saul ' was played the organ by Miss Bird the close of the evening service on Sunday. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. J. H. Light, Vicar of Stony Stratford. The Rev. H. C. Izard, curate Stony Stratford, and the churchwardens (Messrs Rogers and Elmes) were present as representing the congregation of St. Giles' Church. The choir of St. Giles' Church, Stony Stratford, sang three hymns viz.. in the church " Just as I am, without one plea" and “Rock of Ages," and at the grave side “Now the labourer's task is o'er." Miss Bird, organist at Stony Stratford, played Chopin's March" and the "Dead March" in Saul on the organ.

The mourners were:—Mr Alexander Grant-Thorold (husband), Mr. Richard Grant-Thorold, Mr. Harry Grant-Thorold, Mr Thorold’s sons), Mrs. Spencer and Miss Grant-Thorold (daughters). Colonel Spencer, Lady Stewart, Lady Newtown Butler. Mr. and Mrs. Arbuthnot, Mr and Mrs. Elliott, Miss Stirling. Dr W. H. Bull Mr. Wingfield, Mr. J. J. Atkinson, and amongst others present were the Rev. J. B. Harrison (rector of Paulerspury). the Rev. G. M. Capel (rector of Passenham), Mr. F. D. Bull, Mr. Seymour, etc.

In addition to floral tributes from members of the family, others were received from the Duke of Grafton, K.G., Sir Herewald Wake, Lady Wake, and Miss Wake, Colonel and Mrs. Spencer, Mr and Mrs Arbuthnot, Lady Fitzgerald (Burfield Old Windsor), Captain and Mrs. Ringham. Miss Ethel Mangles (21, Thurlow-place). Mr. and Mrs. Penson and others. The coffin was of polished oak with massive brass furniture, and the name plate bore the inscription “Anna Grant-Thorold: died Oct. 13, 1899: Cosgrove Hall." The grave was lined with ivy and white flowers by the gardener at Cosgrove Hall.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 December 1899

Rural District Council

A sewage nuisance at Cosgrove was reported.

The Sanitary Inspector said it was an expensive matter to have it properly remedied, but Mr. Branson, of Cosgrove, had promised to find the labour if the Council found the material .— Mr. Branson was thanked for his offer, and a committee, consisting of Messrs. Chettle, Roberts, and H. Weston was appointed.

The Medical Officer of Health (Dr. Maguire) reported seven additional cases of scarlet fever in the district, and that the Cosgrove Schools had been closed.

The Rev. J. White moved a resolution advocating a rise in the wages of the roadmen, but this fell through.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 09 December 1899

Between the above Counties, will take place at the
LOCOMOTIVE hotel meadow, Wolverton,
On WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20th, 1899, at 11 o’clock.
TEAMS OF ELEVEN GUNS EACH SIDE have been selected from among the Best Shots in each County,
At the conclusion of the above Competition A DINNER will take place in the Large Room of the Hotel.
Chair to be taken at 5.30. by G. F. BRANSON. Esq. (Cosgrove) TICKETS 2/6 EACH.