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.

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 08 February 1890

Football match

Croydon's Weekly Standard 22 March 1890

Charles Burnell assult

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.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 17 May 1890

Cricket match Old Bradwell

Croydon's Weekly Standard 7 June 1890

Church Choir concert

Croydon's Weekly Standard 14 June 1890

Shillings worth of stamps

Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 June 1890

Cricket : Stony Stratford v. Cosgrove. This match was played at Stony Stratford, and after very close contest resulted in a win for Cosgrove by one run on the first innings, the scores being and 63. One little accident marred the game, Hilton (who was playing for Cosgrove) having his finger broken by endeavouring to catch a very swift ball.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 28 June 1890

Stamps verdict

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.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 19 July 1890


Croydon's Weekly Standard 11 October 1890

Mr Lambert run over by horses

Croydon's Weekly Standard 11 October 1890

Football match

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.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 6 December 1890

Football match

Croydon's Weekly Standard 27 December 1890

Skating on Broadwater

Croydon's Weekly Standard 10 January 1891

Trespassing Furtho

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.

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



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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 31 October 1891

Meakins boys fighting

Croydon's Weekly Standard 07 November 1891

Cricket Club annual Dinner

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.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 02 January 1892

Skating at Broadwater

Croydon's Weekly Standard 23 January 1892

Skating Broadwater

Croydon's Weekly Standard 6 February 1892

Timothy Whitlock Wake not vaccinated child

Northampton Mercury - Friday 26 February 1892

COSGROVE. Parish School.

The annual balance-sheet for this school, which is in connection with the National Society, has just been issued, and it appears the past year has many respects been tolerably successful one. The Government grant is in excess of the previous year, being £65 2s., against £56  6s. 5d, and this, with voluntary subscriptions and a voluntary rate, is the sole means of income. The inspector's report appended approves generally of the condition of the school, but no examination was held in religious knowledge owing to the influenza epidemic being prevalent among the children.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 March 1892

COSGROVE. Concert.

On Friday evening a concert was given in the Schoolroom, aid of the funds of the village band. There was a large attendance. Several friends from Wolverton assisted in the programme, which gave every satisfaction, and doubtless the funds of the band will be materially assisted.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 March 1892

COSGROVE Allotment Ground.

A general meeting was held in the National Schoolroom Wednesday. The balance sheet as read by the secretary, Mr. Branch, proved that the whole expenses since the starting of the allotments, now nearly four years, amounted 17s. 9d., and the income, sale of grass and five penny levies, amounted to 17s leaving a deficiency of one penny. The accounts were audited by Mr. T. Seymour and passed by the meeting.

The election of the committee took place as follows : Messrs. E. Skeatts, E. Gee, W.Clark (re-elected), G. Gaskins, C. Baker, R. Brown, D. Merriden (elected).— Mr. Branch having intimated his intention of resigning, Mr Geo proposed that he be asked to reconsider his decision, which the meeting at once agreed to. —Mr. Branch thanked the meeting for their confidence in him. He agreed to his re-election, and announced 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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 November 1892


In connection with the Stony Stratford, Wolverton, and District Wholesale Clothing Society, a dinner was held at the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, on Saturday evening, when about fifty members of the Cosgrove branch was present. A capital cold collation was provided by Host H. Willison.

The chair was taken by the manager of the society, Mr. W. A. Anchor.—The Chairman submitted "Success to the Society," which was heartily drunk, and Mr. Anchor, in reply said he would do his best to look after the welfare of the members.—"The Health of Mr. Anchor” was also drunk and Mr. Anchor having acknowledged the compliment the room was cleared for dancing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bucks Standard 9 September 1893

J. J. Atkinson summoned for incorrect management of their company.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 September 1893


Bostock's v. Cosgrove.

This match was played on Saturday at Cosgrove, and ended victory for Bostock's. Scores: Bostock's, 93; Cosgrove, 38.

After the match, tea was partaken of at Mr. Knight's, the Plough Inn, and thoroughly enjoyed by all. In the evening a smoking concert was held, songs being sung by members of both teams, accompanied Mr. F. Johnson, and ended in a very pleasant outing.

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.

Croydon's Weekly Strandard 23 December 1893

Mr and Mrs Hurst charged with asulting Mrs Ellard

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.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 July 1894


Wolverton Park v. Cosgrove.—A match was played at Cosgrove on Saturday between the above clubs, and a closely-contested game ended a win for the visitors five points (207 to 202)

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.

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.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 19 July 1895


Wolverton Park v. Cosgrove.—On Saturday, in the Park, on 12 yard beds, 71b. quoits, 15 up, the home team won by two points.

Scores: Wolverton, 160; Cosgrove, 158

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.

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.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 December 1895

COSGROVE.—Parish Meeting.

A meeting of the ratepayers of Cosgrove was held in the Schoolroom on Friday evening, to decide to what should done with the parish houses. Mr. H. Grant-Thorold was voted to chair, in the unavoidable absence, through business, in Yorkshire, of Mr. J. J. Atkinson, C.C. (chairman of the Parish Council).

It appeared that the rents have been for a number years received the overseers, and paid into the Poor Rate. The Parish Council propose to retain the property, which is in a bad state, and the trustees of the Juvenile Foresters' Society are willing to advance £100 on mortgage when the property is put in repair. Mr. Eli Baker proposed "That the parish houses handed over to the Parish Council, and that they appoint trustees, as required the Local Government Act of 1894." This was seconded Mr. W. Brown, and carried. Mt. J. Oldham proposed that the houses put in repair. Mr. T. W. Wake seconded, and it was carried unanimously.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.