Cosgrove Court Rolls and Land Agreements: Biggin 1797 & Mansel 1821

The Manor of Covesgrave, otherwise Cosgrove in the County of Northampton

The View of Frankpledge with the Court Leet and Court Baron of George Biggin Esquire Lord of the said Manor held at Cosgrove in and for the said Manor

On Monday the 24th Day of September in the 27th Year in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c And in the Year of our Lord 1787 before Thomas Ewesdin Gentleman Steward.

The Jury

Richard Sirett John Pittam
George Collison John Franklin
John Symonds Edward Jones
Richard Nicholls William Jones
Samuel Battams Sworn William Bloxham
John Gloes Watts William Benson
Francis Kightley John Dawson
Joseph Scrivener  Thomas Goodward

Essigns
John Wilmer
Thomas Church
Thomas Woodward

The Jury being sworn and charged upon their Oaths Do present That John Pittam is a proper Person to execute the Office of Constable for Furthoe within this Manor who being present here in Court was sworn to execute that Office for the Year ensuing.

The Jury also present That John Franklin is a proper Person to execute the Office of Constable for the Manor of Cosgrove who being present here in Court was sworn to execute that Office for the Year ensuing.

The Jury also present That Francis Kightley is a proper Person to execute the Office of Thirdborough for Cosgrove and Furthoe within this Manor who being present here in Court was sworn to execute that Office for the Year ensuing.

The Jury also present That John Dawson is a proper Person to execute the Office of Hayward for Cosgrove and Furthoe who being present here in Court was sworn to execute that Office for the Year ensuing.

The Jury also present That the Building erected upon the Waste of this Manor by William Manford and held by him of the Lord of this Manor at the Yearly Rent of 6s and 8d hath since the last Court gone to Decay and fallen in.

The Jury also present That John Williams late one of the Tenants of this Manor who freely held to him and his Heirs a piece of Ground in Stony Stratford called the Mallets by Fealty

[Toomb Smith in margin]
Suit of Court Relief and Fine of Alienation when they happen And the Yearly Rent of One Shilling before this Court died seised of the same whereby those happened to the Lord of this Manor for a Relief 1d And that the same on his Death descended and came to his Daughter Suzanne the wife of Henry Toomb Smith who aliened the same to Kightlee whereby those happened to the Lord of this Manor for a Fine of Alienation 4d who paid the said Relief Fine of Alienation and all Arrears of Quit Rent due for the same premises.

[seizesses of Corbett in margin]
The Jury also present That William Corbett, late one of the Tenants of this Manor who freely held to him and his Heirs a Farm by Fealty Suit of Court Relief and Fine of Alienation when they happen And the Yearly Rent of 7s before this Court died seized of the same whereby those happened to the Lord of this Manor for a Relief 7d And that the same on his Death descended and came to his Daughter Martha the wife of John Franklin and Alice the wife of Thomas Bunce who paid the said Relief and all Arrears of Quit Rent for the same premises.

[John Franklin in margin]

The Jury also present That Thomas Franklin late one of the Tenants of this Manor who freely held to him and his Heirs a Farm by Fealty Suit of Court Relief and Fine of Alienation when they happen And the Yearly Rent of 2s before this Court died seized of the same whereby those happened to the Lord of this Manor for a Relief 2s And that the same on his Death descended and came to his Nephew John Franklin who paid the said Relief and all Arrears of Quit Rent for the same premises.

[Same in margin]

The Jury also present That Nathan Franklin late one of the Tenants of this Manor who freely held to him and his Heirs a Messuage on the Green by Fealty Suit of Court Relief and Fine of Alienation when they happen And the Yearly Rent of 1s before this Court died seized of the same whereby those happened to the Lord of this Manor for a Relief 1s And that the same on his Death descended and came to his Son the said John Franklin who paid the said Relief and all Arrears of Quit Rent for the same premises.

[John Mansel Esq in margin]

The Jury also present That Francis Edward Whalley late one of the Tenants of this Manor who freely held to him and his Heirs a Farm by Fealty Suit of Court Relief and Fine of Alienation when they happen And the Yearly Rent of 1s & 2d before this Court aliened the same to John Mansel Esquire who paid the said Fine and all Arrears of Quit Rent for the same premises.

[Wadsworth in margin]

The Jury also present That the Reverend Richard Wadsworth Clark late one of the Tenants of this Manor who freely held to him and his Heirs a Messuage in Old Stratford by Fealty Suit of Court Relief and Fine of Alienation when they happen And the Yearly Rent of 2s and 9d before this Court died seized of the same whereby those happened to the Lord of this Manor for a Relief 2s and 9d And that the same on his Death descended and came to Mary and Martha Wadsworth his sisters and that the said Martha is since Dead whereby her interest in the said premises descended and came to the said Mary Wadsworth who paid the said Relief and all Arrears of Quit Rent for the same premises.

[Richard Nicholls in margin]

The Jury also present That Arthur Bryor late one of the Tenants of this Manor who freely held to him and his Heirs a House by Fealty Suit of Court Relief and Fine of Alienation when they happen And the Yearly Rent of 2s before this Court died seized of the same whereby those happened to the Lord of this Manor for a Relief 2s And that the same on his Death descended and came to Richard Nicholls who paid the said Relief and all Arrears of Quit Rent for the same premises.

[John Williams in margin]

The Jury also present That John Williams late one of the Tenants of this Manor who freely held to him and his Heirs a Farm by Fealty Suit of Court Relief and Fine of Alienation when they happen And the Yearly Rent of 4s before this Court died seized of the same whereby those happened to the Lord of this Manor for a Relief 4s And that the same on his Death descended and came to his Grandson John Williams who paid the said Relief and all Arrears of Quit Rent for the same premises.

[Same in margin]

The Jury also present That the said John Williams who freely held to him and his Heirs a Messuage and Close called the Brines by Fealty Suit of Court Relief and Fine of Alienation when they happen And the Yearly Rent of 1s and 6d before this Court died seized of the same whereby those happened to the Lord of this Manor for a Relief 1s and 6d And that the same on his Death descended and came to his Grandson the said John Williams who paid the said Relief and all Arrears of Quit Rent for the same premises.

[William Moore in margin]

The Jury also present That Hanah Burgess late one of the Tenants of this Manor who freely held to her and her Heirs Two Cottages by Fealty Suit of Court Relief and Fine of Alienation when they happen And the Yearly Rent of 1s before this Court aliened the same to William Moore whereby those happened to the Lord of this Manor for a Fine of Alienation and who paid the said Fine and all Arrears of Quit Rent for the same premises.

[Thomas Coleman in margin]

The Jury also present That the said Hanah Burgess late one of the Tenants of this Manor who freely to her and her Heirs Two Cottages by Fealty Suit of Court Relief and Fine of Alienation when they happen And the Yearly Rent of one penny before this Court aliened the same to Thomas Coleman whereby those happened to the Lord of this Manor for a Fine of Alienation and who paid the said Fine and all Arrears of Quit Rent for the same premises.

[Mary Rand in margin]

The Jury also present That Gabriel Rand late one of the Tenants of this Manor who freely held to him and his Heirs a Cottage by Fealty Suit of Court Relief and Fine of Alienation when they happen And the Yearly Rent of 6d before this Court died seized of the same whereby those happened to the Lord of this Manor for a Relief 6d And that the same on his Death descended and came to Mary Rand who paid the said Relief and all Arrears of Quit Rent for the same premises.

[John Rock in margin]

The Jury also present That William Turvey late one of the Tenants of this Manor who freely held to him and his Heirs 2 Messuages on the Green by Fealty Suit of Court Relief and Fine of Alienation when they happen And the Yearly Rent of 1s before this Court aliened the same to John Rock whereby those happened to the Lord of this Manor for a Fine of Alienation and who paid the said Fine 1s who paid the said Relief and all Arrears of Quit Rent for the same premises.

[Richard Nicholls in margin]

The Jury also present That Arthur Bryor late one of the Tenants of this Manor who freely held to him and his Heirs a Garden on the Green by Fealty Suit of Court Relief and Fine of Alienation when they happen And the Yearly Rent of 6d before this Court died seized of the same whereby those happened to the Lord of this Manor for a Relief 6d And that the same on his Death descended and came to Richard Nicholls who paid the said Relief and all Arrears of Quit Rent for the same premises.

Perambulation 1797

The Jury also present that the Out Bounds of this Manor beginning at the Mill Holme extend along and are bounded by the River Ouze beyond Grigs Island to the Stratford Bridge including the said Island within this Manor and from thence in a North Direction and through the window of the late Thomas Ingram’s House at Old Stratford into the Chester Road and following the same Road to the House of Thomas Kightley and the House of Thomas Blake and from thence to the bottom of Water Close and leaving into the Northampton Road and from thence into the Chester Road following this direction to Byers Watering up Shrob Lane leading into Shrob Wood down the Riding to the second Gate of Mr Chibnall’s Lawn along the Balk on the same Lawn to an angle leading to the Stile of the Corn Close and straight across the same Close and in the same Direction over Hollywell Meadow to Hollywell Farm thence up Tripping Balk to the late Common Highway admeasuring 56 Feet at the top of Hollywell and 40 Yards further on from the North Hedge following the said late Highway to Newman House the same standing on the North and crossing Puxley Green into Richard Scrivener’s Grounds following the Ditch into Brown Wood Lane and out of the same Lane through the said Richard Scrivener’s Garden across the pale mound of the same Garden at the Distance of 30 Feet from his House then direct round Brownswood leading to the Stockings to the Gate at the Stocking Corner and leading from thence on the West side the Stockings into the Chester Road at Potterspury Town’s End following the same Road in a South East Direction to Mr Capes’s New Field turning in through the Hedge 160 Feet from Mr Beachamp’s Old Inclosure and up the Furlong to the Cross this Day made and from thence to Furtho Inclosure admeasuring 212 Feet abutting between two Ash Trees and from thence in a North Easterly Direction to Furtho Green taking about three acres of the same Green as this Day marked out crossing over and taking in part of Barn Fields Close up the Ditch side taking in Davey’s Close and Bowton’s Close into the Chester Road following the same Road to the House in the Occupation of Thomas Claridge at Old Stratford from thence through Claridge’s Close by Mr Sirett’s Wall along Chapel Balk and Furtho Footway through the first Field in Mr Sirett’s Occupation and following the Joint Way between Over and lower Pestel from thence into Mr Wilmer’s Close and into the Northampton Road following the same Road over the Bridge up the Old Thrup Road to Cob Bush crossing the Hanslop Road into Upper Sharpe’s 80 Feet from the Gate leading into Upper Sharpe’s and 32 Feet from the North Fence from thence down to the Joint Way by the Hedge Side leaving nine ridges on return in Lower Sharpe’s the Admeasurement at the bottom being 240 Feet From thence going up to Upper Sharpe’s Ridgeway crossing the same to the Northampton Road crossing the same Road to Mr Rand’s Allotment and from thence following the Watercourse to Mr Watts’s Barn and from thence to within 25 Feet North West to the Bridle Gate through the Hedge following the Watercourse up Blackland Slade to the North corner of Boswell’s Close from thence in a straight Direction 180 Feet to Long Stockings and from thence Down the Ridge way of Crabtree Headland and from thence down the Ridge Way of Long Reeve’s Headland and from there down Fetcham Fold Furlong to the River, following the Course of the River to Cosgrove Mill Holme.

Signed
Jn Franklin Sam Battams Jos Scrivener
Rich Sirett Rich Nicholls John Pittam Wm Benson
Jn Symons John Gleed Watts W Jones Jn Dawson
Geo Collison Francis Kightley Wm Bloxham

Orders Made by the Jury

It is ordered that no Hoggs or Pigs above 3 months old shall be turned on any part of this Manor unless well wrung on pain of forfeiting to the Lord of this Manor for every offence 1s

It is ordered that no person shall cut or mow Rushes after Lammas Day in any Year On pain of forfeiting to the Lord of this Manor for every offence 20s


Quit Rents Payable to George Biggin for his Manor of Cosgrove at a Court held for the same Manor on Monday the 24th September 1787.

     
s
d
Henry Toomb Smith for The Malletts in Stony Stratford, William Rogers, Tenant
1
"
John Mansel Esq for Late Longeville
5
"
George Biggin Esq for Late Christopher Rigby for his Upper Farm
3
2
Same for his lower Farm
1
 
Richard Brooks for A House in Stony Stratford Late Jonathan Scrivener formerly Lamburne
 
3
The Coheiresses of Corbett for A Farm Edward Jones Tenant
 
7
John Franklin for Late Thomas Franklin formerly Hercules Franklin, Henry Branson Tenant
 
2
Same for A Messuage on the Green formerly John Coles
1
 
John Mansel Esq for Late Christopher Mansel
1
6
Same for His Plumb Yard
 
2
George Biggin Esq for Ryes Farm
 
4
John Mansel Esq for Whalley Farm, John Symons, Tenant. One Needle and Thread and
1
2
Coheiresses of Wadsworth for A Cottage in Old Stratford, late Thomas Kingston's. Francis Kightley Tenant
2
9
Richard Nicholls for A House late Arthur Bryor, formerly Sharpes
 
2
The Trustees of the Manor of Furtho for That Manor
5
 
John Williams for His Farm John Simons Tenant
 
4
Same for His Brines otherwise Briants leys same Tenant
1
6
George Biggin Esq for His Farm late Robert Bradford Miss Lowndes Tenant
 
6
     
£1 -10s
7d
Moore for Two Cottages late Hannah Burgess. John Horton and Wm Spittles Tenants
 
1
Coleman for Two Cottages late Hannah Burgess. Wlliam Whiting, Margaret Stone Tenants
 
1
Francis Clarke for A House at Old Straftford late Watson's Widow Kingston and Joseph King, Tenants
1
 
Mary Rand for A Cottage late Gabriel Rand, formerly Britain
 
6
The Rev Mr Watson for A Farm late the Rev Mr Banks formerly Thomas Earl the younger Edward Jones Tenant
 
6
George Biggin Esq for John Godfrey
1
 
The Trustees of Whalley Charity for Stony Stratford Poor Houses and Land
 
6
The Rev Mr Walker for Two Houses on the Green late Richard Panter formerly Ma.ards, the Gift of the late Dr Forster to the Rector of Cosgrove, for the time being
 
2
Thomas Godfrey for A Messuage in Old Stratford late Thomas Ingram
1
 
Edward Hutchins for A House in Stony Stratford Late Abraham Chapman
 
4
John Rock for Two Houses on the Green late William Turvey. William Turvey and John Jarviss Tenants
 
1
Richard Nicholls for A Garden on the Green late Arthur Bryor
 
6
     
£1    16s
4d

Henry Horn for the Corner piece of land near St Vincent’s Well and round St Vincent’s Well to the Village Road leading to the Green
                                                          paid to Lady Day 1809    
Gorge Caves for the Ground between the Cosgrove side of Stratford Bridge at his Field Hedge and from the Road to the River Edge
                                                                        paid to 1809       ?


Cosgrove Court Rolls and Land Agreements: Mansel 1821

The Manor of Covesgrave, otherwise Cosgrove in the County of Northampton

The View of Frankpledge with the Court Leet and Court Baron of John Christopher Mansel Esquire, Lord of the said Manor held at Cosgrove in and for the said Manor on Thursday the thirty first Day of May in the Second Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Fourth by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and in the Year of Our Lord 1821, before Charles Markham Gentleman Steward there.

The Jury
Richard Scrivener Henry Horn
Richard Chibnall    George Caves
William Timbs Joshua Thorn
Thomas Gilling
Sworn
Robert Pittam
William Green Thomas Theophilus Dawson
Matthew Willison Edward Jones

The Jury being sworn and charged upon their Oaths present that Robert Pittam is a proper Person to execute the Office of Constable for Furtho within this Manor who being present here in Court was sworn to execute that Office for the Year ensuing or until he be thereof discharged according to due course of Law.   

The Jury also present that George Caves is a proper Person to execute the Office of Thirdborough for Furtho aforesaid who being present here in Court was sworn to execute that Office for the Year ensuing or until he be thereof discharged according to due course of Law.

The Jury also present that John Battams is a proper Person to execute the Office of Constable for the Manor of Cosgrove and that he has been duly sworn into office before a Magistrate.

The Jury also present that Matthew Willison is a proper Person to execute the Office of Thirdborough for Cosgrove aforesaid who being present here in Court was sworn to execute that Office for the Year ensuing or until he be thereof discharged according to due course of Law.

The Jury also present that Edward Jones is a proper Person to execute the Office of Hayward for Cosgrove and Furtho aforesaid who being present here in Court was sworn to execute that Office for the Year ensuing or until he be thereof discharged according to due course of Law.       

The Jury also present that the Reverend Henry Longueville Mansel Clerk has taken in a small piece of the Waste now forming part of the Rectory Garden from the Church Stile going into the Field called Doctor’s Piece to the turn of the Garden Wall and with the consent of the Lord of the Manor he is to hold the same on payment of the Annual Quit Rent of one shilling from Michaelmas 1815 when the same was taken in.

The Jury also present that the said Henry Longueville Mansel has taken in another piece of the Waste belonging to the Lord of the Manor next the Entrance to the Rectory Gates and with the consent of the Lord of the Manor he is to hold the same on payment of the Annual Quit Rent of one shilling from Michaelmas 1815 when the same was taken in.

The Jury also present that Jeremiah Clarke has taken in a piece of the Waste now used as a Garden and he is to hold the same during the Will of the Lord on payment of the Annual Sum of six pence Rent from Michaelmas 1815 when the same was taken in.

Perambulation

The Jury also Present that the Outbounds of this Manor beginning at the Mill Holme extend along and are bounded by the River Ouze beyond Grigs Island to the Stratford Bridge including the said Island within this Manor and from thence in a North Direction and through the window of the late Thomas Ingram’s now Mr George Caves’ House at Old Stratford into the Chester Road and following the same Road to the House late of Joseph Kightley and now of Richard Beasant late in the tenure of Thomas Blake and now of the said Richard Beasant and from thence to the bottom of Water Close and leaving into the Northampton Road and from thence into the Chester Road following this direction to Byers Wateringand from Byers Watering up Shrob Lane leading into Shrob Wood down the Riding to the second Gate of Mr Richard Chibnall’s Lawn along the Balk on the same Lawn to an angle leading to the Stile of the Corn Close and straight across the same Close and in the same Direction over Hollowell Meadow to Hollowell Farm thence up Tripping Balk to the late Common Highway admeasuring 56 Feet at the top of Hollowell and 40 Yards further on from the North Hedge following the said late Highway to late Newman’s now John Stringfield’s House the same standing on the North and crossing Puxley Green into Richard Scrivener’s Grounds following the Ditch into Brown’s Wood Lane and out of the same Lane through the said Richard Scrivener’s Garden across the Pale Mound of the same Garden at the Distance of 30 Feet from his House then direct round Brownswood leading to the Stockings to the Gate at the Stocking Corner and leading from thence on the West side the Stockings into the Chester Road at Potterspury Town’s End following the same Road in a South East Direction to Mr Capes’s New Field turning in through the Hedge 160 Feet from late Mr Beachamp’s now Mr Hume’s Old Inclosure and up the Furlong to the Cross formerly made and from thence to Furtho Inclosure admeasuring 212 Feet abutting between two Ash Trees and from thence in a North Easterly Direction to Furtho Green taking about three acres of the same Green as this Day marked out crossing over and taking in part of Barn Fields Close up the Ditch side taking in Davey’s Close and the late Bowton’s now Hume’s Close into the Chester Road following the same Road to the House late in the Occupation of Thomas Claridge at Old Stratford now made into two tenements in the occupation of Richard Sirett and William Eddy from thence through Claridge’s now Sirett’s Close by Mr Sirett’s Wall along Chapel Balk and Furtho Footway through the first Field in Mr Sirett’s Occupation and following the Joint Way between over and lower Pestel from thence into Mr Wilmer’s now Mr Green’s Close and into the Northampton Road following the same Road over the Bridge up the Old Thrup Road to Cob Bush crossing the Hanslope Road into Upper Sharpe’s 80 Feet from the Gate leading into Upper Sharpe’s and 32 Feet from the North Fence from thence down to the Joint Way by the Hedge Side leaving nine ridges on Return in Lower Sharpe’s the Admeasurement at the bottom being 240 Feet From thence going up to Upper Sharpe’s Ridgeway crossing the same to the Northampton Road crossing the same Road to Mr Rand’s Allotment now the property of George Harris and from thence following the Watercourse to late Mr Watts’s and now John Wise’s Barn from thence to within 25 Feet North West to the Bridle Gate through the Hedge following the Watercourse up Blackland Slade to the North corner of late Boswell’s  now Henry Horn’s Close from thence in a straight Direction 180 Feet to Long Stockings and from thence Down the Ridge way of Crabtree Headland and from thence down the Ridge Way of Long Reeve’s Headland and from there down Fetcham Fold Furlong to the River, following the Course of the same River (except in the corner corner of Isworth Meadow where a small slip belongs to Furtho and except in about six Acres in the upper part of Steyney Meadow which also belong to Furtho) to Cosgrove Mill Holme.

Exd by me

A ? Markham

Steward