Transport & Roads

[In the reigns of King Alfred and Edward the Elder] [Cosgrove] lay within a cluster of “Assumption” churches and was undoubtedly a collecting point on a great pilgrim way for traffic from the north west and south west on its way to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. From [Watling Street] pilgrims journeyed to Bedford, thence along the old Roman Road through Cambridge to Newmarket and along the branch of the Icknield Way known as Palmer’s Way to Walsingham. Many of the trackways trodden by these pilgrims had been used from time immemorial and were either old Roman roads or prehistoric routes. Those from the west and the southwest converged near Tingewick and spilt again into north and south ridgeways along the Ouse valley. The north Ouse trackway was partly coincident with the modern road A422 in a line from Water Stratford, passing the Roman villa at Foscott to Old Stratford crossing by Cosgrove to Castlethorpe.

In the late 1880s people at Cosgrove found that in order to drive a horse and trap to Wolverton station – one mile distant as the crow flies – three tolls had to be paid at 6d each. One was at the Dog’s Mouth along the Northampton Road, One on the Stony Stratford bridge and one on the Wolverton Road.