1854 – Post Office Directory of Northampton

Hardingstone is a parish in the Hundred of Wymersley, 2 miles south-east from Northampton, contained, in 1851, with the hamlets of Cotton End, Far Cotton, with paper mills and Delapre Abbey. 1,196 inhabitants, and about 3060 acres of land. The living is a vicarage, value £534, in the archdeaconary of Northampton, diocese Peterborough, and in the patronage of the crown. the church dedicated to St. Edmund has portions in the early style of English Architecture; the Rev Edward Gilbert MA is the incumbent. The river Nen, and a branch of the Grand Junction Canal to Northampton pass through the parish, and join at Cotton End, where are commodious wharfs and warehouses; also the Northampton Station of the London and North Western Railway. Near the side of the London Road is one of the most beautiful monumental crosses erected by Edward I in memory of his consort, Eleanor, called Queens cross, to the south west of which is a commanding eminence, crowned by the remains of Danes camp, a circular fortification, and enclosing more than four acres and supposed to have been constructed by Sweyn, the father of Canute. A battle called the battle of Northampton was fought here, in which the Duke of Buckingham and other nobles were killed and Henry VI was made prisoner, in the 38th year of his reign. James Hervey, author of the Meditations, was born here in 1714. Delapre Abbey is now the seat of Edward Bouverie Esq.


Bluke Rev William MS [curate] Rectory
Bouverie Edward esq.
Breton Miss Mary Ann
Forbes Mrs Mary
Freeman John esq.
Green Mrs Jane
Kendal Mr Charles
Marriot Williams esq
Mercer John esq
Payne James Esq
Scriven Mrs Mary
Weston John esq.

Adams John plough manufacturer and smith Cotton End
Adkins Jabez and son, corn & coal merchants, millers and farmers
Allen James beer retailer
Atherton Thomas and co timber merchants Cotton end
Bailey Samuel blacksmith Cotton End
Battams William farmer
Battams Thomas farmer and cattle salesman
Chamberlain Ann (Mrs) shopkeeper
Chapman Joseph, shopkeeper, Cotton End
Cheeseman George Christopher, manager of the goods department, Railway Station, Cotton End
Clayson George Tailor
Coldhart Edward receiving officer
Crosher Joseph coal merchant railway station cotton end
Dickens William 'five bells'
Elton Charles carpenter and wheelwright
Elton James Butcher
Elton Thomas grocer and postmaster
Fletcher Charles gamekeeper
Ford Robert. Boot and Shoe maker, Cotton End
Frost Elizabeth (Mrs) farmer
Frost Samuel butcher
Gilling Edward butcher Cotton end
Hager Thomas, brewer, maltster & wine and spirit merchant Cotton end
Hall George carpenter and grocer
Hall Richard grocer
Holloway Maria (Mrs) ladies boarding school Cotton end
Holloway William, auctioneer, Cotton end
Holt John, grocer, Cotton end
Howes Samuel & Charles farmers lodge farm
Livecock Charles, Station Master, Railway Station, Cotton End
Morris Mark 'Pomfret Arms' Cotton end
Norton William grocer
Norman William coal merchant and farmer Cotton end
Odams and Norton coal merchants, railway station Cotton end
Olden & Co northamptonshire iron ore works
Payne Catherine 'Sun'
Peach Henry tailor beer retailer & parish clerk
Phipps John draper
Pickford & Co. Carriers (William Butcher agent) Cotton end
Rice James, farmer, Cotton end
Roberts George, shop keeper, Cotton End
Rolfe john Baker
Rogers Robert Steward to Edward Bouverie esq.
Shaw john farmer
Shaw William, farmer, Cotton end
Smith Samuel, engineer & agricultural implement maker, retailer, Grand Junction wharf, Cotton end
Smith James salt merchant Cotton end
Smith William baker
Stenson William & Co. coal Merchants (Saml. Wood, agent), Railway station, Cotton End
Thompson Samuel, hay and corn factor coal merchant & beer retailer, Grand junction Wharf Cotton end
Underwood Francis farmer
Weightman John, Wharfinger Grand Junction wharf, Cotton end
Whitehouse Stephen coal merchant Railway station, Cotton end
Wooding Henry, builder, Bridge Street & Cotton End.
Ward & Beeby, steam saw planing & flour mills, grand junction wharf Cotton end
Wise Elizabeth Sarah (Mrs) paper manufacturer Rush mills
York William, White Hart, Cotton end (Also refereed to later in directory as "Old White Horse")
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