1869 – Post Office Directory

HARDINGSTONE is a parish, in the Southern division of the county, hundred of Wymersley, and head of a union, county court district of Northampton, rural deanery and archdeaconry of Northampton, and diocese of Peterborough, 2 miles south-south-east from Northampton. The river Nene, 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; the Northampton station of the London and North Western Railway is in this parish. The Hardingstone union comprise the following places:— Brafleld-on-the-Green, Castle Ashby, Cogenhoe, Collingtree, Courteenhall, Denton, Great Houghton, Hackleton, Hardingstone, Horton, Little Houghton, Milton or Middleton Malsor, Piddington, Preston Deanery, Quinton, Roade, Rothersthorpe, Whiston, Wootton, and Yardley Hastings. The church of St. Edmund has portions in the Early English style: it is a stone building, having a chancel, aisles, north porch, and a tower with clock and 5 bells. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £534, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, and held by the Rev. Robert Henry Cox, M.A., of Trinity College. Dublin. Near the side of the London Road is one of the beautiful monumental crosses erected by Edward I. in memory of his consort Eleanor, called Queen’s Cross: there Is a similar cross at Geddington in this county, and at Northampton: to the south-west of the cross 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. 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 the seat of Lieut.-General Everard William Bouverie, J.P., who is the principal landowner. The soil is clay and loam; subsoil, stone and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley and grass. The population in 1801, with the hamlets of Cotton End, Far Cotton (with paper mills), and Delapre Abbey, was 9,015, and the area about 3,060 acres.

Parish Clerk, Charles Walker.

Post Office.— Thomas Elton, receiver. Letters arrive from Northampton at 6.30 a.m.; dispatched at 6.15 p.m. 
The nearest money order office is at Northampton
School, Alfred Sheldon, master
Infant School, Mrs. Baines, mistress
Carriers To Northampton.— Samuel Austin, daily; 
Henry Wooding, four times a week

Allen Philip, esq
Bouverie Lieut-General Everard Wm. J.P. Delapre abbey 
Breton Miss 
Casson Mr. William 
Cooper Henry, esq 
Cox Rev. Robert Henry, M.A. [vicar] 
Faithfull Rev. Charles Henry, M.A 
Forbes Mrs 
Gray Mr. T. E 
Higgins Mrs 
Kendall Mr. Charles Edwin 
Harriott Mr. William 
Marsh Mrs 
Mercer John, esq 
Perry Mr. John 
Shaw Mrs

Adams Charles, agricultural implement maker, Cotton end 
Atkins William, coal merchant, Nunn mill wharf 
Albright John, beer retailer, Far Cotton 
Bailey William, blacksmith, Cotton end
Battams Thomas, farmer 
Battams William, farmer 
Belton Francis, beer retailer, Far Cotton 
Billing John, Rose & Crown, Far Cotton 
Cave George & Co. coal merchants, Cotton end
Chaplin & Co. carriers (Thomas Shaw, agent), Cotton end 
Clay James, shopkeeper, Cotton end 
Coultart Edward, relieving officer & inspector of nuisances 
Denton Uriah, beer retailer, Rush mills 
Dickens Elizabeth (Mrs.), shopkeeper 
Elton Charles, Crown inn 
Elton James, Sun 
Elton Maria (Miss), shopkeeper 
Elton Thomas, carpenter 
Frost Samuel, butcher 
Gilling Charles, butcher, Cotton end 
Hall George, grocer 
Harrison Henry, engineer, Cotton end 
Hill Wm. & Co. timber mers.Cotton end 
Holt John, grocer, Cotton end 
Howes Samuel & Charles, farmers, Lodge farm 
James Eli, butcher, Far Cotton 
Norman William, wharfinger, Cotton end 
Ogden John, blacksmith 
Pickford & Co. carriers (Wm. Butcher, agent), Cotton end 
Puryer William. shopkeeper, Cotton end 
Rice William, farmer, Brear Hill farm 
Rogers John, shopkeeper, Far Cotton 
Rogers William, steward to Lieut – General Bouverie 
Rolfe John, baker
Shaw John, farmer & auctioneer, Huntsbury hill 
Shaw William, farmer. Far Cotton 
Shipley Coal Co. (Duncan McLean, agent for West, Biddies & Co.), Cotton end
Simmons Felix, carpenter 
Smith George, beer retailer, Far Cotton 
Smith James, salt merchant, Cotton end 
Thompson Samuel, coal, hay & corn merchant & beer retailer.Grand Junction wharf, Cotton end 
Underwood Francis, farmer 
Walker Charles, shoe maker 
Ward & Beeby, timber & slate merchants, & steam saw mills, Grand Junction wharf, Cotton end 
Weightman John, wharfinger, Grand Junction wharf, Cotton end 
Wells James, coal & coke merchant, Cotton end 
Westley Joseph, miller, Nunn mill, & Blfsworth 
Williamson Joseph, shopkeeper 
Wilson Josph. Pomfret Arms, Cotton end 
Wise & Co. paper manufctrs. Rush mills 
Woodward Thomas, game keeper to Lieut.-General Bouverie 
York Mary (Mrs.), Old White Hart, Cotton end

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