Alma Street / Rickard Street
Althorp Street / Delapre Street
Richard Ford is one of the earliest residents of the new houses built on Main Road. He appears in an 1861 post office directory as a Far Cotton shoemaker. Richard, who was born in Weedon Bec around 1822, seems to have moved to Far Cotton some time between 1840-1850. Richard and his wife, Elizabeth live at 1 Althorp Street until Elizabeth's death in 1889. They brought up three children in Far Cotton: William, who followed in his father's footsteps and became a shoemaker, George who became a machinist, and daughter Elizabeth, who, like her mother was a laundress.
Opposite Richard in the 1870s and 1880s is Eli James, who lives at 2 Althorp Street with his wife Jane Maria, their adult son George and granddaughter Jane Maria Hayllar. Eli is 68 years old and he is listed in an 1876 trade directory as a Far Cotton publican. Eli must be doing well, as the household also includes 18 year-old Esther Peasull, who is a live-in servant. Eli and Jane moved to Far Cotton from Bridge Street in Northampton, where he ran a butcher's shop. Eli and Jane's youngest daughter Elizabeth originally moves to Far Cotton with them and in March 1875 marries Richard Thomas Hayllar, a grocer, at Hardingstone Parish Church. But tragedy strikes; early in 1878, around the time that little Jane Maria Hayllar is born, Elizabeth Keziah dies. Richard leaves Jane Maria with her grandparents and moves back to Newport Pagnell, where he works as an assistant grocer in his father's shop. Eli dies in 1881 and Jane in 1886, at which time, Jane Maria and her father are reunited.
Thomas Labrum is a retired railway policeman, born in 1819 in Weedon. The 1861 Census shows Thomas living at 29-30 Henley Street where he is running beer house known as the Plough Inn. He lives there with his wife Mary and three children: Elizabeth, Ann and Thomas.
Old Towcester Road
We find Charles Cox in an 1876 trade directory, listed as a Far Cotton tailor and coal dealer. Charles moves to Oxford Street around 1866 with his wife Jane and eight children. Charles is originally a local boy, born and brought up in Hardingstone. In 1841, at 15 years, he was an apprentice tailor and went on to become a journeyman tailor, which is probably how he met and married Jane in Kingston-upon-Hull in 1848. He and Jane live in Hull, but by 1861, Charles has given up tailoring and is working as a railway porter. Perhaps he thought that coming back to Far Cotton would be an opportunity to take up tailoring again. Unfortunately, he never really got the opportunity. Charles died in 1880. Jane, however, remarries. She and Joseph Shelton (a widower and shoemaker) are still living at 68 Oxford Street in the 1891 Census.
St Leonard's Road
Robert Adams, the modern British sculptor, was born at 22 Thirlestane Road on 5 October 2017. His father, Arthur and mother, Emily ran a grocer's shop.