Old Stratford - Parish Matters

The Northampton Mercury June 22nd 1778

Stony Stratford, Bucks, June 6, 1778

We certify, that no Person has the SMALLPOX in this Town, and that no Person has said Distemper in Old Stratford, or the Places called Wolverton End, or Calverton End, near Stony Stratford.


E. JUFFCOAT Churchwarden
W. MALPAS Churchwarden

W. OLIVER Overseers of the Poor

N.B. Mr. SOUTHAM’S Method of INOCULATION having been given entire Satisfaction to this Parish, in not losing a single Patient; the principal Inhabitants would particularly recommend him  to all other Parishes that may be involved, in the like calamitous Situation, by Natural SMALLPOX.

The Northampton Mercury February 24th 1899

LIGHTING OF THE VILLAGE - A meeting of the parochial electors of that part of Old Stratford situated in the parish of Cosgrove was held in the Tram Depot on Saturday evening, to consider the desirability of lighting Old Stratford. Mr. J. J. Atkinson, chairman of the Cosgrove Parish Council presided. A proposition by Mr. Jones, in favour of lighting Old Stratford, was seconded by Mr. J. A. Reeve, strongly supported by Mr. Hamilton, and eventually carried almost unanimously. Mr. W. Webb demanded a poll.

The Northampton Mercury April 27th 1900

RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL: The Surveyor (Mr Pritchard) was instructed to get out an estimate for making a footpath along the old tramway from Deanshanger to Old Stratford.

The Northampton Mercury May 25th 1900

RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL: The Surveyor (Mr Pritchard) was instructed to report on the sanitary affairs of Old Stratford, and also to prepare an estimate of the cost of the footpath alongside the Deanshanger road from the village to Shady style.

The Northampton Mercury June 22nd 1900

RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL: Mr Pritchard, the Sanitary Inspector, reported that the sanitary conditions of Old Stratford, taken as a whole, was not very unsatisfactory. In almost every case the drains were in good condition, with stench traps fixed. Earth closets were mostly used, there were only about four pail closets. Mr. J. A. Reeve sent a letter stating that he insisted upon some steps being taken to remedy the sanitary conditions in Old Stratford, and a letter was received from Miss Lancaster on the same subject. Most of the principal ratepayers, however had signed a petition objecting to any expenditure in a water-cart or a sanitary cart, as they thought it unnecessary. The Inspector was instructed to take steps to have the pail closets emptied regularly.

The Northampton Mercury September 7th 1900

RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL: Consent was given to an application from Mr. J. A. Reeve, Old Stratford, to connect waste bath water pipe with the public drain.

The Northampton Mercury October 5th 1900

RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL: With respect to the Old Stratford scavenging, the Inspector said the work was being attended to, and the Council stated that if further pails were erected they would be emptied in due course. The Medical Officer of Health (Dr. Maguire) reported four cases of scarlet fever at Cosgrove and Old Stratford.

The Northampton Mercury May 17th 1901

RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL: The Sanitary Inspector (Mr. W. H. Pryer Pritchard) said some cottages at Old Stratford were in a bad state, and it was decided to ask the medical Officer of Health to report thereon.

The Northampton Mercury April 17th 1903

RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL: The Rev. Dr. Payne called attention to the dirty state of the sides of the road near his residence at Old Stratford. The Surveyor said he had spoken to the people about throwing their rubbish on the side of the road, and he was directed to do what he could to put a stop to the nuisance.

The Northampton Mercury June 9th 1905

RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL: The only lodging-house in the district was at Old Stratford, and the Council, decided it was necessary to have it registered, directed the Clerk to obtain the necessary forms.

Wolverton Express June  30th 1905



At the conclusion of the 'meeting of the Potterspury Board of Guardians on Thursday morning week, Mr. J. Chettle asked the members of the Potterspury Rural District Council  to stay a short time. They had unfortunately had a case of small-pox at Old Stratford, and he had asked the (Medical Officer of Health to attend. —The members, of the Bucks. parishes in the Union were given permission to stay and hear what Dr-Maguire had to say.—Dr. Maguire said the man, William Hook, presented himself at his house at four o'clock in the afternoon with the usual medical relief order. He told him to go back to Old Stratford, and that he had no business to go out. Dr. Maguire went to the lodging house and found the place full, and the people were very excited. He thought the best thing to do was to make arrangements for the men to be disinfected that night, and he consequently made arrangements for the people to be disinfected at the Workhouse. He told them they must go to the Workhouse, as it was impossible to keep the men in the lodging house, as the rooms were small. Seven out of the eleven went to the Workhouse and had their clothes disinfected, and the other three disappeared. The next day he wired to Dr. Paget, the County Medical Officer, and asked him if he could get the ease sent to the small-pox hospital at Northampton. The case was taken there at £3 3s. per week and expenses of removals and the man was removed on the Wednesday. All the bedding and wooden bedsteads at the lodging house had been destroyed, and every room had been. disinfected and lime washed, and quick-lime put down the privy, and disinfectants had also been sent to the sewerage works, for use in the closets the men used there. It was impossible to keep the men at the lodging house. Most of them were filthy and their clothes covered with vermin, and he could not tell how quickly he could remove the small-pox , patient. There was no means of disinfecting the clothing, except at the Workhouse. He had only four tubes of lymph, and the woman caretaker and the three unvaccinated children were vaccinated. Had he had more tubes of lymph, the insanitary condition of the lodging-house precluded vaccination. He thought the woman tried to do her best. The lodging-house -would be shut up until the end of the month. They could not have locked the people up in the lodging-house. It would have been "hell upon earth."—The Local Government Board Inspector (Mr. Court) said it would be better for the District Council to get a portable disinfector. He did not think they could have done anything else than what was done under the special circumstances.

The Northampton Mercury November 24th 1905

RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL:  With regard to the question of common lodging-houses, the Clerk said there was only one in the district. Viz., at Old Stratford. The by-laws had been passed, and it was decided to serve notice upon the occupier to register under the Act.

The Northampton Mercury December 22nd 1905

An application was received from the occupier of the common lodging-house at Old Stratford for the same to be inspected and registered, and it was decided to allow this to stand over for further consideration.

The Northampton Mercury August 31st 1906

RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL: The Medical Officer of Health reported an outbreak of scarlet fever at Old Stratford, confined to one family.

The Northampton Mercury December 20th 1907


The tender of Mr. H. W. Bushell for sanitary work at Cosgrove and Old Stratford was accepted.

The Northampton Mercury April 10th 1908


Old Stratford and Deanshanger Small Holdings Association applied for 445 acres.

The Northampton Mercury June 10th 1910


A meeting of the committee of the Northamptonshire Automobile Club:

The R.A.C. wrote respecting the dangerous main road crossing at Old Stratford, and it was decided that the secretary should see the county surveyor.

The Northampton Mercury October 27th 1911



In order to make an improvement at the crossroads in Old Stratford, the County Surveyor had, with the approval of the Road Board, purchased by auction for £380 a cottage and land (3 roods and 52 poles) near the spot. The Road Board had agreed to contribute three-forths of the costs of the purchase and works, estimated at £500. The Chairman expressed the indebtedness of the Council to the Surveyor for making the purchase at a time when it was impossible to call a special meeting of the Council to give instructions. [Bridge Stores]

The Northampton Mercury January 12th 1912

RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL: It was resolved to apply to the Local government Board for the loan of an additional £100 for the work in connection with the Old Stratford water supply.

The Northampton Mercury May 10th 1912


The Board has stated they were prepared to contribute £5,000 towards the cost (£7,500) of various improvements to be carried out during the year. These embraced the improvements at the Old Stratford cross-roads, the widening of the carriage-way on the Northampton and Kettering main road. And the tar binding and surface tarring of roads

The Northampton Mercury July 26th 1912


With respect to the proposed water supply at Old Stratford the Local Government Board wrote in answer to the Council’s application for sanction to borrow £200 for experimental work in view of providing a supply requesting that the services of an experienced geologist should first be obtained and suggesting that the Council should write to the Geological Survey Office.

The Northampton Mercury August 23rd 1912

Old Stratford Water Supply. The Finance Committee recommended that a rate of 4d. in the £ should be laid for ordinary expenses. This was agreed to. In connection with the proposed scheme for increasing the Old Stratford water supply, a report on the geological formation of the ground, where it is proposed to sink a new well, was read from Mr. Beeby Thompson of Northampton. He the geologist thought that the illeg well was reasonably satisfactory one. His conclusion, he said, was based on geological grounds alone, and the Council would see that conclusion was unavoidable. After giving his reasons, which were of a theoretical and technical nature. Mr. Thompson said that at Deanshanger the springs appeared to exist where they certainly might be expected. In the upper part of Old Stratford there seemed to be a good supply from a chalk rack, and this must come westward, which was in the direction of the proposed site, and as the site was favourably situated he thought permission ought to be given by the Local Government Board to allow the Council to make a trial boring 200 feet deep, which could be abandoned if the research was not satisfactory. The Chairman: I can’t tell whether the Local Government Board will be satisfied or not. It was decided to send a copy of the report to the Local Government Board.

The Northampton Mercury January  10th 1913

The Medical Officer of Health (Dr. Powell) thought something should be done to get a supply of Water at Old Stratford, as it was now insufficient.

The Northampton Mercury January 17th 1913

The Roads and Bridges Committee recommended a general approval of the scheme for widening and reconstruction of the Watling-street road from Old Stratford, through Towcester and Weedon.

The Northampton Mercury March 7th 1913


Mr. Parrott read a draft licence received from H.M. Office of Woods, who gave permission to sink a trial bore-hole on the Shrob Walk Farm land for the purpose of finding water for the Old Stratford supply.

The Northampton Mercury April 4th 1913


Old Stratford Water. A committee appointed to deal with the Old Stratford water supply recommended the approval of the draft licence from the Crown offices, which gave permission to end on the Crown Lands, and that the question of compensation to the tenant (Mr. R. Wylie) should be referred to a future meeting. These were adopted.

The Northampton Mercury October 17th 1913


The report of a committee which was appointed to consider the amalgamation of two schemes for supplying water to Potterspury and Old Stratford, stated that to connect Old Stratford to the Potterspury well would cost £1,500. This was considered too expensive, and the proposal to amalgamate the two schemes was therefore abandoned. A new scheme for Old Stratford will therefore have to be made. That the need for a better supply in both villages was very acute was shown by the medical officer’s report in which Dr. Powell said that since the last meeting a case of enteric fever had broken out at Potterspury. Suitable measures had been taken to prevent the spread of the disease, but the doctor feared that until both Old Stratford and Potterspury were provided with better water supplies they would never be really free from the dangers of any disease. The present supplies were very unhealthy, and quite inadequate for the inhabitants there. The rest of the district was clear of disease, with the exception of Hartwell, where there were a few cases of mumps.

The Northampton Mercury November 14th 1913


The Crown Surveyor wrote to the effect he understood the Council’s task of boring on the Crown lands for water for Old Stratford had been abandoned because no water had been found. He asked the Council to inform him of the depth of the borings. The clerk was instructed to reply.

The Northampton Mercury January 9th 1914


Mr. H. Weston (vice-chairman) presiding. An analysis of a sample of water taken from the well suggested as the source of the supply for Old Stratford showed that although the water contained a certain percentage of iron, it was of a very satisfactory character. A request that the Council should support a resolution urging upon the Government to press forward the Public Rights of Way Bill was laid upon the table. Mr. Grant-Thorold said if people would keep to the footpaths there would be no trouble. The Medical Officer of Health (Dr. Cecil Powell) reported another outbreak of enteric fever at Potterspury, two cases of tuberculosis at Hartwell and Old Stratford, and an outbreak of cowpox amongst a herd of cattle at Edincote.

The Northampton Mercury February 2nd 1914



Some very plain language concerning condition of the main roads in the Potterspury neighbourhood was used at the monthly meeting of the Rural District Council on Thursday.
The roads mentioned have been in greasy, mud-coated state for several months, and the County Council wrote to the effect that many complaints about the roads had been received, their slippery nature was due to the surface having been tar-painting, would only be done where it was absolutely necessary by the Surveyor, who had been instructed to spread chippings over the roads which had been tar-painted.
Mr. Ridgeway asked the Clerk what parish the roadway at Old Stratford was in and upon being informed that it was in Cosgrove and Passenham, he said that the road was always in a shocking state. It was always two or three inches in mud, and it was absolutely terrible to have to drive a horse over it. He noticed that the chippings were put over the roads by the Bucks County Council, but absolutely nothing, to his knowledge, had been done to improve matters on the Northants roads. “I call it disgraceful,” he continued. “to have such roads. It is shameful treatment, and I really think the County Council ought to be told so, too. Chippings are there by the roadside, but they are never put over the roads.”
Mr Grant-Thorold said it was a waste to see all these chippings lying on the roadside in heaps, when they ought to be on the roads.
Mr. Franklin thought they ought to advocate sand instead of chipping.
Mr. Ridgway (heatedly): Yes: that is all. I have seen better roads in the backwoods of America, one hundred miles from anywhere. These roads are a disgrace to civilisation.

The Northampton Mercury March 6th 1914

Parish Boundaries

Mr. Paterson called attention to the anomalous position of certain parishes in the Union’s area. Because of a very indefinite boundary existing between the parish of Potterspury and the parishes of Cosgrove, Old Stratford, and a tiny parish consisting of a church and about three houses, Furtho, certain parishes have to pay an undue share of rates, whilst others pay less than they ought. He advocated a readjustment of the boundaries, and gave notice that he would move at the next meeting that the County Council should be asked to hold an inquiry into the question. He suggested in the case of Furtho that it should be added to Cosgrove.
Mr. Grant-Thorold: But the rate at Cosgrove is 1s 7d., whereas they only pay 10d at Furtho.
Mr. Elmes reminded the Board that the question of parochial areas was a very difficult as well as an ancient problem. He saw an old deed some days ago which said that a certain road was either in the parish of Cosgrove or Furtho.
Mr. Grant-Thorold (to Mr. Paterson): I think the only people who will thank you for this will be the Furtho folk.
Mr. Paterson: No; Potterspury.
The Clerk: Potterspury and Furtho. (Loud laughter.)

The Northampton Mercury March 20th 1914


Road Improvements

The committee reported that the surplus land adjoining the improvements recently carried out at the cross roads in Old Stratford had been sold by public auction for £120.

The Northampton Mercury April 3rd 1914


Mr. Paterson, in accordance with his notice of motion, moved that the County Council should be asked to hold an inquiry into the question of parish boundaries at Old Stratford, with a view to the whole of that parish being included in the parish of Furtho. Mr. Wylie seconded, and the motion was agreed to.

The Northampton Mercury April 17th 1914

The Northamptonshire County Council wrote asking for a map of the parish boundaries at Old Stratford, and also one of the suggested re-division of the parishes. The letter was referred to the District Council.

The Northampton Mercury November 13th 1914

The Surveyor also reported that there were two cases of overcrowding at Old Stratford, one of the cottages having a leaking roof. Notices were also ordered to be issued in these cases, and further consideration of the scarcity of houses at Deanshanger.

The Surveyor's report on the Old Stratford housing showed that there were 62 houses, including the two overcrowded, and apparently there was a shortage of cottages. A Member: You're rubbing it in. The Clerk said that they were awaiting a notice from the Northamptonshire County Council to hold an inquiry at Old Stratford as to the parish boundaries.

The Northampton Mercury April 16th 1915


Notice is Hereby Given, that a Committee appointed by the County Council of Northamptonshire under the provisions of Local Government Acts. 1888 and 1894, will ATTEND at the TRINITY HOUSE, OLD STRATFORD on MONDAY, the 26th day of APRIL instant, at 11.15 o’clock in the Forenoon, to HOLD a LOCAL INQUIRY and deal with an Application from the Board of Guardians of the Potterspury Union and the Rural District Council of Potterspury for an order for the alteration of the boundaries of the Parishes of Cosgrove, Furtho, Passenham, and Potterspury, now forming part of the Potterspury Union and Rural District.
All Persons interested may attend and be heard at such Inquiry.
Dated this 10th day of April, 1915
Clerk of the County Council.

The Northampton Mercury July 9th 1915


The committee appointed to hold an inquiry into an application from the Potterspury Board of Guardians and Rural District Council for an order for the alteration of the boundaries of the parishes of Cosgrove, Furtho, Passenham, and Potterspury, reported that they could not recommend the scheme as put forward, but they thought the difficulty that had arisen would be met to some extent by an alteration of the boundaries of the parishes of Cosgrove and Potterspury, whereby the isolated and detached portion of Potterspury, an area of 1 acre 2 roods 3 poles, situate at Old Stratford, will be added to Cosgrove.
Mr. J. H. Smith, in moving the report, said the parties affected had still the right of appeal to the Local Government Board. The report was adopted.

The Northampton Mercury July 23rd 1915


The Northamptonshire County Council have given their decision in reference to the proposed division of parish boundaries in the Potterspury district.
At the inquiry into the merits of the proposition it was stated that the residents of Old Stratford desired such alterations in the parish "frontiers" as would ensure that the village was in one single parish rather than as at present, in two or three. The decision of the County Council because it does not provide for this is disappointing to the inhabitants of the parish.
It was stated at the fortnightly meeting of the Potterspury Board of Guardians held at the Workhouse, Yardley Gobion, on Thursday, that the County Council had issued an order providing for the detached portion of Potterspury to be taken out of Old Stratford and added to the parish of Cosgrove. No alteration, the Council notice said, would be made to the Cosgrove, Furtho, and Passenham parish boundaries. The Order will come into operation on April 1. 1916.
Mr. Starsmore remarked that the Order was very satisfactory to the Passenham parish, which had a natural boundary.
Mr. Pratt: It’s very unsatisfactory to Old Stratford people. They wanted a parish of their own.
The Clerk: Well, no doubt the Cold Stratford people will proceed further in the matter. What Mr. Paterson suggested in the first instance as to the removal of the detached portion has been granted.

The Northampton Mercury March 3rd 1916


The Clerk reported the receipt of a formal order transferring the portion of Potterspury parish in Old Stratford to Cosgrove.

The Northampton Mercury March 30th 1917


With regard to the proposed scheme of a water supply for Old Stratford, the Local Government Board wrote they were unable to sanction a loan for the execution of the scheme at the present time, and asked for a further scheme to be submitted. The matter was referred to a committee to report.

The Northampton Mercury April 27th 1917

Powell reported a case of scarlet fever at Old Stratford. The epidemic at Deanshanger appeared to have subsided. There were a few isolated case of German measles scattered over the district, namely, at Deanshanger, Old Stratford, Potterspury, Grafton Regis, Hartwell and Paulerspury.

The Northampton Mercury March 8th 1918

From the “Mercury”

150 YEARS AGO MARCH 7th, 17, 1768.

Among the Road Acts which obtained the Royal Assent last Wednesday se’nnight was one for Repairing and Widening the Road from the Way Post in the Parish of Hardingstone to Old Stratford in this County.

The Northampton Mercury January 2nd 1920


The supply of water for Old Stratford was discussed at some length. The architect’s plans were submitted for approval, and his estimate for the cost of the work was £2,752 12s. On the motion of Mr. Pratt it was decided to call a public meeting of the ratepayers to discuss the matter.

The Northampton Mercury February 6th 1920

The Clerk reported the ratepayers at Old Stratford met to discuss the plans of water supply, and on financial grounds unanimously decided to postpone the scheme for one year.

The Northampton Mercury February 4th 1921


The Clerk read a letter from the Northants County Council in which they stated that the purchase by them of Ivy House, Old Stratford, had been completed and they anticipated that the proposals submitted for the road improvement at the cross-road would be carried out. The Chairman remarked that the house had now been pulled down and he believed the railings now marked the boundary of the position which will be used in widening the road.

The Northampton Mercury February 4th 1921

By the demolition of the corner house at the cross roads at Old Stratford, a good improvement has been made at the dangerous point. The house had been unoccupied for a considerable period, and was in a bad state of repair.

Mercury & Herald May 28th 1939


READERS of these notes, will already be familiar with the fact that a new recreation ground has been given to Old Stratford through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Dickens. There can be no question that apart from it being a source of pleasure to the children, it may well be regarded as a means of saving lives on the roads, and especially on the Watling Street.

Formerly described as a hamlet, Old Stratford has trebled its population in recent years, and there are indications that its growth will continue.

Its situation at the Junction of important main roads, each carrying a tremendous volume of traffic, is unique from the fact that it is in three parishes, Potterspury, Passenham and Cosgrove, and the time may not be far distant when a separate authority may be necessary to deal with the problems of local government.

On the Passenham and Deanshanger side, the Parish Council have wisely extended their new electric lighting system as far as the crossroad, and Old Stratford is also to be included to the new combined sewerage system through the good offices of the Towcester Rural Council by an arrangement with the neighbouring Wolverton Urban Council.

Some few years ago residents at Old Stratford had their eye on a likely piece of ground as a playing field but they could not buy nor rent it. Since that time numerous have happened to children who had nowhere to play, and it can readily be understood that the temptations to stray into the dangers busy a busy road were great.
Therefore there are feelings of gratitude in Old Stratford today at the generous gift by Mr. and Mrs. Dickens of a recreation ground where children can play in safety.

The Northampton Mercury September 5th 1930


For some time the Potterspury Rural District Council has been engaged in formulating a scheme for the supply of water to the village of Yardley Gobion. This was the subject of a recent inquiry by the Ministry of Health, and consequent upon the report of the Inspector, the Ministry have made alternative suggestions to the scheme the Council had in view At the last meeting of the District Council letter was received from the Ministry stating that in view of doubt concerning the origin and yield of the spring from which water is now taken, it might be better for the Council to sink bore holes. The letter also suggested the practicability combined scheme for Yardley Gobion and Potterspury, and stated that combined scheme for those parishes and Old Stratford, taking supply from the latter place, should not overlooked.

The Northampton Mercury September 5th 1930

OBJECTIONS. The Chairman Mr. H. T. F. Weston. PP., C.C.) did not agree with the last part the Ministry’s letter. There was not he said, sufficient water at Old Stratford for such a scheme, and if they bored and did get sufficient, they bad the Old Stratford Works to contend with. They would have to largely increase the supply tank, and the lines of distribution would he exceedingly heavy. The best thing, he considered, would be to bore Yardley Gobion.
They had tremendous leakage, which they could not find, in the Potterspury supply, and there was doubt that the supply at Potterspury was inadequate. If they could find good supply at Yardley Gobion by boring they might, in the near future, think about supplying Potterspury from there. There was, without a doubt’, any amount water coming from the forest to Yardley Gobion if they could had the main spring.
If the Council were going to spend £2.000 or £3,000 the supply, they should make sure they got the water they were paying for. The inspector was not satisfied that there was adequate supply of water at the spring they had view.
Mr. J. B. Fairchild, Surveyor to the Council, said his impression was that there was a large volume of water coming from the forest, and when it reached Yardley village branched off—-some going to Furtho, some to Cosgrove, and some to near the canal.
The Chairman said believed they had sufficient water there to supply town if they could tap it.
The Council did not agree to a continued scheme for the parishes of Old Stratford, Potterspury, and Yard ley Gobion, and decided to get into touch with a geological expert with a view to borings being made at Yardley Gobion, Mr. Weston: We may find gold mine! I hope we do:

The Northampton Mercury June 2nd 1950


WHEREAS at a public, meeting held Old Stratford on the 31st March 1950, it was resolved to request the, Northamptonshire County Council to constitute a separate parish for that village which is now divided among the Parishes of Furtho, Cosgrove and Deanshanger:
AND WHEREAS Section 141 Of the Local Government Act, 1933, provides that where a county council consider either on the receipt of proposals from a local authority or otherwise that prime facie case exists for an alteration of definition of the boundaries of a parish for the division of a parish or for the formation of a new perish they shall cause a local inquiry to held:
AND WHEREAS the said County Council at their meeting held on the 11th May, 1950, were satisfied that a prime facie case exists for the formation of a new parish of Old Stratford and for an alteration of the boundaries of certain parishes in that neighbourhood and accordingly appointed Mr. E. H Hearnden, The Lord Henley. Mr. H. Hodge and Mr. T.D E. Pendered or any two of them to hold a public local inquiry into the matter:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the said members will attend at the Memorial Hall. Old Stratford on Monday, the 19th June. 1950 at 12 o’clock p.m., to hold local inquiry into the matter and that any person interested may attend at such inquiry and be heard.
Clerk of the County Council.
County Hall.
Northampton. 31st May. 1950.

The Northampton Mercury June 23rd 1950

MISS JOAN WAKE OBJECTS TO THERE were only two objectors at a public inquiry held in the Memorial Hall, Old Stratford, where a committee of three Northamptonshire County Councillors met to hear views on the suggested formation of a new parish at Old Stratford.
The Clerk of the County Council, Mr. J. Alan Turner, said the County Council had received a resolution from a public meeting of Old Stratford residents requesting the formation of a new parish.
He introduced the members of the committee appointed, Lord Henley, Mr. E. H. Hearnden and Mr. T. D. E. Pendered. Mr. J. S. Budge, clerk to Towcester R.D.C., said his council were in entire agreement with the proposal in principle.
Miss Joan Wake put forward the views of Cosgrove Parish Council but said that first she would like to protest about the time fixed for the inquiry. She said that 80 per cent of the adult population were at work in the fields, factories, or doing their washing, and they thought 8 o’clock in the evening would have been a better time.


She said that her council agreed with the proposal and wished Old Stratford good luck in their venture. Her council would have thought it would be best for the Northampton road to be the boundary line on the Cosgrove side.
She added that recently the council had purchased a new burial ground at a cost of £300 and some Old Stratford residents had contributed towards this. She wondered therefore, if something could be done to enable them to pay reduced rates if Old Stratford had its own ground.
Mr. G. Roberts, speaking for Deanshanger Parish Council, said they also were in agreement and outlined the Boundary as suggested on the Deanshanger side of Old Stratford. He said this was a line from the Watling Street to the Passenham road, up to the Buckingham road and round by the top of the allotments.


Mr. W. W. Dickens asked if Passenham Church could not be brought into the boundary as it was a lovely little church, hardly ever used and would provide a burial ground for Old Stratford.
Mr. Jones, of Furtho, was the first to object to the scheme. He said he did not see that any good would come of it. “I may be a backwoodsman but I see no advantage at all,” he added.
Mr. G. H. Lowick (Messrs. Browne and Wells), representing Dr. Arnold’s Charity, Furtho, also disagreed. He said the charity relied upon the farm which Mr. Jones farmed as their principal income. The charity had done good work for over 400 years and they objected very strongly to being annexed by Old Stratford.
Mr. J. A. Wilson, of Old Stratford said that what was puzzling a lot of residents was how they would be affected by rates they had a separate parish.
Mr. Hulbert, of Towcester R.D.C., said the best way to answer that would be to give figures for the three parishes Old Stratford was at present divided among. Deanshanger had a general rate of 4d. plus 4d. for lighting, Cosgrove only had lighting rate of 4d. and Furtho had no lighting to pay.
It would only be the special rate which would affect separate parish. He said that at present a 1d rate gross meant £24 from Deanshanger which would go to £18. Cosgrove from £10 to £6, and Furtho from 18s. to 5s. 8d.
Mr. Turner said that in the event of Old Stratford becoming a new parish. Furtho would hardly be in a state to exist on its own. There are only 27 electors.
Questions were raised about the acquisition of Furtho Church for the parish, but Lord Henley said that that was no concern of the committee, it was the responsibility of the church authorities.

The Northampton Mercury July 21st 1950

New parish
to be created at
Old Stratford

Following a public inquiry last month, the General Purposes Committee of Northamptonshire County Council are recommending the creation of a new parish at Old Stratford. Composed of parts of the existing parishes of Cosgrove, Deanshanger and Furtho, the new parish will have council of nine members and will also send a representative to Towcester Rural Council, thus increasing that authority’s membership from 40 to 41.
Under the proposed changes, the parish of Furtho will be abolished. The parts not transferred to the new parish will be embodied in the parishes of Cosgrove and Potterspury.
The new parish will be in the Potterspury county electoral division and will come into being from next April, although the new boundaries will be used before this date for electoral or valuation purposes if this is necessary.

The Northampton Mercury October 27th 1950


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the County Council being satisfied after holding a public local inquiry that the formation of a new parish Old Stratford is desirable and that alterations in the boundaries certain parishes in that neighbourhood should be have made an Order for the formation of new parish of Old Stratford consisting of parts of the parishes Furtho, Cosgrove and Deanshanger, and for the remainder of the parish of Furtho to be divided between and be transferred to the parishes of Cosgrove and Potterspury and accordingly for the parish or Furtho be abolished.
AND NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that the Order has been submitted to the Minister of Health for confirmation and that copy thereof together with a copy of the map referred to therein has been deposited at the under-mentioned addresses and is open to inspection persons interested, and that petitions with respect to the Order may be made the Minister within six weeks of the date of this Notice.
Office of the Clerk of the County Council, County Hall. Northampton.
The Offices of the Clerk to the Towcester Rural District Council. Town Hall Towcester: and
The residence of Mr P. Hall. 18 Cosgrove Road Old Stratford.
Clerk of the County Council.
County Hall.
Northampton. 27th October 1950.

The Northampton Mercury November 10th 1950


Residents of the newly formed parish of Old Stratford, in the south of Northamptonshire, are dissatisfied with the boundary allotted to their parish by the County Council. At a public meeting in the Memorial Hall was agreed to raise petition to send to the Minister of Health, asking for the boundary to follow a more natural course and take in more land.
Mr. F. Hall, who received a map showing the boundaries, said the appointed day for the parish to “come into its own” was April 1, 1951. The map showed the boundaries to the south, west and east to be as requested by those present at an inquiry last June, but the northern boundary was shorter than proposed and it did not follow such a natural course.
The boundary on the map was inherently bad, as it went through the middle of fields, said Mr. J. A. Wilson.
If the report was adopted, it would mean that Old Stratford would lose two farms that had always been associated with the village in tradition and sentiment.

The Northampton Mercury January 5th 1951


THE residents of the newly, formed parish of Old Stratford unanimously agreed at public meeting to withdraw their petition to the Minister of Health protesting over the allotted northern boundary, and to accept the compromise boundary as suggested by Northamptonshire County Council.
Mr. Hepworth, chairman of the committee appointed to draw up the petition, said he had been more than ably assisted by the committee in drawing it up. They had collected 262 signatures altogether, and had sent the original to the Minister and copies to the local councils.
A letter had been received from the clerk of the County Council suggesting a compromise, which included Shrub Farm and Knotts Wood in the parish of Old Stratford, but did take in as much of Passenham as the parish had originally asked for.
 Mr. J. Wilson said he had been to the County Council and had asked questions and had been given very satisfactory replies. The new proposal would give the parish another 260 acres, making a total of 1.060
The Council were anxious that the petition should be withdrawn that the order could be made by April, when the local elections took place. Mr. Wilson said he had been told the rateable value of the parish would be about £2,000 £3,000, which was slightly better than most parishes In Northamptonshire.
In reply to a question, the speaker said a 1d. rate would produce £10.
When it was proposed that the petition should be withdrawn and the parish should accept the recommendations, the motion was carried unanimously.

The Wolverton Express March 13th 1964

Still awaiting pedestrian crossing

After a wait of almost two years, Old Stratford is still without a pedestrian crossing in the Deanshanger Road. At Monday's meeting of the Parish Council, Mr. C. Elliott (Clerk) claimed: " So many have passed the buck, I feel they don't know who is holding the baby now." Mr. Elliott read correspondence dating back to 1962 about this crossing. He explained that he wrote first to the Road Safety Dept. of Northants County Council, who replied and asked him to inform the Towcester District Road Safety Committee. This last committee, said Mr. Elliott, agreed to support the council in its application, and the County Road Safety Organiser wrote saying that this was sufficient. A year later, Mr. Elliott again wrote to the County Council asking if the crossing would be in-stalled, this time adding that unless they received an assurance they would refer the matter to their M.P.

The Wolverton Express April 9th 1965

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TRAFFIC lights are likely to be installed at the Od Stratford crossroads (pictured above) within the next six months.  I am told. Yet the Ministry of Transport has said that there is no justification for such signals at Stony Stratford and the local Road Safety Committee feels that there is little hope of persuading the Minister to change his mind.
Why is it, I wonder, that the Ministry decides that the considerably smaller amount of traffic using the Old Stratford junctions with the A5 needs to be controlled and yet the vastly increased number of vehicles at Stony Stratford (particularly on the A422) has to get through on a basis of the devil takes the hindmost?
Only recently we reported the chairman of the Wolverton U D Road Safety Committee as claiming that a heavier volume of traffic was now using the A422 road than the Watling Street.  He could be right.  What is unchallengeable is that considerable delays are taking place for those vehicles attempting to get off the A422 on to the A5.  And that this position will considerably worsen as the holiday season and Silverstone race days approach.


The solution as to why the Ministry accepts one standard for the control of traffic in Northants and a different one in Bucksmay well be in the location of its offices. Control of the area of Bucks and counties in the South comes under Whitehall:  for Northants and the Midlands there is a different headquarters and a new set of officials. 
Not many years ago, for instance, the Ministry of Housing was adamant in refusing permission to Wolverton Urban District Council to build houses in the district because of a supposed sewage disposal problem.    Yet the Midlands division of the Ministry was blandly allowing development to go ahead at Old Stratford, with the result that the sewage went into the local Council’s works and eventually the same river Ouse.

The Wolverton Express April 9th 1965

Flooding from the old canal
Old Stratford problem

Years ago Old Stratford used to have busy canal, full of traffic.   Now it has a mutilated waterway----and a serious flooding problem. “Every time it rains the water comes halfway across the main road”. Coun. W R Ginger told fellow members of Towcester Rural District Council on Tuesday. “If a motorcyclist or a car driver who doesn’t know the road comes along and goes right into the flood we shall have someone killed”. 
Flood water he claimed, came from the old canal, now built over in parts. It even entered a house. He brought the matter forward as one of urgency for something that ought to be done at once. 
Coun. R A Whitlock (chairman); “This is a highways matter. It is nothing to do with this Council. Coun. E G Nicholls chairman of the Public Health Committee, agreed but thought his members might hear something at their next meeting.   Ald. R L C Ridgway knew where to put the blame. “We are the cause of this”. He told Councillors. “ We have allowed the water from our Council house estate to run into this canal and now it is running into the highway”. 
He had taken up the matter with the County Surveyor and understood that it would cost £2000 to cure the flooding-----and there would be no money available for the job until the next financial year.

The Wolverton Express January 1st 1966

Traffic lights
soon at

Old Stratford

Traffic lights will be installed later this month at the Old Stratford cross roads. There has been considerable pressure for lights at this spot, especially since the opening of the M1, when traffic moved from the A.5 and the A.422 became a busy direct link with the motorway.

Earlier this week, Mr. G. Forster, Assistant County Surveyor (Trunk Roads), told the "Express" he had been in contact with the firm responsible for installing the lights and has been promised completion in January. The firm, he adds, told him they hoped to put lights up "as early in the month as possible."

The Wolverton Express August 25th 1967

Until fairly recent years Old Stratford was one of the smallest villages in South Northants.
Regarded by many as just an extension of Stoney Stratford----over the river bridge----it was little more than a hamlet with no parish council or school of its own. 
Half of the village on the east side of the Watling Street was in Cosgrove parish and the other half linked with Deanshanger. 
About 15  years ago Old Stratford became a parish in its own right and recent housing development created a flourishing community which now has its own school. 
The new development can be seen in the foreground of our picture and to the left.