Old Stratford Funerals & Obituaries

The Northampton Mercury October 28th 1854

DIED: On the 24th inst., after a short but severe illness, Mr. Philip Johnson, of Old Stratford, in this county, aged 38 years.

The Northampton Mercury November 11th 1854

NOTICE is hereby given, That all persons standing indebted to the late Mr. PHILIP JOHNSON, of OLD STRATFORD, are requested forthwith to pay the same to his father; and all persons to whom the said Mr. P. Johnson stood indebted are to send in their accounts to his father, Mr. Edward Johnson, of Old Stratford aforesaid, that they may be examined and discharged.
Old Stratford, November 8, 1854.

The Northampton Mercury November 24th 1883

DEATH OF THE REV. JAMES THOMAS. We deeply regret to announce the death of the Rev. James Thomas, which occurred on the 12 inst., after an illness of only three days. On Saturday last the funeral took place in the pretty little churchyard of Passenham.

At a quarter past-two the sad procession started from the scene of so many years' loving labour. The order was as follows—The hearse, with coffin of plain oak, with brass mountings, consisting of a Latin cross, a star, and a shield bearing the following inscription;—" James Thomas. Feel asleep Nov. 12th, 1883. Aged  56." The following pupils —T. T. De Fraine, A. Barton, A. Plummer, G. Bailey. C. C. Wheldon, M. Mead -having requested to be allowed to bear the coffin from the hearse to the grave, as last token of love and respect for their late dear master, were allowed to act a pall bearers, their strength not being sufficient to bear the corpse. The carriers were old servants of the deceased and residents in Old Stratford. Then followed five carriages, containing the family and relatives of the deceased ; and after them the rest of the pupils and the household servants. The coffin was met at the churchyard gate by the Rev. G. M. Capell (rector of Passenham), Rev. J. Wood (vicar of Old Wolverton, and rural dean), Rev. F. W. Harnett (vicar of St. Georges Wolverton), with the choirs of Deanshanger and Old Wolverton. On entering the church the solemn strains of the " Dead March " in Saul were heard. The prayers were impressively read by the Rev. G. M. Capell. When the pall was removed the coffin was covered with wreaths of the choicest flowers, many of which came from a distance, as tokens of love and respect for deceased. Hymn 265," Thy way, not mine, O, Lord," was then stung, and after the two psalms were chanted, the lesson was read by the Rev. J. Wood. On coming to the grave, hymn 260, “Hark, my soul, it is the Lord,” was sung, and the remainder of the sad ceremony performed by the Rev. G. M. Capell ; then all that was left on earth of one who was endeared to everyone who knew him by hit kindliness and consideration was committed to its last resting place. When the coffin was lowered, the hymn 140, "Jesus lives," was sung, and then the beautiful service closed with the Blessing. Amongst those present were the Rev. B. Cadogan, rector of Wicken, and Rural Dean ; Rev. J. B. Sams rector of Grafton ; Rev. J. M. Lester, vicar of Stony Stratford ; Rev. P. G. Macdonall, rector of Cosgrove ; Rev J. W. Spark, W. H. Bull. Esq., Messrs. W. H. Robinson, J. Hudson, J. A. Scrivener, W. Reeve, H. Roberts, &c., and many ladies.

The Northampton Mercury July 14th 1899

COSGROVE. FUNERAL. At mid-day on Saturday the remains of the late Mrs. Ellen Lancaster, were interred in Cosgrove Cemetery. Mrs. Lancaster was a native of Old Stratford, where she resided till about six years ago, when she went to live at Buckingham, where she died rather suddenly on Thursday, July 6th. The deceased was ell-known in the neighbourhood, and highly respected, and much sympathy is expressed with the daughters in their heavy bereavement. The service in church was conducted by the Rev. H. N. C. Hewson, rector of Cosgrove, and at the graveside by the Rev. P. P. Golding, vicar of Buckingham. The grave was lined with moss and ferns by Mr. and Mrs. Hutton. The coffin, which was of oak, with brass furniture, was made by Mr. Marshal of Buckingham, and bore the inscription; "Ellen Lancaster, died July 6th. 1899, aged 59 years." It was covered with beautiful floral tributes, sent by Edith and Kathleen (daughters), Alderman H. Bright, (Leamington), Mr. and Mrs. Thorne (London), brother and sister, Mr. G. Thorne (brother), Mrs. Thorne, Mr. Edwin Woodford, Mr. and Mrs. Bird, Miss K. Bird, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Reeve, Mr. and Mrs. Townsend (Water Stratford), Edith and Kitty Horwood, Mr. and Mrs. Thorne, and other relatives, and one of the pupils at the school at Buckingham. The mourners were Miss Lancaster, Miss K. Lancaster, Mr. Thorne, Mr. Athol Thorne, Dr. De'Ath. Mrs. and the Misses Bird, Mr. E. Woodford, Miss Thomas. Dr. Thorne, of London (brother), owing to a mistake in the railway arrangements arrived too late to attend the funeral.

The Northampton Mercury February 8th 1907


Deceased. ALL PERSONS having any CLAIMS or DEMANDS against the estate of Mr. JOHN BIRD, late of FURTHO, OLD STRATFORD, in the county of Northampton, FARMER, who died on the 3rd January last, are requested to send particulars thereof in writing to us, as Solicitors for Miss Margaret Eleanor Bird and Mr. Thomas Bird, the Executors of the said deceased. And all Persons Indebted to the said Estate are requested to pay to us the several amounts due from them.
Dated this 7th day of February, 1907.
2, St Giles'-square, Northampton.

The Northampton Mercury November 17th 1916



The funeral of the late Mr. Wm. Webb, of Old Stratford, took place on Thursday afternoon, amidst many manifestations of sorrow and regret. The funeral cortege left  the house at two o'clock, and the service was conducted at Passenham Church by the Rector (the Rev. H. Simonds). The only hymn sung was ''Abide with me," and as the mourners left the church the organist played the Nunc Dimittis. The Rector also officiated at the graveside, the interment being in a bricked grave, the top of which had been lined with evergreens and a cross of chrysanthemums. The mourners were as follow.—Mr. and Miss Giles, Mrs. Plant (Hoylake) and Mr. Owen, Mrs. Holloway and Mrs. Owen, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Dickens, nephews and nieces; Mr Allen Giles and Mrs. Price, Mr. H. and Miss Giles (Desborough), Mr. Wilfred Owen (Newport Pagnell). Mr. Frank Owen (Letchworth). Mr. and Mrs. W. Holman, great nephews and nieces; Mrs Gough (housekeeper); Mrs. Deville and Miss Peasnell, Northampton; Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Cowley, Stony Stratford ; Colonel W. H. Bull, K.H.S., V.D., and Mr. T. Osborne,  J.P. (Buckingham) Lieut. W. S. Parrott and Dr. Douglas Bull.
 A beautiful collection of wreaths included tributes from: Pollie (Hoylake), with fond love; In loving memory (cross), Sally and Will; Loving sympathy. Mr. and Mrs. Eggleton, Harlesden, London; In loving memory of a very dear friend. Mrs. Crossham (Watford); With deepest sympathy, Mr. and Mrs. Adams, and family; With sincere love, Bill and Mary; In affectionate remembrance, Mr. and Mrs. Mundin and family; In loving memory, Mrs. Gough and Minnie: In loving remembrance, Emma, John, and Nan; Dr. and Mrs. E. Middleton Browne; Kitty Neville and Clara; Allan, Lizzie, and Gertie. The late, Mr. William Webb was one of a type of yeoman farmers who made farming pay in the middle of last century, and successfully weathered the black times of the seventies. At that time he had a holding at Puxley under the Countess of Warwick, and was a familiar figure in the markets of South Northants and North Bucks. He was I a member of the old Highway Board, and often visited Towcester. For 30 years or more he was a churchwarden at Passenham Parish Church. Although he felt the weight of his years, he bore the burden cheerfully, but there was no doubt he felt the loss of his wife some two years ago. He gave liberally to all war charities, and one of his last acts was to give a cheque for £100 to be given to the Agricultural Red Cross Jumble Sale this day (Friday).