Due to Old Stratford's position at the crossroads of England, properties here changed hands frequently, now and in the past. Property and Household Auctions give us some marvellous pictures of the daily lives of the occupants of Old Stratford properties, and we have arranged these newspaper cuttings chronologically so that it possible to detect changing trends and fashions in the home
Other auctions may be found under the individual properties
The Northampton Mercury January 3rd 1780
TO be SOLD to the BEST BIDDER, on Thursday the 6th Day of January next, at the Cock Inn, in Stony Stratford, at Two o’Clock in the Afternoon,
The Northampton Mercury July 5th 1784
TO be SOLD, Five MESSUAGES or TENEMENTS, and a CLOSE of PASSTURE, with the Appurtenances; situate in OLD STRATFORD, in the County of Northampton.
Mr. Siret, at the Saracen’s Head, in Old Stratford, will shew the Premises: and for further Particulars, apply to Mr. Smith, Attorney, in Northampton
The Northampton Mercury June 9th 1792
To be LETT, or SOLD, and Entered on at Michaelmas next, or before if required.
The Northampton Mercury April 13th 1793
To be SOLD by AUCTION,
On Saturday the 20th of this instant April, (and on Thursday the 18th, as before advertised) between the Hours of Four and Six o’Clock in the Afternoon, at the Saracen’s Head, in Old Stratford, in the County of Northampton.
The Northampton Mercury April 27th 1793
To be SOLD by AUCTION,
THE FARMING STOCK, HOUSE-HOLD-FURNITURE, and Sundry other EFFECTS, belonging to Mr. HENRY BINKS, at OLD STRATFORD, in the County of Northampton: Consisting of three useful Cart Horses, and a Mare and Foal; one exceeding good Waggon, on Six-inch-wheel Cart, two Narrow-wheel Ditto, Harness for four Horses, six Dozen of New Hurdles, &c. &c. HOUSEHOLD-FURNITURE, as Bedsteads, Feather and Flock Beds, Blankets, Tables, Chairs, Clock and Case, Beer Casks, and Sundry other Effects.
The Northampton Mercury October 10th 1802
On Monday the 15th of October, 1806, on the Premises at OLD STRATFORD.
THE HOUSEHOLD-FURNITURE, and other EFFECTS, of Mrs. KIGHTLEY, Widow, who is leaving Stratford; comprising Four-post and other Bedsteads, with Furnitures; Feather and Flock-Beds; Quilts and Blankets; Dining, Tea, and other Tables; Chests of Drawers; Bureau; Pier and Swing Glasses; Clock and Case; Kitchen Furniture in general; Brewing Tubs, Beer Casks, and Various other Articles. The Sale to begin exactly at Eleven o’Clock.
The Northampton Mercury September 3rd 1803
OLD STRATFORD, Northamptonshire,
On Thursday the 15th of September, 1803 at Six o’Clock in the Evening, in one of two Lots, as most agreeable to the Company then present, at the Black-Horse, in Old Stratford, under such conditions of Sale as will be then and there produced,
The Northampton Mercury November 15th 1806
Freehold House and Premises,
On Thursday the 27th of November, 1806, at Four o’Clock in the Afternoon, under such Conditions of Sale as will be then and there produced; at the House of Mr. William Clarke, the Saracen’s Head Inn, in Old Stratford, in the County of Northampton.
The Northampton Mercury October 17th 1807
Freehold Houses, Old Stratford, Northamptonshire.
On Thursday the 29th of October, 1807, at the Saracen’s Head Inn, in Old Stratford, aforesaid, between the Hours of Five and Six o’Clock in the Evening, in one Lot.
The Northampton Mercury November 28th 1807
Linen and Woollen-Drapery.
On Monday the 7th Day of December next (not on the 3rd as before advertised), at the Saracen’s Head Inn, in OLD STRATFORD, in the County of Northampton, removed there for Convenience of Sale.
NEAR two thousand Yards of Ell and Yard-wide PRINTS, Men’s Cloths, Parent Cord, Velveteens, Swansdown, Quilting, Dimities, Irish Cloths, Muffs and Tippets, Bed Furnitures, and various other Articles.
These Goods are in excellent Condition, most of them laid-in new within twelve Months, will be allotted into convenient Lots, either for the Trade or private Families, and will be sold without reserve.
The Sale will commence precisely at Eleven o’Clock.
The Northampton Mercury May 7th 1808
Household-Furniture and Effects,
On Monday next the 9th of May, 1808, on the Premises, at OLD-STRATFORD. in the Count y of Northampton.
The Northampton Mercury September 10th 1808
To be SOLD by AUCTION,
By Order of the Executors of the late Mr. Richardson, at the Sign of the Cross-Keys, in Stony Stratford, on Wednesday the 14th of September, 1808, at Six o’Clock in the Evening, in the following Lots:-
The Northampton Mercury August 8th 1812
THE neat HOUSEHOLD-FURNITURE and EFFECTS of Mr. ATKINS, MILLER, on the Premises, at OLD STRATFORD, Northamptonshire; comprising Bedsteads with Furnitures, Feather-Beds, Mattresses, Quilts and Blankets, Bed and Table-Linen, Mahogany and other tables, Chairs, &c. Clock and Case, Tubs, Beer-Cask, and other Articles. Upwards of 200 Bushels of Cinder Ashes, &c.
The Northampton Mercury June 21st 1817
Freehold Estate, at Old Stratford, in the County
On Friday the 11th Day of July, 1817, at the Bull Inn, Stony Stratford, at Five o’Clock in the Afternoon, subject to such Conditions of Sale as shall be then produced.
The Northampton Mercury May 16th 1818
Freehold Estate, at Old Stratford, in the County
On Friday the 29th Day of May, 1818, at the White Horse Inn, Stony Stratford, in the County of Buckingham, at Six o’Clock in the Afternoon, subject to such Conditions of Sale as shall be then produced.
The Northampton Mercury April 17th 1819
To be LETT
A Newly erected brick and tiled DWELLING HOUSE, fit for the Reception of a small Family, situate at OLD STRATFORD, in the County of Northampton; comprising a good Cellar, Kitchen, back Kitchen, Hall, Parlour, and four good bed Chambers, with a Yard, Garden, Barn and Stable, and other necessary out Buildings.
The Northampton Mercury December 21st 1822
Neat Household Furniture and other Effects.
PART of the HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, &c. of Mr. JOSHUA THORN, on the Premises at OLD STRATFORD, in the County of Northampton, who is removing to another House. The FURNITURE comprises Bedsteads, with Furnitures; feather Beds, and Mattresses, Quilts and Blanket; a capital seven-feet Sofa, with hair Mattresses; four fine down feather Pillows and two chintz Covers; handsome mahogany Sideboard, with Cellarets complete; pier Glass, in a gilt Frame, Plato 3 Feet 9 Inches by 2 Feet 2 Inches ; a library Table on Pillar and Claws, with Drawers, &c. very complete, and curious fancy Wood ; dining Table on Claws; mahogany dining, card, and tea Tables: mahogany Chest of Drawers, commode Fronts; mahogany Child’s dinner Chair, chamber and Windsor Chairs, Harpsicord, organised ; one fowling Piece, one Pair at horse Pistols, one Pair of pocket Ditto, Town made, with stop Locks, &c. transparent window Blinds, tea Boards and Waiters, China, Glass, and Earthenware, time Pieces, Mangle, washing Machine, mash Vat and Coolers, hogshead and other beer Casks two cucumber Frames with Lights; garden Roll, bee House, four Stocks of Bees, and various other Effects.
The Sale to commence at Eleven o'Clock precisely.
The Northampton Mercury 2 July 1825
On the premises of Mr. JHN. POINTER, Wheelwright, OLD STRATFORD, in Northamptonshire, who has left this Place.
The Northampton Mercury 16 July 1825
To WHEELWRIGHTS, CARPENTERS, &c.
On Thursday the 21st July, 1825, and the following Day, if necessary, on the Premises of Mr. JNO. POINTER, Wheelwright, OLD STRATFORD, Northamptonshire,
THE Whole of the STOCK in TRADE; comprising upwards of 2,000 Feet of capital seasoned inch, three-quarters, and ½-inch elm Boards, Number of oak Boards, 3 elm timber trees, four Pair waggon Sides, several cart Sides, waggon-side Plank, rave Plank, large Number of waggon and cart Shafts and Axletrees, cross Bridges and axletree Beds, fore Bucks, fore and end Guides, waggon Shuttles, Shafts, and Shickles; cart Ditto, waggon and cart ladder Heads and Bars, Bolsters, tail Poles, narrow and six-inch Fellies, 20 Pair of waggon and cart Hubs, and smaller Ditto, 60 Dozen of Spokes, drag and small Harrows, Bulls, plough Beams, Necks and Sheaths; mould Boards, Handles and swell Trees, handle Planks, waggon and cart Studs, stretch Sticks, waggon and cart Boxes, cart-tail Boards, Set of new narrow-wheel Tire, eight common field Gates, 20 oak Posts, Quantity of four-inch Plank, large Quantity of fire Wood, in Lots; sundry Tools and oil Jars, Gig and Harness, various other Effects.
The Northampton Mercury May 9th 1829
Household Furniture and Effects,
On Thursday the 14th May, 1829, on the Premises, at OLD STRATFORD, near Stony Stratford,
MOST of the neat and genuine HOUSHOLD FURNITURE and EFFECTS, of the late Mrs. GREAVES; consisting of capital four-post Bedsteads, with moreen, chintz, dimity, and other Furnitures; excellent feather Beds, Mattresses, Bedding, mahogany dining and other Tables, two Sets of mahogany Chairs, with hair Seats; chamber Chairs, &c. 30-hour Clock, Glasses, kitchen and brewing Requisites, and many other Articles, which will be set forth in Catalogues, to be had at the principal Inns in the Neighbourhood; and of Mr. Durham, Surveyor, Auctioneer, &c. Old Stratford.
The Northampton Mercury June 15th 1833
FARMING EFFECTS, HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE,
On Wednesday next, the 19th June, 1833, on the premises of Mr. RICHD. SIRETT, OLD STRATFORD, Northamptonshire, without the least reserve;
The Northampton Mercury July 11th 1840
At the Swan Inn, Old Stratford, aforesaid, on Monday July 27th, 1840, at Six o’clock in the evening, subject to such Conditions as will be then and there produced.
The Northampton Mercury February 19th 1842
OLD STRATFORD, Northamptonshire.
THE neat and genuine HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, GOODS, and EFFECTS of the late Mrs. THORNE, deceased; comprising mahogany dining room and other chairs, handsome mahogany dining tables, work tables, fine-toned square pianoforte, elegant mirror, in gilt frame, with branches; Brussels and other carpets, mahogany liquor case, copper coal scuttle, brass and other fenders, fire irons, pier and other glasses, fire screens, oil cloth, books, bookcase, China, glass, &c. &c.; four-post, tent, and other beds, with furniture; excellent well-seasoned feather beds, mattresses, blankets, linen, mahogany and other chests of drawers, dressing and washing tables, wash-stands, swing glasses, night commode, easy chairs, moreen, chintz, and dimity window curtains; kitchen furniture, culinary utensils in copper, brass, and tin, &c. &c.; washing utensils, ladders, carpenter’s bench, garden seat, &c.
N.B. The PREMISES, consisting of an excellent Dwelling House, in complete repair, with good garden, stable, and chaise house, to be LET, with immediate possession. Enquire of Mr. G. E. Thorne, or Mr. John Durham, both of Stony Stratford.
The Northampton Mercury May 9th 1846
TWO TONS OF IRON,
Upon the premises of Mr. R. GRAY, at OLD STRATFORD, on Tuesday the 12th of May, 1846, at Ten o’Clock, under an absolute power of sale.
The Northampton Mercury October 10th 1846
VALUABLE FREEHOLD PROPERTY.
At the Falcon Inn, Old Stratford, on Monday the 19th day of October, 1846, at Six o’clock in the evening.
The Northampton Mercury October 31st 1846
NEAT & GENUINE HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE,
On Monday the 16th day of November, 1846, on the Premises late in the occupation of Mrs. CAPES, deceased, at OLD STRATFORD, Northamptonshire,
COMPRISING handsome mahogany four-post and other bedsteads, with furniture; excellent beds, mattresses, bedding, blankets, &c. &c. chamber chairs, washing and dressing tables, dressing glasses, commode, mahogany dining and other tables, dining-room and Windsor chairs, sofas, cellaret sideboard, chests of drawers, bureau, capital eight-day clock, sweet ale casks, brewing and washing utensils, culinary requisites, &c. &c. The whole of which will be set forth in catalogues, to be had ten days previous to the sale, on the Premises, at the Inns in the Neighbourhood, and at the office of John Durham, Land and Timber Surveyor, &c. Stony Stratford.
The Northampton Mercury November 4th 1854
TO WHEELWRIGHTS AND OTHERS
On Thursday, the 9th of November, 1854, on the premises
A Quantity of good, well-seasoned WHEELWRIGHTS STUFF, in Oak, Ash, and Beech PLANK, HUBS,
The Northampton Mercury May 6th 1865
On TUESDAY next, MAY 9th, 1865, on the Premises of Mr. GEO. CARTER, at Old Stratford, in the
The Northampton Mercury May 7th 1867
FURTHO RECTORY FARM, OLD STRATFORD, near Stony Stratford, THE EXCELLENT GRASS KEEPING, AND A LUXURIANT GRASS CROP OF CLOVER, TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, By Geo. Bennett, On Friday, May the 10th, 1887, By direction of the Executrix of the late Mr. WILLIAM WARR, deceased, in the following convenient Lots: 1 Small Close 0a. 1r. 34p. Lot 2 Little Close 5a. 1r. 23p. 3 Little Meadow 2a. 2r. 28p. 4 The Moors 7a. 1r. 38p. 5 Smith's Close 7a. 1r. 39p. 6 Hayden Hill 20a. 3r. 39p
The Northampton Mercury July 27th 1867
FURTHO RECTORY FARM, OLD STRATFORD, STONY STRATFORD. Four capital HORSES, Harness, Three Dung Carts, Turnip Drill, 5 Quarters Beans, Corn Sacks, Hurdles, &c., GROWING CROPS of WHEAT, BARLEY, OATS, and BEANS; GRASS KEEPIMG, HAY, CLOVER. To be sold by auction, By GEO. BENNETT, On FRIDAY 2nd AUGUST, 1867, by direction of the Executrix of the late Mr. WILLIAM WARR, deceased. Business at a Quarter before Eleven o'clock.
The Northampton Mercury November 13th 1880
OLD STRATFORD, near Stony Stratford.
TO SELL BY AUCTION,
Without reserve, on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 1880.
VALUABLE HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and Effects, comprising dining and drawing-room suites, Brussels and other carpets, bedroom requisites, pianoforte, harmonium, wardrobe, very handsome chiffonier, full size, with plate glass back and doors; books china, glass, and a large number of items.
The Northampton Mercury October 6th 1883
BUCKS and NORTRAMPTONSHIRE,
Lot 1. consists of all those three substantially brick-built and slated Dwelling-houses, pleasantly situate on the east side of the main road in Old Stratford, and near the site of the old toll-house, having large gardens and outbuildings, and protected from the road by ornamental iron palisades, and approached therefrom by a flagstone path; the several occupations of Thomas Atkins, William Ratliffe, and James Savage, producing a yearly rent of £24. Landlord pays rates. Present land tax, 17s. 10d.
The Northampton Mercury February 16th 1884
TO BREWERS, WHARFINGERS, and OTHERS.
At the WHITE HORSE INN, STONY STRATTORD, on FRIDAY MARCH 7th, at Four for Fin o'clock precisely. the
The Northampton Mercury March 22nd 1884
Auction Results: The wharf and premises at Old Stratford were bought by Mr. Hayes for £275; the house, garden and premises, in the occupation of the Tramp Ward Committee, by Mr. John Pacey, at £255; a small pasture close adjoining by Mr. Thomas Adams, for £130.
The Northampton Mercury March 22nd 1884
Sale of Freehold Property.
The Northampton Mercury March 30th 1889
BLACK HORSE INN, OLD STRATFORD.
At One o’clock, by direction of the Executors of the late Mr. JOSEPH SANDERS.
The Northampton Mercury December 28th 1889
Including the well-made ash and other bedroom furniture, bedding and requisites, Brussels and other carpets, oak hall table chairs and hat and umbrella stand, American walnut dining-room furniture, comprising 8 feet dining-room table, kneehole writing table with drawers, two sideboards, with drawers, carved cupboards and mirrors above, dumb waiter and chairs, a carved oak drawing-room suite, a very valuable carved walnut upright grand piano (by Schiedmayer), two in-laid walnut bookcases with cupboards and mirrors above, lounge and occasional chairs, large oval gilt mirror, valuable ebony and gilt clocks, Dresden china, and other vases, a proof engraving of Dorés “Christ leaving the Prætorium,” a small collection of valuable oil paintings, handsome Minton’s china dinner service, painted china dessert service, a quantity of silver and plated articles, about 700 volumes of theological and other works, including Smith’s Dictionary of the Bible, Manning’s, Newman’s, and Pusey’s sermons, the usual kitchen furniture and requisite garden tools, a quantity of flower pots and cuttings, with other effects.
May be viewed on the Friday and Saturday previous to the sale, but not on either of the sale days, on production of a catalogue, to be obtained of Messrs. Durham, Gotto and Samuel, Land Agents and Auctioneers, Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell, and Guildhall-road, Northampton.
The Northampton Mercury May 15th 1891
Comprising a desirable brick-built and tiled Dwelling-house, together with two Cottages, garden and orchard, in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Adams; and three Closes of Rich Accommodation
The Northampton Mercury September 30th 1892
OLD STRATFORD, in the parishes of Cosgrove and Furtho, Northamptonshire.
Comprising a desirable Dwelling-house and Premises with Two Cottages, and Three Closes of Rich Accommodation PASTURE LAND, containing 6a. 2r. 16p., in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Adams and others, eligibly situated adjoining the public road at Old Stratford, and close to the town of Stony Stratford, which
WILL BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY
The Northampton Mercury May 19th 1893
Lot 1. Two Brick-built and Slated FREEHOLD DWELLING HOUSES at Old Stratford, in the parish of Cosgrove, one having four bedrooms, two sitting-rooms, kitchen, &c., in the occupation of Robert French, and the other having two living-rooms and two bedrooms, in the occupation of George Panter. The two produce a yearly rental of £12 11s., the landlord paying the rates. There are outhouses and small garden in the rear. The purchaser is bound to make and maintain a fence as staked out between this property and the adjoining property. The purchaser of this property has a right to go to the well on the adjoining property for his water supply. The drainage and sanitary arrangements at these houses have been put in excellent order.
[Lot 1 is the only Lot in Old Stratford]
The Northampton Mercury June 9th 1893
PROPERTY SALE. Mr. Geo. Bennett (Buckingham) offered for sale at the Cock Hotel on Friday afternoon, several lots of freehold property, and also shares in the Bucks and Oxon Union, Limited, and the Northampton Union Bank, Limited. There was a good company present, and the bidding was pretty brisk. The first lot, a couple of dwelling houses at Old Stratford, producing a yearly rental of £12 11s., was sold to Mr. F. Weston, Yardley Gobion, for £170.
The Northampton Mercury May 23rd 1902
OLD STRATFORD, STONY STRATFORD.
Comprising; Bedsteads, feather beds, bolsters and pillows, blankets, sheets, table linen, chests of drawers, wardrobes, washstands, dressing tables, carpets, antique glasses and mirrors. Chippendale furniture, piano, handsome tea service (Copeland and Garrett), luncheon tray, with six dishes fitted, and twelve plates (Wedgwood), dinner service, willow pattern (Spode), cut glass decanters and glasses, old pewter plates and dishes, books, prints, cutlery, kitchen utensils, etc., etc.
The Northampton Mercury July 24th 1908
For particulars apply to
The Northampton Mercury July 14th 1911
Passenham Manor Estate Sale
An important sale took place on Friday afternoon at the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, when the estate of Passenham Manor, situated in the parishes of Passenham and Potterspury was offered. The estate comprises the Manor House, with charming gardens, pleasure grounds, and capital stabling; also several well-cultivated farms and holdings, including the Manor Farm, Passenham Mill, Old Stratford Farm. North-field’s Farm, and Puxley Grange Farm, the whole comprising about 839 acres 2 roods, let to good tenants at rentals amounting to £1,224 10s. per annum. There was a very large company present, but bidding was slow, and only four lots found purchasers.
The Northampton Mercury July 2nd 1920
At the COCK HOTEL, STONY STRATFORD, on FRIDAY NEXT. JULY 9th 1920, at Three o’clock.
By order of Mrs. Sarah Weston (subject to Conditions to be produced at the Sale).
TWO Brick-built and slated COTTAGES on the COSGROVE ROAD, one of Eight and one of Four Rooms, let to Mrs. White and Mrs. H. Cox, at Rents amounting to £19 10s. per annum.
Auction result: Withdrawn
By order of Mr. W. Panter
A Brick-built and Slated HOUSE of Five Rooms and large Garden, with a frontage of 90 feet to the Cosgrove-road, adjoining the above, let to Mrs. Manderville, at £10 3s. gross per annum.
Auction result: Sold for £150
Wolverton Express September 29th 1922
OLD STRATFORD, STONY STRATFORD.
WIGLEY, SONS & GAMBELL
Are instructed by Mrs. Owen, who is going abroad,
2 WELL BUILT MODERN FREEHOLD HOUSES,
Further particulars may be obtained of the
Mercury & Herald May 27th 1949
Substantially built in 1939 of Brick with Tiled Roof, and pleasantly situated with open field views to the front and rear.
Rateable Value £11. Current half year's rates £6 7s. 5d.
Mercury & Herald September 23rd 1949
On the instructions of the Exors.
containing: Hall, Dining Room, Drawing Room, 3 Bedrooms, Kitchen etc.
will Sell by Auction (subject to conditions to be produced) on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1949 at THE COCK HOTEL, STONY STRATFORD at 7 o'clock.