Victoria County History Northamptonshire
The Falcon Inn stood at the north-west corner of the crossroads, where again a building existed in the early 17th century. The owner c. 1630 was Christopher Reeve, who had been succeeded by a man named Gibson by 1635. George Emmerson was the owner by 1653; either he or a namesake was still there in 1700. Between 1702 and 1707 a quit rent due to the manor of Furtho was paid by Goody Hillier, who had been succeeded by 1711 by Margaret Hillier, who died in 1715. John Hobbs was the owner by 1725; after his death in 1736 the inn passed to his widow Judith, who died in 1751, when it was inherited by Edward Forfett, a London limner, whose brother John had married the Hobbses' daughter Phyllis. During this period a fire, in May 1742, destroyed three houses standing on tofts adjoining the inn. John Furnice paid rates on the Falcon in 1739, presumably as tenant. Forfett died in 1761, leaving the Falcon to his daughter Frances, the wife of Isaac Riviere, a London goldsmith, who sold the property (on which two new houses had been built to replace those burnt down) the following year to Christopher French and John Hall, also of London, for £60. In 1773 French and Hall sold the premises to Matthew Willison of Old Stratford for £150. His family retained the Falcon until about 1820, after which it belonged to Josiah Michael Smith. The inn was later acquired by the Kendalls of Dovehouse Farm, Deanshanger, and was sold with the rest of their estate in 1877. It closed shortly before the First World War and by 1925 the buildings had been demolished to improve the road junction.
The Falcon Inn stood at the Croosroads in Old Stratford.
The lady is Mrs. Sibthorpe, (who held the licence since 1896) with her grandson, Charlie Sibthorpe.
The Northampton Mercury April 24th 1775
TO COVER, this Season, at MATTHEW WILLISON’S, at Old Stratford, at 5s. 6d. each Mare, A Bay HORSE, of the Coach-Kind, sixteen Hands high, full of Bone, goes well, a sure Foal-getter, and good Stock. The Money to be paid at the Stable-Door.
The Northampton Mercury March 17th 1783
WANTED, A JOURNEYMAN GEAR-LAYER, or COLLAR-MAKER, who is able to act as Master-Man, and carry on the above Business. Such a one may have constant Employ, by applying to Ann Willison, of Old Stratford, Northamptonshire, near Stony Stratford, Bucks.
The Northampton Mercury May 13th 1815
To be Sold by Auction, By JOHN DAY & Son,
At the House of Mr. Willison, the sign of the Falcon, in Old Stratford, in the County of Northampton, on Thursday the 18th Day of May instant, at Five o’Clock in the Evening.
Properties in Deanshanger
The Northampton Mercury October 4th 1823
To be LET,
A MALTING, in good Repair (used last Season), together with the principal Part of a good Farm House, a Stable, Garden, &c. situated close to a Branch of the Grand Junction Canal, near the Market Towns of Stony Stratford and Buckingham.
The Northampton Mercury 13 March 1824
At Old Stratford, in the parish of Cosgrove, on view of the body of Sophia Douglas, who was drowned in the Buckingham Arm of the Grand Junction Canal. The deceased was a servant to Mr. Matthew Willison, who keeps the Falcon Public House, at Old Stratford, and it is supposed, went to the side of the Canal to inquire of the Captain of the Buckingham Fly (which was then lying there) after her Aunt, who lived at Buckingham, and that while leaning over the rail between the towing path and the Canal, looking after the boat, her shawl blew off, and that in attempting to catch it she overbalanced herself, and fell into the water, There being no direct evidence, however, to prove that fact, the Jury returned a verdict of “Found Drowned.”
The Northampton Mercury June 15th 1833
Valuable and desirable FREEHOLD ESTATE situate at Old Stratford, Cosgrove, and Furtho, in the county of Northampton, and Calverton, in the county of Buckingham.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
BY WM. DAY,
On Monday the 1st July, 1833, at the Falcon Inn, Old Stratford, at Four o’clock in the afternoon, in the following Lots, and subject to such conditions as shall be then and there produced.
Lot 1. All that old-established and well-accustomed PUBLIC HOUSE, called the FALCON, now in FULL TRADE, situate at OLD STRATFORD, in the county of Northampton, on the West Chester Road ; large yard and excellent stables for 24 horses, and granaries over the same, which will store from 200 to 300 quarters of corn; and every other requisite and convenient out-building, together with a productive walled in garden; and also the SADDLE and HARNESS MAKER’S SHOP, and two COTTAGES adjoining in the occupation of Matthew Willison.
Lot 6. All that close piece, or parcel, of MEADOW GROUND, situate in the hamlet of Furtho, in the parish of Cosgrove aforesaid, containing four acres or thereabouts, now also in the tenure or occupation of Matthew Willison.
Lot 7. All that close, piece, or parcel of capital PASTURE LAND, adjoining the West Chester Road, in the said hamlet of Furtho, called COSGROVE CLOSE, containing 10A. 2R. 0P. or thereabouts, and now in the occupation of Matthew Willison.
Lot 8. All that close, plot, or parcel of PASTURE LAND, situate in the parish of Cosgrove aforesaid, bounded by the collateral cut from the Grand Junction Canal, to Buckingham, containing two acres or thereabouts, now also in the occupation of Matthew Willison.
To the Debtors and Creditors of MATTHEW WILLISON, of OLD STRATFORD, in the parish of COSGROVE, in the county of Northampton, Victualler.
WHEREAS the said MATTHEW WILLISON hath by Indentures of Lease and Release and Assignment bearing date the seventh and eight days of June instant, conveyed and assigned all his real and personal Estate and Effects unto William Green of Stony Stratford, in the county of Buckingham, Butcher, Joseph Clare, of the same place, innkeeper, and Joseph Kinch, of Cosgrove aforesaid, Gentleman, in trust for the equal benefit of the Creditors of the said Matthew Willison, who shall execute the said deed of assignment on or before the 8th day of August next;
By order of the Trustees, E. A. WORLEY, their Solicitor. Stony Stratton', June 12, 1833.
The Northampton Mercury July 27th 1833
60 Acres of Capital GRASS KEEPING, and AFTERMATH,
On Monday next, 29th July 1833, the property of Mr. M. WILLISON, Old Stratford, in Northamptonshire;
COMPRISING a useful hackney horse, a capital double shaft cast-iron roller, about 15 cwt. Two narrow-wheel wagons, two six-inch carts, market cart, two sets of harness, gigs and harness, bean mill, two rick cloths, one 30-round and other ladders, 12 forks, 24 rakes, dung drag, grindstones and frame, truck, sack barrow, two pig troughs, three hand glasses, wheelbarrow, and a quantity of oak and ash boards and rafters, &c.
Also the following lots of Aftermath and Keeping:
Two months’ credit will be given for the Hay and Keeping, on approved security. The sale will commence on the premises, the FALCON INN, Old Stratford, at Two o’clock.
The Northampton Mercury September 21th 1833
OLD STRATFORD, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
COMPRISING nine four-post bedsteads, with furniture; tent and bureau ditto, capital seasoned feather beds; Mattresses, blankets, and counterpanes; bed and table linen, chamber chairs, cases of drawers, mahogany wardrobe, night convenience, window curtains, wash-hand stands, dressing tables, swing glasses, bedside carpets, mahogany and oak dining, tea, and Pembroke tables, mahogany and Windsor chairs, eight-day clock, barometer, teaboards, and waiters, decanters, wine and ale glasses; china, earthenware, a general assortment of kitchen utensils, in copper, brass, and tin; fenders and fire irons, and numerous other effects.
The Northampton Mercury November 30th 1833
To the Debtors and Creditors of Mr. MATTHEW WILLISON,
TAKE NOTICE, that the FIRST DIVIDEND of SIX SHILLINGS and EIGHT-PENCE IN THE POUND will be ready to be paid to the Creditors of the said MATTHEW WILLISON, on the amount of their respective debts, at the office of Mr. E. A. Worley, Solicitor, Stony Stratford, after Monday the 2d day of December next.
The Northampton Mercury February 7th 1835
To the Creditors of Mr. Matthew Willison, of
TAKE NOTICE, tat a FINAL DIVIDEND of two shillings IN THE pound WILL BE READY TO BE PAID TO THE Creditors of the said Matthew Willison (making with the former Dividend of 6s 8d. already paid, 8s 8d. in the pound), on the amount of their respective debts, at the office of Mr. E. A. Worley, Solicitor, Stony Stratford, after Monday the 2d day of February next.
The Northampton Mercury October 18th 1845
LOST, between OLD STRATFORD, BRIDGE GATE and OLD STRATFORD, a MACKINTOSH and a pair of gloves; whoever will bring the same to Mrs. Stockley’s, the Falcon Inn, will be handsomely rewarded for their trouble.
The Northampton Mercury March 6th 1847
DIED: On Saturday last, at Old Stratford in this county, Mr. Matthew Willison, sen., in the 72d year of his age.
The Northampton Mercury April 26th 1851
The above well-accustomed INN, which is now, and has for many years been carrying on a very considerable trade. The premises consists of the usual conveniences for a Public-house, and are situate on the bank of the Buckingham and Grand Junction Canal, where four roads meet, with suitable granaries opening on the tow-path; also with the above, and nearly adjoining, are THREE valuable CLOSES of rich PASTURE LAND, containing 11 acres, divided so as to make five excellent lairs for cattle; on which is a good WHARF, on the bank of the Canal, used as a Coal Wharf.
The Northampton Mercury July 23rd 1853
TO BE LET,
And entered upon at Old Michaelmas next,
THE FALCON INN, OLD STRATFORD, near Stony Stratford. This Inn, which is now in full trade, is replete with conveniences for carrying on an extensive business, viz., capital stabling, with granaries opening on the canal, large yard, garden, &c., four fields for cattle drovers, on one of which is a wharf.
The Northampton Mercury July 29th 1854
With Ten Acres of Pasture LAND, from 11th October next.
The Northampton Mercury August 23rd 1862
Thomas King, of the Swan Inn, Old Stratford was summoned for selling beer and spirits STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS, August 15th. before half-past twelve on Sunday last. Case adjourned. Mark Price of the Falcon Inn, Old Stratford and Joseph Sanders, publican, were summoned for selling beer before half-past twelve o'clock on Sunday last. Defendants pleaded not guilty. Case adjourned.
The Northampton Mercury March 21st 1863
STONY STRATFORD, Bucks, and OLD STRATFORD, COSGROVE, and POTTERSPURY, Northamptonshire.
At the COCK HOTEL, STONY STRATFORD, on TUESDAY, the 9th day of APRIL, 1863, at Three o’clock in the Afternoon, by direction of the Trustees of the late JOSIAH MICHAEL SMITH, Esq., in the following or such other Lots, as may be determined on by the Vendors,
Lot. 1. ALL that highly genteel FAMILY RESIDENCE, STONY STRATFORD, comprising entrance hall, breakfast room, dining and drawing rooms, seven good bed-rooms, and two servant’s rooms, butler’s pantry, large kitchen, scullery and dairy, &c. There is a good cellaring. In the court-yard behind are commodious out-offices, stabling for three horses, and other convenient buildings. Adjoining are pleasure gardens, and an excellent walled kitchen garden, well planted with fruit trees, and a small Farm-yard, with piggeries and cow hovels, and three small Inclosures of superior Pasture and Meadow Land, with a way from one of the Inclosures into the street, through Smith’s lane. Also, the adjoining DWELLING-HOUSE and Premises, containing large Grocer’s Shop, sitting-rooms, bed-rooms, and attics, yard, large garden, and very commodious Warehouses, stabling for two horses, coach-house, with loft over the same, and other out-buildings.
Lot 2. An old-established FREE PUBLIC-HOUSE and Premises, situate on the West side OF STONY STRATFORD, known as “The Rising Sun,” now in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Chance. Land-tax 18s 6d.
The Northampton Mercury October 7th 1854
FALCON INN, OLD STRATFORD.
On the premises, on Wednesday, 11th October, 1854, the property of Mr. THOMAS UMNEY, who is leaving,
Six Lambs and Two Sturks
The Northampton Mercury March 21st 1863
VALUABLE FREEHOLD ESTATES.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION.
At the COCK HOTEL, STONY STRATFORD, on THURSDAY, the 9th day of APRIL, 1863, at Three o’clock in the Afternoon, by direction of the Trustees of the late JOSIAH MICHAEL SMITH, Esq., in the flowing or such other Lots, as may be determined on by the Vendor.
Note: Lots 1 & 2 are in Stony Stratford
Lot 3. The old-established INN called "The Falcon," situate at OLD STRATFORD, in the County of Northampton, now in the attached thereto, and a small CLOSE of Pasture LAND adjoining containing 3R. 23P. Apportioned Land-tax.
Lot 5. A valuable CLOSE of Pasture LAND, situate in COSGROVE aforesaid, also adjoining the above-mentioned turnpike road, containing 3A. 1R. 25P., in the occupation of Mr. Mark Price. Apportioned Land-tax.
The Northampton Mercury September 19th 1868
STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS. Sept. 11. Old Stratford. Mark Price, of the Falcon Inn, Old Stratford was summoned for having unjust measures in his possession, on the 8th of August last. Inspector Hurst proved the charge. Convicted in fine and costs 15s., which was paid.
The Northampton Mercury May 5th 1877
VALUABLE FREEHOLD ESTATES.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION.
At the COCK HOTEL, STONY STRATFORD, on FRIDAY 25TH of MAY, 1877, at Four o’clock in the Afternoon, and not the 18th, as previously advertised, in the flowing or such other Lots as may be determined upon and subject to conditions to be then produced:
Note: Lots 1, 2 & 3 are in Deanshanger
Lot 4. All that old-established INN called "The Falcon," situate at Old Stratford, Northamptonshire, together with TWO COTTAGES adjoining, and extensive stabling and out-buildings, yard, and garden: also a CLOSE of Pasture LAND, containing 3R. 25P. and adjoining the above.
Lot 5. A that CLOSE of superior Pasture LAND, called “Bridge Field,” situate in the parishes of POTTERSPURY and COSGROVE, adjoining the turnpike road from Old Stratford to Northampton, and the Buckingham Branch of the Grand Junction Canal, on which there is a free wharf, and containing by admeasure 5A. 1R. 28P. in the occupation of Mr. Mark Price. Apportioned Land-tax.
Lot 4 & 5 are in the occupation of Mark Price, whose tenancy expires 11th October next.
The Northampton Mercury June 2nd 1877
PROPERTY SALE. On Friday, the 25th ult. Mr. G. F. Bearn offered for sale by auction at the Cock Hotel, several valuable properties. There was a large company present, and the bidding very brisk. The Falcon Inn, Old Stratford, with two cottages adjoining, and extensive stabling and outbuildings, with yard and garden; together with a close of pasture land, containing 3r. 25p., was knocked down to Mr. Mark Price, of Old Stratford
The Northampton Mercury April 17th 1880
AN INQUEST was held at the Falcon Inn, Old Stratford, on Friday, touching the death of Jane Monk, wife of a boatman, who died suddenly the previous Wednesday. Mr. Francis, surgeon, of Fenny Stratford, attributed death to heart disease, accelerated by confinement. The jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes.
The Northampton Mercury July 22nd 1904
DROWNING FATALITY. On Saturday morning a young man named Gordon Thompson, 18 years of age, an electrician, of Cambridge, was drowned whist bathing in the River Ouse, near Stony Stratford. Two companions were bathing with the deceased at the time, and although they could swim they were not accustomed to diving. Both often made efforts to get their companion out, but unfortunately they were unsuccessful. The inquest was held the same evening at the Falcon Hotel, Old Stratford, by Mr. T. M. Percival, coroner, and the jury returned a verdict of “Accidentally drowned.” They recommended that a lifebuoy and drags be provided for Old Stratford.
The Northampton Mercury March 8th 1912
Falcon, Old Stratford, Messrs. Hipwell, Olney.
THE FALCON, OLD STRATFORD.
Superintendent Andres said the tenant of the Falcon, Old Stratford, was Mrs. Mary Ann Sibthorpe, who had held the licence since 1896. The house stood on the crossroads at Old Stratford, in the parish of Cosgrove. Any heavy traffic or large vehicle stopping in front of the house was dangerous to motorists. There were tap-room, small serving bar, and bar parlour, These were the only rooms used for customers. The Tap-room was also used by the tenant for a living-room. Cottage adjoining the house on either side were condemned and untenanted. There was stabling for a number of horses, but the property was very dilapidated. The house was 300 yards from a fully licensed house, and that was in the parish of Passenham; and 38 yards from another full licensed house in the parish of Potterspury. It was a quarter of a mile from Stony Stratford and a mile from Cosgrove. Old Stratford was situate in four parishes. The population of Cosgrove was 663, giving 133 to each licence. There were 78 houses in Old Stratford situate in four parishes, Cosgrove 43, Potterspury 18, Passenham 16 and Furtho one. Twelve of these were unoccupied.
The Northampton Mercury May 25th 1912
FALCON OLD STRATFORD.
A FULL-LICENSED HOUSE IN THE OCCUPATION OF Mary Jane Sibthorpe, and belonging to Mr. William Hipwell, of Olney. Mr. Campion opposed. Mr. J. D. Douglas representing the owner and tenant.