Post Office Directory 1869

HARDINGSTONE is a parish, in the Southern division of the county, hundred of Wymersley, and head of a union, county court district of Northampton, rural deanery and archdeaconry of Northampton, and diocese of Peterborough, 2 miles south-south-east from Northampton. The river Nene, and a branch of the Grand Junction Canal to Northampton, pass through the parish, and join at Cotton End, where are commodious wharfs and warehouses; the Northampton station of the London and North Western Railway is in this parish. The Hardingstone union comprise the following places:— Brafleld-on-the-Green, Castle Ashby, Cogenhoe, Collingtree, Courteenhall, Denton, Great Houghton, Hackleton, Hardingstone, Horton, Little Houghton, Milton or Middleton Malsor, Piddington, Preston Deanery, Quinton, Roade, Rothersthorpe, Whiston, Wootton, and Yardley Hastings. The church of St. Edmund has portions in the Early English style: it is a stone building, having a chancel, aisles, north porch, and a tower with clock and 5 bells. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £534, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, and held by the Rev. Robert Henry Cox, M.A., of Trinity College. Dublin. Near the side of the London Road is one of the beautiful monumental crosses erected by Edward I. in memory of his consort Eleanor, called Queen's Cross: there Is a similar cross at Geddington in this county, and at Northampton: to the south-west of the cross is a commanding eminence, crowned by the remains of Danes' Camp, a circular fortification, and enclosing more than four acres, and supposed to have been constructed by Sweyn, the father of Canute. The battle of Northampton was fought here, in which the Duke of Buckingham and other nobles were killed, and Henry VI. was made prisoner, in the 38th year of his reign. James Hervey, author of the " Meditations," was born here in 1714. Delapre Abbey is the seat of Lieut.-General Everard William Bouverie, J.P., who is the principal landowner. The soil is clay and loam; subsoil, stone and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley and grass. The population in 1801, with the hamlets of Cotton End, Far Cotton (with paper mills), and Delapre Abbey, was 9,015, and the area about 3,060 acres.

Parish Clerk, Charles Walker.

Post Office.— Thomas Elton, receiver. Letters arrive from Northampton at 6.30 a.m.; dispatched at 6.15 p.m.
The nearest money order office is at Northampton
School, Alfred Sheldon, master
Infant School, Mrs. Baines, mistress
Carriers To Northampton.— Samuel Austin, daily;
Henry Wooding, four times a week

Allen Philip, esq
Bouverie Lieut-General Everard Wm. J.P. Delapre abbey
Breton Miss
Casson Mr. William
Cooper Henry, esq
Cox Rev. Robert Henry, M.A. [vicar]
Faithfull Rev. Charles Henry, M.A
Forbes Mrs
Gray Mr. T. E
Higgins Mrs
Kendall Mr. Charles Edwin
Harriott Mr. William
Marsh Mrs
Mercer John, esq
Perry Mr. John
Shaw Mrs

Adams Charles, agricultural implement maker, Cotton end
Atkins William, coal merchant, Nunn mill wharf
Albright John, beer retailer, Far Cotton
Bailey William, blacksmith, Cotton end
Battams Thomas, farmer
Battams William, farmer
Belton Francis, beer retailer, Far Cotton
Billing John, Rose & Crown, Far Cotton
Cave George & Co. coal merchants, Cotton end
Chaplin & Co. carriers (Thomas Shaw, agent), Cotton end
Clay James, shopkeeper, Cotton end
Coultart Edward, relieving officer & inspector of nuisances
Denton Uriah, beer retailer, Rush mills
Dickens Elizabeth (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Elton Charles, Crown inn
Elton James, Sun
Elton Maria (Miss), shopkeeper
Elton Thomas, carpenter
Frost Samuel, butcher
Gilling Charles, butcher, Cotton end
Hall George, grocer
Harrison Henry, engineer, Cotton end
Hill Wm. & Co. timber mers.Cotton end
Holt John, grocer, Cotton end
Howes Samuel & Charles, farmers, Lodge farm
James Eli, butcher, Far Cotton
Norman William, wharfinger, Cotton end
Ogden John, blacksmith
Pickford & Co. carriers (Wm. Butcher, agent), Cotton end
Puryer William. shopkeeper, Cotton end
Rice William, farmer, Brear Hill farm
Rogers John, shopkeeper, Far Cotton
Rogers William, steward to Lieut - General Bouverie
Rolfe John, baker
Shaw John, farmer & auctioneer, Huntsbury hill
Shaw William, farmer. Far Cotton
Shipley Coal Co. (Duncan McLean, agent for West, Biddies & Co.), Cotton end
Simmons Felix, carpenter
Smith George, beer retailer, Far Cotton
Smith James, salt merchant, Cotton end
Thompson Samuel, coal, hay & corn merchant & beer retailer.Grand Junction wharf, Cotton end
Underwood Francis, farmer
Walker Charles, shoe maker
Ward & Beeby, timber & slate merchants, & steam saw mills, Grand Junction wharf, Cotton end
Weightman John, wharfinger, Grand Junction wharf, Cotton end
Wells James, coal & coke merchant, Cotton end
Westley Joseph, miller, Nunn mill, & Blfsworth
Williamson Joseph, shopkeeper
Wilson Josph. Pomfret Arms, Cotton end
Wise & Co. paper manufctrs. Rush mills
Woodward Thomas, game keeper to Lieut.-General Bouverie
York Mary (Mrs.), Old White Hart, Cotton end