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ROTHWELL is a parish and market-town, distant 4 miles north-west of Kettering, and 79 miles from London, in the Hundred of Rothwell, and diocese of Peterborough. The living is a vicarage, with Orton annexed, value £109, in the gift of W.T. Smyth, Esq., and others; the Rev. Allan Macpherson, M.A., is the present incumbent.

The church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, is a fine ancient structure, with a tower, in the early style of English architecture. Under the south aisle of the church is a vault or chancel house, discovered about 150 years ago, containing the bones of many thousand persons, stacked in order, some of which are immensely large, but no account can be given how they come there.

Here is a fair on Trinity Monday for stock and pedlary; market days on Mondays for grain.

Here are an Independent and Wesleyan chapels, also a Free Grammar, National and British School.

The population in 1841, was 2,305; the parish contains 3,576 acres 34 poles. Thomas Phillip Maunsell, Esq., M.P. is lord of the manor.

There are six almshouses for six widows, which are kept in repair by rent from some land in the said parish. Here is an hospital, called Jesus Hospital, founded by Owen Ragsdale, Gent., in which contain 26 widowers, clothes and allowed 6s. per week, 2 matrons, and a principal, or governor.

Here is a very ancient market house in a good state of preservation, though never been finished, around which is the coats of arms of a great number of nobility, then living in the county of Northampton; it was built by Thomas Tresham in the year 1507, and is a fine specimen of ancient architecture.


Austin Mrs Mary, High street
Clark Mrs. Susan, Castle lane
Daulby Mrs. Mary, Fox's lane
Green Mrs. Mary,  High street
Hafford Mrs Elizabeth Jane, Bridge street
Islip Mrs. Ann, High street
Jessop Mr. Richard, Meeting lane [independent minister]
Loake Mrs. Judith, Bridge street
Macpherson Rev. Allan, M.A. [vicar], Kettering road
Padmore Mr. John, Kettering road
Tongue Mr. Austin, Market place
Tongue Jerrard, esq. Market place
Watkins Mrs. Sarah, High street
Wilson Rev. William  [vicar of Desborough]

Ashton DavidshoemakerBridge st
Ashby JohnsaddlerClay hill
Baker Robert cooper Kettering rd
Ballard CharlesshoemakerClay hill
Ball William iron founder High street
Barker ThomastailorSun hill
Beeby ThomascooperHigh street
Blythe LaytondraperBridge st
Bodymore JohnshopkeeperHigh st
Bollard ThomasshoemakerHigh st
Bradshaw John shoemaker Wales
Broome RichardcarrierFox's lane
Broome RoberttailorMarketplace
Brown CharlesfarmerRothwell lodge
Brown Thos.farmer & maltsterHigh st
Brunham ThomasshoemakerHigh st
Bryan JohnfarmerCastle lane
Buckby JohncarpenterMarket place
Bull Benjamin'Woolpack'Bridge st
Bull JohnbakerBridge st
Carpenter JohnsurgeonMarket place
Carpenter Miss Louisa seminary Kettering rd
Chater WilliamfarmerKipton rd
Cheney Benj.farmer & bakerBridge st
Clarke RobertcarpenterCastle lane
Coe EdwarddealerRushton lane
Cole James MontaguefarmerNunnery
Cook JosephbakerNinevah
Cook WilliamtailorClay hill
Cooke Wiilm.schoolmasterBridge st
Corby retailerBridge st
Crick Georgemanaging clerk to Mr. Riley's velvet & shag manufactoryHigh st
Daulby WilliamschoolmasterWales
Davis Thomasgovernor of Jesus' hospitalon the Green
Dawkins JohnmasonHigh st
Dines Josephplumber & glazierHigh st
Dyke Chas.hairdresser & perfumr.High st
Essex Johnbeer retailerClay hill
Essex MorriscarpenterRushton la
Essex StephenmasonHigh st
Fifield Johndraper & grocerHigh st
Gibson Jacobbeer retailerHigh st
Gilford Richard'Red Lion'Market pl
Ginns Josephpost officeHigh st
Ginns Josephland surveyor & stationerHigh st
Ginns JosephchemistHigh st
Gostick WilliamshopkeeperHigh st
Gotch Thomas Henryale & porter brewerHigh st
Gude JamesshoemakerSun hill
Gue Palemon Morganrelieving officer, registrar of births, &c.Kettering rd
Hafford CharlesfarmerBread st
Hafford Robertfarmer & bakerHigh st
Hayes Mrs. Annfarmerthe Green
Hayes WilliamfarmerWell lane
Hercock JamescarpenterSlaits hill
Higgins Charles Wm.tailorFox's lane
Hill Wm.saddler & harness makerClay hill
Hodgskin ThomasshopkeeperHigh st
Humphrey Wm.bakerMeeting lane
Islip Thos.wheelwright & carpenterHigh st
Jessop Miss Cath.shopkeeperBridge st
Kilsby SamuelshoemakerBridge st
Kilsby Samuelparish clerkMarket pl
Liner TimothybrickmakerOrton gate
Liner WilliambrickmakerRock row
Loake Johndraper & grocerMarket pl
Marriott RichardbakerHobb's hill
Marriott Thomas, sen.maltster, miller & baker High st
Marriott Thos, jun. 'Crown'High st
Marriott WilliamfarmerMeeting lane
Miller JohngardenerWales
Miller Wm.New inn & commercial house High st
Moore JohnblacksmithBridge st
Needham Josephcarpenter & builder, & furniture warehouseBridge st
Needham Wm.shopkeeperBridge st
Newham Thomaschief constableWales
Newham ThomasfarmerWales
Norton Mrs. Maryfarmer & maltsterRushton La
Norton John P.miller & bakerMarket pl
Orton Thomassurgeon, &c.Sun hill
Richards Alexandercotton winder, cotton reel manufacturer, & shopkeeperBridge st
Saunders WilliamhatterBridge st
Shaw Samuelbasket makerHigh st
Shortland Samuel'Bell'Rushton lane
Shortland Wm.tripe dresserBridge st
Slow JohnSun & excise officeSun hill
Smith George'Chequers'Market pl
Smart Chas.machine makerNineveh
Speed Wm.plumber & glazierBridge st
Taylor SamuelfarmerManor house
Terrybraxier &c.High St
Thompson Saml. farmerSandy Hill lodge
Turner Lawrencefarmer & butcherSun hill
Veazey Josephclerk to the surveyor of roadson the Green
Waldram JohnfarmerThorpe Underwood lodge
Walpole DavidbutcherBridge st
Wall Mrs. AnnshopkeeperBridge st
Wallis RobertfarmerKipton lodge
Warters JohntailorClay hill
Watts Miss Cath.seminaryWales
West ThomascarrierMarket place
Wilson PhilipfellmongerWell lane
Willis ThomasshoemakerMarket pl
Wright WilliammasonBridge st

POST OFFICE.—Joseph Ginns, postmaster. Letters are received through the Kettering office; arrive ¼ past 9 morn.; dispatched ½ past 4 aftn.

INSURANCE AGENT, Farmers', Palemon Morgan Gue


  • To KETTERING—West, fri. returning same day
  • To MARKET HARBOROUGH—West, tues. & sat. returning same days
  • To KETTERING—Broome, fri. returning same day
  • To MARKET HARBOROUGH—Broome, tues. returning same day
  • To NORTHAMPTON—Broome, sat. returning same day

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