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ROTHWELL, or ROWELL, is a parish and market town, 4 miles north-west of Kettering and 79 from London, in the Hundred of Rothwell. The living is a vicarage, with Orton annexed, value £109, in the diocese of Peterborough and gift of W.T. Smyth, Esq., and others; the Rev. Allan Macpherson, M.A., is the incumbent, and the Rev. Charles Iliffe the Gibbon, M.A., is the curate. The church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, is a fine ancient structure, with a tower, in the early style of English architecture. The chancel has lately been restored by the lay impropriator and the Northamptonshire Architectural Society. 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 1851, was 2,391; 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., for 26 widowers, who are clothed and allowed 6s. per week. An hospital was erected in 1714 by Thomas Pouden, Gent., for 8 poor widows. Here is a very ancient market-house in a good state of preservation, which was never finished, around which are the coats of arms of a great number of nobility, then living in the county; it was commenced by Thomas Tresham in the year 1507, and is a fine specimen of ancient architecture. Thorpe Underwood is a hamlet belonging to the parish of Rothwell, containing three houses, with an acreage of 360, and situate 1¼ mile from Rothwell.


Gibbon Rev. Chas. Iliffe, M.A. [curate]
Jessop Rev. Richard [Independent]
Newham Mr. Thomas

Ashby Johnsaddler
Ballard Charlesboot & shoe maker
Ball William iron & brass founder, plough maker, & general agricultural implement manufacturer
Beeby Thomascooper
Beech James Rowse Slater hairdresser & patten maker
Beresford Herbertsurgeon
Blaxley Thomasfarmer
Bodymore John general dealer 
Bollard Thomas boot & shoe maker
Botherill Johnbaker
Broome Roberttailor
Brown Alfredbaker
Brown Charlesfarmer
Brown Thos. Millerfarmer & maltster
Bull Benjamin'Woolpack'
Bull Johnbaker
Burditt Johnfarmer & maltster
Burditt Thomasfarmer
Burnham Thomasboot & shoe maker
Buswell Ashbyplumber, painter & glazr
Caldwell Jamesbaker
Carpenter John, M.D.surgeon
Chamberlain Daniel Bollard ironmonger & grocer
Chater Williamfarmer
Cheney Benjamin baker & miller
Coe Edwardcattle dealer
Cole James Montaguefarmer
Cook Alfredbaker
Cook Williamtailor & teadealer
Corby Williambeer retailer
Currie Andrewdraper & teadealer
Dawkins Johnstonemason
Dines Josephfarmer
Dyke Charleshairdresser, perfumer & haberdasher
Essex Johnbeer retailer & baker
Essex Morriscarpenter
Essex Stephenstonemason
Fifield Johndraper & grocer
Gibson Jacobbeer retailer
Gilford Richardcattle dealer
Ginns Josephbookseller & stationer
Goodfellow George'Red Lion'
Gray Williamchemist & druggist
Hafford Charlesfarmer
Hafford Robertfarmer & baker
Hayes Williamfarmer
Howes John Gilliverbeer retailer & baker
Islip Thomasbuilder
Jessop Catherine (Miss)shopkeeper
Liner Timothybrick & tile maker
Liner Williamfarmer
Loake Andrewgrocer & draper
Marriott Thomas'Crown inn', farmer & butcher
Marriott Williamfarmer
Mason Richard'New inn'
Miller Thomasbutcher
Moore Johnblacksmith
Moore Jonathangrocer & draper
Moore Samuel Johncivil engineer & veterinary surgeon
Needham Josephbuilder
Nixon Thomasproprietor & inventor of oil stain for staining deal, & plumber, painter & glazier
Page Josephshopkeeper
Palmer Henrytailor
Parker Henrysaddler
Rands John'Chequers'
Riley Benjaminsilk manufacturer (Thomas Miles, manager)
Serjeant Henryboot & shoe maker
Shaw Samuelbasket maker
Shortland Samuel'Bell'
Sissons Robertgrocer & draper
Slow John'Sun'
Smart Charlesbuilder
Smith Jamesblacksmith
Spencer Josephfarmer
Tayler Samuelfarmer
Terry Jessetinman & brazier
Tibbut Johnbuilder & stonemason
Turner Lawrencebutcher
Tye Jonathancoal dealer
Tye Josephgeneral dealer
Wallis Robertfarmer
Walpole Davidbutcher
Waters Jamestailor
Watts Catherine (Miss)ladies' school
Watts Wmday & boarding school
Willis Thos. Hen.boot & shoe maker
Witt Isaacwatch & clock maker
Wright Henrymiller & baker
Wright Williamstonemason & bricklayer
Yeomans Emma (Mrs.)stay & dressmaker

POST OFFICE.—Joseph Ginns, postmaster. Letters are received through the Kettering office; arrive ¼ past 9 a.m. & dispatched ½ past 4 p.m.

INSURANCE AGENT, Farmers', Palemon Morgan Gue

Inland Revenue Office, Sun inn, John Slow

  Inland Revenue Officer, Thomas Bowdidge
  Parish Clerk,  Thomas Willis
  Registrar of Births & Deaths,  Palemon Morgan Gue
  Principal of Jesus Hospital, William Daulby
  Relieving Officer, William Thorpe

  British, David Chamberlain, master
  National, Richard Radborne, master

CARRIER:- Richard Broom, to Northampton, wed. & sat.; to Kettering, fri.; to Market Harborough, tues.; returning same days.

Thorpe Underwood

Blythe Layton, farmer
Hall George, farmer
Letters through Kettering

extract from directory

I've included this image from the beginning of the Rothwell section of the Post Office Directory as proof that it really does say "the Rev. Charles Iliffe the Gibbon, M.A."

Charles Iliffe Gibbon vicar of Lutton

Charles became Rector of Lutton with Washingley in 1854, the year this directory was published.

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