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DESBOROUGH is a parish and village, 6 miles north from Kettering, 5 south from Market Harborough, and 81 from London, in the Northern division of the county, hundred of Rothwell, union and county court district of Kettering, rural deanery of Rothwell, archdeaconry of Northampton, and diocese of Peterborough.

The Leicester and Hitchin (Midland) Railway runs close to the village, where there is a neat station.

The church of St. Giles is cruciform with a handsome spire, tower, 5 bells and clock, and contains several ancient monuments to the Poulton family, members of which, for fourteen generations, held the lordship of the manor: the windows generally are good, and the church is a fine specimen of Early English architecture, but is in need of restoration. The register dates from the year 157l but there is a vacancy in the register of baptisms and burials from 1679 to 1686, and of marriages from 1681 to 1695. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £165, in the gift of W. C. Clarke Thornhill, Esq., and held by the Rev. William Wilson, B.A., of Queen’s College, Oxford.

There are National and Sunday schools; also chapels for Methodists, Baptists, and Congregational Independents. A Literary and Mechanics’ Institute and Reading Room has been established by V. D. H. Carey-Elwes, Esq., who has presented a selection of books for the use of its members. The charities include one from the late Mrs. Biggs, of £226, the interest to be given in prizes and rewards to the Sunday school scholars; also Sewell’s and East's Charities, of £2 annual value. The manufacture of shoes gives employment to a great many hands.

The principal landowners are W. G. Clarke Thornhill, Esg, who is lord of the manor, O. W. Holden Hambrough, Esq., Messrs. Biggs, Hickman, and Sumner, Miss Desborough, and H. C. Wise, Esq., M.P. The soil is clay, sand, and contains ironstone; subsoil, iron-stone. The chief crops are wheat, barley and oats. The population in 1861 was 1,428 ; the parish extends over upwards of 2,380 acres.

Sexton, John Deacon.

Post Office.—John Perkins, postmaster. Letters through Market Harborough, are delivered at 8.40 a.m. & 5.30 p.m.; dispatched at 10 a.m. and 6.15 p.m. weekdays only; there is no delivery or dispatch of letters here on Sunday. Rothwell is the nearest money order office.

INSURANCE AGENT.—Royal Fire & Life, James Yeomans

National School, Miss Ada Maria Lancaster, mistress

Railway Station, Thomas Gadsby, station master.


Hickman John, esq
Riley Benjamin, esq
Culme-Seymour Capt. Michael
Thompson Mrs
Weech Robert, esq
Wilson Rev. William, B.A. [vicar]

Aprice Johnfarmer
Ashby Robertblacksmith
Asher Ann (Mrs.)draper
Baines Williambaker
Biggs Jamesfarmer
Bland Thomas H.miller
Blunsum Henrybaker
Bosworth Thomas New Inn
Cheney Williamfarmer
Coe Nathanielshopkeeper
Coe Nathaniel, jun.butcher
Co-operative Store (Ann Marlow, storekeeper)
Crick Joseph King's Arms
Crick Williamgrocer
Curtis Johnfarmer
Dawkins Josephstone mason
Deacon John & Sonwheelwrights
Desboro' Iron Ore Company(John Hickman, manager)
Essex Jane (Mrs.)baker
Fenton Georgeshopkeeper
Foster Robert Talbot, & tailor
Ginns Johnbaker & shopkeeper
Harris Johnmaltster & farmer
Jones Danielcarpenter
Kilborn Jamesfarmer
Kilborn Josephfarmer
Kilborn Samuel Angel, & butcher & farmer
Literary & Mechanics' Institute(Rev. Wm. Wilson, B.A. president)
Liner Charlesfarmer
Marlow Thomasgrocer
Mitchell Richardfarmer
Page Georgeboot & shoe maker
Pain Jamesmiller
Panter Jamesgrocer
Panter Williamgrocer
Perkins Johntailor & postmaster
Price John A.coal dealer
Riley Benjaminboot & shoe manufctr
Snow & Bennettboot & shoe manufacturers
Sumner Jamesfarmer
Tailby Georgebutcher
Tailby Rebecca Swan
Tailby Williambutcher
Turner Samuel fruiterer
Turner William Lovettfarmer
Turner William Lovett, jun George, & farmer
West, Biddles & Co. coal merchants
Wilford Ann (Mrs.)shopkeeper
Yeomans Jamesgrocer & draper
Yeomans Josephblacksmith

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