You are here: Desborough Study > Transcriptions > Directories > Post Office Directory, 1877

Desborough Study: Transcriptions


DESBOROUGH is a parish, village and station on the Midland main line of railway, 6 miles north-west from Kettering, 5 south-east from Market Harborough, 18 north from Northampton 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 church of St. Giles is cruciform, having chancel, nave, aisles and transept tower with a handsome spire, 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; the church is gradually being restored as funds will admit, portions have been re-roofed, the gallery has been removed, a lectern, prayer-desk and pulpit have been added; there is also a stained widow representing Our Lord's Resurrection and the Raising of Jairus' Daughter. 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., late scholar of Queen’s College, Oxford.

There are National and Sunday schools; also chapels for Methodists, Baptists, and Congregationalists; a Board school is now (1877) being erected.

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. C. Clarke-Thornhill, esg, who is lord of the manor, O. W. Holden- Hambrough, esq., Colonel Arthur, J.P. H. C. Wise, esq. and Mrs. Wise.

The soil is clay, sand, and contains ironstone; subsoil, various. The chief crops are wheat, barley, turnips and oats. The parish extends over 2,410 acres; rateable value £11,494; the population in 1871 was 1,436.

Sexton, John Deacon.

POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE & Savings Bank.—Thomas Marlow, 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. week days only; there is no delivery or dispatch of letters here on sunday. The telegraph office is at the railway station.

National School, Miss D. Baguley, mistress

Railway Station, Thomas Gadsby, station master.


Arthur, Colonel Thomas, J.P.
Booth, Mrs
Hickman John
Riley Benjamin
Wilson, Rev. William, B.A. [vicar]

Aprice Johnfarmer
Ashby Robertblacksmith
Asher Thomasdraper
Baines Williambaker
Barritt Davidshopkeeper
Bland Thomas H.miller
Blunsum Henrybaker
Bosworth Thomas New Inn
Buckby Williamcarpenter
Coe Annie (Mrs.) [tentative identification]shopkeeper
Coe LeonardTalbot
Co-operative Store (John Robinson, storekeeper)
Crick Joseph King's Arms
Crick Williamgrocer
Curtis Johnfarmer
Dawkins Josephstone mason
Deacon John & Sonwheelwrights
Desboro' Gas Works(C. H. Fifield, proprietor)
Desbro' Iron Ore Company(John Hickman, manager)
Eales Williamgrocer
Fitzhugh John ThomasAngel commercial inn, brewer & butcher
Foster Robert tailor
Ginns Johnbaker & shopkeeper
Humfrey Richardmaltster
Jesson WilliamGeorge, & farmer
Jones Danielcarpenter
Kilbourn Josephfarmer
Kilbourn Lewis shopkeeper
Kilbourn Thomas butcher
Liner Charlesfarmer
Marlow Georgeshopkeeper
Marlow Thomasgrocer
Mitchell Richardfarmer
Nicholls, Evans, Clow & Co.shoe mnfrs
Page Georgeboot & shoe maker
Pain Jamesmiller
Panter Ann (Mrs.)grocer
Riley Benjaminboot & shoe manufacturers
Snow & Bennettboot & shoe manufacturers
Sumner Georgefarmer
Symington R. & W. H. & Co.stay manufacturers; & at Rothwell
Tailby Georgebutcher
Tailby Rebecca (Mrs.) Swan
Tailby Williambutcher
Turner Samuel fruiterer
West, Biddles & Co. coal merchants
White Benjaminshopkeeper
Wilford Ann (Mrs.)shopkeeper
Wood Johnshopkeeper
Yeomans Jamesgrocer & draper & agent for E. & A. Gilbey,
wine & spirit merchants
Yeomans Josephblacksmith

top of page