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DESBOROUGH is a parish and village, situated on the road from Kettering to Market Harborough, with a station on the Midland main line of railway, 6 miles north-west from Kettering, 18 north from Northampton and 81 from London, in the Northern division of the county, hundred of Rothwell, petty sessional division, union and county court district of Kettering, rural deanery of Rothwell (second portion), archdeaconry of Northampton, and diocese of Peterborough. The church of St. Giles is cruciform  building of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles, transepts, north porch and a western tower with pinnacles and octagonal spire, containing 5 bells and a new clock, placed in 1889 at a cost of £120, raised by public subscription : there are several ancient monuments to the Poulton family, members of which, for fourteen generations, held the lordship of the manor : 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 added, and the church re-floored and re-seated at a cost of about £400 : there is a stained window on the south side. The register dates from the year 1571, 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, net yearly value, from glebe, £97, and held since 1887 by the Rev. Edgar Campbell Channer M.A. of St John's College, Cambridge. There are Wesleyan Methodist, Baptist and Congregational chapels. To the Wesleyan chapel is attached Cave's charity of £5. The charities include one of £238, left in 1834 by the late Mrs. Mary Biggs, of Desborough, the interest to be given in prizes and rewards to the children of the Sunday school. Buckly's, Sewell's and East's charities, of £2 6s. annual value, are distributed.  The town land produces £25 yearly, part of which is spent in repairing the church and part is distributed amongst the poor of the parish; the church land produces £11 10s. yearly for church purposes.  The manufacture of boots, shoes, stays, clothing, and the raising of iron ore gives employment to a great many hands.  The principal landowners are William Capel Clarke-Thornhill esq. J.P., D.L. of Rushton Hall, who is lord of the manor, Oscar William Holden-Hambrough esq. J.P., D.L. of Pipewell Hall, and Mrs. Wise of Walton Hall, near Burton-on-Trent.  The soil is clay and sand and contains iron-stone; subsoil, various.  The chief crops are wheat, barley, turnips and oats.  The parish extends over 2,307 acres; rateable value, £10,561; and the population in 1881 was 2,060.

Sexton, Matthew Coe.

POST, M.O.O., S.B. & Annuity & Insurance Office.-- Thomas Marlow, postmaster.  Letters through Market Harborough are delivered at 7.45 a.m. & 5.30 p.m.; dispatched at 8.55 a.m. and 5.55 & 7.55 p.m. week days only; there is no delivery or dispatch of letters here on sunday.  The telegraph office is at the railway station

WALL LETTER BOX, near station, cleared 8.55 a.m. & 5.55 p.m.

A School Board of 5 members was formed in 1878; C. Burgoine, Market Harbro', clerk to the board; James Marlow, Desborough, attendance & inquiry officer.

Board School (mixed & infants), built, with master's residence, in 1878, at a cost of about £3,500, for 133 boys, 133 girls & 147 infants; average attendance, 125 boys, 110 girls & 134 infants; Henry Wallis, master; Miss J. Ward, mistress; Miss Wilkie, infants' mistress.

National School (mixed), built in 1885, at a cost of about £600, for 90 children, with a full average attendance; Miss Lizzie Smith, mistress

Police Station, Owen Chapman, constable

Railway Station, Thomas Gadsby, station master.

Booth Mrs., Desborough house
Channer Rev. Edgar CampbelM.A.  [vicar], The Vicarage
Gibbons Henry M.B.
Marlow Henry
Marriott Rev. Wm. [Congregational]
Morland Col. John, Manor house
Riley Benjamin
Wilson Rev. Augustus Charles Hodgson
Wyatt Thomas William

Aprice John general carter & coal dealr
Ashby Robert Talbot P.H.
Asher Ann (Mrs.)draper
Ball Johnblacksmith
Batling Alfred & clock ma
Bennett Charlesshopkeeper
Bird John Georgegrocer & draper, & agent for W. & A. Gilbey, wine & spirit merchants
Bird Samuelironmonger
Blunsum Henrybaker
Bosworth Jas. beer retailer & shopkpr
Bosworth JohnNew inn
Buckby Elizabeth Jane (Mrs)grocer
Chater Joseph Woolstonfarmer
Cheaney Caroline (Mrs.)shopkeeper
Cheaney Jsph.wholesl. boot & shoe manf
Clarke Thomasfarmer
Coe Henrybeer retailer
Coe Johnshopkeeper & beer retailer
Cooper CharlesGeorge P.H.
Crick & Co. wholesl. boot & shoe manfrs
Crick Joseph King's Arms P.H.
Crick Thomasbutcher
Crick Williamgrocer & rate collector
Curtis Thomasfarmer, The Grange
Dawkins Joseph, senbuilder
Dawkins Josephbeer retailer & shopkpr
Desboro' Building Society (Thomas Gadsly, sec)
Desboro' Gas Co. Limited (Dixon Palmer, manager)
Desboro' Industrial & Provident Co-operative Soc. Lim. (Jesse Marlow, sec)
Dillon Charlesshopkeeper
Dines Joseph Allan Angel P.H. & butchr
Eales Eliza (Mrs.) grocer
Eaton George wholesale boot & shoe manufr. Ashby's yard; & at Rothwell
Exton & Bridgwater wholesale boot & shoe manufacturers
Feakin Charles shopkeeper
Foster John tailor
Freer Miller general dealer
Gibbons Henry M.B., C.M. surgeon
Ginns Johnbaker & shopkeeper
Ginns John grocer
Ginns Mark shopkeeper
Goodman George hair dresser
Groocock George boot & shoe maker
Hief Julius Rudolf watch & clock ma
Humfrey Richardmaltster, grazier & corn merchant
Jones Danielcarpenter & wheelwright
Kilborn Herbertbutcher
Kendall Rowland Underwoodhair dresser & tobacconist
Kilborn Charlotte (Mrs.) milliner & dress maker
Kilborn Thomas Rtplumber & glazier
Leago John market gardener
Liner Chasfarmer & brick & tile manuf
Linton Alfred carpenter & builder
Linton Elizabeth (Miss) dress maker
Manger Joseph fishmonger
Marlow Georgeshopkeeper
Marlow Robertgrindery dlr & shopkpr
More James M.D. surgeon, surgery; & at Rothwell
Morris Alfred grocer
Nichols, Evans & Clow wholesale boot & shoe manufacturers
Page Clarke boot & shoe maker
Page Graingeneral dealer
Page Hiramshopkpr. & chimney swpr
Page Owenboot & shoe maker
Riley Benjamin wholesale boot & shoe mnfr
Shaw Wmwholesale boot & shoe manfr
Sherratt William A Desborough lodge
Slow Sarah (Mrs.) haberdasher
Stamford, Spalding & Boston Banking Company Limited (sub-branch of Market Harborough); open wed. & sat. from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (William Atkinson, manager); draw on Barclay, Bevan & Co. London E C
Sumner Georgefarmer & horse dealer
Symington R. & W. H. & Co. stay manufrs. (Thos. W. Wyatt, manager)
Tailby William, jun. butcher & farmer
Tailby Wm. W.Swan P.H. & butcher
Toone Benjamin & Co. wholesale boot & shoe manufacturers
Turner William & Edward wholesale boot & shoe maker
Turner Saml florist & market gardener
West & Church coal, coke & lime mers
West Thomasshopkeeper
Wood Johngeneral carter
Yeomans George coal dealer
Yeomans Josephblacksmith
Yeomans Montagushopkeeper

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