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DESBOROUGH is a parish and town, on the main road from Kettering to Market Harborough, with a station on the Midland main line of railway, 6 miles northwest 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 parish was governed by a Local Board of 9 members, created by an Order of the Northamptonshire County Council, confirmed by Local Government Order, No. 27,418, dated September 3, 1891, but under the provisions of the "Local Government Act. 1898" (56 and 57 Vict. c. 74), an Urban District Council of 12 members has been formed.

The church of St. Giles is a cruciform building of stone, in the Early English and later styles, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles, transepts, north porch and a western tower with pinnacles and octagonal spire, containing 6 bells and a clock, placed in 1889 at a cost of £120: there are several ancient monuments to the Poulton family, members of which, for fourteen generations, held the lordship of the manor: the church has been completely restored, partially new roofed, the gallery removed, a lectern, prayer desk and pulpit added, and the interior 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 1371, 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 £195, including 115 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Peterborough, and held since 1908 by the Rev. Charles Lewis Heberden M.A. of Selwyn College, Cambridge.

There is a Baptist chapel, built in 1848, with 400 sittings, a Congregational chapel, erected in 1855, seating 500 persons, and a Wesleyan Methodist chapel.

The Oddfellows' Hall, erected in 1888, is used for all kinds of entertainments. The manufacture of boots, shoes, stays and the raising of iron ore gives employment to a great many hands.

The Loakes charity consists of a sum of £65 15s. 4d., the interest on which, under a scheme of the Charity Commissioners dated 17 December, 1897, is devoted to the general purposes of the poor. 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. East's charity, of £1. is distributed annually in bread. The town land now (1910) produces about £10 10s. per annum, which sum is  distributed amongst the poor of the parish; the church land produces £6 10s. yearly for church purposes. The Urban District Council have the power of appointing trustees of the parochial charities.

The principal landowners are the Desborough Co-operative Society Limited, who are lords of the manor, Lieut.-Col. G. H. Champion de Crespigny, of Burton Latimer Hall, and Mrs. Wise, of Walton Hall, near Burton-on-Trent. The soil is clay and sand and contains ironstone; subsoil, blue lias clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley, turnips and oats. The area of the civil parish and Urban District is 2,399 acres; rateable value, £18,394; the population in 1901 was 3,573.

Sexton, Matthew Coe.

Post. M. O., T. & Telephone Call Office.—John G. Bird, sub-postmaster. Letters through Market Harborough (Leicester) are delivered at 7 a.m. & 12.50 & 6 p.m.; dispatched at 8.35 & 11.55 a.m. & 6.25 & 8.30 p.m. week days only; sundays, delivery commences at 7.15 a.m; dispatched. 10 a.m.

Wall Letter Box, near station, cleared 8.40 a.m. 12 noon & 6.30 & 8.40 p.m


Meets at the Council Schools, monthly, on the second tuesday at 7 p.m.


Chairman, Fred C. Fenton.
Vice-Chairman, Dixon Palmer.

All retire in 1913

George Barrett G. Luck
Caleb Coe W. Muskett
Jacob Coe Dixon Palmer
Jesse Coe Robert Panter
F. C. Fenton Frederick T. Riley
J. W. Loomes W. Whymant


  • Clerk, Charles William Lane, George street, Kettering
  • Treasurer, John Bayldon, Stamford, Spalding & Boston Bank, Market Harborough
  • Medical Officer of Health, Henry Gibbons M.D. Glendkindie house
  • Surveyor & Sanitary Inspector, George Essex Marlow
  • Rate Collector, Isaac Hodges
  • Police Station, Alfred Osborn, sergeant, and 1 constable
  • Desboro' Volunteer Fire Brigade Station, with a steam fire engine, Dixon Palmer, captain
  • 4th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment Territorial Force (G Co.), Capt. H. Butlin; Color-Sergt. John Thomas Langley, York road, Kettering, drill instructor

Public Elementary Schools

Boys', Girls' & Infants', built, with master's residence, in 1878, at a cost of about £3,500, & enlarged in 1891 & again enlarged in 1901 for 260 boys, 265 girls & 330 infants; average attendance, 200 boys, 210 girls & 230 infants; Henry Wallis, master; Mrs. Laura Coe, girls' mistress; Mrs. Sarah Shipley, infants' mistress.

Church of England (mixed), built in 1885, at a cost of about £600, for 131 children; average attendance, 114; Frederick Starling, master; Mrs. Bird, Miss Wybrow & Miss Clarke, assistant mistresses

The old National School, rebuilt in 1894, is still used, & will hold 60 scholars

Railway Station, P. Hendscombe, station master

Carriers.—John Crick, to Kettering, on fri.; Incles, to Market Harborough & Rothwell, tues. & sat.; Stenson, to Kettering, fri


Cheaney, Harold, Rushton road
Cheaney, Mrs
Coe, Morris T., Lower street
Fenton, Frederick C., Holly cottage
Fisher, Charles B., Manor house
Gadsby, Thomas
Gibbons Hy. M.D. Glenkindie house
Ginns, Francis
Harvey, Rev. Wm. R. (Congregational)
Heberden, Rev. Charles Lewis M.A. (vicar), Vicarage
Marlow, Henry
Monk, John C., Brabrooke house
Moore, Jonn. Reuben, Desborough ho
Phillips, Rev. Joseph (Baptist)
Riley, Frederick
Sheavyn, John
Wallis, Henry


Early closing day, Thurs. 2 p.m.
Asher Ann (Mrs.)draper
Asher, Frank Andrew cycle agent
Atkins, James Angel P.H
Bailey, Henry Robert Swan inn
Baker,George David grocer
Ball, John Henry blacksmith
Bamford, Benjamin farmer
Betts, Henry shopkeeper
Bindley, Thomas Alfred greengrocer
Bird, John G. & Samuel grocers
Bird, Kate (Mrs.) beer retailer
Blunsum, Foster baker
Brown, Arthur shopkpr. Station road
Burditt, Jos. W. shopkeeper
Chatterton, Jn fried fish dlr. High st
Cheaney, Joseph & Son boot & shoe manufacturers
Clark, Thomas Henry New inn
Coe, Arnold fishmonger
Coe, Eli general dealer, High street
Coe, Fredk. Percy shopkpr. Victoria st
Coe, Henry beer retailer
Coe, Jesse dairyman, Plum park
Coe, John shopkeeper
Coe, Martin dairyman, Union street
Coe, Mary (Mrs) milliner
Conservative Club (Edgar Dillon sec)
Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd. corset manufacturers (branch)
Cox, Wm. Alfd. com. travlr Union st
Crick, Samuel King's Arms P.H
Daisley, William coal merchant
Dawkins, John Edwin builder & contr
Dean, Herbert chemist, Station road
Desborough Co-operative Boot & Shoe Manufacturing Society Limited
Desboro' Gas Co. Limited (Dixon Palmer, manager)
Desboro' Industrial & Provident Co-operative Society Limited (Jesse Marlow, sec)
Desboro' Oddfellows' Hall (Thomas Henry Blissett, sec)
Desboro' Reading Room & Temperance Institute Lim. (Isaac Hodges, sec)
Desboro' Volunteer Fire Brigade (Dixon Palmer, captain)
Desboro' Working Men's Club & Institute Limited (Wm Hall, sec)
Feakin, Charles shopkeeper
Foster, John tailor
Freer, Miller general dealer
Frisby, J. Page wheelwright
Gootch, Walter F. painter
Gotobed, James cabinet maker
Gibbons, Henry M.D., C.M. Aberd. surgeon, medical officer of health to Desboro' Urban District Council, medical officer &, public vaccinator Desborough district, Kettering union & certifying factory surgeon, Glenkindie house
Ginns, Mark & Sons shopkeepers
Groocock, John boot dealer
Gutteridge, William hairdresser
Hall, William boot & shoe maker
Hief, Julius Rudolf watch & clock ma
Hodges, Isaacrate collector to the Urban District Council
Humfrey, Richard corn merchant
Jarvis, John beer retailer
Jones, Thos carpenter & wheelwright
Kendall, Rowland Underwood hair dresser
Key, Alfd. Richardson butcher, High st
Kilborn, George Thomas butcher
Kilborn, Herbert butcher
Kilborn, Samuel John butcher
Kilborn, Thomas Robert plumber & glazier
Lane, Charles William solicitor & commissioner for oaths, clerk to the guardians & assessment committee of Kettering union, & to Desboro' Urban & Kettering Rural District Councils; attends every tuesday; & at George street, Kettering
Leago, Elizabeth (Miss) dress maker
Lilley, John hair dresser
London City & Midland Bank Limited (sub-branch) (W. J. Horn, mgr.); open wed. & sat. 9.45 to 11.50 a.m.; draw on head office, Threadneedle street, London E C
Marlow, Henry & Son builders
Marlow & Son printers
Marlow, George Essex architect, surveyor & sanitary inspector to the Urban District Council
Michael, Percy grocer & beer retailer
Morris & Son grocers & news agents
Muskett, William farmer
Nichols, Son & Clow wholesale boot & shoe manufacturers (branch)
Nicholson, Alice (Mrs) shopkeeper, High street
Nicholson, John boot & shoe maker
Page, Clarke boot & shoe maker
Page, Hiram chimney sweeper
Page, Owen boot & shoe maker
Paine, James furniture dealer
Panter, John beer retailer
Reynolds W. & Co. corset manufacturers (branch)
Riley, Benjamin boot & shoe manufr
Robinson, Mary (Mrs) shopkeeper
Scotney, James cycle manufacturer
Shepperson, John Thomas grocer
Stamford, Spalding & Boston Banking Company Limited (agency); open wed. & sat. from 9.45 to 11.50 a.m. (John Bayldon, manager); draw on Barclay & Company Limited, London E C
Starling, Ellen (Mrs.) confectioner
Summerley, Harry fishmonger
Sumner, Geo. Ward J.P. horse dealer
Tailby, George butcher
Tailby, William farmer
Tebbutt, George T baker
Territorial Force Battalion (4th) Northamptonshire Regiment (G Co. Capt. H. Butlin; Color-Sergt. John Thomas Langley, York road, Kettering, drill instructor)
Thompson, Bert L. Talbot inn
Toone, B. & Co. boot & shoe manufrs
Turner, Lawrence & James farmers
Turner, Alfred florist
Turner, Joseph Henry florist
Turner, Sl. florist & market gardener
Vines, Agnes (Mrs.) dress maker
Webb Brothers tailors
West & Ellis coal, coke & lime mers
Williams, Walter confectioner
Wyatt, Eliza Jane (Mrs.) beer retailr
Wyatt, William Henry George hotel
Yeomans, James blacksmith
Yeomans, Montagu shopkeeper
Yeomans, Stephen H. picture frame maker
York, James florist


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