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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 town is lighted by gas from works the property of a company, and is supplied with water from works formed in 1899 by the Urban District Council; and additional supply was provided in 1912.

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, and one inserted in 1907 at the west end of the north aisle. 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 £196, including 115 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Peterborough, and held since 1908 by the Rev. Henry James Theodore Eacott M.A. of Hatfield Hall, Durham.

There is a Baptist chapel, built in 1848, with 400 sittings, a Congregational chapel, erected in 1912 at a cost of £3,200, to replace the chapel built in 1855, seating 650 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 (1914) produces about £10 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. 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 2,400 acres; rateable value, £19,341; the population in 1911 was 4,092.

Sexton, Harold Liner.

Post. M. O. & T. Office, 77 High street.—William Richard Noon, sub-postmaster. Letters through Market Harborough (Leicester) are delivered at 7 a.m. & 12.50 & 6 p.m.; dispatched at 8.10 a.m. & 12.25 & 6.25 & 8.35 p.m. week days only; sundays, delivery commences at 7.15 a.m; dispatched, 10 a.m.

Wall Letter Box, near station, cleared 8.15 a.m. & 12.15, 6.30 & 8.40 p.m


Meets at the Council Schools, monthly, on the second tuesday at 7.30 p.m.


Chairman, Fred C. Fenton.
Vice-Chairman, Frederick T. Riley.

All retire in 1916.

Howard Burditt G. Luck
John Clarke Dixon Palmer
Jesse Coe Robert Panter
Rev. H. J. T. Eacott Frederick T. Riley
F. C. Fenton Peregrine Thomas
J. W. Loomes W. Whymant


  • Clerk, Charles William Lane, George street, Kettering
  • Treasurer, Hugh Hindley Rainey, Barclay's Bank, Market Harborough
  • Medical Officer of Health, Henry Gibbons M.D., C.M. Aberd. Glendkindie house
  • Surveyor & Sanitary Inspector, George Essex Marlow, 86 High street
  • Rate Collector, Isaac Hodges, 20 Nichols street
  • Desboro' Volunteer Fire Brigade Station, with a steam fire engine, Dixon Palmer, captain, & 8 men
  • Oddfellows' Hall, Thomas Henry Blissett, sec
  • Police Station, George Marsh, sergeant, and 2 constables


4th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment (G Co.), Capt. H. M. Wilson; 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; Percival Henry Alder-Barrett, master; Mrs. Laura Coe, girls' mistress; Mrs. Sarah Shipley, infants' mistress.

Church of England (mixed), built in 1885, at a cost of about £600, & enlarged in 1914 at a cost of £1,100 for 131 children; Frederick James Starling, master; Mrs. Bird & Miss Lyles, assistant mistresses

Railway Station, Percy R. Handscombe, station master

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


Motor omnibus to & from Wellingborough eight times daily; on sat. every 40 minutes to Kettering only, in addition to the regular service


Cattle, Mrs., Braybrooke road
Cheaney, Harold, Rushton road
Coe, Miss, 37 Harborough road
Cox, William Alfred, Union street
Eacott, Rev. Henry James Theodore M.A. (vicar), Vicarage
Elkington, Albt. Edwd., 99 Rushton road
Fenton, Frederick C., Holly cottage
Gibbons Hy. M.D. Glenkindie house
Lane, Eustace R., 3 St. Anthony's hill
Linnell, John Stockburn, 23 Harborough road
Marlow, Henry, Union street
Marlow, Jesse, Iseleigh
Marlow, William, The Danes
Monk, John C., 49 Braybrooke road
Panter, Alfred, 12 Rushton road
Phillips, Rev. John B.A. (Congregational), 59 Rushton road
Riley, Frederick, 25 Harborough road
Rochester, Charles Dixon, 1 St. Anthony's hill
Rochester, Mrs, 2 St Anthony's hill
Sumner, Geo. Ward J.P., Buckwell st
Sumner, George Ward, jun. Hill top, Braybrooke road
Thomas, Peregrine, Bella vista
Toosey, Frederick Joseph, Glenfields, Braybrooke road
Yeomans, Miss, Desborough house 

Early closing day, Thurs. 1 p.m.
Althorpe Thomasinsurance agent, 39 Braybrooke road
Asher Ann (Mrs.)draper, High st
Asher, Frank Andrew cycle agent, High st
Ball, John Henry blacksmith, Victoria st
Bamford, Benjamin farmer
Barclay & Company Limited, bankers (sub-branch) (Hugh Hindley Rainey, manager); open mon. 11.15 to 12; wed. & sat. 9.45 to 11.50, Station road; draw on head office, 54 Lombard street, London E C
Barker, Geo. David grocer, Havelock st
Betts, Henry shopkeeper, 47 King st
Bindley, Thomas Alfred greengrocer, 95 Rushton road
Bird & Co. boot & shoe manufacturers
Bird, Samuel plumber, High street
Bosworth Brothers & Co. boot & shoe manufacturers, Station road
Brown, Arthur William baker, 50 Station road
Burditt, Jos W. shopkeeper, 44 Station road
Burrows, Thompson photographer, Buckwell street
Burton, Wm decorator, 15 High st
Cayley & Rochester architects, 1 St Anthony's hill
Chatterton, Jn fried fish dlr. High st
Cheaney, Joseph & Son boot & shoe manufacturers
Coe, Fredk. Percy grocer, 57 Victoria st
Coe, Irving pork butcher, 75 High st
Coe, Jesse dairyman, Plum park
Coe, Martin dairyman, Union street
Coe, Mary (Mrs) milliner, 70 Gladstone street
Conservative Club (Edgar Dillon sec)
Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd. corset manufacturers (branch)
Copley, Claude Francis Swan inn
Cox, Charles farmer, Pantile lodge
Crick, Samuel King's Arms P.H
Crompton Boot Manufacturers' Ltd., Victoria st
Curtis, Fredk. confectnr, Rothwell rd
Daisley, Wm coal merchant, Buckwell st
Dawkins, Jn Edwin builder, Victoria st
Dean, Herbert chemist, 31 Station road
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)
Desborough Urban District Council Water Works (Herbert Arth. White, manager)
Desboro' Volunteer Fire Brigade (Dixon Palmer, captain)
Desboro' Working Men's Club & Institute Limited (George Luck, sec)
Electric Picture Palace (Harry Jackson, manager)
Esden, Thomas Henry grocer, 35 Station rd & 11 High st
Freeman, Arthur insurance agent, 15 Buckwell street
Freer, Miller general dealer, Queen st
Frisby, John Page wheelwright, Havelock street
Giles, Herbert Ernest tailor, 82 High st
Gotobed, Jas cabinet maker, 50 King st
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 & Sons market gardeners, Rothwell road
Ginns, John Allen market gardener, Union street
Groocock, John boot dealer, Victoria st
Gutteridge, Walter hairdresser, High st
Hall, William New inn
Hodges, Isaachouse agent & rate collector to the Urban District Council, 27 Nichols street
Humfrey, Richard corn merchant, High street & 6 Paddock lane
Iliffe, Alfred grocer, 42 Station road
Jarvis, John beer retailer, Station road
Jones, Thos carpenter, Nichols st
Kendall, Rowland Underwood hair dresser, 46 Station road
Kilborn, Herbert butcher, Harborough road
Kilborn, Saml Jn butcher, Station rd
Kilborn, Thomas Robert plumber & glazier, High st. & 60 Gold street
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 thursday; & at George street, Kettering
Langman, Thomas William clothier, Station road & draper, High street
Leago, Thomas Webster fruiterer, 27 Station road
Lee's Boot Stores (H. Ball, proprietor), 76 High street
Lilley, John hair dresser, Station rd
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, Station road
Marlow & Son printers, 19 High st
Marlow, Frank shopkeeper, 48 Paddock Lane
Marlow, George Essex  surveyor & sanitary inspector to the Urban District Council, 86 High street
Marlow, Harold confectioner, 62 Station road
Michael, Percy grocer, 54 Gold street
More, John M.R.C.S.Eng., L.R.C.P. Lond surgeon; surgery, High st
Morris & Son grocers, 32 & 34 Station road
Morris, Wm. confectioner, Station rd
Murkett, Arthur baker, Buckwell st
Muskett, William farmer, The Grange
Nicholson, John William boot maker, 18 Havelock street
Noon, William Richard stationer, Post office, 77 High street
Page, Clarke boot & shoe maker, King st
Page, Hiram chimney sweeper
Paine, Jas furniture dealer, 118 High st
Paine, James Jesse insurance agent, 10 Nichols street
Panter, Chas. Reuben beer retailer, 66 Station road
Panter, Henry shopkeeper, 2 New st
Public Telephone Call Office (Albert F. Harrold, in charge), 11 Station rd
Racher, Robert James watch maker, 4 Havelock street
Reynolds Waterhouse & Co. corset manufacturers (branch)
Riley, Benjamin boot & shoe manufr
Robinson, Mary (Mrs) shopkeeper, 89 Union street
Rochester, Charles Dixon A.R.I.B.A. architect, see Cayley & Rochester
Sheepbridge Iron Stone Co. Limited
Shepperson, Jn Thos grocer, 38 High st
Stanton Iron Works Co. Limited, iron ore proprietors
Summerley, Harry fishmonger, 48 Station road
Summerley, John boot ma., 98 High st
Sumner, Geo. Ward J.P. horse dealer
Tailby, Alfred carpenter, Station rd
Tailby, George William butcher, 54 Station road & High street
Tailby, William farmer
Tebbutt, Arth. fishmgr, 85 High st
Tebbutt, George T baker, 88 High st
Tebbutt, Joseph Angel inn, High st
Territorial Force Battalion (4th) Northamptonshire Regiment (G Co. Capt. H. M. Wilson; Color-Sergt. John Thomas Langley, York road, Kettering, drill instructor)
Thompson, Herbert L. Talbot inn
Tomblin, Thomas, farm bailiff to the Desborough Industrial &c. Co-operative Society Limited
Toone, B. & Co. boot & shoe manufrs
Turner, Alfred florist, 34 Lower st
Turner, Joseph Henry florist, Braybrooke road
Webb Bros tailors, 52 Station road
West & Ellis coal, coke & lime mers
Williams, Arthur cycle dealer, 109 High street
Williams, Walt. confr., 16 Station rd
Wright, Charlie shopkpr, 86 High st
Wyatt, William Henry George hotel
Yeomans Bros. picture frame makers, 17 Station road
Yeomans, Geo. boot repr, 139 Union st
Yeomans, Jas blacksmith, Buckwell st
Yeomans, Montague shopkeeper, 40 Station road & 78 High street
York, James florist, 14 Regent street


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