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Encyclopedia > Cosgrove, Northamptonshire

Cosgrove is a village in Northamptonshire, England just north of Milton Keynes. (Grid reference SP791425) The church is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul A village is a human settlement commonly found in rural areas. ... Northamptonshire (abbreviated Northants or Nhants) is a landlocked county in central England with a population of 629,676 (2001 census). ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the British Isles Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001 Census) – Density Ranked 1st UK... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Milton Keynes Milton Keynes (pronounced ) is a purpose-built, high technology city in South East England. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ...

 Once the canals were built (The Grand Union Canal passes through the village and here the now abandoned, Buckingham Arm of the canal branched off) it was noticed that the Buckinghamshire arm froze more quickly and solidly than either the River Ouse or the main canal. The fact was not only noticed by skaters from miles around, but also by the owner of Cosgrove Hall, who, in some date round about 1820 built an "ice-house 

half-way between the canal and the Hall. This ice house was constructed rather like a stone windmill, with very thick walls but, unlike the windmill, the ice house has its greater part below the level of the surrounding field. Into this ice house, every winter from 1820 until the 1900's ice cut from the canal would be stored, packed around with straw, and by this method it kept until the following Spring and Summer, when it would be sold to local fishmongers, butchers and others in the days before refrigeration was possible. In recent years it has become derelict, but it was the last remaining in buckinghamshire and one of the very few left in all England.


For the past two hundred years the village life has been affected by the building of the Grand Junction Canal--which passes through the middle of the village,and then in later years by the coming of the Railway. For a while the village was a very busy trading centre. but in more recent years--with the advent of motorways and other means of transportation--life and business in the village has slowed down again. The traders have gone, and the village has returned to it's natural, rural charm--which typifies so much of Northamptonshire country life.


Immediately south east of the village the canal crosses the river Great Ouse. Originally the canal descended 10 metres to the river by nine locks, crossed the river on the level and ascended by eight locks on the other side. This was time consuming for mavigators and subject to disruption in time of flood. So the 18th century engineers constructed a brick aqueduct across the valley - with one lock in Cosgrove. This aqueduct collapsed in 1808 and was replaced in 1811 by the present 31 metre long iron trough aqueduct with stone pillars. The Great Ouse at St Neots The River Great Ouse is a river in the east of England. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ...



To day the majority of visitors to Cosgrove are tourists and Holiday-makers. Large numbers arrive by canal boat, many hundreds more are caravanners, who spend their Summers in the Cosgrove Leisure Park, it features fishing lakes and a water sports area offering windsurfing, water and jet skiing and pitches for 900 touring caravans.


The postcode for Cosgrove is MK19.


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Cosgrove | British History Online (15540 words)
64) In 1328 the manor of Cosgrove was held of the heir of the earl of Warwick, a minor in the king's wardship, as of the manor of Hanslope.
In 1487-8 Anne dowager countess of Warwick conveyed the manor of Cosgrove to Henry VII, (fn.
In 1826 a house in Cosgrove in the occupation of John Sargeant was certified as a Dissenting meeting-house, as was one in the possession of the Revd.
Roll of Honour - Northamptonshire - Cosgrove (907 words)
Son of J. and I. Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory, Stony Stratford.
Born Cosgrove, enlisted Wolverton.Son of William and Margaret Brown, of 62, Peel Rd., Wolverton, Bucks.
Son of Alfred and Clara Swain, of The Green, Cosgrove, nr.
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