Castlethorpe Wharf 1900

Castlethorpe Wharf 1900

Castlethrope Wharf after 1923

The Navigation Inn is whithin the parish of Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, but is called Castlethorpe Wharf or often Thrupp Wharf

Navigation Inn, Castlethorpe
Canal trip starting at the Navigation Inn

Horse and barge postcard dated 1915

Ref: Date Occupant
Northamptonshire Licensed Victuallers 1822 1822 John Ayres
Census 1841 Sarah Ayres
Whellan History of Northamptonshire 1849 Sarah Ayres , vict., Navigation Inn [and wharfinger]
Census 1851 Sarah Ayres
Kelly’s Directory 1854 Ayres Sarah (Mrs.), 'Navigation,' & coal merchant
Census 1861 Sarah Ayres
Kelly’s Directory 1869 John Ayres
Census 1871 John Ayres
Newspaper 1877 John Ayres - leaves (see below)
Post Office Directory 1877 John Panter , Navigation inn, & coal merchant
Census 1881 John Panter
Kelly's Directory 1890 Joel Lack , Navigation Inn, & coal merchant
Census 1891 Joel Lack left October 1891 (see sale below)
Kelly’s Directory 1894 Matthew Willison
Kelly's Directory 1898 Matthew Willison
Census 1901 Ernest Weston
Kelly's Directory 1903 Thomas Weston
Kelly's Directory 1906 Thomas Weston - auction E. Weston (see below)
Kelly's Directory 1910 Spencer Thos. Collier
Census 1911 Thomas Collier  - Farmer Coal Merchant & Publican
Kelly’s Directory 1914 Spencer Thomas, C.
Newspaper 1916 Spencer Thomas - auction (see below)
Kelly’s Directory 1924 Joseph Jas Pickering
Kelly's Diretory 1928 Joseph Jas Pickering
Kelly's Directory 1936 Joseph Jas Pickering
Kelly's Directory 1940 Alfd. Ernest Pacey
Newspaper 1934 Alfred Pacey manager for 19 years left c.1953
Newspaper 1954 From Mrs. D. E. Ashby to Bernard Leslie Bennett
Newspaper 1983 David & Toni Hanagan

Castlethorpe Church Records - Richard Soden buried December 14th 1865, aged 65,
of Castlethorpe Wharf.

NRO Northants Will Vol. 4 No. 4 page 492

Richard Soden 1866

This is the Will and Testament of me Richard Soden of Castlethorpe in the County of Buckingham Innkeeper and farmer I appoint my sons in law John Ayres and Peter William Pringle Executors of this my Will I devise all estates vested in me upon trust or by way of mortgage unto and to the use of the said John Ayres and Peter William Pringle their heirs and assigns Upon and subject to the trusts and equity of redemption affecting the same respectively I devise and bequeath All my real and personal Estate of every sort and description unto the said John Ayres and Peter William Pringle their heirs executors administrators and assigns Upon trust absolutely to sell dispose of and convert into money all my said real and personal Estate so soon as conveniently may be after my decease in such manner as my Trustees and executors shall think proper with power to buy in and rescind contracts for sale and to resell without liability for consequential loss And I direct that my Trustees and executors shall stand possessed of the monies to arise from the sale and disposition of my said real and personal Estate Upon trust thereout to pay my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts and to pay and divide the residue of such monies unto and equally between my three Daughters Sarah Dent Elizabeth Ayres and Fanny Pringle share and share alike Provided always that if any or either of my said Daughters shall die in my lifetime leaving children such Children shall take equally between them if more than one the share which his or her parent would have taken if living but if any or either of my said Daughters shall die in my lifetime without leaving any Child or Children her surviving and who survive me also then the share of my Daughter so dying shall go to the survivors or survivor of them my said Daughters living at my decease I declare that the receipts of my Trustees and executors for the time being shall be good discharges to purchasers or other persons paying money under this my Will and exonerate every such purchaser and other person from liability in respect thereof I authorize my Executors and Trustees to compromise or settle any disputed claim and to deal with my property in such manner generally as they shall think most advantageous I also declare that my Executors and trustees shall not be responsible for any more monies than shall actually come to their respective hands and shall and shall be at liability to deduct and retain all costs and expenses incurred in relation to this my Will or the trusts thereof I revoke all former Wills by me made In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of February one thousand eight hundred and sixty five

Richard Soden

Signed and declared by the said Richard Soden the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses
John Parrott Solr. Stony Stratford
John Parrott Jr. his Clerk

Proved at Northampton the 9th day of January 1866 by the Oaths of John Ayres and Peter William Pringle His Executors to whom Administration was granted.

The Testator Richard Sodden was formerly of Castlethorpe in the County of Buckingham Innkeeper and farmer and late of Cosgrove in the County of Northampton Gentleman and died on the 7th day of December 1865 at Cosgrove aforesaid

Under £1,000 John Parrott Solicitor Stony Stratford

Croydon's Weekly Standard 10 June 1876
In Liquidation.
In the parish of Cosgrove, Northamptonshire.


Consisting of a Full Licensed Free Inn, with excel-
lent Wharf Yard, Corn Warehouses, Weighing
House with Weighing Machine, Lime Kiln, Stabling
for eleven horses, Coach House, Brewhouse, Grana-
ries, Piggeries, large Barn, capital walled Garden,
and other Appurtenances.

Together with
21 Acres of excellent Pasture and Arable
Land, adjoining
To be Sold by Auction,

By order of the Trustee of the Estate of Mr. John
Ayres, on FRIDAY, the 16th day of JUNE, 1876, at
Six o’clock in the evening, subject to such con-
ditions as will be there produced, and in one or
More Lots as may then be agreed upon.

All the very valuable Free and Full-licensed
Sitiate in the parish of COSGROVE, in the county of
Northampton, and on the road leading from Stony
Stratford to Castlethorpe and Hanslope, containing
large parlour, tap room, kitchen, scullery, three bed-
rooms, three good attics, capital cellar and brewhouse;
together with

The excellent WHARF-YARD, with landing for
tying-up eight boats; coal and coke yards, lime-kiln,
capital warehouse (capable of storing 150 quarters
of corn), salt-house, granaries, weighing-house, with
weighing machine; stabling for eleven horses, lock-
up coach-house, large barn, with slated roof;
piggeries, excellent walled kitchen garden, and
other appurtenances thereto belonging.
There is a COTTAGE, containing three rooms,
Adjoining, which is now used as a warehouse.
And also all the CLOSE of first rate Arable
LAND, containing 9¾ Acres, or thereabouts, adjoin-
ing the before mentioned Property, and fronting the
road aforesaid; together with
A CLOSE of excellent Pasture LAND, containing
11½ Acres, or thereabouts, adjacent thereto, with
good thatched hovel, and appurtenances created
thereon, the whole being now in the occupation of
the said John Ayres.

The Grass Land has a never-failing supply of water,
And there is a spring running through the foddering
Arrangements may be made for early possession
of the property.
To view apply on the premises, and for further
Particulars to W. R. Parrott, Esq., Solicitor, Stony
Stratford, or the Auctioneer, Derngate, Northampton.

Northampton Mercury 21 March 1885

CASTLETHORPE.—FOUND DROWNED IN THE CANAL. —On 13th inst., whilst a boat was passing along the canal, the boatman saw in the water the body of a man which had been moved by the passing boat from the bottom of the canal. With assistance the body was pulled out of the water. P.C. Wilson, of Yardley Gobion, was communicated with, and the body was recognised to be that of James Brown, of Paulerspury. Deceased was seen the previous day Hanslope Steeplechases. He started for home in the evening, and on his journey he stopped at the Carrington Arms Inn, Castlethorpe, and left at ten o’clock, the landlord being the last to see Brown alive. The body was taken to the Navigation Inn, and the inquest was held on Saturday, when a verdict in accordance with the above facts was returned.

Northampton Mercury 29 May 1891


Fire.—On Tuesday evening it was discovered that haystack belonging to Mr. Joel Lack, of the Navigation Inn, was on fire. A person was immediately sent for the Stony Stratford Fire Brigade, who were soon on the spot, but found the rick in a blaze, and almost beyond all hopes extinguishing it. After brief consultation between the agent of the Northern Insurance Company (Mr. J. S. Tibitts, Stony Stratford) and the superintendent the brigade, it resolved not to bring the engine into operation, as there was no immediate danger, and the rick was comparatively small. The damage is covered by insurance.


At Towcester, on Thursday, before Mr. R. W. Watkins, William Compton, Castlethorpe, painter, was charged by Joel Lack, Cosgrove, innkeeper, with unlawfully and feloniously setting fire to a hayrick belonging to prosecutor, at Cosgrove, on the 26th inst.—The prosecutor said on the 26th inst. he had a stack of hay standing in a grass field adjoining the road from his house to Castlethorpe. When prosecutor left the rick a few minutes to four it was quite safe, and when he went home he saw the prisoner sitting there. Prisoner left about seven, and few minutes after a boy (George Eakins) ran into prosecutor house and informed him his rick was on fire. There were between 14 and 16 tons of hay, and it was all consumed. A piece of it had been cut away in the meadow. Prosecutor had refused to serve prisoner with beer the house.—George Eakins, of Castlethorpe, spoke of giving the alarm and of seeing prisoner near the fire. —Inspector R. Matthews, stationed Towcester, proved apprehending prisoner, and he was then committed for trial at the Assizes, and was admitted to bail —himself in £50, and two sureties in £25 each.

Northampton Mercury 02 October 1891

WILLIAM BEESLEY has received instructions from Mr. Joel Lack (who is leaving
 in consequence the expiration of his lease),
On Thursday next, October 8th, the following

Comprising two capital half-bred mares, sow and 11 pigs, two iron-arm carts with gearing, timber carriage with top, iron plough (Howard), horse hoe, set harrows, two chaff cutters, bean mill, three cylinder roll, coal machine and weights, two weighing machines, winnowing machine, barn tackle, rick cloth and pole, ten yards by eight ; trace and thiller harness, two sets drilling tackle, 35-round ladder, two ladders, pitchforks and ropes, forks and rakes, corn drags, sack cart, sack barrow, corn bin, sieves, hay knife, iron bar and tools, halters, buckets, shovels, coal bags, churn and dairy vessels, wire netting, barbed wire, &c.; beer engine, mugs, jugs, and glasses, pewter measures, three iron bedsteads, three pairs palliasses, three bolsters and four pillows, two sets drawers, two washstands and ware, three dressing tables and glasses, seven bedroom chairs, elbow ditto, towel horse, carpeting, chamberware, &c., eight horsehair seated chairs, twelve Windsor ditto, horsehair couch, chiffonier, pier glass, wardrobe, set drawers, square table, oil cloth, gun, and sundry other articles.
Sale to commence at Eleven o'clock.

The Bucks Standard 12 December 1896

A BOAT CHILD DROWNED IN THE CANAL.- On Monday last T. M. Percival, Esq., coroner, held an inquest at the Navigation Inn, touching the death of Emily Elwell, an orphan child, aged 13, employed on a canal boat. Reuben Green, of Brierly Hill, Staffordshire, canal boatman on the Grand Junction Canal, said the deceased was no relation of his. She was an orphan, and the daughter of Joseph Elwell, late of Brierly Hill, and she was 13 years old. The grand-mother put her in witness’s charge, and she had been with him since Whitsuntide, travelling on his boat with his wife and self. The deceased helped witness and his wife in looking after their children, and occasionally after the horse when witness had his meals. Witness did not know that deceased’s life was insured. Last Saturday they stopped at the Barley Mow, Cosgrove. Witness went to get his horse at five o’clock on Sunday morning, and they started about half-past five; it was quite dark. Witness had the little girl with him on the towpath to assist him coming round the corner of the bridge close to the Navigation Inn, at Cosgrove. When he got through the bridge with his horse he asked her if she had pegged the line to the mule. She said “yes go on.” Just as witness got up to the stretch of the line he said, “Emily, come here”; and his wife shouted, “Oh Lord, she’s in the cut.” Witness stopped the horse, undid the line, and ran back with the line. His wife also got the shaft and felt about for deceased, and three men ran down with lamps and shafts, but they could not see her in the water. Witness got the drag on the line, and dragged for the deceased. The drag pulled her to the side, and witness dragged her on to the towpath. The landlord of the Navigation Inn came down to the towpath, and they brought her to the Inn. Efforts were made to restore animation, but without avail. Witness did not know how she got into the canal, and did not know she was in until his wife called out. He never heard her scream, and witness did not know whether she was trying to get into the boat. He had told her to get into the boat. From the time witness’s wife called out to the time she was found would be about 25 minutes. Hannah Green, the wife of the witness, also gave evidence. Mr. Charles Simpson, surgeon stated that he was just temporally acting for Mr. Maguire during his illness. He was sent for on Sunday morning between nine and ten to go to the Navigation Inn, and he saw the body of the deceased, who had been dead apparently about four hours. He examined the body, which was that of a well nourished child. There was no evidence of violence about the body with the exception of a small unimportant bruise on the lower part of the left side of the abdomen. From various signs present he had no doubts the cause of death was asphyxia from drowning. The Coroner having summed up the evidence, the Jury returned a verdict of “Accidentally drowned,” and added the following rider: “That the Jury wished the Coroner to write the Secretary of State informing him of the facts of the case, and to state that neither the witness Green or his wife was in a position to state the age of the child, neither had they the pass book that is necessary under the Elementary Education Acts, and that the jury believed that the provisions of the Acts relative to those duties were frequently neglected, and they considered some more active steps should be taken to see that the Acts were more efficiently carried out.” The Coroner promised to forward the recommendation to the proper quarter.

Northampton Mercury 07 February 1906

THOMAS ARIS has received instructions from
Mr. Ernest Weston,
On Monday, Sept. 24th, 1906,
The Whole of his FARMING STOCK,
Full particulars in future advertisements.

NAVIGATION INN. CASTLETHORPE, STONY STRATFORD. THOMAS ARIS has received instructions from Mr. Ernest Weston, TO SELL BY AUCTION, On Monday, Sept. 24th, 1906, The Whole of his FARMING STOCK, IMPLEMENTS and MACHINES; Also a Few Lots of HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE. Full particulars in future advertisements.

Northampton Mercury 14 September 1906

THOMAS ARTS, having received instructions
 from Mr. E. Weston,
On Monday, September 24th. 1906.
MACHINERY, &c., comprising—

HORSES. —Roan Cart Mare with foal at foot,” Royal Guardian” Roan Cart Horse, 3-year-old Cart Colt. 2-year-old ditto, both by “Royal Guardian”; Bay Cart Mare, 3-year-old. has been worked in chains; Chestnut Harness Pony, 13-2; Black Mare, quiet to ride and drive; Roan Pony, 13-2
Set of Silver-mounted HARNRESS, and TRAP (by Lee, Newport Pagnell).
CATTLE.—Red Cow in milk and in calf, 3 Weaned Calves.
IMPLEMENTS. —Iron Plough (Roberts), set of pair-horse Harrows, 2 Carts (Roberts), nearly new; Coal Trolley, Coal Scales and Weights, Coal Bags, 2 Navvy Barrows, 2 sets Thiller Harness, set Trace Harness, sets G.O. Tackle, set of Pony Harness (all brass-mounted), 3 Nose Bags, Corn Bin, Skip, Halters, Governess Cart (in capital condition). Hand Drags, Rakes. Forks, 2-knife Chaff Machine, Bean Mill, Paraffin Tank (15 gallons), 2 Stoves. Double-barrel Gun, &c.
Sale to Commence 12.30.

Northampton Mercury 28 January 1916



Three-quarters of a mile from Castlethorpe Station.

Merry and Co.
Are instructed by the representatives the late Mr. T. C. Spencer,
On the above Premises;

4 HORSES, viz.; Two Brown Cart Horses, both 9yrs. old and good workers; Brown Cart filly, rising 2yrs. old; and a Strong Chestnut Cob, quiet to ride and drive, and well-known.

19 PIGS, viz.; 10 Berkshire Stores and 9 Strong Store Ditto.
(About 12 Tons), and a
About 12 Tons;
Stump of Straw; about 2 Tons of Wheat Straw (all to go off); 6 Quarters Oats; and a Quantity of Seed Potatoes.

60 HEAD OF POULTRY, mostly Pullets. '

Include: Harness. Ploughs Cultivator, Root Pulper. Chaff Machine, Grass Mower, Harrows, “Hornsby’s” Self Binder,
Coal Scales, 70 Coal Bags, Double-Barrel Gun, Keg of Oil, Paraffin Tank, Salting Lead, Churn and Dairy Utensils.

Comprising: Brass and Iron Bedsteads and Bedding, Mahogany and other Chests Drawers, Dressing Tables, Wardrobe, Dressing Glasses, Fenders and Irons.

Mahogany Tables, Engravings, Linoleum, and Kitchen Utensils, etc., etc.
The Sale Trill commence with the Furniture at one o'clock.

The Navigation Inn c.1965

Flying High: David and Toni Hanagan
The Navigation, a snip at £98,000
Newspaper images.

Mirror on Sunday 27th February 1983


by Stan Szecowkao

Airline steward David Hanagan and his air stewardess wife, Toni, are coming down to earth with a £130,000 bump!

For they have just forked out a fortune on the Navigation Inn at Cosgrove.

Their £98,000 bid at a public auction at the Coffee Pot, Yardley Gobion, on Tuesday, was enough to secure the historic canalside pub.

Although they didn’t have a lot to do with the proceedings, as David, 31, who at present lives in High Street, Woburn, explained: “We had a solicitor and a friend there doing all the work. It was the first time my wife and I have ever been to an auction and it was rather fraught.”


“I kept very quiet. I don’t think my heart could have kept up with the bidding. Yes, it is a lot of money, but this is the sort of place we have been looking for a couple of years. It is a long term investment and I can’t see us moving out for another twenty years. It was really a case of paying for potential – the Navigation will certainly have that when the Blisworth Tunnel re-opens.”

The inn will probably have to close while extensive renovation work takes place. The Hanagans say they are talking of spending another £30,000. They are being joined in the venture by David’s parents, William and May, who have been running the Anchor pub at Aspley Guise for the last three years.

Meanwhile David and his wife Toni, 32, will have their heads in the clouds for a little longer working for British Airways. Although that won’t be for ever, as David explained: “It’s a young man’s job and it’s time for a change. We’ll be concentrating full time on the pub and hopefully by the end of the summer I would hope we would have got it to our liking.”