Ashton, East Northamptonshire

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Ashton
The Village Green, Ashton
The Village Green at Ashton
Ashton is located in Northamptonshire
Ashton
Ashton
 Ashton shown within Northamptonshire
OS grid reference SP7649
District East Northamptonshire
Shire county Northamptonshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PETERBOROUGH
Postcode district PE8 4
Dialling code 01832
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
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Northamptonshire

Coordinates: 52°28′55″N 0°26′51″W / 52.482°N 0.4476°W / 52.482; -0.4476

Ashton is a village and civil parish about ¾ mile east of Oundle in the east of the English county of Northamptonshire forming part of the district of East Northamptonshire.

History[edit]

Commemorative stone on the wall of the Chapel

Ashton was re-built[1] in 1900 by the Rothschild family for estate workers. Since 1965 it has hosted the World Conker Championship traditionally on the second Sunday of October. This is now held between Ashton and nearby Polebrook.

The village is the birthplace of Dame Miriam Rothschild a noted natural scientist and author.

In 1952 George and Lillian Peach were murdered at their home in the village. The crime remains unsolved.

Notable buildings[edit]

Ashton Wold was built in 1900 for the Honourable Charles Rothschild[1] (d. 1923, suicide). The architect was William Huckvale and the house is in the Tudor style.

Many of the cottages in the village date from 1900-01 and were designed by Huckvale. Two more cottages were added in 1945 in the same style; Pevsner[1] refers to Ashton as a model village. The cottages are Tudor style and thatched. Almost all of the buildings the village are Grade II or II* listed.

The chapel and school date from 1705, the manor house from the 15th century.[1]

Chapel of St Mary Magdalene at Ashton
Brimstone Cottage, 10 The Green, Ashton
The Chequered Skipper pub at Ashton

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Pevsner, Nikolaus (1961). The Buildings of England – Northamptonshire. London and New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 94–5. ISBN 978-0-300-09632-3. 

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