Collyweston shown within Northamptonshire
|Population||425 (2001 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
The village is on the southern side of the Welland valley east of Tixover. The River Welland, at the point nearby to the north-west, is the boundary between Rutland and Northamptonshire. British Railways closed Ketton and Collyweston railway station in 1966. Collyweston is currently served by buses on the Stamford to Peterborough via Duddington route. The Jurassic Way and Hereward Way pass through the village to the north, crossing the Welland at Collyweston Bridge, near Geeston.
The local Wildlife Trust has a fifteen acre nature reserve at Collyweston Quarries where Lincolnshire limestone was quarried, to the north of the A43. This has the Pyramidal orchid, Common dodder, Greater knapweed, Common rock-rose, Common Bird's foor trefoil, and Clustered bellflower. Birds found there include the European Green Woodpecker and Glowworms are found there in the summer.
There is also an SSSI at Collyweston Great Wood.
In the late sixteenth century, the town gave its name to the manner of wearing the mandilion 'Colley-Weston-ward' for unknown reasons.
- RCHM: An Inventory of Architectural Monuments in North Northamptonshire: p33
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