Creaton Village Green
Creaton shown within Northamptonshire
|Population||488 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||73 miles (117 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
The village is 8 miles (13 km) north-west of the town of Northampton and 18 miles (29 km) south-east of the city of Leicester, along the A5199, formerly designated as the A50 trunk road. The road is known as Welford Road in the village and runs along the top of the ridge on which the village stands giving it extensive views east and west. About 5 miles (8 km) north on the road the A5199 connects with the A14 trunk road, a dual carriageway connecting the M1 and M6 motorways from the Catthorpe Interchange with Kettering, Cambridge, Ipswich and the port of Felixstowe.
The village has its own Parish Council and is part of Daventry Parliamentary Constituency. As of 2008[update], both Daventry and South Northamptonshire constituencies are considered 'safe' Conservative seats.
The local district council is Daventry District Council where Creaton is in Spratton ward together with the villages of Cottesbrooke, Spratton itself and surrounding rural areas. The village is in the Northamptonshire County Council area.
The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as 'Creaton Magna' (now the main part of the village) and 'Creaton Parva' (now Little Creaton). In the centre of the village, across Grooms Lane, are the foundations of the house where Amphylis Twigden, great-great grandmother of George Washington, first President of the United States was born and lived. Twigden married the Revd Lawrence Washington, son of Lawrence Washington (1602–1655). Their son, John Washington, emigrated to America and was the father of George.
The 2001 census. showed there were 488 people living in the village, 243 male, 245 female, with average age 39.18 years. There were 196 dwellings of which 7 unoccupied, 182 of them with central heating and 155 being owner occupied. Data from the 2011 census is not yet available.
Creaton has a typical English village green which is a large focal point with a number of interesting buildings including the Manor House, built in 1604. There a brick-built United Reformed chapel, originally erected as a non-conformist chapel in 1604, though the current building dates from 1793. A number of houses are thatched and built of the local sandstone. One of the cottages, Moringside, has a doorway from Holdenby Palace. Traditional hunt meets were frequently held on the green; hunting in the area is now run within the bounds of the current legislation. Creaton also has a village park which has a full sized football pitch.
The village pub is the Bricklayers Arms, on Welford Road. On the southern edge of the village is Highgate House, a conference centre and former 17th century coaching inn. The village won village of the year 2008 and the local shop won an award.
Although in fact within the boundaries of the parochial parish of Hollowell, Creaton Hospital (formally the Northampton County Sanatorium) stood at the bottom of the hill on the other side of the Welford Road. This was a tuberculosis hospital in operation between 1910-1979, converted to 13 private houses in the early 1980s and now called Highfield Park.
Nearby historic buildings include Cottesbrooke Hall and estate ca. 1 mile (2 km) north; Holdenby House and Althorp ca. 2 miles (3 km) and 3 miles (5 km) south respectively; Coton Manor Garden and Ravensthorpe Reservoir both ca. 1 mile (2 km) west; the 7th Century Saxon church at Brixworth ca. 2 miles (3 km) east.
- Great Creaton Primary School serves the village. The 2006 OFSTED report describes the quality of teaching there as good, being well led and providing good value for money
- There are two small industrial and business estates: one is off Grooms Lane, near Highgate House; the other is along the Brixworth Road on the outskirts of Creaton, known as Twigden Barns.
- "UK census 2001 - data". Retrieved 2008-08-28.
- "Creaton Parish Council website". Archived from the original on 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
- "UK Polling Report". Retrieved 2008-04-13.
- "Ancestry.com". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
- Herbert, Clive (2000). A Sequel to the Records of Guilsborough, Northtoft and Hollowell. p. 278.
- "Great Creaton Primary School Ofsted report 2006". Retrieved 2008-09-16.
- "Great Creaton Primary School details at Northamptonshire County Council's website". Retrieved 2008-09-16.[dead link]
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