William Carey Baptist Chapel
Hackleton shown within Northamptonshire
|Population||1,568 (2001 Census) including associated villages
2,125 (2011 est)
|OS grid reference|
|- London||64 miles (103 km)|
|Civil parish||Hackleton (with Piddington, Horton and Preston Deanery)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Northampton South|
Hackleton is a village located in the south of the English shire county of Northamptonshire (Northants) in the district of South Northamptonshire, just north of Buckinghamshire. It is 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Northampton town centre, and 2 miles (3.2 km) by road to the M1 London to Yorkshire motorway junction 15 and 11 miles (18 km) north of junction 14. London is 62 miles (100 km) south via junction 14 and 47 miles (76 km) southeast of Birmingham via junction 15. It lies on the busy B526 road (former A50) from Northampton to Newport Pagnell, between Horton and Wootton. The parish area is about 1,030 acres (420 ha).
The Parish Council area covers several surrounding villages. To compound the statistics, census information for the village of Preston Deanery is joined with Great Houghton and other areas. Precise statistics are, therefore difficult to state. The best that can be said is based on the 2001 census. For Hackleton, Piddington and Horton combined, and together with the surrounding rural area sparsely populated, the data shows 1,568 residents, 756 male and 812 female, living in 606 dwellings. The 2011 estimates for population are 986 in Hackleton, 433 in Horton, 655 in Piddington and 51 in Preston Deanery, a total of 2,125.
The village school is Hackleton CofE Primary School. The village also has Hackleton Carey Baptist Chapel, Dudley Winterbottom Memorial Hall, The White Hart Pub and Hackleton Stores, the local village shop. Hackleton also used to be home to the Easyrider, a specialist upholstery shop dealing with sheep skin and wool products. Other amenities include 'The Rec'; local recreational ground, which is the home pitch for village side AFC Hackleton. There is also the local war memorial, a butcher and a 'pocket' park, formerly the land boundary between Hackleton and Piddington where a stream known as "The Brooke" flows to the north in a shallow valley.
Hackleton Carey Baptist Chapel was set up by William Carey, the English Protestant missionary and Baptist minister, known as the "father of modern missions." Carey was one of the founders of the Baptist Missionary Society. Carey came to the village to complete an apprenticeship at The Jetty, the street opposing the where the Chapel is built. In Hackleton there is also Carey Road, a slip road off the main road, named after him. The inscription on the chapel reads:
"This place of worship was erected to the glory of God: in memory of Dr Carey, the father of modern missions to the heathen, and one of the founders, and the first missionary of the Baptist Missionary Society; he toiled as a shoemaker, was converted to God and preached his first sermon in this village."
Urban expansion of Northampton
Further urban expansion of Northampton, in an area called "Preston Green" was being planned in October 2008 with another 13,500 houses and additional infrastructure in the rural areas around Grange Park, Quinton and Preston Deanery. This may potentially threaten the absorption of the village as well.
- "UK census 2001 - data". Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- SNC (2011). South Northamptonshire Council Year Book 2011-2012. Towcester NN12 7FA. p. 39.
- "Hackleton Parish Council". Retrieved 2008-10-16.
- "Glimpses #45: William Carey's Amazing Mission". Christian History Institute. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
- "13,500 new homes proposed for Northampton suburb". Retrieved 2008-10-24.
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