Hollowell

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Coordinates: 52°20′14″N 0°59′46″W / 52.3373°N 0.9961°W / 52.3373; -0.9961

Hollowell
Hollowell is located in Northamptonshire
Hollowell
Hollowell
 Hollowell shown within Northamptonshire
Population 353 
OS grid reference SP6871
    - London  74 miles (119 km) 
District Daventry
Shire county Northamptonshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Northampton
Postcode district NN6 8
Dialling code 01604
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Daventry
List of places
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England
Northamptonshire

Hollowell is a village and civil parish in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire in England. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish's population, including the nearby hamlet of Teeton, was 353 people.[1] The village was originally a hamlet of Guilsborough, becoming a separate parish from 1850.[2] Hollowell is mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086 as belonging the Bishop of Lincoln having "... 4 villeins with 1 bordar having 1 plough. It was, and is worth, 10 schillings. Bardi held (it) freely."[3]

Geography[edit]

The village is 9 miles (14 km) north-west of the town of Northampton and just off a side road west of the village of Creaton on the A5199, formerly the A50, trunk road. About 5 miles (8 km) north on the A5199 there is a junction with the A14 trunk road, a dual carriageway connecting the M1 and M6 motorway interchange at Catthorpe with Kettering, Cambridge, Ipswich and the port of Felixstowe.

Landmarks[edit]

Hollowell Reservoir is a 140-acre (0.57 km2) reservoir between Northampton and Market Harborough and just north of the village. It has a sailing club[4] and is also used for fishing. It is the scene of a number of double figure tench[5] catches during the 2004 season, with a record of over 11 lb (5.0 kg).

Within the boundaries of the parochial parish stood the Northampton County Sanatorium (also known locally as Creaton Hospital), a tuberculosis hospital in operation between 1910-1979. In the 1980s it was converted to 13 private houses and is now called Highfield Park.[6]

History and events[edit]

Being at the bottom of a valley, the village was vulnerable to icy and snow-filled roads before the use of council gritting. In the winter of 1947, Hollowell and Guilsborough were cut off from the main (Welford) road for several weeks. A Mr J Smith, who lived in Guilsborough, was recorded as delivering bread to the inhabitants on horseback during this time.[7]

Hollowell Steam is a steam and heavy horse show held annually near the village on the first full weekend of July. The event was first held in 1986 to raise funds to repair the village's church roof.[8] It is now one of the largest steam rallies in the country, with 45 engines expected in 2007.[9] Over £75,000 in funds were raised in 2004,[10] distributed to local charities and groups. The event is run by Allen Eaton MBE.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Office for National Statistics: Hollowell CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 12 November 2009
  2. ^ Renton, Ethel & Eleanor (1929). The Records of Guilsborough, Nortoft and Hollowell. T Beaty Hart. p. 275. 
  3. ^ Renton, Ethel & Eleanor (1929). The Records of Guilsborough, Nortoft and Hollowell. T Beaty Hart. p. 198. 
  4. ^ Hollowell Sailing Club
  5. ^ Hollowell Fishing details
  6. ^ Renton, Ethel & Eleanor (1929, 2000). The Records of Guilsborough, Nortoft and Hollowell. T Beaty Hart. p. 278. 
  7. ^ Renton, Ethel & Eleanor (1929, 2000). The Records of Guilsborough, Nortoft and Hollowell. T Beaty Hart. p. 275. 
  8. ^ Renton, Ethel & Eleanor (1929). The Records of Guilsborough, Nortoft and Hollowell. T Beaty Hart. p. 283. 
  9. ^ NTET
  10. ^ Hollowell steam and heavy horse show

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