Maidwell

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Coordinates: 52°22′53″N 0°54′25″W / 52.3815°N 0.9069°W / 52.3815; -0.9069

Maidwell
Maidwell Hall - geograph.org.uk - 446493.jpg
Looking across the churchyard at Maidwell Hall with its interesting cupolas
Maidwell is located in Northamptonshire
Maidwell
Maidwell
 Maidwell shown within Northamptonshire
Population 325 
OS grid reference SP7476
    - London  78 miles (126 km) 
District Daventry
Shire county Northamptonshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Northampton
Postcode district NN6
Dialling code 01604
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Kettering
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Northamptonshire

Maidwell 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 had 325 inhabitants.[1]

Location[edit]

The A508 road runs through its western end and the village is about halfway between the market town of Market Harborough, Leicestershire, and the county town of Northampton which is about 7 miles (11.3 km) south. It is about 1 mile (1.6 km) south of junction 2 of the major A14 road.

Buildings[edit]

St Mary's Church[edit]

The oldest parts are the north and south doorway dating from the 12th century. The tower dates from the 13th century. There are monuments to Catherine, Lady Gorges (1634) erected by her husband Edward Gorges, Lord Dundalk. There is also a tablet to the Haslewood family erected 1695 by Elizabeth, Viscountess Hatton.[2] The church was restored in 1891 by James Piers St Aubyn.

Notable Rectors include George Folbury (d. 1540) Master of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge from 1537.

Maidwell Hall[edit]

The hall is used as an independent boys and girls boarding and day preparatory school for children from 8–13 years old.[3] The school was founded in 1911 and moved to its current location in 1933.[3]

Notable alumni of the school include Adam Butler the second of four children of Rab Butler, the politician and John Ailwyn Fellowes, 4th Baron de Ramsey (1942-) a landowner, agriculturalist and first chairman of the Environment Agency.

The oldest part of the building is the porch, 1637.[2] On 16 February 1895, the hall was completely destroyed by fire 1895. The event is commemorated by stained glass windows in the south aisle of St Mary's from Sir Reginald Bernard Loder. Sir Reginald married Lady Margaret Hare, daughter of the Earl of Listowel later the same year. in 1899 Sir Reginald was High Sheriff of Northamptonshire.[4] The hall was rebuilt in 1902. Loder died in 1931.[5]

Railway[edit]

Lamport railway station on the Northampton and Market Harborough railway opened on 16 February 1859 serving Maidwell as well as other nearby villages. The line closed to passenger traffic in 1960, and later completely closed to all traffic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Office for National Statistic: Maidwell CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 14 November 2009
  2. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (revision) (1961). The Buildings of England – Northamptonshire. London and New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 302–3. ISBN 978-0-300-09632-3. 
  3. ^ a b Maidwell Hall website: About the School. Retrieved 15 June 2013
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27061. p. 1660. 10 March 1899. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
  5. ^ Maidwell village website, accessed 15 June 2013

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