Nether Heyford Church of St Peter and St Paul
Nether Heyford shown within Northamptonshire
|Population||1,507 (2001 Census)
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Nether Heyford CP|
|District||South Northamptonshire district|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Nether Heyford is an English village 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Northampton off the A45 road, in the shire county of Northamptonshire, known as "Northants". It is 1 mile (1.6 km) by road to the M1 London to Yorkshire motorway junction 16, 72 miles (116 km) north of London and 38 miles (61 km) southeast of Birmingham. The village of Upper Heyford is about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to the north of the village close to the A45 road and is also part of Nether Heyford Parish.
It has one of the largest village greens in the country, two pubs (The Foresters Arms and The Olde Sun), two churches (one Baptist), a purpose-built youth club, park, village hall, hairdresser, butcher and a local shop. The extensive playing fields have a cricket club (Heyford CC), a football club (Heyford Athletic), tennis courts, a bowls club and a skate ramp.
The Grand Union Canal passes through the village.
The village newspaper called The Prattler is published monthly.
Notable former residents
Simon Thomas - Former Blue Peter presenter
Alan Carr - Comedian and Entertainer. Played for Nether Heyford FC as a child.
Anil Kumble - Indian cricket legend lived in the village while playing for Northamptonshire CCC.
The Bliss Charity Primary School has about 148 pupils. It was endowed with income from lands in the will of William Bliss, a wine merchant living in Southwark, who died in 1674. William had been born and brought up in Nether Heyford, later moving to London. In his will, William left £400 to the village, £100 for a schoolhouse and £300 to buy land, the rent from which would pay for the schoolmaster and upkeep of the school.
The parish is the site of two Roman villas, firstly at Whitehall Farm west of the village near the A5 road which closely follows the route of the Roman Road known as Watling Street which ran from London to Holyhead in North Wales. The nearest Roman towns were Lactodorum, modern name Towcester, about 8 miles (13 km) south, and Bannaventa at Whilton Lodge, near Norton about 3 miles (4.8 km) north. Excavations on the site in 2009 found eight 1,400-year-old skeletons in a burial ground. They could be German mercenaries hired by wealthy land owners to protect their property. Investigations are on-going.
A second site east of the village in Horestone meadow was first discovered in 1699. It had part of a fine floor mosaic, plaster wall fragments and various pottery. In 1821 the building was estimated to be around 100 feet long.
The area of west Northamptonshire is rich in Romano-British archaeology with another villa site and museum at Piddington. The villa site is on a hillside with panoramic view eastwards over the upper valley of the River Nene before it enters the town of Northampton. The whereabouts of the artefacts is not known.[clarification needed]
West Coast Main Line
The West Coast Main Line running high speed Pendolino trains from London Euston to Manchester and Glasgow south west of the village. Stowe Hill tunnel on the line between the village and Weedon runs under the A5 road to the west.
1915 and 1951 accidents
The village was near the site of two train derailments in which a total of 25 people died:
- SNC (2009). South Northamptonshire Council Year Book 2009-2010. Towcester NN12 7FA. p. 39.
- "Northamptonshire County Council website". Retrieved 2008-11-20.
- "Neither Heyford village website including details of the Parish Council". Retrieved 2008-11-20.
- The Prattler website
- Pevsner, Nikolaus (1961). The Buildings of England – Northamptonshire. London and New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 311. ISBN 978-0-300-09632-3.
- "Whitehall Farm Roman villa at Nether Heyford". Retrieved 20 November 2008.
- "1,400 year old skeletons found in Northamptonshire". Retrieved 11 May 2009.
- "Archaeologists launch new dig on Roman site". Retrieved 13 May 2009.
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