Nobottle

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Nobottle
Townsend Farm, Nobottle - geograph.org.uk - 130518.jpg
Townsend Farm, Nobottle
Nobottle is located in Northamptonshire
Nobottle
Nobottle
 Nobottle shown within Northamptonshire
OS grid reference SP672630
District Daventry
Shire county Northamptonshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Northampton
Postcode district NN7
Dialling code 01604
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Daventry
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Coordinates: 52°15′43″N 1°00′57″W / 52.2619°N 1.0158°W / 52.2619; -1.0158

Nobottle is a hamlet in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire in England. It borders the Althorp estate, which owns much of the property. Nobottle used to have a 600yd rifle range (the only one in Northamptonshire), now shut by the MOD some 20 years (local knowledge). The Midshires Way long distance footpath passes through Nobottle. A Roman building was excavated here in 1927-9 and a hoard of 814 coins found, spanning several hundred years, but mostly of the late 4th century (Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, 1961). With only 13 houses, about 1/2 a mile long, Nobottle is one of the smallest hamlets in England. However, Nobottle gave its name to a Saxon Hundred, and in 1849 the Nobottle Hundred comprised 18 parishes, with 9,000 inhabitants, though the hamlet itself then only had 99 inhabitants (Whellan, Directory of Northamptonshire, 1849). Nobottle is a place name in the north west corner of the map on the front endpapers of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, although it is not known if the author borrowed the unusual name from the Northamptonshire hamlet.