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Ringstead is a small village and civil parish in Northamptonshire, England approximately 15 miles north-east of Northampton. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish's population was 1,428 people.
The River Nene runs directly past the village in a series of locks. During the 1980s, major sand and gravel excavations took place all around Ringstead leaving many man-made lakes and islands. There is a local primary school situated next to St Mary's church, which is host to the famous Ringstead flower festival. Ringstead was the birthplace of Alfred Roberts, the father of Margaret Thatcher.
The village has a relatively successful sporting tradition in football. They have had a team representing the village for over 100 years since it was established in 1896. Ringstead Rangers includes a men's team, a men's reserve team, an under 17s, under 14s and an under 9s team. All the teams play their home matches at Ringstead recreational ground and their traditional strip colours consist of red and black. The teams have been known to sport various other strip colours, especially in their away strips, including orange, blue and pink.
There is a significant interest in pool in Ringstead, which takes place at the Village Social Club. The team currently plays in Division 3 of the East Northants league.
The village club also has a skittles team and facilities for darts, bingo and dominoes as well.
Other Famous Faces
Ringstead is also the location of Chef Scott Seabrooks The Woodford Mill Tea Rooms situated by the Willy Watt Marina Complex. Ringstead has a very large boating community and features over 250 residents living on traditional narrowboats across both Willy Watt Marina and Blackthorn Lake Marina's.
Ringstead is also a regular place for holiday makers to visit due to Ringsteads river attractions such as The Woodford Mill Tea Rooms, Stanwick Lakes, Pocket Park as well as the sports arenas of Santa Pod, Rockingham & Silverstone Race Circuits.
According to tradition, the entrance to St Mary's churchyard was (or is) haunted by the ghost of a village girl, Lydia Atley, who disappeared in 1850. What were thought to be her skeletal remains were unearthed in 1864 in a local orchard; the village butcher, Weekly Ball, was tried for Lydia's murder but acquitted because it proved impossible to conclusively identify the skeleton as that of the missing girl.
- Office for National Statistics: Ringstead CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 19 November 2009
- Codd, Daniel. Mysterious Northamptonshire (2009). Breedon Books Publishing Company. p.28. ISBN 9781859836811.
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