Stanwick shown within Northamptonshire
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Stanwick (pronounced with a silent 'w') is a village and civil parish in East Northamptonshire, England. The nearest towns are Raunds, Rushden, Higham Ferrers and Irthlingborough. It is approximately 15 miles north-east of Northampton and is the largest village in the East Northamptonshire district. The 2011 Census shows a population of 2,183 residents.
There has been a settlement at Stanwick since Roman times at the latest. A Roman villa was excavated in 1984–1988 and several mosaics were found prior to the construction of a bypass and mass excavation of gravel. In 2013, one of the mosaics was returned after study and is now on display in the Visitor Centre at Stanwick Lakes.
Over time the pronunciation and spelling of the name has changed slightly. In the 10th century, Stanwick was known as "Stan Wigga". In the Domesday Book (circa 1086) it is referred to as "Stanwige" or "Stanwica". In 1137 it is referred to as "Stanwigga" in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and in 1668 as "Stanwigge" on the funeral monument to John Atkins, Lord of the Manor. The name approximately means stone dwellings, stone farm or stone village. In 1086 the manor of Stanwick was held by Peterborough Abbey but by 1284 there appear to have been two manors.
- In 1901 there were 901 persons living in 214 households
- In 1981 there were 1,343 persons living in 530 households
- In 2001 there were 1,924 persons living in 733 households
- In 2011 there were 2,183 persons living in 858 households
Stanwick has the largest village population in the district of East Northamptonshire. The village was a ward of Raunds Town Council until April 2000, when Stanwick Parish Council was established. It had originally been an independent parish, but was transferred from Thrapston Rural District to Raunds urban district in 1935.
The following buildings and structures are listed by English Heritage as of special architectural or historic interest.
- Raunds bowl barrow (Scheduled Monument) Prehistoric
- Church of St Laurence (Grade I) 13th century
- The Church of St Laurence was built circa 1224 on the site of an earlier church, of which virtually nothing remains. It dominates the local landscape and its octagonal tower and spire are considered an architectural beauty by residents and visitors. The weathercock is 157 feet above ground, and was given to the church in 1880 by the then landlord of the Duke of Wellington public house. (A separate Wikipedia article is being prepared about the Church of St Laurence.)
- Section of wall and attached churchyard cross socket (Grade II) 14th century
- 39 High Street (Grade II) 17th century
- Dovecote Close (Grade II) 17th century
- Manor House (Grade II) 17th century
- Stanwick Hall (Grade II*) 18th century
- The Old Rectory (Grade II*) 18th century
- Grange Farmhouse (Grade II) 18th century
The Old School Rooms were built in 1839 and although this building is not listed with English Heritage as of special architectural or historic interest, it remains of historical importance together with the remaining stone walls throughout the village
Between 1960 and 1990 the village lost three important buildings.
- Stanwick House was demolished following a fire.
- Hill House was demolished after it deteriorated structurally.
- Stanwick Water Mill was demolished as it was surplus to requirements and gravel extraction was about to start in the area.
Amenities and events
An annual fundraising event for St Laurence church is organised by The Friends of Stanwick Church (FoSC) and starts with The Teddy Bear Parachute Jump where children's brave Teddy bears wearing parachutes are dropped from the top of the church. A volunteer rescue team is on hand, should any bear get into difficulties!
The Stanwick Races Event is held annually on Easter Monday and consists of a 10km Road Race and a 2km Fun Run. It is organised by volunteers from the village and the surrounding area. It includes participants from a number of countries in addition to semi-professionals and amateurs from the local area.
In 2006, Stanwick Lakes opened. It is a country park on the outskirts of the village, managed by the Rockingham Forest Trust on behalf of East Northamptonshire District Council. It comprises 750 acres (304 hectares) of former gravel pits and is part of the larger River Nene Regional Park. Located in close proximity to the country park is a selection of fishing lakes.
In 2011 the Parish Council purchased 10 acres (4 hectares) of land, now called the "Parish Fields", at the eastern end of the village that, when fully developed, will include a pocket park, wildflower meadow, recreation area and allotments. A new Village Hall was built in the village near to the church, replacing the old "Shant" and former British Legion Hall.
In 2012 The Post Office moved across the High Street to the site of The Old School (established by a Trust Deed in 1839). In the refurbished building there is also an enlarged shop, a cafe and a bistro.
- East Northamptonshire District Council
- Office for National Statistics
- David S. Neal (1989). "The Stanwick Villa, Northants: An Interim Report on the Excavations of 1984–88". Britannia 20: 149–168. doi:10.2307/526160. JSTOR 526160.
- Stanwick Lakes
- Mural monument in the chancel of St Laurence Church
- Stanwick History
- Stanwick Parish Council
- Stanwick Primary School
- Touch of Eden
- Stanwick Pre-School Playgroup
- English Heritage
- St Laurence History
- Mrs J Cutmore, author of ‘Stanwick – A Retrospective Glance’
- The Friends of Stanwick Church
- Stanwick Races Group
- Stanwick Club
- River Nene Regional Park
- Stanwick Pocket Park
- Stanwick Village Hall
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