Welford, Northamptonshire

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Coordinates: 52°25′07″N 1°03′11″W / 52.4187°N 1.0530°W / 52.4187; -1.0530

Welford
Welford marina.JPG
Welford Marina
Welford is located in Northamptonshire
Welford
Welford
 Welford shown within Northamptonshire
Population 1,016 
OS grid reference SP6480
District Daventry
Shire county Northamptonshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Northampton
Postcode district NN6
Dialling code 01858
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Kettering
List of places
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England
Northamptonshire

Welford is a village and civil parish in England. It is located on the River Avon border between the counties of Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish's population was 1,016 people.[1]

Location[edit]

It is on the main A5199 road connecting Northampton and Leicester and, being halfway between the two, was formerly an important stagecoach stop. The A5199 is known as the 'Welford Road' for much of its length. It is close to the junction of the two major motor routes in England - the M1 motorway and the M6 motorway - and is 1½ miles north of Junction 1 of the A14, which connects that junction with the east of England.

Facilities[edit]

It is served by a short arm from the Grand Union Canal and has two marinas. The Jurassic Way long distance footpath passes through the village on a SW/NE axis; although it officially makes its way through the fields to the east of the village, many walkers prefer to walk along the High Street to make use of the village's facilities.

The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin

Welford still has a village shop and post office, a hairdresser, a primary school, a garage and two public houses.

There is a Church of England parish church, St Mary's, which according to Pevsner dating from c.13th century and with a north aisle and arcade of 1872 by Edmund Francis Law). There is also a URC (Congregational) chapel dated 1793.

Other amenities include a village hall, a sports field which is home to Welford Victoria F.C., a youth centre and a pocket park. There is also a spinney, which was a gravel quarry in the 19th century. To the North East of the village lie Welford Reservoir and Sulby Reservoir.

It is now administered as part of Daventry District having earlier been part of Oxendon Rural District (1894–1935) followed by Brixworth Rural District (1935–74).

In medieval times its Premonstratensian Abbey moved to Sulby some two miles to the east and Welford lost its market charter which was sold to West Haddon. There is clear evidence that Welford shrank considerably during the medieval period and it is notable that three of its neighbouring civil parishesElkington, Stanford-on-Avon and Sulby — are almost entirely depopulated.

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External links[edit]

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