Welford shown within Northamptonshire
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 parishes — Elkington, Stanford-on-Avon and Sulby — are almost entirely depopulated.
- Office for National Statistics: Welford CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 28 November 2009
Media related to Welford, Northamptonshire at Wikimedia Commons
- The Official Welford Victoria Football Club Website
- The new site for the village
- Official Welford Brazilian Clothing Brand