All Saints Church in the village
West Haddon shown within Northamptonshire
|Population||1,200 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||81 miles (130 km)|
|Civil parish||West Haddon|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||NN6 7|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
West Haddon is a village in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire, England about 11 miles (18 km) north-west of Northampton and 7 miles (11 km) east of Rugby and just off the A428 road which by-passes the village. The villages of West Haddon and Crick were by-passed by the A428 main road from Rugby to Northampton when the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) was built in 1996 near junction 18 of the M1 Motorway, 3 miles (4.8 km) miles west of the village.
The fields of West Haddon were the location for an enclosure riot in 1765. An advertisement was made in the county newspaper for a football game that was to be played in those fields. The football game was a means to assemble a mob which tore down fences and burned them, protesting against the laws that were then being enacted that allowed wealthy landowners to lay claim to land that was once public land. In the Year 2000, the West Haddon History Group published books pertaining to the history of the village, predominantly focusing on the 20th century. Two books were released. More information can be found on their site, http://westhaddonhistory.org/self-sufficiency-to-consumer-society.htm.
The parish church is dedicated to All Saints (Church of England) and is 13th century. The building next door known as "Brownstones" is the former rectory dated 1676. There is also a Baptist church. Also of note are some almshouses at the west end of the village and West Haddon Hall, late Georgian.
In 2003, a group of technology experts from the village and the village of Winwick grouped together to provide wireless internet for both villages, as British Telecom would not upgrade the local exchange to broadband internet. The system ran successfully until October 2004 when BT broadband was installed.
The village has many provisions for sport, with two large playing fields, used for men's football, at the north end of the village, a small children's play area, a tennis court, a pétanque area, a cricket pitch with pavilion and car park, and links to numerous countryside paths, such as the Jurassic Way. In the middle of the village there is a bowls lawn. West Haddon has many active sports clubs, such as the tennis club, several youth football teams, a cricket team, a bowls club a petanque club and a table tennis club.
West Haddon Bowls Club is known as a friendly village club with members of all ages and experience and abilities. Set in the heart of the village we welcome new members at any time.
The village's primary school is West Haddon Endowed Church of England Primary School. The current headteacher of the school is David Rosevear and the headteacher at the last OFSTED inspection in 2009 was Jamie Nairn. It had 161 children on roll at the time from West Haddon and some surrounding villages - Yelvertoft, Crick, East Haddon and Naseby. The school was rated "good" and stated: Pupils thoroughly enjoy attending this good school and achieve well. Their outstanding personal development is a tribute to the excellent pastoral care and support provided by all members of staff.
- Marcia Williams - Baroness Falkender of West Haddon, former Private Secretary to Harold Wilson, Prime Minister.
- Neeson, J M (1993). Commoners: Common Right, Enclosure and Social Change in England, 1700–1820. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 188–208. ISBN 0-521-56774-2.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (revision) (1961). The Buildings of England – Northamptonshire. London and New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 457. ISBN 978-0-300-09632-3.
- West Haddon Endowed Church of England Primary School
- West Haddon CofE Primary School - 2009 OFSTED report
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