Whittlebury

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Whittlebury
Whittlebury is located in Northamptonshire
Whittlebury
Whittlebury
 Whittlebury shown within Northamptonshire
Population 586 
OS grid reference SP6943
District South Northamptonshire
Shire county Northamptonshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Towcester
Postcode district NN12
Dialling code 01327
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Daventry
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Coordinates: 52°05′08″N 0°59′14″W / 52.0855°N 0.9871°W / 52.0855; -0.9871

Whittlebury is a village and civil parish in the south of the English county of Northamptonshire close to its border with Buckinghamshire. It is due south of the town of Towcester to which it is connected by main roads. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish's population was 586 people.[1]

Pub in Whittlebury

Little is known of Whittlebury's pre-historic past. However, in May 2000, an Iron Age hillfort was discovered in the vicinity of St Mary's church and churchyard. Archaeology also reveals evidence of Roman, Anglo-Saxon and medieval occupation of Whittlebury; the latter period documented in historical records. Most famously it was witness to the visit of Kate the Great, a baroness in the early 17th century.

Throughout the Middle Ages and up until the early 19th Century Whittlebury's development was interlinked with the Whittlewood Forest of which it was a part and the Honour of Grafton. In 1855, the 5th Duke of Grafton sold land in Whittlebury and Silverstone to the 3rd Baron Southampton who developed Whittlebury Lodge. [2]

Whittlebury was very much a 'gentry village' and hunting was a significant activity. The village was associated with the Grafton Hunt, the Duke of Grafton having a seat at nearby Wakefield Lodge. Nearby Sholebroke Lodge was built as the residence of the Deputy Ranger of Whittlewood Forest.

In the 18th Century John Wesley was a regular visitor to Whittlebury, describing the village in 1781 as, "This is still the loveliest congregation as well as the liveliest society in the circuit."

Today Whittlebury has a large hotel, 'Whittlebury Hall', a golf course and country park, called Whittlebury Park, adjacent to Silverstone Circuit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Office for National Statistics: Whittlebury CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 30 November 2009
  2. ^ Philip Riden, Charles Insley (Editors) (2002). "The Honor of Grafton and Wakefield Lodge Estate". A History of the County of Northampton: Volume 5: The Hundred of Cleley. Institute of Historical Research. 

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