Ashton, North Northamptonshire

Coordinates: 52°28′55″N 0°26′51″W / 52.482°N 0.4476°W / 52.482; -0.4476
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The Village Green, Ashton
The Village Green at Ashton
Ashton is located in Northamptonshire
Location within Northamptonshire
Population219 (2011)
OS grid referenceSP7649
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPE8
Dialling code01832
AmbulanceEast Midlands
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52°28′55″N 0°26′51″W / 52.482°N 0.4476°W / 52.482; -0.4476

Ashton is a village and civil parish about ¾ mile east of Oundle in the east of the English county of Northamptonshire forming part of the unitary authority of North Northamptonshire. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 219.[1]


The villages name means 'ash-tree farm/settlement'.[2]

Commemorative stone on the wall of the Chapel

Ashton was re-built[3] in 1900 by the Rothschild family for estate workers. Since 1965 it has hosted the World Conker Championship traditionally on the second Sunday of October. This is now held in Southwick.

The village is the birthplace of Dame Miriam Rothschild a noted natural scientist and author.[4]

In 1952 George and Lillian Peach were murdered at their home in the village. The crime remains Northamptonshire's oldest unsolved murder case.[5]

Notable buildings[edit]

Ashton Wold was built in 1900 for the Honourable Charles Rothschild[3] (d. 1923, suicide). The architect was William Huckvale and the house is in the Tudor style.

Many of the cottages in the village date from 1900–01 and were designed by Huckvale. Two more cottages were added in 1945 in the same style; Pevsner[3] refers to Ashton as a model village. The cottages are Tudor style and thatched. Almost all of the buildings the village are Grade II or II* listed.

The Creed Chapel and adjacent school building date from 1705, the manor house from the 15th century.[3]

Chapel of St Mary Magdalene at Ashton
Brimstone Cottage, 10 The Green, Ashton
The Chequered Skipper pub at Ashton


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Key to English Place-names".
  3. ^ a b c d Pevsner, Nikolaus (1961). The Buildings of England – Northamptonshire. London and New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 94–5. ISBN 978-0-300-09632-3.
  4. ^ "Dame Miriam Rothschild". The Guardian Newspaper. 22 January 2005.
  5. ^ "Northamptonshire's oldest unsolved murder". The Northamptonshire Telegraph.

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