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Blatherwycke is located in Northamptonshire
Location within Northamptonshire
OS grid referenceSP9795
• London78 miles (126 km)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPeterborough
Postcode districtPE8
Dialling code01780
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
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52°32′55″N 0°33′49″W / 52.5486°N 0.5636°W / 52.5486; -0.5636Coordinates: 52°32′55″N 0°33′49″W / 52.5486°N 0.5636°W / 52.5486; -0.5636

Blatherwycke is a village and civil parish in the North Northamptonshire, England. It is about 6 miles (10 km) north-east of Corby. It is near Blatherwycke Lake, on the Willow Brook.


The population is grouped with the nearby village of Laxton for administrative purposes. The 2001 census reports the population total, with Laxton, as 160 (68 male, 98 female) of which 55 live in Blatherwycke.[1] At the 2011 census the population was included in the civil parish of Bulwick.


The name was recorded in the Domesday Book under "Blarewiche". It has several possible explanations including "bladder-plant specialised-farm", a form of the name "blackthorn" or "settlement where bladderwort grows".[2]

Blatherwyke Hall was built in 1720 by Thomas Ripley and the philanthropist Mary Jane Kinnaird was born there. The hall fell derelict and was demolished in 1948. A large stable building survives with the inscription "D, OB 1770" for Donatus O'Brien.[3]

Holy Trinity Church is Norman in origin. There is a monument to Sir Humphrey Stafford (d.1575) the builder of Kirby Hall and also Thomas Randolph (d.1635), the poet and dramatist commissioned by Sir Christopher Hatton.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

The village was immortalized in song by the comic Graham Fellows as John Shuttleworth.


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics - 2001 census data
  2. ^ Blatherwyke Estate website - includes images of the Hall demolished 1948 Archived 16 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus (1961). The Buildings of England – Northamptonshire. Revised by Cherry, Bridget. London and New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 107–8. ISBN 978-0-300-09632-3.

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