Broughton, Northamptonshire

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Broughton is located in Northamptonshire
 Broughton shown within Northamptonshire
Population 2,208 (2011 census)
OS grid reference SP8375
District Kettering (borough)
Shire county Northamptonshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Kettering
Postcode district NN14
Dialling code 01536
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Kettering
List of places

Coordinates: 52°22′16″N 0°46′30″W / 52.3712°N 0.7750°W / 52.3712; -0.7750

Broughton is a large village and civil parish in the borough of Kettering, in Northamptonshire, England, with a population at the 2011 census of 2,208 people.[1] The village is located around 2 miles (3 km) south-west of Kettering, next to the A43 road (it was bypassed in 1984).

The brooch spire of Broughton church

Broughton has a long history, being referred to as "Burtone" in the Domesday Book. The church (St. Andrew), which is mostly early 14th century, incorporates part of a (12th century) Norman aisleless church at the south-west angle, including the south doorway with colonettes, scallop capitals and zigzags. The village has some notable Jacobean houses.[2]

An ancient ritual, which still exists in the village, is that of the "Tin Can Band". It is held annually in mid-December, when, at midnight, a group of people walk around the village making as much noise as possible by banging on tin-cans (anything from cans to pots and pans and metal dustbins),[3] either to scare away evil spirits just before Christmas, or (less charitably) to drive out gypsies. Nowadays it's quite good-natured, but in the past there have been riotous scenes, especially in years when the authorities tried to prevent it happening.[4]

Broughton currently has one pub, The Red Lion, it used to also have The Sun but was closed down, a protest to keep the pub running was fought for via driving a tank to the Kettering council but no appeal has been won. It also has three shops, and used to have a post office, which is now part of one of the shops. Many years ago, it had a cinema, five bakers, 7 pubs, 6 shops, a petrol station, and a butcher.


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics: Broughton CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 15th July 2015
  2. ^ N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England - Northamptonshire 2nd edition, revised by Bridget Cherry (Harmondsworth 1973), pp. 128-29.
  3. ^ John Kirpatrick, Sleeve notes for Wassail! A Traditional Celebration of an English Midwinter, John Kirpatrick et al., Fellside Records, FECD125 (1997).
  4. ^ Dorothy A. Grimes, Like Dew Before the Sun – Life and Language in Northamptonshire (Privately published, Stanley L Hunt (printers), Rushden, 1991), pp. 6–8. ISBN 0-9518496-0-3/

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