Burton Latimer

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Burton Latimer
Burton Latimer Wind farm.jpg
Burton Wold Wind Farm
Burton Latimer is located in Northamptonshire
Burton Latimer
Burton Latimer
 Burton Latimer shown within Northamptonshire
Population 7,449 (2011 census)
OS grid reference SP901749
District Kettering
Shire county Northamptonshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NN15
Dialling code 01536
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Kettering
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Coordinates: 52°21′54″N 0°40′41″W / 52.365°N 0.678°W / 52.365; -0.678

Burton Latimer is a town in Northamptonshire, England, with a population in 2011 of 7,449.[1] It is just south of the junction of the A6 and A14 in the borough of Kettering.[2] The two-mile A6 bypass opened in October 1991.


Burton (Latimer) appears in 3 entries in Domesday Book [3]

❧ ENTRY 1 ❧ Tenant-in-chief and Lord in 1086: Guy of Raimbeaucourt. Households: 21 villagers. 18 smallholders. 1 slave. Ploughland: 14 ploughlands (tre). 3 lord's plough teams. 9 men's plough teams. Other resources: 3.0 lord's lands. Meadow 20 acres. Woodland 0.5 acres. 2 mills, value 0.8. Phillimore reference: 41,1

❧ ENTRY 2 ❧ Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Bishop Geoffrey of Coutances. Lord in 1086: Walkelin of Harrowden. Households: 9 villagers. 5 smallholders. 1 slave. 1 female slave. Ploughland: 5 ploughlands (land for). 2 lord's plough teams. 3.5 men's plough teams. Other resources: Meadow 15 acres. Phillimore reference: 4,9

❧ ENTRY 3 ❧ Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Bishop Geoffrey of Coutances. Lord in 1086 Richard Households: 3 villagers. 1 smallholder. 1 slave. Ploughland: 3 ploughlands (land for). 1 lord's plough teams. 1 men's plough teams. Other resources: Meadow 6 acres. Phillimore reference: 4,12

In the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042-1066), Earl Ralph, probably the Earl of Hereford, held 8½ hides of land, which constituted, until the first half of the 13th century the whole of the Manor of Burton, and paid the service due from 1.5 Knight's Fees.

In 1086 the manor was held directly from the king by Guy de Reinbuedcurt (Reimbeaucourt), whose youngest son, Richard, was the tenant under Henry I (1100-1135). Richard is said to have pledged the manor in payment of a gambling debt to the king, who then granted it to hold at pleasure, to Alan de Dinant, a Breton who defeated the champion of the King of France near Gizors.[4]

The town's name is derived from the le Latimer family who lived there in the 13th Century.[5] It grew in the 19th Century around the ironstone quarrying, clothing and footwear industries. A watermill used for grinding corn was converted and used at various times in the 19th century for the manufacture of silk, worsted and carpet-weaving, followed by its conversion to a steam mill to make chicory, mustard, animal foodstuffs and flour. The mill was acquired in the 1930s and became the home of Weetabix.

A notable building in the town is the parish church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, which was consecrated in 1147. It contains a number of mediaeval wall paintings, a 15th-century chancel screen and some memorial brasses. The oldest of the latter is located between the south arcade and chancel screen and features the coat of arms of the Boyville family; it was almost certainly placed there in the early 16th century to commemorate Richard Boyville, his wife Gresyll and their children.[6]

There was a railway station serving the town called Isham and Burton Latimer, but the station closed in 1950. Now the nearest railway station is at Kettering.

Modern day[edit]

Burton Latimer is the location of the first wind farm in Northamptonshire. Burton Wold Wind Farm, operated by Your Energy[7] has 10 turbines, producing enough electricity to power around 8,500 homes annually.[8] It is also home to the Weetabix food company, Shield aluminium, and several group undertakings[9] and a Wm Morrisons supermarket distribution centre, which are major local employers. Weetabix is also made in Corby.


Burton Latimer has a Non-League football team Burton Park Wanderers F.C. who play at Latimer Park.

Presently, their Manager is Spencey Newcombe, who also played for the club throughout his career.

In 2013, Kettering Town moved in with Burton Park Wanderers, and still are playing there.

Twin Cities[edit]

Burton Latimer has a town twinning agreement with:

Notable former and current residents[edit]


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