East Haddon

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East Haddon
East Haddon is located in Northamptonshire
East Haddon
East Haddon
East Haddon shown within Northamptonshire
Population 643 (2011)
OS grid reference SP6668
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Northampton
Postcode district NN6
Dialling code 01604
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°18′38″N 1°01′34″W / 52.3106°N 1.0261°W / 52.3106; -1.0261Coordinates: 52°18′38″N 1°01′34″W / 52.3106°N 1.0261°W / 52.3106; -1.0261

East Haddon is a small village and civil parish in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire in England. The village is located eight miles from Northampton and is surrounded by the villages of Holdenby, Ravensthorpe and Long Buckby. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish's population was 651 people,[1] falling to 643 at the 2011 census.[2]


East Haddon has a primary school, a church, a village hall and historical items dotted around it such as the old hall, the village pump and the old chapel. East Haddon has one pub, the Red Lion.[3] The village is in the Guilsborough School catchment area,[4] which is now in the top 1,000 schools in the country and in the top 10 in the county.

It is also home to the Show Gardens of Haddonstone, a company formed and based in the village since 1971.[5] The gardens have been featured in books by gardening writers Peter Coates[6] and Timothy Mowl.[7] The show gardens are on the site of the company's head offices.[8] The gardens are maintained throughout the year and contain Garden Ornament and Cast Stone architecture products that Haddonstone sell.[8] The gardens are also open for the National Garden Scheme, and raised over £1,000 in May 2012.[9]

East Haddon's relatively small population of around 600 people maintains a tennis club, a gardening club, a couple of successful cricket teams and two book clubs. A popular bridge group meet in the village hall weekly and the village hall is the venue for regular quiz nights and celebratory events. The village running club has about 35 members[10] and has been affiliated since 2002.[11]

The East Haddon Players is one of many village drama groups in the area, but uniquely East Haddon's company write their own material from scratch each year. Stories are always based in the village and to one degree or another feature East Haddon history. The group was formed to celebrate the millennium, and following the performance of Timelines didn't want to give up. A book of village history was published at the same time.

Notable buildings[edit]

The Parish Church of Saint Mary[edit]

The oldest building in the village is the East Haddon Church. The church was built in the 12th century and restored in the 14th century. The village's bells were installed in 1621 and a fifth was added in 1731.[12] The first ever recorded peal on five bells was rung on New Year's Day 1756, lasting over three hours with 5,040 changes.[13]

East Haddon Hall[edit]

East Haddon Hall is a Grade I listed building[14] and was built in 1780 for the Sawbridge Family by John Wagstaff Fun, a builder from Daventry. It was built to a design by John Johnson of Leicester.[15]


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics: East Haddon CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 9 November 2009
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2911". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  3. ^ The Red Lion.
  4. ^ Guilsborough School
  5. ^ "Haddonstone Show Gardens". Trip Advisor. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Coates, Peter (1988). The House & Garden Book of English Garden. Devon: Webb & Bower. p. 160. ISBN 0-86350-195-8. 
  7. ^ Mowl, Timothy (2008). The Historic Gardens of England- Northamptonshire. Gloucestershire: Tempus Publishing. p. 192. ISBN 978-0-7524-4568-7. 
  8. ^ a b Brosnan, Anna. "Haddonstone gardens open for charity". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  9. ^ National Garden Scheme. "Haddonstone Show Gardens". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Team East Haddon
  11. ^ MCAA
  12. ^ East Haddon Parish Council. "Village History". Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Saint, David (19 July 2012). "Clan Dominated Village". Northampton Chronicle & Echo. p. 89. 
  14. ^ "East Haddon Hall, East Haddon". Details of the listing for the Hall. British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1998). Northamptonshire – The Buildings of England. Description of the East Haddon Hall and reference to builder and architect. Penguin Books. p. 198. ISBN 9780140710229.