Evenley

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Evenley
Evenley StGeorge south.JPG
St George's parish church
Evenley is located in Northamptonshire
Evenley
Evenley
Evenley shown within Northamptonshire
Population571 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSP5834
• London61 miles (98 km)
Civil parish
  • Evenley
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBrackley
Postcode districtNN13
Dialling code01280
PoliceNorthamptonshire
FireNorthamptonshire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
WebsiteEvenley Parish Council
List of places
UK
England
Northamptonshire
52°00′22″N 1°08′56″W / 52.006°N 1.149°W / 52.006; -1.149Coordinates: 52°00′22″N 1°08′56″W / 52.006°N 1.149°W / 52.006; -1.149

Evenley is a village and civil parish just over 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Brackley in South Northamptonshire, England. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 571.[1]

Geography[edit]

The parish is bounded by the River Great Ouse to the northeast, one of its tributaries to the northwest and on other sides by field boundaries. The parish's northeastern boundary is also part of the county boundary with Buckinghamshire. Its southeastern boundary is also part of the county boundary with Oxfordshire. The parish includes the site of the deserted medieval village of Astwick, about 1 mile (1.6 km) southwest of Evenley village.[2]

The A43 road passes through the western part of the parish and links the village with junction 10 of the M40 motorway 5 miles (8 km) to the south-west.

Manor[edit]

Evenley Manor House is a mid-17th-century building of three bays, built of ironstone and limestone.[3][4]

Evenley Hall[edit]

Evenley Hall is a Georgian building of five bays with Ionic columns.[3] It was built in about 1740 for Francis Bassett. It was much altered after being damaged by a fire in 1897. It was a children's home[5] run by the National Children's Home charity from 1941 until 2001.[citation needed]

Parish church[edit]

Evenley had a parish church by 1535, when the Augustinian Huntingdon Priory held the rectory.[6] Rowland Searchfield was rector in 1601.[citation needed]

The mediaeval building was replaced in 1864–65 by the present Church of England parish church of Saint George, designed by the Gothic Revival architect Henry Woodyer.[7] Monuments salvaged from the old church were re-set in the present building, including a more than life-size marble statue of the barrister and judge Sir Creswell Levinz (1627–1701).[3] It has lost its original setting,[8] which was an architectural background with cherubs at his feet.[3] The churchyard includes a large monument to the Pearne family that was erected before 1757.[3]

Three bells from the old building were also re-used. Henry I Bagley of Chacombe[9] cast the treble and fourth bells in 1632 and William Bagley cast the second bell in 1708.[10] George Mears and Company of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry[9] cast the third and tenor bells in 1865,[10] completing the present ring of five. St George's also has a Sanctus bell cast by an unidentified founder in about 1699.[10]

St George's parish is a member of the Benefice of Aynho and Croughton with Evenley and Farthinghoe and Hinton-in-the-Hedges with Steane.[11]

Amenities[edit]

Part of Evenley village green

The village has the 18th-century[12] Red Lion public house,[13] a village shop with post office, a village hall and a cricket club.[14]

The village green is roughly square and is in the centre of the village. Evenley Cricket Club plays its home games here and claims it is one of the best wickets in South Northamptonshire.[14] The parish war memorial is on the edge of the south side of the green.

Notable people[edit]

The brothers Professor William Levinz, (1625–98), Creswell Levinz (1627–1701) and Right Reverend Baptist Levinz (died 1693) were all born at Evenley. William became a doctor of medicine and Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford. Creswell became Attorney General. Baptist became Bishop of Sodor and Man.

References[edit]

War memorial on the village green
  1. ^ "Area: Evenley (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  2. ^ RCHME 1982, p. 49–53.
  3. ^ a b c d e Pevsner & Cherry 1973, p. 210.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Manor House  (Grade II) (1040501)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Evenley Hall  (Grade II) (1286561)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  6. ^ Page, Proby & Norris 1926, pp. 393–395.
  7. ^ Pevsner & Cherry 1973, p. 209.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Church of St George  (Grade II) (1040543)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  9. ^ a b Dovemaster (31 October 2012). "Bell Founders". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  10. ^ a b c Dawson, George (11 December 2006). "Evenley S George". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  11. ^ Archbishops' Council (2015). "Benefice of Aynho and Croughton with Evenley etc". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  12. ^ Historic England. "Red Lion Public House  (Grade II) (1040510)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  13. ^ The Red Lion
  14. ^ a b Evenley Cricket Club

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