|OS grid reference|
|• London||85.5 miles (137.6 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Geddington is a village and civil parish on the A4300, previously A43, in north-east Northamptonshire between Kettering and Corby. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 1,503, virtually unchanged from 1,504 at the 2001 census.
The village contains what is thought to be the best surviving Eleanor cross. The monument dates from 1294, when the crosses were raised as a memorial by Edward I (1239–1307) to his late wife, Eleanor of Castile (1241–1290). There were originally 12 monuments, one in each resting place of the funeral procession as they travelled to Westminster Abbey. The Geddington cross is one of only three Eleanor crosses still standing; the other two being in Hardingstone (near Northampton) and Waltham Cross, although remnants and reconstructions of the lost ones can also be seen at other sites.
The village was also formerly home to a Royal hunting lodge which was used as a base by monarchs for hunting within the Royal forest of Rockingham. The building has subsequently been lost; however, the "King's Door" within the church of St Mary Magdalene, Geddington in the village remains – it was the entrance through which the King could enter the building while staying at the lodge.
The old main road runs through the village and crosses the River Ise by a spectacular mediaeval bridge. The bridge, built in 1250, has five arches and three pedestrian refuges. A more recent ford also runs alongside the bridge. The village is famous for its annual boxing day squirt in which a barrel attached to a rope across the river is squirted from one side of the ford to the other by competing fire crews from Geddington and Kettering.
Geddington has two public houses: The Star situated opposite the Eleanor cross and the White Hart situated in West Street. The former White Lion pub is now permanently closed. The village has no proper shop but retains a small post office/ newsagents in Queen Street open on a part time basis that also sells a few essential food items. The village has a hairdressing salon in Queen Street and a mobile fish and chip van that visits the village hall car park every Thursday. With the closure of the White Hart there is no longer a hotel in the village with the nearest hotels in Kettering and Corby.
Transportation problems remain the biggest threat to village life with most residents reliant on the car to get around. The village is not served by any Stagecoach bus services that all bypass the village but the village retains a limited Centrebus bus service (Number 8 bus) that runs from the village to the nearby towns of Kettering and Corby. Cancellation in July 2018 of key buses on this route that were timed to get people to and from work and school, coupled with very high fares (£3.50 for a 3.5 mile 10 minute journey to Kettering) mean that the bus service is no longer fit for purpose and consequently underused. The imminent cancellation of all bus services to the village seems inevitable. There is a partial cycle path from the village to the nearby town of Kettering but the cycle path is poorly designed and requires the cyclist to cross from one side of the road to the other on a blind bend on a very busy road in the village of Weekley. As such cycling remains an underused mode of transportation. The nearest mainline railway station is Kettering railway station, a distance of 4.1 miles from the village. Corby railway station is 5.1 miles from the village. A group of villagers set up the Let's Gedd Going Travel Group in late 2018 to clarify and find solutions to the transport issues. A 'Use it or Lose it' bus poster campaign has been organised and updates are posted on the group's facebook page www.facebook.com/letsgeddgoing. A village travel plan is being developed. The group is independent of, but liaising with, Geddington, Newton and Little Oakley Parish Council.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
- Office for National Statistics: Kettering (Non-Metropolitan District) Retrieved 9 November 2009
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Geddington.|
- Geddington Village website
- Bus service 8 links Geddington with Kettering and Corby
- A link to a short article with images describing the likely circumstances surrounding the transfer of Queen Eleanor's body to Westminster
- English Heritage page on Geddington's Cross
- Walking tour with pictures
- for Geddington