Greens Norton

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Greens Norton
St Bartholomews church, Greens Norton (geograph 4141143).jpg
St Bartholomew's church, Greens Norton
Greens Norton is located in Northamptonshire
Greens Norton
Greens Norton
Location within Northamptonshire
Population1,587 (2001 Census)[1]
1,526 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSP6649
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTowcester
Postcode districtNN12
Dialling code01327
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°08′31″N 1°01′26″W / 52.142°N 1.024°W / 52.142; -1.024Coordinates: 52°08′31″N 1°01′26″W / 52.142°N 1.024°W / 52.142; -1.024

Greens Norton is a village in South Northamptonshire, England, just over 1 mile (1.6 km) from Towcester. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish's population was 1,587 people,[1] including Caswell and Duncote but the population reducing to 1,526 at the 2011 census.[2]


Located on Watling Street,[3] in medieval times the village was known a simply 'Norton' and was a royal domain of Edward the Confessor and later William the Conqueror. In the 14th century the whole village was sold to Sir Henry Greene for a total of 20 shillings, hence the name Greene's Norton, which today is reduced to just Greens Norton.


The grade I listed parish church is dedicated to St Bartholomew and is Saxon in origin.[4][5] Its tall spire, last rebuilt in 1957, is a landmark for miles around. The architect H. R. Gough rebuilt the chancel arch in 1882.[4] There are monuments and a brass to members of the Greene family.[4] The church is in the Diocese of Peterborough, and the Benefice of "Towcester with Caldecote and Easton Neston and Greens Norton and Bradden" (The Tove Benefice).[6][7]

There are 27 listed buildings in the parish,[8] all but the church being grade II listed. Other notable buildings include Bengall Manor and nearby farms built about 1840 by the Grafton Estate[4] at nearby Caswell and Field Burcote.


Greens Norton contains a pub, a post office, a primary school, and a doctors surgery. The village is the northern terminus of the Grafton Way footpath, and there is a Local Nature Reserve, Greens Norton Pocket Park. The village holds an annual village show, affiliated to the RHS, has a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, and produces a free bi-monthly village newsletter.


Although there was never a railway station at Greens Norton, there was once a junction here, where the lines of the Stratford and Midland Junction Railway from Towcester to Stratford, and Towcester to Banbury diverged. In 1910 however, the physical connection was removed, leaving two separate single lines running side by side from here into Towcester.


  1. ^ a b Office for National Statistics: Greens Norton CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 10 November 2009
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  3. ^ "History of Greens Norton in South Northamptonshire | Map and description". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Pevsner & Cherry, 1973, pp 239–240
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Bartholomew (1040874)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  6. ^ "St Bartolomew, Greens Norton". A church near you. Church of England. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  7. ^ "St Bartholomew, Greens Norton". Tove Benefice. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Advanced search". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 9 July 2016. Enter parish name to search

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