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Kilsby Main Road
Kilsby is located in Northamptonshire
Location within Northamptonshire
Population1,221 (2001 Census)
OS grid referenceSP562712
Civil parish
  • Kilsby
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRUGBY
Postcode districtCV23
Dialling code01788
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°20′10″N 1°10′28″W / 52.336061°N 1.17435°W / 52.336061; -1.17435Coordinates: 52°20′10″N 1°10′28″W / 52.336061°N 1.17435°W / 52.336061; -1.17435

Kilsby is a village and civil parish in the Daventry district of Northamptonshire, England. It is situated a short distance south of the border with Warwickshire approximately five miles south-east of Rugby.

According to the 2001 census Kilsby had a population of 1,221, including Barby Nortoft but decreasing to 1,196 at the 2011 census.[1] The village has grown considerably since the 1960s, with several new housing developments and a degree of in-filling. Amenities include a primary school, two pubs and two churches - Church of England and URC, and a community owned village shop in the car park of one of the pubs.

Kilsby's name comes from Anglo-Saxon cildes + old Norse býr, literally meaning "child's dwelling", but "child" here probably means "young nobleman".[2] Its church, St Faith's, may originally have been the daughter chapel of the neighbouring parish of Barby.

The parish's eastern side is bounded by the old route of the Roman Watling Street, and the village itself is sited on the crossing of two former mediaeval drove-routes.[3] It gives its name to the Kilsby Tunnel on the West Coast Main Line. The tunnel measures 1 mile 666 yards (2,216 m). Between 1881 and 1960, the village used to have a railway station Kilsby and Crick station but this was on the Northampton Loop about a mile (1.5km) from the village.

One of the village's more unusual claims to fame is that the A361 road terminates here at a junction with the A5. The A361 runs to Ilfracombe in Devon making it the longest '3-digit' road in Britain.

"Kilsby Jones" is the name by which James Rhys Jones is usually known. He was a Welsh congregationalist minister and writer in Kilsby from 1840 to about 1850, when he moved to Birmingham.[4]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  2. ^ Kilsby History, Gren Hatton
  3. ^ Kilsby village website
  4. ^ Lee, Sidney, ed. (1892). "Jones, James Rhys" . Dictionary of National Biography. 30. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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