Loddington, Northamptonshire

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St Leonard's parish church,
seen from the southwest
Loddington is located in Northamptonshire
Location within Northamptonshire
Population520 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSP8178
Civil parish
  • Loddington
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKettering
Postcode districtNN14
Dialling code01536
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°23′55″N 0°48′13″W / 52.3985°N 0.8036°W / 52.3985; -0.8036Coordinates: 52°23′55″N 0°48′13″W / 52.3985°N 0.8036°W / 52.3985; -0.8036

Loddington is a village and civil parish about 3 miles (5 km) west of Kettering, Northamptonshire, England.

The 2001 Census recorded a parish population of 477 people including the neighbouring parish of Orton.[1] The 2011 Census recorded the parish population as 520 people.[2]


The Domesday Book of 1086 records the toponym as Lodintone, meaning the enclosure, estate or homestead of Luda's people. Later spellings include Ludinton in 1199 and Lodinton in 1220.[3]

The manor of Loddington was held in turn by the De Baud, Kynnesman, Syers, and Allicock families before being acquired by Lord Overstone.[when?]

Loddington Hall is the manor house. It was built in about 1290–1300 for Robert de Baud, then in charge of Royal works at Geddington, who had been High Sheriff of Northamptonshire 1280–88. It was remodelled for the Syers family about 1615 and passed in 1660 to the Kynnesman family. A large north wing was added in 1893.[4] It is a Grade II* listed building.[5]

In the 1900s the house was used as a school and a training centre. It has since been converted into flats.

Parish church[edit]

The oldest parts of the Church of England parish church of St Leonard are 13th-century and include the west tower, south aisle and chapel. The present chancel was built about 1300. The church has alterations and additions from the 14th century and 1578, including a clerestory for the nave. The building was restored in 1859 under the direction of the Gothic Revival architect Ewan Christian.[6] It is a Grade II* listed building.[7]

The west tower has a broach spire. The tower belfry has three bells, all cast in 1803 by Robert Taylor of Loughborough, Leicestershire.[8]


Loddington is situated on the ironstone beds that run through Northamptonshire, and these were worked commercially up until the early 1960s by the Loddington Iron Ore Company. A 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) gauge tramway connected the ironstone pits to the nearby standard gauge line from Kettering to Cransley. In 1958, the tramway was converted to standard gauge and worked as a branch from Cransley to Loddington.[9]


Loddington has a pub, The Hare.[10]


  1. ^ "Loddington CP: Parish headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Area: Loddington (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  3. ^ Ekwall 1960, Loddington
  4. ^ Pevsner & Cherry 1973, p. 296.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Loddington Hall  (Grade II*) (1213737)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  6. ^ Pevsner & Cherry 1973, p. 295.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Leonard  (Grade II*) (1288918)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  8. ^ Baldwin, John (9 November 2016). "Loddington S Leonard". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  9. ^ Leleux, Sydney A. (June 1976). "Ironstone Narrow Gauge". Industrial Railway Record. Industrial Railway Society. 50: 37-46.
  10. ^ The Hare at Loddington


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