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The Griffin Inn, Pitsford.jpg
The Griffin Inn, Pitsford
Pitsford is located in Northamptonshire
Location within Northamptonshire
Population671 (2011)
OS grid referenceSP7568
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNorthampton
Postcode districtNN6
Dialling code01604
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°18′23″N 0°53′34″W / 52.3064°N 0.8927°W / 52.3064; -0.8927Coordinates: 52°18′23″N 0°53′34″W / 52.3064°N 0.8927°W / 52.3064; -0.8927

Pitsford is a village and civil parish in the Daventry District of the non-metropolitan county of Northamptonshire in the United Kingdom. According to 2001 census, the parish's population was 636 people,[1] increasing to 671 at the 2011 census.[2]

Pitsford Water, which is used for fishing and sailing as well as storing water for the local area,[3] is north-west of the village, but only part of it lies within the parish.[4] Pitsford Airstrip is at Moulton Grange Farm.

Notable buildings[edit]

The Historic England website contains details of a total of 15 entries for listed buildings in the parish of Pitseford, all of which are Grade II except for All Saints’ Church which is Grade II*.[5] These include:

  • All Saints' Church, Church Lane. The church has a Norman doorway. The other parts are later. the Church was restored and the chancel rebuilt in 1867.[6]
  • Griffin Inn, High Street
  • Pitsford Hall, Moulton Road, which is now used by Pitsford School. The Hall was originally built before 1785 to the design of John Johnson who also designed Kingsthorpe Hall and the County (or City) Rooms in Leicester. Pitsford Hall has been altered since 1945.[6][7][8]


Ironstone is quarried at Pitsford and was formerly transported by rail; the railway line is now part of the preserved Northampton & Lamport Railway which has its headquarters at Pitsford and Brampton railway station. From 1925 to 1965 the quarrying was to obtain iron ore. It began to the south of the road from the A508 to Pitsford and Brampton Station and worked its way eastward to the A508. From 1959 the quarry was on the east side of the A508. The stone was transported to the main railway by a standard gauge branch operated by steam locomotives. From 1925 to 1939 gannister was also obtained and this was taken from the western part of the quarry to the standard gauge branch by a short 2 foot gauge tramway with its own steam locomotive. The quarry to the west of the main road was smoothed over as was the route of the branch railway but the quarry to the east of the A508 was later reopened for the obtaining of stone for road building, the stone being taken away by lorry. Steam quarrying machines were used at first but diesel machines were introduced from 1927 onwards. The steam machines were scrapped in 1958. Electric machines were also used from 1955.[9]

20,000 trees have been planted on the later quarried area since 2002.[10]

Notable inhabitants[edit]

  • Judy Carne lived here from the late 1980s until her death in 2015.
  • Bishop John Skinner (Bishop of Bristol, Oxford and Worcester) was born in the village on 10 February 1591
  • Henry Watkin was born in the village in 1824.


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics: Pitsford CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 16 November 2009
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighborough Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  3. ^ Anglian Water: Pitsford Water Park. Retrieved 16 November 2009
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 mapping
  5. ^ "Historic England – The List". Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  6. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus (1973). Cherry, Bridget (ed.). Northamptonshire. Buildings of England (2nd ed.). London: Penguin. p. 374. ISBN 0-14-0710-22-1.
  7. ^ Pevsner op cit page 340
  8. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1984). Williamson, Elizabeth (ed.). Leicestershire and Rutland. Buildings of England. London: Penguin. p. 222. ISBN 0-14-071018-3.
  9. ^ Tonks, Eric (1992). The Ironstone Quarries of the Midlands Part 9: Leicestershire. Cheltenham: Runpast Publishing. p. 154-166. ISBN 1-870-754-085.
  10. ^ "Pitsford Quarry Community Wood". Woodland Trust. Retrieved 15 August 2017.

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