Ringstead, Northamptonshire

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Ringstead is located in Northamptonshire
Ringstead shown within Northamptonshire
Population 1,461 (2011 census)
OS grid reference SP9875
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Kettering
Postcode district NN14
Dialling code 01933
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°22′07″N 0°33′17″W / 52.3687°N 0.5547°W / 52.3687; -0.5547Coordinates: 52°22′07″N 0°33′17″W / 52.3687°N 0.5547°W / 52.3687; -0.5547

Ringstead is a small village and civil parish in Northamptonshire, England, forming part of the East Northamptonshire district. It is located approximately 15 miles north-east of Northampton. At the time of the 2011 census, the parish's population was 1,461 people.[1] The local primary school is situated next to St Mary's Church, which is host to the Ringstead Flower Festival.


Ringstead was the birthplace of:

According to tradition, the entrance to St Mary's churchyard has been haunted by the ghost of a village girl, Lydia Atley, who disappeared in 1850. What were thought to be her skeletal remains were unearthed in 1864 in a local orchard; the village butcher, Weekly Ball, was tried for Lydia's murder but acquitted because it proved impossible to conclusively identify the skeleton as that of the missing girl.[2]

During the 1980s, major sand and gravel excavations took place all around Ringstead leaving many man-made lakes and islands.

In 2007, Ringstead, Hargrave, Raunds and Stanwick were legally united as "The 4 Spires Benefice", with each village retaining its own church.[3]

Heritage assets[edit]

The following buildings and structures are listed by Historic England as of special architectural or historic interest.[4]


  • In 1801 there were 454 persons[5]
  • In 1831 there were 620 persons[5]
  • In 1841 there were 640 persons[5]
  • In 2011 there were 1,461 persons[6]



The village has a relatively successful sporting tradition in football. They have had a team representing the village for over 100 years since it was established in 1896. Ringstead Rangers includes a men's team, a men's reserve team, an under 17s, under 14s and an under 9s team. All the teams play their home matches at Ringstead Recreational Ground and their traditional strip colours consist of red and black. The teams have been known to sport various other strip colours, especially in their away strips, including orange, blue and pink.

Social club[edit]

Activities at the Village Social Club include pool; the team currently plays in Division 3 of the East Northamptonshire League. It also has a skittles team and facilities for darts, bingo and dominoes.

Water-related activities[edit]

The River Nene runs past the village in a series of locks. A National Lottery funded cycle, bridal and footpath track runs between Stanwick Lakes and Islip, the Nene Way running through the area all offering easy walking. Ringstead has a very large boating community and features over 250 river craft moored at Willy Watt Marina and Blackthorn Lake Marina.

Nature reserve[edit]

Kinewell Lake is a local nature reserve and part of the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Site of Special Scientific Interest, Ramsar wetland site of international importance and Special Protection Area under the European Communities Birds Directive.


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics: Ringstead CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 15 July 2015
  2. ^ Codd, Daniel. Mysterious Northamptonshire (2009). Breedon Books Publishing Company. p.28. ISBN 9781859836811.
  3. ^ "4 Spires Benefice". Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  4. ^ The National Heritage List for England (Historic England)
  5. ^ a b c William Whellan & Co. (1849). History, Gazetteer and Directory Northamptonshire. Whittaker & Co. p. 881. 
  6. ^ Office for National Statistics, Census 2011

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