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Spratton is a village and civil parish in the English county of Northamptonshire. The local government authority is Daventry District Council. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish's population was 1,099 people, increasing to 1,150 at the 2011 Census. Spratton is 7.1 miles north of Northampton, 6.5 miles from Long Buckby and 11.4 miles from Daventry. The village is situated on the A5199 road.
The parish church of Spratton is dedicated to St Andrew and stands on Brixworth Road. Parts of the west wall of the church date from the Norman period, along with one of the windows in the church tower. The ecclesiastical parish is part of the diocese of Peterborough. The church, built from ironstone, stands on high ground in the centre of the village and has a tower with a spire. The chancel is 29 feet long by 15 feet wide. The earliest church built on the site dated from 1120, but it has been altered and remodelled considerably over the centuries. The interior of the church was restored in 1847 by Sir George Gilbert Scott, and the north porch rebuilt. The spire was taken down nearly to the base in 1870 and rebuilt. The great great grandmother of George Washington was baptised in the church, there is a plaque saying this in the church.
Spratton Hall School
Spratton Hall is a Grade II listed building. The hall was built in the late 18th century. The hall is now used as an independent co-educational school called Spratton Hall School and was founded by K.C. Hunter and his wife Joan in 1951. There are currently over 400 pupils at the school aged 4–13 years old. Spratton Hall, the largest house in the village, is a Grade II listed building with grounds extending to 50 acres. The house was probably built in 1760 on the site of an earlier farmhouse. Constructed primarily with limestone from Kingsthorpe, it is a plain three-storey structure with a slate roof. Actor Tenniel Evans taught English and drama there for a short time in the early 1950s before returning to theatre. English international rugby union player Matt Dawson was a gap student at Spratton Hall from 1996 to 1997. Michael Ellis MP was educated there. Harry Mallinder (rugby union player) first played rugby there.
Spratton used to host a folk music festival in July every year but stopped because they lost money 2 years in a row. Bands that have appeared include Capercaillie, Show of Hands, Oysterband and Peatbog Faeries. In addition to the music, there were craft stalls, food, children's entertainment and a bar serving real ales and ciders.
- The Victorian cricketer Charles Studd was born in the village in 1860
- Amphillis Twigden, the great-great grandmother of George Washington, first President of the United States, was born in the parish of Spratton at Little Creaton; she was baptised in Spratton Church on 2 February 1602
- Northampton Saints players who have resided the village include Rugby World Cup winners Ben Cohen and Matt Dawson.
- Former England cricketer Devon Malcolm lives in the village
- The suffragette Emily Davison was working as a live-in governess to the Moorhouse family at The Grange, Spratton, at the time of the 1901 census
- 223 Explorer Map - Northampton and Market Harborough. Sheet map which includes the village of Spratton and its environs. Ordnance Survey. January 2006.
- Office for National Statistics: Spratton CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 21 November 2009
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus (1998). Northamptonshire – The Buildings of England. Description of the Saint Andrews Parish Church, Spratton. Penguin Books. p. 406. ISBN 9780140710229.
- "Spratton Hall, Spratton". Details of the listing for Spratton Hall. British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus (1998). Northamptonshire – The Buildings of England. Description of the Spratton Hall and reference to build date. Penguin Books. p. 407. ISBN 9780140710229.
- Sauls Of Spratton Ltd
- Spratton Folk Festival
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