Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire

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Titchmarsh is located in Northamptonshire
Titchmarsh shown within Northamptonshire
Population 598 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference TL0279
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Kettering
Postcode district NN14
Dialling code 01832
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
Website Titchmarsh Village
List of places
52°24′14″N 0°29′42″W / 52.404°N 0.495°W / 52.404; -0.495Coordinates: 52°24′14″N 0°29′42″W / 52.404°N 0.495°W / 52.404; -0.495

Titchmarsh is a village and civil parish in East Northamptonshire, England. The 2001 census recorded a parish population of 543 people,[1] increasing to 598 at the 2011 Census.[2]


Titchmarsh "castle" was in fact a fortified manor house with a moat.[3] Sir John Lovel received a licence to crenellate it in 1304[4] but it was in ruins by 1363.[3]

The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary may originally have been 12th century, as a Norman doorway of that date survives in the chancel.[4] The doorway is not in its original position but has been re-set.[4] The north aisle and arcade are 13th century.[5] The ornate Perpendicular Gothic bell-tower is notable. Dr. F.J. Allen, who was an authority on the notable late medieval Somerset towers, described St. Mary's tower as "the finest parish church tower in England outside Somerset".[5] Many of St. Mary's church windows are also Perpendicular Gothic; with three, four of five lights.[5]

As a boy the poet John Dryden lived here and probably received his first education.[citation needed] There is a monument to him in St. Mary's parish church.[4]

Brookside Farmhouse was built in 1628 and enlarged in the 18th century. It is believed to be the family home of the Drydens.[3] The Pickering almshouses were built in 1756.[3]


One hundred years ago the village had two public houses: the Dog and Partridge[6] and the Wheatsheaf.[7] The Dog and Partridge has been converted into a residential property. A shop was officially opened on 21 September 2007 by television presenter Alan Titchmarsh.[8] The village has a primary school.[9] Children from the parish travel to Oundle for secondary education.


  1. ^ "Titchmarsh CP: Parish headcounts". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Pevsner & Cherry 1973, p. 433.
  4. ^ a b c d Page 1930, pp. 142–149.
  5. ^ a b c Pevsner & Cherry 1973, p. 432.
  6. ^ The Dog and Partridge
  7. ^ The Wheatsheaf
  8. ^ Sullivan, Ted (24 September 2007). "When Titchmarsh came to Titchmarsh". Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Titchmarsh Primary School". Retrieved 25 November 2009. 

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