Warmington, Northamptonshire

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Warmington mill.jpg
Warmington Mill
Warmington is located in Northamptonshire
Location within Northamptonshire
Population939 (2011)
OS grid referenceTL075915
Civil parish
  • Warmington
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPE8
Dialling code01832
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°30′36″N 0°25′01″W / 52.510°N 0.417°W / 52.510; -0.417Coordinates: 52°30′36″N 0°25′01″W / 52.510°N 0.417°W / 52.510; -0.417

Warmington is a village and civil parish in North Northamptonshire, England with a population of 874 (as of the 2001 census),[1] increasing to 939 at the 2011 Census.[2]

The village's name means 'Farm/settlement which is connected with Wyrma'.[3]

It is 2½ miles east of the town of Oundle near the Cambridgeshire border and is 10 miles south west of the city of Peterborough. It has a large 13th-century church, and fine watermill, manor house and dovecote. Most of the houses, however, were built in the 1960s and 1970s. A large estate of private homes has been added since the turn of the millennium increasing the size of the village by around 30%. Warmington is a working, functional village with some impressive old stone buildings which are considered very attractive. The Nene Way footpath runs through the village and is well signposted.


Warmington has a small primary school that in 1980 had around 25 pupils in total but has since grown considerably over the years. There is a village shop and post office, a butcher's, a garage and a pub,[4] The Red Lion which is the site of the annual fireworks party for villagers and visitors and a village hall which hosts social events, groups and clubs for all ages. The nearest junior and secondary schools are in Oundle.

There was a village police constable in a designated police house up until the late 1980s. Patrols are now made intermittently via Oundle constabulary who provide a PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) and local residents are advised by their local Neighbourhood Watch members.

Warmington has an old water mill which functioned until the mid twentieth century, which was previously restored and used as a retail outlet for the ceramic tile company, Fired Earth. In the late 1990s a fire destroyed the roof and much of the timber work in the building.[5] Residents and visitors may walk from Warmington across the flood plains to Fotheringhay, a historic medieval village, and to the Fotheringhay castle site where Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed in 1587[6] and Richard III was born in 1452.[7] There is currently an application to extract gravel [8] from these historic flood plains and, whilst it is claimed that the footpath will remain in some form during the work with the plains restored following the work (10+years), the view will undoubtedly be altered forever.

In the village there are 28 listed buildings, including the Mill and the Dovecote.[9]

The farmers fields that encircle the village and give its rural feel, are now mostly owned by the Proby family in nearby Elton village - who are based at Elton Hall. As little ago as the 1960s there were as many as 6 local farmers resident in the village employing villagers including John and David Simpson, Don Cooke, and Messrs. Kirby, Northern and Horsefield.


The village can be accessed by a single carriageway main road, the A605, or winding country lanes leading from villages such as Morborne and Ashton via the steep 'Cooke's Hill named after the farmers there in the 1960s and previously known as Broadgate Hill.

The oldest part of Warmington village is thought to be an area named Eaglethorpe, a small hamlet adjacent to the River Nene.[10] A 1500-year-old skeleton was found during an archeological dig in Eaglethorpe during the completion of the A605 bypass in 2002.


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : East Northamptonshire Retrieved 2009-08-31
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Key to English Place-names".
  4. ^ "Warmington Services Pages". Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Places of Interest in Warmington - Warmington Mill". Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  6. ^ "More information about: Mary, Queen of Scots". Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  7. ^ "A Brief Biography and Introduction to Richard's Reputation". Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Current Applications East Northamptonshire". Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Listed Buildings in Warmington, Northamptonshire, England". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  10. ^ "History of Warmington - Before 425 - Pre-settlement times". Retrieved 22 August 2014.

External links[edit]