Welford, Northamptonshire

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Welford marina.JPG
Welford Marina
Welford is located in Northamptonshire
Location within Northamptonshire
Population1,043 (2011)
OS grid referenceSP6480
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNorthampton
Postcode districtNN6
Dialling code01858
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°25′01″N 1°03′29″W / 52.417°N 1.058°W / 52.417; -1.058Coordinates: 52°25′01″N 1°03′29″W / 52.417°N 1.058°W / 52.417; -1.058

Welford is a village and civil parish in England, on the River Avon border between Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. At the 2011 census, the population was 1,043.[1]


It is on the main A5199 road connecting Northampton and Leicester and, being halfway between the two, was an important stagecoach stop. The A5199 is known as the 'Welford Road' for much of its length. It is close to the junction of the two major motor routes in England - the M1 motorway and the M6 motorway - and is 1½ miles north of Junction 1 of the A14, which connects that junction with the east of England.


In medieval times its Premonstratensian Abbey moved to Sulby some two miles to the east and Welford lost its market charter which was sold to West Haddon. There is clear evidence that Welford shrank considerably during the medieval period and it is notable that three of its neighbouring civil parishesElkington, Stanford-on-Avon and Sulby — are almost entirely depopulated.

A silver cup dating from the sixteenth century that was found in the village is in the British Museum.[2]

The history of the parish has been the subject of two books:

  • Welford: Portrait of a Northamptonshire Village"[3]
  • Welford: The Legacy 1856 to 1980[4]

Notable buildings[edit]

The Historic England website contains a total of 38 entries for listed buildings in the parish of Welford.[5] These are all Grade II, apart from St Mary's Church, which is Grade II*. They include:


It is served by a short arm from the Grand Union Canal and has two marinas. The Jurassic Way long distance footpath passes through the village on a SW/NE axis; although it officially makes its way through the fields to the east of the village, many walkers prefer to walk along the High Street to make use of the village's facilities.

The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin

Welford has a village shop and post office, a hairdresser, a primary school, a garage, a coffee & gift shop and one public house, although technically this is in the neighbouring parish of Husbands Bosworth.

Other amenities include a village hall, a sports field which is home to Welford Victoria F.C., a youth centre and a pocket park. There is also a spinney which is near the park and was a gravel quarry in the 19th century. To the North East of the village lie Welford Reservoir and Sulby Reservoir.

It is now administered as part of Daventry District having earlier been part of Oxendon Rural District (1894–1935) followed by Brixworth Rural District (1935–74).


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  2. ^ British Museum Collection
  3. ^ Welford: Portrait of a Northamptonshire Village. Market Harborough: The Welford Village Appraisal Steering Group. 2000.
  4. ^ Crowther, Barry, ed. (2001). Welford: The Legacy 1856 to 1980. Market Harborough: Matador.
  5. ^ "Historic England – The List". Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Congregational Federation". Retrieved 30 September 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Welford, Northamptonshire at Wikimedia Commons