Place:Ashton by Bainton, Northamptonshire, England

NameAshton by Bainton
Coordinates52.631°N 0.369°W
Located inNorthamptonshire, England     ( - 1965)
Also located inCambridgeshire, England     (1965 - )
See alsoUfford, Northamptonshire, Englandparish of which it was part until 1866
Bainton, Northamptonshire, Englandparish into which it was absorbed in 1887
Barnack Rural, Soke of Peterborough, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Peterborough District, Cambridgeshire, Englandunitary authority of which it has been part since 1974

NOTE: There were three places named Ashton originally in Northamptonshire. Ashton by Bainton, in the northeast of the county, is now in Cambridgeshire (due to the link between the unitary authority of Peterborough with Cambridge). The other two are Ashton near Oundle now in the East Northamptonshire District and Ashton by Roade in the South Northamptonshire District.

Ashton by Bainton was historically a hamlet in the parish of Ufford, Northamptonshire. Whilst still part of Ufford it appears to have been treated as a civil parish for some purposes - notably the 1851 census. It formally became a civil parish in 1866, but did not last long, being abolished and absorbed into the neighbouring parish of Bainton (also anciently part of Ufford parish) in 1887.

The area was part of the Barnack Rural District in the Soke of Peterborough from 1894 until 1974 and, since 1974, in the unitary authority of Peterborough District in Cambridgeshire.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Ashton by Bainton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"ASHTON, a hamlet in Ufford parish, Northampton; 2½ miles W of Helpstone [railway] station, and 5 E by S of Stamford. Acres: 980. Real property: £1,069. Population: 115. Houses: 21. Ashton Wold is a resort of sportsmen."

Research Tips

  • If you are researching anyone whose lifetime preceded (or even mostly preceded) 1889 the places in which he or she lived are going to be in Northamptonshire rather than the Soke of Peterborough. The Soke of Peterborough was actually a section of Northamptonshire.
  • Original historical documents relating to the Soke of Peterborough are held by Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies at the County Record Office in Peterborough.
  • GENUKI does not provide webpages for the Soke of Peterborough and its provision for Northamptonshire is very limited.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages on Northamptonshire (including the Soke of Peterborough).
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from 1889 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions.
  • Map of Northamptonshire in 1900 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time shows the Soke of Peterborough (not labelled as such) in the top right hand corner.
  • Map of Northamptonshire divisions (including the Soke of Peterborough) in 1944 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time