Place:Northamptonshire, England


NameNorthamptonshire
Alt namesN'hantssource: Wikipedia
Nhantssource: BIAB Online (1999-2000) accessed 16 Dec 2002; UK Counties and Regions Abbreviations [web site] (1997-98) accessed 16 Dec 2002
Northantssource: Wikipedia
Northntssource: Gazetteer of Great Britain (1999) xviii
NTHsource: Curious Fox: UK Counties and Shires [online] (2002). accessed 16 Dec 2002
Northamptonsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeHistoric county, Administrative county, Modern county
Coordinates52.333°N 0.917°W
Located inEngland
Contained Places
Administrative county
Soke of Peterborough ( 1889 - 1965 )
Ancient parish
Abington
Alderton ( - 1935 )
Apethorpe
Arthingworth
Ashley
Aston le Walls
Aynho
Barford
Barnack ( 1011 - 1965 )
Barnwell All Saints ( - 1935 )
Barnwell St. Andrew ( - 1935 )
Barton Seagrave ( - 1935 )
Benefield
Blakesley
Blisworth
Boughton
Bozeat
Bradden
Brafield on the Green
Brampton Ash
Braybrooke
Brigstock
Brington
Brixworth
Brockhall
Broughton
Bugbrooke
Bulwick
Burton Latimer
Byfield
Canons Ashby
Castle Ashby
Castor ( - 1965 )
Chalcombe
Chipping Warden
Church Brampton
Clipston
Clopton
Cogenhoe
Cold Higham
Collingtree
Collyweston
Corby
Cosgrove
Cotterstock
Cottesbrooke
Cottingham
Courteenhall
Cransley
Crick
Croughton
Culworth
Dallington ( - 1932 )
Daventry
Deanshanger ( - 1951 )
Deene
Denford
Desborough
Draughton
Duston
Earls Barton
East Farndon
East Haddon
Easton Maudit
Easton Neston
Easton on the Hill
Ecton
Edgcote
Elkington
Etton ( - 1965 )
Evenley
Eydon
Eye ( - 1965 )
Farthinghoe
Finedon
Flore
Fotheringhay
Furtho ( - 1951 )
Gayton
Geddington
Glendon ( - 1935 )
Grafton Regis
Grafton Underwood
Great Addington
Great Billing ( - 1935 )
Great Creaton
Great Doddington
Great Harrowden
Great Houghton
Great Oakley ( - 1935 )
Great Oxendon
Great Weldon ( - 1935 )
Greatworth
Greens Norton
Grendon
Gretton
Guilsborough
Hannington
Hardwick
Hargrave
Harlestone
Harpole
Harrington
Harringworth
Haselbech
Helmdon
Helpston ( - 1965 )
Hemington
Higham Ferrers
Hinton in the Hedges
Holcot
Holdenby
Horton ( - 1935 )
Irchester
Irthlingborough
Isham
Islip
Kettering
King's Sutton
Kings Cliffe
Kingsthorpe
Kislingbury
Lamport
Laxton
Lilbourne
Lilford cum Wigsthorpe
Little Addington
Little Billing ( - 1935 )
Little Bowden ( - 1888 )
Little Houghton
Little Oakley ( - 1935 )
Loddington
Long Buckby
Longthorpe ( - 1965 )
Lower Boddington ( - 1935 )
Lowick
Lutton
Maidford
Maidwell
Marston St. Lawrence
Marston Trussell
Maxey ( - 1965 )
Mears Ashby
Middleton Cheney
Milton Malsor
Morton Pinkney
Moulton
Naseby
Nassington
Nether Heyford
Newborough ( - 1965 )
Newbottle
Newton Bromswold
Northborough ( - 1965 )
Old
Orlingbury
Oundle
Overstone
Paston ( - 1965 )
Pattishall
Paulerspury
Peakirk ( - 1965 )
Pilton
Pitsford
Plumpton ( - 1935 )
Polebrook
Potterspury
Preston Deanery ( - 1935 )
Pytchley
Quinton
Radstone
Raunds
Ravensthorpe
Ringstead
Roade
Rothersthorpe
Rothwell
Rushden
Rushton
Scaldwell
Sibbertoft
Slapton
Slipton ( - 1935 )
Southwick
Spratton
Stanford
Stanwick
Steane ( - 1935 )
Stoke Albany
Stoke Bruerne
Stoke Doyle
Strixton
Stuchbury
Sudborough
Sulgrave
Syresham
Sywell
Tansor
Thenford
Thornby
Thornhaugh ( - 1965 )
Thorpe Achurch
Thorpe Malsor
Thorpe Mandeville
Thrapston
Thurning
Tiffield
Titchmarsh
Towcester
Twywell
Ufford ( - 1965 )
Upper Boddington ( - 1935 )
Wadenhoe
Walgrave
Wansford ( - 1965 )
Wappenham
Warkton
Warmington
Watford
Weedon Lois
Weekley
Welford
Wellingborough
West Haddon
Weston Favell
Weston by Welland
Weston ( - 1935 )
Whilton
Whiston ( - 1935 )
Whitfield
Wicken
Wilbarston
Wilby
Wittering ( - 1965 )
Wollaston
Woodford cum Membris
Woodford
Wootton
Yardley Hastings
Yelvertoft
Borough (county)
Northampton ( 500 - )
Peterborough ( - 1965 )
Borough (municipal)
Brackley
Daventry
Higham Ferrers
Kettering
Cathedral city
Peterborough ( - 1965 )
Chapelry
Adstone
Ashton by Roade
Bainton ( - 1965 )
Barford
Chapel Brampton
Chelveston cum Caldecot
Denton
Duddington
East Carlton
Faxton ( - 1935 )
Glapthorn
Glinton ( - 1965 )
Hartwell
Hellidon
Kelmarsh
Market Harborough ( 1894 - 1896 )
Newnham
Newton
Orton
Piddington ( - 1935 )
Shutlanger
Stanion
Sutton Bassett
Sutton ( - 1965 )
Upton (near Castor) ( - 1965 )
Upton (near Northampton)
Warkworth
Welton
Whittlebury
Woodnewton
Yardley Gobion
Yarwell
Civil parish
Abington
Abthorpe
Adstone
Ailsworth ( - 1965 )
Alderton ( - 1935 )
Aldwincle
Althorp
Apethorpe
Appletree ( - 1935 )
Armston
Arthingworth
Ashby St. Ledgers
Ashley
Ashton by Bainton ( - 1887 )
Ashton by Roade
Ashton near Oundle
Aston le Walls
Astwell and Falcott ( - 1935 )
Aynho
Badby
Bainton ( - 1965 )
Barby
Barford
Barnack ( 1011 - 1965 )
Barnwell All Saints ( - 1935 )
Barnwell St. Andrew ( - 1935 )
Barton Seagrave ( - 1935 )
Beanfield Lawns ( - 1935 )
Benefield
Billing ( 1935 - )
Blakesley
Blatherwycke
Blisworth
Boddington ( 1935 - )
Borough Fen ( - 1965 )
Boughton
Bozeat
Brackley
Bradden
Brafield on the Green
Brampton Ash
Braunston
Braybrooke
Brigstock
Brington
Brixworth
Brockhall
Broughton
Bugbrooke
Bulwick
Burton Latimer
Byfield
Canons Ashby
Castle Ashby
Castor ( - 1965 )
Catesby
Chalcombe
Chapel Brampton
Charwelton
Chelveston cum Caldecot
Chipping Warden
Church Brampton
Clay Coton
Clipston
Clopton
Cogenhoe
Cold Ashby
Cold Higham
Collingtree
Collyweston
Corby
Cosgrove
Coton ( - 1935 )
Cotterstock
Cottesbrooke
Cottingham
Courteenhall
Cranford
Cransley
Crick
Croughton
Culworth
Dallington St. James ( 1895 - 1913 )
Dallington ( - 1932 )
Daventry
Deanshanger ( - 1951 )
Deene
Deenethorpe ( - 1866 )
Deeping Gate ( - 1965 )
Denford
Denton
Desborough
Dingley
Dodford
Draughton
Duddington
Duston St. James
Duston
Earls Barton
East Carlton
East Farndon
East Haddon
Easton Maudit
Easton Neston
Easton on the Hill
Ecton
Edgcote
Elkington
Etton ( - 1965 )
Evenley
Everdon
Eydon
Eye ( - 1965 )
Farndish ( 1884 - )
Farthinghoe
Farthingstone
Fawsley
Faxton ( - 1935 )
Finedon
Fineshade
Flore
Fotheringhay
Furtho ( - 1951 )
Gayton
Geddington
Glapthorn
Glendon ( - 1935 )
Glinton ( - 1965 )
Grafton Regis
Grafton Underwood
Great Addington
Great Billing ( - 1935 )
Great Creaton
Great Doddington
Great Harrowden
Great Houghton
Great Oakley ( - 1935 )
Great Oxendon
Great Weldon ( - 1935 )
Greatworth
Greens Norton
Grendon
Gretton
Guilsborough
Hackleton
Hanging Houghton ( - 1935 )
Hannington
Hardingstone
Hardwick
Hargrave
Harlestone
Harpole
Harrington
Harringworth
Hartwell
Haselbech
Hellidon
Helmdon
Helpston ( - 1965 )
Hemington
Higham Ferrers
Higham Park ( - 1935 )
Hinton in the Hedges
Holcot
Holdenby
Hollowell
Horton ( - 1935 )
Hothorpe ( - 1935 )
Irchester
Irthlingborough
Isham
Islip
Kelmarsh
Kettering
Kilsby
King's Sutton with Newbottle ( 1885 - 1896 )
King's Sutton
Kings Cliffe
Kingsthorpe
Kislingbury
Lamport
Laxton
Lilbourne
Lilford cum Wigsthorpe
Litchborough
Little Addington
Little Billing ( - 1935 )
Little Bowden ( - 1888 )
Little Harrowden
Little Houghton
Little Oakley ( - 1935 )
Little Weldon ( - 1935 )
Loddington
Long Buckby
Longthorpe ( - 1965 )
Lower Boddington ( - 1935 )
Lowick
Luddington
Lutton
Maidford
Maidwell
Marholm ( - 1965 )
Market Harborough ( 1894 - 1896 )
Marston St. Lawrence
Marston Trussell
Mawsley ( - 1935 )
Maxey ( - 1965 )
Mears Ashby
Middleton Cheney
Middleton
Milton Malsor
Morton Pinkney
Moulton Park
Moulton
Naseby
Nassington
Nether Heyford
Newborough ( - 1965 )
Newbottle
Newnham
Newton Bromswold
Newton
Northampton All Saints ( - 1909 )
Northampton Priory of St. Andrew ( - 1909 )
Northampton St. Giles ( - 1909 )
Northampton St. Peter ( - 1909 )
Northampton St. Sepulchre ( - 1909 )
Northborough ( - 1965 )
Norton
Oakley ( 1935 - 1967 )
Old Stratford ( 1951 - )
Old
Orlingbury
Orton
Oundle
Overstone
Paston ( - 1965 )
Pattishall
Paulerspury
Peakirk ( - 1965 )
Peterborough Without ( - 1929 )
Piddington ( - 1935 )
Pilton
Pitsford
Plumpton ( - 1935 )
Polebrook
Potterspury
Preston Capes
Preston Deanery ( - 1935 )
Pytchley
Quinton
Radstone
Raunds
Ravensthorpe
Ringstead
Roade
Rockingham
Rothersthorpe
Rothwell
Rushden
Rushton
Scaldwell
Shutlanger
Sibbertoft
Silverstone
Slapton
Slipton ( - 1935 )
Southwick
Spratton
Stamford Baron St. Martin's Without ( - 1965 )
Stanford
Stanion
Stanwick
Staverton
Steane ( - 1935 )
Stoke Albany
Stoke Bruerne
Stoke Doyle
Stoneton ( - 1894 )
Stowe Nine Churches
Strixton
Stuchbury
Sudborough
Sulby
Sulgrave
Sutton Bassett
Sutton ( - 1965 )
Syresham
Sywell
Tansor
Teeton ( - 1935 )
Thenford
Thornby
Thornhaugh ( - 1965 )
Thorpe Achurch
Thorpe Lubenham ( - 1935 )
Thorpe Malsor
Thorpe Mandeville
Thorpe by Water ( - 1885 )
Thrapston
Thurning
Tiffield
Titchmarsh
Towcester
Twywell
Ufford ( - 1965 )
Upper Boddington ( - 1935 )
Upton (near Castor) ( - 1965 )
Upton (near Northampton)
Wadenhoe
Wakerley
Walgrave
Wansford ( - 1965 )
Wappenham
Warkton
Warkworth
Warmington
Watford
Weedon Bec
Weedon Lois
Weekley
Weldon ( 1935 - )
Welford
Wellingborough
Welton
West Haddon
Weston Favell
Weston and Weedon ( 1935 - )
Weston by Welland
Weston ( - 1935 )
Whilton
Whiston ( - 1935 )
Whitfield
Whittlebury
Wicken
Wilbarston
Wilby
Wittering ( - 1965 )
Wollaston
Woodend
Woodford cum Membris
Woodford
Woodnewton
Wootton
Wothorpe ( - 1965 )
Yardley Gobion
Yardley Hastings
Yarwell
Yelvertoft
District municipality
Corby District ( 1974 - )
Daventry District ( 1974 - )
East Northamptonshire District ( 1974 - )
Kettering District ( 1974 - )
Northampton District ( 1974 - )
South Northamptonshire District ( 1974 - )
Wellingborough District ( 1974 - )
Extra parochial area
Althorp
Barford
Beanfield Lawns ( - 1935 )
Borough Fen ( - 1965 )
Fineshade
Higham Park ( - 1935 )
Mawsley ( - 1935 )
Moulton Park
Stoneton ( - 1894 )
Sulby
Thorpe Lubenham ( - 1935 )
Hamlet
Ailsworth ( - 1965 )
Appletree ( - 1935 )
Armston
Ashton by Bainton ( - 1887 )
Ashton near Oundle
Astwell and Falcott ( - 1935 )
Coton ( - 1935 )
Deenethorpe ( - 1866 )
Deeping Gate ( - 1965 )
Hackleton
Hanging Houghton ( - 1935 )
Hollowell
Hothorpe ( - 1935 )
Little Weldon ( - 1935 )
Marholm ( - 1965 )
Overthorpe
Silverstone
Teeton ( - 1935 )
Thorpe by Water ( - 1885 )
Woodend
Wothorpe ( - 1965 )
Hundred
Chipping Warden Hundred
Cleley Hundred
Corby Hundred
Fawsley Hundred
Greens Norton Hundred
Guilsborough Hundred
Hamfordshoe Hundred
Higham Ferrers Hundred
Huxloe Hundred
Kings Sutton Hundred
Nassaborough Hundred
Navisford Hundred
Nobottle Grove Hundred
Orlingbury Hundred
Polebrook Hundred
Rothwell Hundred
Spelhoe Hundred
Towcester Hundred
Willybrook Hundred
Wymersley Hundred
Inhabited place
Barnwell ( 1935 - )
Creaton
Eaglethorpe
Murcott
Muscott
Warmonds Hill
Wood Burcote
Liberty (parochial)
Nassaborough Hundred
Parish
Northampton St. Andrew
Northampton St. Edmund
Northampton St. Katherine
Stamford Baron ( - 1894 )
Parish (ancient)
Ashby St. Ledgers
Ashton by Roade
Badby
Barby
Blatherwycke
Braunston
Catesby
Charwelton
Clay Coton
Cold Ashby
Dingley
Dodford
Everdon
Farndish ( 1884 - )
Farthingstone
Fawsley
Hardingstone
Hellidon
Kilsby
Litchborough
Luddington
Newnham
Newton
Northampton All Saints ( - 1909 )
Northampton St. Giles ( - 1909 )
Northampton St. Peter ( - 1909 )
Northampton St. Sepulchre ( - 1909 )
Norton
Preston Capes
Rockingham
Staverton
Stowe Nine Churches
Wakerley
Weedon Bec
Welton
Parochial area
Abthorpe
Little Harrowden
Registration district
Brackley Registration District ( 1837 - 2001 )
Brixworth Registration District ( 1837 - 1974 )
Corby Registration District ( 1974 - 2010 )
Daventry Registration District ( 1837 - 2010 )
Hardingstone Registration District ( 1837 - 1924 )
Kettering Registration District ( 1837 - 2010 )
Northampton Registration District (early) ( 1837 - 1924 )
Northampton Registration District (late) ( 1936 - 2010 )
Northampton and Hardingstone Registration District ( 1924 - 1936 )
Northamptonshire Registration District ( 2010 - )
Oundle Registration District ( 1837 - 1974 )
Oundle and Thrapston Registration District ( 1974 - 2010 )
Peterborough Registration District ( 1837 - 1929 )
Potterspury Registration District ( 1837 - 1935 )
Thrapston Registration District ( 1837 - 1974 )
Towcester Registration District ( 1837 - 2001 )
Towcester and Brackley Registration District ( 2001 - 2010 )
Wellingborough Registration District ( 1837 - 2010 )
Rural district
Brackley Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Brixworth Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Crick Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Daventry Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Easton on the Hill Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Gretton Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Hardingstone Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Kettering Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Middleton Cheney Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Northampton Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Oundle Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Oundle and Thrapston Rural ( 1935 - 1974 )
Oxendon Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Potterspury Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Thrapston Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Towcester Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Wellingborough Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Suburb
Glinton ( - 1965 )
Kingsthorpe
Longthorpe ( - 1965 )
Paston ( - 1965 )
Peterborough Without ( - 1929 )
Township
Market Harborough ( 1894 - 1896 )
Middleton
Unitary authority
North Northamptonshire
Peterborough ( - 1965 )
West Northamptonshire
Unknown
Bedlesgate
Cottesbrook
Danesholme
Haselbeech
Tanlover
Urban district
Corby
Desborough
Far Cotton
Finedon
Hardingstone
Irthlingborough
Kingsthorpe
Market Harborough ( 1894 - 1896 )
Oundle
Raunds
Rothwell
Rushden
Wellingborough
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Northamptonshire (; abbreviated Northants.), archaically known as the County of Northampton, is a county in the East Midlands of England. In 2015 it had a population of 723,000. The county is administered by Northamptonshire County Council and by seven non-metropolitan district councils. It is known as "The Rose of the Shires".

Covering an area of 2,364 square kilometres (913 sq mi), Northamptonshire is landlocked between eight other counties: Warwickshire to the west, Leicestershire and Rutland to the north, Cambridgeshire to the east, Bedfordshire to the south-east, Buckinghamshire to the south, Oxfordshire to the south-west and Lincolnshire to the north-east – England's shortest administrative county boundary at 19 metres (20 yards). Northamptonshire is the southernmost county in the East Midlands region.

Apart from the county town of Northampton, other major population centres include Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Rushden and Daventry. Northamptonshire's county flower is the cowslip.

History

the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Much of Northamptonshire's countryside appears to have remained somewhat intractable with regards to early human occupation, resulting in an apparently sparse population and relatively few finds from the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods. In about 500 BC the Iron Age was introduced into the area by a continental people in the form of the Hallstatt culture, and over the next century a series of hill-forts were constructed at Arbury Camp, Rainsborough camp, Borough Hill, Castle Dykes, Guilsborough, Irthlingborough, and most notably of all, Hunsbury Hill. There are two more possible hill-forts at Arbury Hill (Badby) and Thenford.[1]

In the 1st century BC, most of what later became Northamptonshire became part of the territory of the Catuvellauni, a Belgic tribe, the Northamptonshire area forming their most northerly possession.[1] The Catuvellauni were in turn conquered by the Romans in 43 AD.

The Roman road of Watling Street passed through the county, and an important Roman settlement, Lactodorum, stood on the site of modern-day Towcester. There were other Roman settlements at Northampton, Kettering and along the Nene Valley near Raunds. A large fort was built at Longthorpe.[1]

After the Romans left, the area eventually became part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, and Northampton functioned as an administrative centre. The Mercians converted to Christianity in 654 AD with the death of the pagan king Penda. From about 889 the area was conquered by the Danes (as at one point almost all of England was, except for Athelney marsh in Somerset) and became part of the Danelaw – with Watling Street serving as the boundary – until being recaptured by the English under the Wessex king Edward the Elder, son of Alfred the Great, in 917. Northamptonshire was conquered again in 940, this time by the Vikings of York, who devastated the area, only for the county to be retaken by the English in 942. Consequently, it is one of the few counties in England to have both Saxon and Danish town-names and settlements.

The county was first recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (1011), as Hamtunscire: the scire (shire) of Hamtun (the homestead). The "North" was added to distinguish Northampton from the other important Hamtun further south: Southampton – though the origins of the two names are in fact different.

Rockingham Castle was built for William the Conqueror and was used as a Royal fortress until Elizabethan times. In 1460, during the Wars of the Roses, the Battle of Northampton took place and King Henry VI was captured. The now-ruined Fotheringhay Castle was used to imprison Mary, Queen of Scots, before her execution.


George Washington, the first President of the United States of America, was born into the Washington family who had migrated to America from Northamptonshire in 1656. George Washington's ancestor, Lawrence Washington, was Mayor of Northampton on several occasions and it was he who bought Sulgrave Manor from Henry VIII in 1539. It was George Washington's great-grandfather, John Washington, who emigrated in 1656 from Northants to Virginia. Before Washington's ancestors moved to Sulgrave, they lived in Warton, Lancashire.

During the English Civil War, Northamptonshire strongly supported the Parliamentarian cause, and the Royalist forces suffered a crushing defeat at the Battle of Naseby in 1645 in the north of the county. King Charles I was imprisoned at Holdenby House in 1647.

In 1823 Northamptonshire was said to "[enjoy] a very pure and wholesome air" because of its dryness and distance from the sea. Its livestock were celebrated: "Horned cattle, and other animals, are fed to extraordinary sizes: and many horses of the large black breed are reared."

Nine years later, the county was described as "a county enjoying the reputation of being one of the healthiest and pleasantest parts of England" although the towns were "of small importance" with the exceptions of Peterborough and Northampton. In summer, the county hosted "a great number of wealthy families... country seats and villas are to be seen at every step." Northamptonshire is still referred to as the county of "spires and squires" because of the numbers of stately homes and ancient churches.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, parts of Northamptonshire and the surrounding area became industrialised. The local specialisation was shoemaking and the leather industry and by the end of the 19th century it was almost definitively the boot and shoe making capital of the world. In the north of the county a large ironstone quarrying industry developed from 1850.

Prior to 1901 the ancient hundreds were disused. Northamptonshire was administered as four major divisions: Northern, Eastern, Mid, and Southern. During the 1930s, the town of Corby was established as a major centre of the steel industry. Much of Northamptonshire nevertheless remains largely rural.

Corby was designated a new town in 1950 and Northampton followed in 1968. the government is encouraging development in the South Midlands area, including Northamptonshire.

Peterborough

The Soke of Peterborough was historically associated with and considered part of Northamptonshire and the Church of England Diocese that covers Northamptonshire is centered in Peterborough Cathedral, which now in Cambridgeshire. However, Peterborough had its own courts of quarter sessions and, later, county council, and in 1965 it was merged with the neighbouring small county of Huntingdonshire. Under the Local Government Act 1972 the city of Peterborough became a district of Cambridgeshire.

Governance since 1974

Between 1974 and 2021, Northamptonshire, like most English counties, was divided into a number of local authorities. The seven borough/district councils covered 15 towns and hundreds of villages. The county had a two-tier structure of local government and an elected county council based in Northampton, and was also divided into seven districts each with their own district or borough councils:

Image:Northamptonshire UK districts 1974-2021.png
Council Council HQ Location
Corby District (or Corby Borough Council)Corby
Daventry District (or Daventry District Council)Daventry
East Northamptonshire District (or East Northamptonshire District Council)Thrapston
Kettering District (or Kettering Borough Council)Kettering
Northampton District (or Northampton Borough Council)Northampton
South Northamptonshire District or (South Northamptonshire District Council)Towcester
Wellingborough District (or Borough Council of Wellingborough)Wellingborough

The Soke of Peterborough is still within the historic county of Northamptonshire, although it had had a separate county council since 1889 and separate courts of quarter sessions before then. Within the Soke the city of Peterborough has been a unitary authority since 1998, but it forms part of Cambridgeshire for ceremonial purposes.

Structural changes

In April 2021 the tier of non-metropolitan districts described above was replaced by merging the seven districts into two unitary authorities. These unitary authories also replaced the county government of Northamptonshire. These changes occurred because in its previous form the government of the county went bankrupt.

West Northamptonshire, consists of the former districts of

North Northamptonshire, consists of the former districts of


Research Tips

A Vision of Britain through Time

A Vision of Britain through Time describes parishes and former parishes from a gazetteer of 1871; provides an outline of the historic administration links for parishes. The OS map of 1900, the OS map of 1935, and the OS map of 1965 all show parish boundaries and settlements within parishes. These maps are all expandable to show individual parishes and are useful for inspecting changes occuring over the 20th century.

Archive Centres

  • Northamptonshire Archives is located at Wootton Hall Park, Northampton, NN4 8BQ, Telephone from the UK: 01604 767562 (from overseas replace the "01" with "44"). The website gives opening times and facilities available.
  • Northampton Central Library, Abington Street, Northampton, NN1 2BA (Telephone from the UK: 01604 26771 (from overseas replace the "01" with "44").

Northamptonshire Family History Society

The NFHS website describes the activities of the society. The Society is presently transcribing the deposited Marriage Registers for the period 1754 through 1837. These transcriptions may provide more details than can be found on other databases where subscriptions are charged.

GENUKI

The main GENUKI page for Northamptonshire lists a number of topics for research.

Victoria County History

  • the Victoria County History of Northamptonshire produced online by British History Online (founded by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust in 2003) contains only some of the Hundreds of Northamptonshire in its collection. Articles that do exist will be referenced under the relevant hundred and parish.

Online Databases

FindMyPast includes (list checked July 2018)

  • Northamptonshire Parish Records (Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, and Probate Index)
  • Northamptonshire Freeholders 1795-1797
  • Northamptonshire Hearth Tax, 1674
  • Northamptonshire Military Tribunals 1916-1918
  • Northamptonshire Militia Lists 1771
  • Northamptonshire, Northampton General Hospital Admissions 1774-1846

While Ancestry offers (list checked July 2018)

  • Census & Voter Lists 1841-1911.
  • Northamptonshire Birth, Marriage & Death
  • Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1532-1812
  • Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1912
  • Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1912
  • Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1912
  • Other Birth, Marriage & Death collections related to Northamptonshire. (32)
  • Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Confirmations, 1870-1911
  • Other Schools, Directories & Church Histories collections related to Northamptonshire. (34)
  • A calendar of wills relating to the counties of Northampton and Rutland : proved in the court of the archdeacon of Northampton
  • Other Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal collections related to Northamptonshire. (23)
  • Reference, Dictionaries & Almanacs collections related to Northamptonshire. (21)
  • Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers collections related to Northamptonshire. (7)
  • Northamptonshire Stories, Memories & Histories
Genealogy of the descendants of Thomas French: who came to America from Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England and settled
Works of Reverend James Hervey, 1713-1758
The Orlebar Chronicles in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, 1553-1733, or the Children of the Manorhouse
Descendents of Thomas Chichele of Higham-Ferrers, Northampton, England
Rockingham Castle and the Watsons
Other Northamptonshire Stories, Memories & Histories (14)

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