The area known as Abington became part of the borough of Northampton in the late 19th century as the town expanded. Its close location to Abington Park causes this to be a highly sought-after residential area. Abington has often been described as "the Greenwich Village of Northampton."

The Wellingborough Road (locally known as the "Welly Rd") passes through the centre of Abington containing many restaurants, pubs and supermarkets and is the heartbeat of the area. Housing is mixed with former warehouses becoming converted flats, terraced housing and council housing.



Boughton is a village and civil parish in the Daventry district of Northamptonshire, England, about 4 miles (6.4 km) from Northampton town centre along the A508 road between Northampton and Market Harborough.

Boughton is a thriving village community situated three miles north of Northampton with an estimated population of 1,460. The village is mainly residential and surrounded by agricultural land with extensive open views. A dominant architectural feature of the village is the large number of houses constructed of yellow Northamptonshire sand/ironstone, quarried locally.

The centres of community activity include the Primary School, Church of St John the Baptist, the Village Hall, Whyte Melville Public House, Boughton and Obelisk Spinney Pocket Parks and the Cricket Club.


West Northamptonshire

Brafield-on-the-Green is a civil parish and small village in West Northamptonshire and is about 4 miles south-east of Northampton, along the A428 road about 16 miles north-west of Bedford.

Brafield Stadium known as Northampton International Raceway hosts BriSCA Formula 1 Stock Cars. As early as 1949, local entrepreneurs staged midget car racing at the stadium, as part of a national attempt to introduce the sport from the US. It also hosted speedway until the end of the 1967 season.


West Northamptonshire

Brixworth is a large village and civil parish in West Northamptonshire.

The Village church, All Saints', is one of the oldest, largest and most complete Anglo-Saxon churches in the country.

Brixworth is about 5 miles north of Northampton next to the A508 road, now by-passed, and about 8 miles south of Market Harborough. About 3 miles north of the village is a junction with the A14 road that runs between the M1 and M6 motorway interchange at Catthorpe east to Cambridge and the east coast port of Felixstowe.

The village is popular with commuters to Leicester, Peterborough, Birmingham and London. The nearest railway stations for London are at Northampton (Euston), Kettering (St Pancras) and Leicester (London Rd).

Castle Ashby

West Northamptonshire

Castle Ashby is the name of a civil parish, an estate village and an English country house in rural Northamptonshire.

Historically the village was set up to service the needs of Castle Ashby House, the seat of the Marquess of Northampton. The village has one small pub-hotel, The Falcon. The village contains many houses rebuilt from the 1860s onwards. These include work by the architect E.F. Law of Northampton, whose work can also be seen nearby at Horton Church. The castle is the result of a licence obtained in 1306, for Walter Langton, Bishop of Coventry, to castellate his mansion in the village of Ashby.

Chapel Brampton

West Northamptonshire

Chapel Brampton is a village and former civil parish in West Northamptonshire in England. Together with nearby Church Brampton, it is known as The Bramptons.

The village is notable for its distinctive Spencer Estate cottages. These Victorian sandstone cottages are of a similar design to cottages found in the nearby villages of Church Brampton, Harlestone and The Bringtons.

Chapel Brampton has three pubs. The Spencer Arms is a former coaching inn whilst the Brampton Halt was part of the railway station. A new build on the site of the former Boughton cold store is named The Windhover after an old name for the kestrel. The village has two conference centres: Sedgebrook Hall and Brampton Grange.


West Northamptonshire

Cogenhoe (pronounced cook-no) is a village in West Northamptonshire, within the civil parish of Cogenhoe and Whiston.

The village of Cogenhoe overlooks the valley of the River Nene and is five miles east of Northampton. Cogenhoe is situated on high ground overlooking the Nene Valley. It has grown into a large village with varied amenities including football, cricket and bowls clubs.

The village has a number of facilities including a village pub (the Royal Oak), a village shop (Londis), Cogenhoe and Whiston Village Hall and Playing Fields, the Church Rooms, the Cogenhoe Sports and Social Club and a primary school (Cogenhoe Primary School).

Collingtree Park


Collingtree Park is a district in the Borough of Northampton, located at the extreme south of the urban area, due north of the village of Collingtree, which itself is in the Northampton borough. It is currently a small part of the East Hunsbury area of the town.

There is a Virgin Active (formerly Esporta) Health Club in the park, a Care Home and Collingtree Park Golf Club. A number of large modern houses are an integral part of the golf course, which was designed by The Open and U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller. The area is close to other facilities in East Hunsbury and near to the A45 road and within a mile of M1 junction 15.



Duston is a suburb of Northampton and a civil parish in West Northamptonshire.

There are a mixture of both secondary and primary schools in Duston. In addition to the secondary school, there are five primary schools located within the Duston boundary. Duston Eldean Primary School lies between the northern section of Main Road and Firsview Drive. Millway Primary School is situated in the south-eastern end of the parish on Millway near to the Sixfields retail park and Stadium. Hopping Hill Primary School is another community primary school, situated on Pendle Road close to the Duston Library and Limehurst Square shopping precinct. Chiltern Primary School is positioned on the north-east of the area on Chiltern Way. The St Luke's CEVA Primary School, while connected to the St Luke's church on Main Road, is actually located outside of Duston and instead in the neighbouring St Crispin area.

Earls Barton

North Northamptonshire

Earls Barton is a village and civil parish in Northamptonshire, notable for its Anglo-Saxon church and shoe-making heritage.

The village was the inspiration for the film Kinky Boots and part of the film was shot here. The village has a history of ingenious industry including the Barker's shoe factory, a woven label company, and the White & Co factory that produced Tredair and Dr Marten's boots until 2003.

In the village's small market square there is a pharmacy run by a member of the Jeyes chemist's family, which family invented and manufactured Jeyes Fluid. The family also ran the Philadelphus Jeyes chemist chain and lived nearby at Holly Lodge in Boughton.

Earls Barton is renowned for its 'Dr Fright's Night' halloween shows hosted at White's Farm and is popular with neighbouring villages and towns.

In snowy conditions Kensit's field becomes a popular attraction for sledgers due to its steep hill.

After a change in policy regarding public libraries by Northamptonshire County Council, in 2019/2020 the local community took over the running of the village library.

East Hunsbury


East Hunsbury is a large residential area in the south of the town of Northampton, 3 miles (5 km) from the town centre and 1 mile (2 km) from the M1 motorway, junction 15. For administrative purposes it is part of the Borough of Northampton. It is part of the Hunsbury residential area, which also includes West Hunsbury on the west side of Towcester Road.

There are two smaller retail parks, one at Blackymore with a Tesco Express, takeaway Fish and Chip shop, Florists, Chemist, Hair Salon and a public house, "The Collingtree". At the other in Merefield, adjacent to the Mereway ring road, there is a 24hr Tesco 'Extra' supermarket and petrol station with a row of small shops on the same site.

East Hunsbury is also home to the Grangewood Park Residents Club, a leisure complex converted from grade II listed farm buildings for the exclusive use of 265 homeowners on the Grangewood Estate (located within 'Merefield') and their invited guests. The leisure complex includes two licensed bar areas, tennis & squash courts.


North Northamptonshire

Ecton is a village and civil parish in North Northamptonshire. The village is just east of Northampton, just off the A4500 road and was one of the first villages in Northamptonshire to be given conservation status.

Ecton has two public houses: The World's End which was refurbished and extended in 2006, and The Three Horseshoes, also refurbished in April 2011. The World's End is at the edge of the village on the A4500, and The Three Horseshoes is in the centre of the village. The Three Horseshoes offers traditional pub games including skittles, darts and cribbage.

The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary Magdalene is just off the High Street and dates from the 13th century. Two former chapels, one off the High Street and the other in West Street, have been converted to residential properties.


West Northamptonshire

Gayton is a rural village 5 miles from Northampton town centre in West Northamptonshire, situated on a hill close to the larger villages of Bugbrooke, Milton Malsor and Blisworth, with a linked public footpath network.

There is a church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin. The base of the tower and font are Norman though the upper part of the tower 19th century.

There is also a village hall and primary school, (Gayton Church of England Primary School), one of the smallest in the county with around 60 pupils. It also has two pub-restaurants -The Eykyn Arms and The Queen Victoria, which also offers accommodation.

There is a village green with a children's play area, refurbished in 2007.

Gayton is close to the Grand Union Canal (GUC). At Gayton Junction there is a marina and an arm of the GUC goes down to Northampton through a long flight of locks at Rothersthorpe. It is also close to the West Coast Main Line, one of the main railway routes between London and the north-west.

Grange Park


Grange Park is a large village just outside Northampton in West Northamptonshire.

Woodland View Primary School is the only school in Grange Park, it caters for children in primary education from reception up until Year 6. For Secondary education, most children go to Caroline Chisholm School but there are numerous other secondary schools in the area that children can go to.

The village has numerous community facilities such as a community centre, a sports pavilion and a religious centre. These are home for numerous clubs and youth groups such as Scouts and sports clubs.

There is also a doctors surgery, a dental practice and a day care centrefor members of the community to use.

Grange Park has Co-op Food supermarket, a Harvester restaurant, a Marstons pub and some take away establishments. There are also two hotels in Grange Park which are in a prime location for business persons due to its proximity to the M1 motorway.

Great Houghton

West Northamptonshire

Great Houghton is a village in West Northamptonshire.

It lies on the edge of Northampton, on the Bedford Road (A428). The village has two pubs and a large village hall and playing fields. The village was also the home of Great Houghton School - a private day school which closed in 2014.


West Northamptonshire

Harlestone is a small village and civil parish in West Northamptonshire, England, divided into two smaller settlements, Upper and Lower Harlestone.

Lower Harlestone lies along the A428, with Upper Harlestone to the south-west and Northampton about a mile to the south-east. To the north-west of the village is the country estate of Althorp, Diana, Princess of Wales' family home. The estate still owns much of the land and many properties in the village.

The parish church of St Andrew was mostly built between 1320 and 1325, although the tower dates back to the 12th century, with Henry de Bray, the owner of the Manor, providing the stone and timber. A primary school, a golf course and a pub are also in Lower Harlestone.

Harlestone Firs, a large wood and country park, lies just outside the village with a garden centre on the other side of the A428.


West Northamptonshire

Harpole is a village 4 miles west of Northampton, along the A4500 road about 1 mile east of the M1 Motorway junction 16.

It hosts three public houses: The Bull, located on the High Street; The Live and Let Live, located on Larkhall Lane; and the Turnpike or Beefeater, located at the Harpole Turn from the A4500 road (former A45 road).

Harpole hosts a scarecrow weekend in September, during which thousands of visitors enjoy the views of the historic village. There is also an event in December where Santa drives around the village, as in, following him.


West Northamptonshire

Holcot is a village and civil parish in the West Northamptonshire.

The Historic England website contains details of a total of ten listed buildings in the parish of Holcot, all of which are Grade II except for St Mary and All Saints’ Church which is Grade I. They are:

  • St Mary and All Saints' Church, Main Street
  • Polly's Cottage, Back Lane
  • War Memorial, Back Lane
  • The Old Rectory, Brixworth Road
  • Churchyard Cross, Main Street
  • Hollybush Farmhouse, Poplar Lane
  • Poplar Farm, Poplar Lane
  • Manor House, Rectory Lane
  • Brook Cottage & Wall Dene, Sywell Road
  • Ivy House, Sywell Road

Kingsthorpe Village


A tributary of the River Nene called the Naseby Source or Brampton Nene flows through Kingsthorpe Village to the west from north to south, joining the Nene west of the Carlsberg Brewery near the south bridge.

The village green retains a rural character, away from the main roads, overlooked by the parish church and vernacular cottages. Kingsthorpe formerly had three water mills, some evidence of which can be found in the countryside. The suburb's amenities are centred on the main A508 and A5199 roads that link central Northampton with Market Harborough and Leicester respectively.


South Northamptonshire

The River Nene flows past the village close by to the north, through an old, narrow bridge - narrow, that is, for both vehicles and the river which frequently floods. The most recent serious incident in 1998 caused flood damage to several houses in the village. Some flood attenuation work has since been carried out but it remains to be seen if this proves adequate. The village carries heavy traffic being on a route to the larger village of Bugbrooke with the large Campion Secondary School which serves the village and a large catchment area around. Heavy vehicles from sand quarries in the area and also Heygates Flour Mill also use the village main road. The village is on the same side of the motorway, and close to the Northampton Borough boundary with the urban area of the town slowly getting closer with developments to the western side of the town.

Little Houghton

West Northamptonshire

Little Houghton is a village and civil parish in Northamptonshire, England, located about 2 miles east of Northampton.

Just off the A428 road between Bedford and Northampton, the village overlooks old gravel pits, (now converted to reservoirs) and a canal. Just across the valley is Billing Aquadrome.

To the north at Clifford Hill by the river Nene is the surviving motte of Little Houghton Castle.

Mears Ashby

West Northamptonshire

Mears Ashby is a village in the county of Northamptonshire.

Located to the south of the village is Mears Ashby Hall, a fine Grade II listed Jacobean Manor House. The Hall was built in 1637 and was owned by the Stockdale family who descend from the Yorkshire landowning family of the same name. During the 1980s the Hall became known for performances of Operatic Music organised by Frederick Stockdale. The long association of the Stockdale family at Mears Ashby Hall ended when in the 1990s when the house was sold and Hoddington House became the principal family residence. There are a number of windows in the village church commissioned by Sir Edmund Stockdale by noted stained glass artist Lawrence Lee which depict the family's links to the village.

Milton Malsor

West Northamptonshire

Milton Malsor is a village and civil parish in West Northamptonshire, 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Northampton town centre; junction 15 of the M1 motorway is 2 miles east by road.

There are two pubs: "The Greyhound" in Towcester Road, which has a large restaurant, and "The Compass" in Green Street, a more traditional village pub also offering bar food. The Greyhound is adjacent to the Village Hall and attracts large crowds from Northampton's southern suburbs in summer as it has a large garden area. Both establishments serve good quality real ale with periodic guest bitters.

A shop and former post office and the modern village hall, are both on the High Street opposite the green and War Memorial. The Northampton Hilton Hotel is approximately 1½ miles distant on Watering Lane in the neighbouring village of Collingtree, just off the A45 trunk road. There are several other hotels in the area along the A45 trunk road.

The village has two small industrial estates; the larger on Gayton Road is adjacent, but with no access, to the A43. This is referred to locally as 'Gallifords' reflecting its ownership. The smaller is adjacent to the M1 bridge along Collingtree Road and known as 'Maple Court' alluding to its history. There is an architect's office in the old Rectory and additional modern offices on Towcester Road in the converted Hope Brewery and out buildings.

A mobile library visits the village every two weeks; the nearest local library is at Hunsbury, about a mile north, next to a large Tesco 'Extra' supermarket and petrol station.


West Northamptonshire

Moulton is a large village in West Northamptonshire.

The centre of Moulton houses the parish church, a shop and a number of parks - "The Public Gardens", "Busby's Meadow" and "Crow Fields Common", the latter being a popular dog-walking route.

There are many pre-school facilities in the village including playgroups and nurseries. Primary education in the village is provided by Moulton Primary School, although it is not uncommon for children to attend other primary schools in the local area, for example Overstone, Pitsford or Parklands primary schools.

Moulton School and Science College is a comprehensive school providing education for 11- to 18-year-olds, not only to those from Moulton but also to students from the surrounding villages.

Moulton is home to Moulton College, an agricultural and trade orientated college.


Northampton is a large market town. It lies on the River Nene, 60 miles Northwest of London and 50 miles Southeast of Birmingham and is one of the largest towns in England.

Archaeological evidence dates the area back to the Bronze Ages, Romans and Anglo-saxons. In the Middle Ages the town rose to National significance with the establishing of the Northampton Castle, which played host to members of the royal family and members of parliament. 

Northampton is renowned for being the centre for footwear and leather manufacturers. Much of the rich history is commemorated at the Northampton Museum Shoe Exhibition. 

Northampton was designated as a new town in 1968 and has grown significantly in this time through the accelerated development in the town. 

 Local schools in Northampton

  • 73 Secondary Schools in Northamptonshire with most having a performance level average or above
  • 306 Primary Schools in Northamptonshire with most having a performance level average or above
  • 8 Private Schools  in Northamptonshire with most having a performance level average or above

Top 3 highest rated schools in Northampton

  1. Northampton High School - Ages 2 to 18
  2. Northampton School For Boys - Ages 11 to 18
  3. Bosworth Independent College - Ages 13 to 22

Ofsted Ratings in Northampton

  • 45 Rated Outstanding 
  • 218 Rated Good
  • 48 Rated Required Improvement 
  • 8 Rated Inadequate 

Things to do in Northampton 

Northampton is a great place to explore, with so much on offer throughout the year. 

Northampton boasts huge plains of greenery.  There are plenty of gardens to explore and enjoy. To add to the adventure many of our local gardens also house a cafe where you can sit down, relax and enjoy an afternoon tea. See below for links to local gardens: 

  1. Delapre Abbey  -
  2. Althorp House (Childhood home to Princess Diana)  - 

The town has a vibrant restaurant and nightlife. Whether you are looking for a pub or bar for some laid back drinks or you fancy getting dressed up for some fine dining. There is something for everyone.


West Northamptonshire

Overstone is a village and civil parish in West Northamptonshire.

About 4 miles from Northampton and just off the A43 road to Kettering, Overstone is a long linear village with the church of St Nicholas, built in 1807 and remodelled in 1903, standing in a field in Overstone Park a short walk from the village.


West Northamptonshire

Pitsford is a village and civil parish in West Northamptonshire.

Pitsford Water, which is used for fishing and sailing as well as storing water for the local area, is north-west of the village, but only part of it lies within the parish.

The Historic England website contains details of a total of 15 entries for listed buildings in the parish of Pitsford, all of which are Grade II except for All Saints’ Church which is Grade II. These include:

  • All Saints' Church, Church Lane. The church has a Norman doorway. The other parts are later. the Church was restored and the chancel rebuilt in 1867.
  • Griffin Inn, High Street
  • Pitsford Hall, Moulton Road, which is now used by Pitsford School.
  • Sedgebrook Hall, which was built in 1861 and is now a venue for special events.



Quinton is a village and civil parish in West Northamptonshire, England. It is about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Northampton town centre along the road from Wootton to Hanslope, near Salcey Forest.

The parish borders the parishes of Wootton, Hackleton, Hartwell, Ashton, Roade, Courteenhall and Grange Park. The latter housing estate, effectively all but an urban expansion of Northampton, is only 500 yards away across some fields.


West Northamptonshire

Roade is a village in West Northamptonshire, straddling the busy A508 road from Northampton to Milton Keynes. It is located 2 miles south of junction 15 of the M1 motorway, 5 miles south of Northampton and 12 miles north of Milton Keynes. The road bisects the village into the eastern, older part, and the western part, which is mostly 20th-century housing.

The local secondary school, Elizabeth Woodville School is the one of two Sports Colleges in Northamptonshire, the other being Kingsthorpe College. The school is on the A508 Stratford road at the south-west end of the village and has around 1,150 pupils. The catchment area extends to Grange Park, Blisworth, Stoke Bruerne and several other villages in the area.

Roade Primary School in Hartwell Road has about 166 pupils and the original school was built in 1876.

There is a main post office in the High Street offering most services including the payment of Vehicle Excise Duty.

The village pub is The Cock Inn, at the junction of the High Street with Hartwell Road.

The village has its own football team who play in the Premier Division of the Northamptonshire Combination Football League, known as Roade FC.


West Northamptonshire

Rothersthorpe is a small village of medieval origin, in West Northamptonshire, 4 miles from the town of Northampton.

The village has a mixed Church of England primary school, and the church of SS Peter and Paul.

The M1 motorway with the Northampton (formerly known as Rothersthorpe) Service Area and junction 15A is nearby but mostly out of hearing as the prevailing wind is south-westerly.

The Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal, built in 1815 passes near to Rothersthorpe. Seventeen locks, taking the canal into Northampton and its junction with the River Nene, takes about two hours for a boat to travel through.

Stoke Bruerne

West Northamptonshire

Stoke Bruerne is a small village and civil parish in West Northamptonshire, about 10 miles north of Milton Keynes and 7 miles south of Northampton.

Many public footpaths cross surrounding area and the village is home to the Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum, one of the three museums owned and run by Canal & River Trust.

There are two canalside public houses, The Boat Inn, and The Navigation, both serving a variety of meals and drinks. There is a restaurant/takeaway, The Spice of Bruerne, various bed and breakfast facilities and tearooms. The village attracts many visitors all year round and especially during the summer months. There are parking restrictions at all times, except for residents, on village roads which are all marked with double yellow lines. There is, however, a pay and display car park close to the Museum. The parking restrictions are strictly enforced. A variety of boat trips may be booked from the canalside. Most of the time there is plenty of activity on the canal with boats going through the locks regularly and plenty going in and out of the tunnel.


West Northamptonshire

Sywell is a village and civil parish in West Northamptonshire.

The facilities found in the village include:

  • St Peter & St Paul's Church
  • Sywell Aerodrome, opened in 1928 and active during World War II
  • Aviation Museum
  • The Horseshoe pub
  • Overstone Squash Club
  • Overstone Solarium (caravan park)
  • The Overstone Manor (family pub)
  • Sywell Reservoir (redundant as a working reservoir and now a country park).
  • Overstone Park Cricket Club
  • Sywell CEVA Primary School
  • Drome Park home of Sywell F.C.



Upton is a vibrant, attractive community with a rich infrastructure of communal open spaces, play areas, nature areas and water features for the benefit of the local community.   We have the responsibility for the green space management within this development, maintaining and enhancing the green community spaces, including the SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) that residents contribute to through paying a service charge.

West Hunsbury


West Hunsbury is a large housing estate in the south of the town of Northampton, 2 miles from the town centre, and adjacent to junction 15A on the M1. It is part of the Hunsbury residential area, which also constitutes East Hunsbury east of Towcester Road.

There is a modern church, St Benedicts, Church of England, and shops including a small supermarket, post office, pharmacy, dentist, barbers and a health centre. In the car park of Hunsbury Hill Country Park there is now a small café called "The Drover's Return" named after the ancient Drover's Pathway which leads through the park.

The area shares many facilities with East Hunsbury especially at the junction of the old Towcester road and Mereway ring road including a 24hr Tesco 'Extra' supermarket, petrol station, Subway restaurant, a licensed Indian restaurant, and dry cleaners. There is also the Danes Camp Leisure centre and swimming pool next door.

Weston Favell


Weston Favell is an area near the eastern end of Northampton, and is part of Park ward of the Borough of Northampton.

The parish church (St. Peter's, Weston Favell) lies at the centre of the village, at the intersection of the High Street and Church Way.

Weston Favell, before it was subsumed by Northampton covered an extensive area of some 2,000 acres, reaching the Kettering Road in the North, reaching the Weston Favell Shopping Centre and Standens Barn Housing Estate in the East, The River Nene was the south Boundary, whilst in the West it crossed Rushmills Road and crossed areas that are now part of Abington Park. As a Result of this and as there are no Official Boundaries within Northampton, institutions in this area have adopted the name 'Weston Favell' despite being many miles from the village per se, these include a secondary school called Weston Favell Academy. Further to this is the Weston Favell Shopping Centre, a large facility, built during the early 1970s and opening in 1974.


West Northamptonshire

Whiston is a village in the English county of Northamptonshire four miles due east of Northampton. It is in the civil parish of Cogenhoe and Whiston.

Whiston Church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin. The present building was built for Anthony Catesby in the early 16th century. It is on the hill, separated from the rest of the village, from where it is reached by a footpath. The tower was built first and the church was probably complete by 1534.