Infobox UK place
country = England
population = 4,835 (2001 Census)
region= East Midlands
postcode_district = NN14
Thrapston is a small
townin Northamptonshire, England. It is the headquarters of the East Northamptonshiredistrict, and in 2001 had a population of 4,855. By 2006, this was estimated to have risen to 5,702 [http://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/pp/service/detail.asp?id=2541] .
It is close to the
River Neneand is on the junction of the A14 and the A45. Until the 1960s Thrapston had two railway stations. Thrapston (Midland) was on the Ketteringto Cambridgeroute, and the former station and viaduct can be seen from the adjacent A14 road. Thrapston (Bridge Street) was on the former LNWR Northamptonto Peterboroughline.
The market charter was granted over 800 years ago in the year 1205, in exchange for two
palfreys. This is celebrated every year with the town's charter fair, where the high street is closed and the people in the town get together to commemorate this event. A relative of George Washington, Sir John Washington lived in Chancery Lane within the town, and his wife is buried in the church. Sir John was brother to George Washington's great-grandfather.
Thrapston has two
schools, Thrapston Primary and King John middle school, which serves children from four to thirteen.Thrapston Primary is for years reception to 4 and King John is for years 5 to 8. After this children go to schools in different places, usually Prince William Schoolin Oundle, but not in Thrapston.
* [http://www.thrapstononline.co.uk Thrapston OnLine]
* [http://www.scottsofthrapston.co.uk/ Scotts of Thrapston] - one of the town's major employers
* [http://www.mbraymer.com/ Martin's Thrapston Weather Site] - amateur meteorologist's live weather data
* [http://www.thrapston-primary.northants.sch.uk/ Thrapston Primary School]
* [http://www.aboutbritain.com/towns/thrapston.asp Thrapston Tourist Information]
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