- Welford, Northamptonshire
Welford is a
villageand civil parishin England.
Welford is located on the River Avon border between the counties of
Northamptonshireand Leicestershire. It is on the main A5199 roadconnecting Northamptonand Leicesterand, being halfway between the two, was formerly an important stagecoachstop. 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 motorwayand the M6 motorway- and is 1½ miles north of Junction 1 of the A14, which connects that junction with the east of England. It is served by a short arm from the Grand Union Canaland has two marinas. The Jurassic Way long distance footpathpasses 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.
Welford still has a village shop and
post office, a hairdresser, a garage and two public houses. There is a Church of Englandparish church and a URC(Congregational) chapel. Other amenities include a village hall, a sports field which is home to Welford Victoria F.C., a youth centre and a pocket park.
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).
In medieval times its
Premonstratensian Abbeymoved to Sulby some two miles to the east and Welford lost its market charter which was sold to Guilsborough. There is clear evidence that Welford shrank considerably during the medieval period and it is notable that three of its neighbouring civil parishes — Elkington, Stanford-on-Avonand Sulby — are almost entirely depopulated.
* [http://www.welford.org Village of Welford]
* [http://www.welfordfc.co.uk/ The Official Welford Victoria Football Club Website]
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