Whilton


Whilton

Infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Whilton
latitude= 52.27737
longitude= -1.06791
civil_parish = Norton
population = 296 (2001 Census)
shire_district= Daventry
shire_county= Northamptonshire
region= East Midlands
constituency_westminster= Daventry
post_town= DAVENTRY
postcode_district = NN11
postcode_area= NN
dial_code= 01327
os_grid_reference= SP6364
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static_image_caption= Saint Andrew’s Parish Church Whilton

Whilton is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Northamptonshire [ ‘OS’ Explorer Map, Northampton & Market Harborough 223 ISBN 978 0 319 46396 3 ] . Thevillage is in the Daventry district.Whilton is convert|75|mi|km|0 north west of London, 9.7 miles west of Northampton and 15.6miles south-east of Rugby. The village lies 4.5 miles east of the nearest town of Daventry.The nearest railway station is at Long Buckby for the Northampton loop of the West Coast Main Line which runs between Rugby, Northampton and London. The nearest airport is Birmingham International Airport. Whilton also gives its name to the nearby Whilton Locks and [http://www.whiltonmarina.co.uk Whilton Marina] on the Grand Union Canal.

History

Whilton is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1068 were it is listed under the name of ‘Woltone’ [The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde,Northamptonshire page 204 ISBN 1858334403] . The main tenent landowner was Robert, Count of Mortain who was the half-brother to William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy and later king William I of England

The Parish Church of Saint Andrew

The Parish Church of Saint Andrew is constructed from the local Northamptonshire Ironstone and was built between the 12th and 13th although very little remains of this original, having been restored in later part of the 18th century [The Buildings of England, Northamptonshire, by Nikolaus Pevsner, 2nd Edition revised by Bridget Cherry, Whilton entry. ISBN 0 14 071022 1] . the tower has a ring of 6 bells, which were given in 1777 by the patron of the time William Lucas Rose who also paid for their installation and the building work. The church clock is unusual as it was originally a one handed clock divided into ¼ hours and therefore does not have 60 minutes. In 1779 William Lucas Rose also gave a gift of communion vessels which are still in use today. The Church’s east window, the only stained glass in the building, portrays Christ’s Crucifixion and dates from 1878.

Amenities

The near-by Whilton Marina is close to Whilton Locks on the Grand Union canal. The Marina was dug out in 1971 by the Steele family who still own and operate the business. The marina has over 200 moorings. The village also has a karting track nearby called Whilton Mill [ [http://www.whiltonmill.co.uk Whilton Mill] ] .

External links

* [http://www.whiltonvillage.net Whilton Village website]
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References


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