Infobox UK place
country = England
civil_parish = Norton
population = 296 (2001 Census)
region= East Midlands
postcode_district = NN11
static_image_caption= Saint Andrew’s Parish Church Whilton
Whilton is a village and a
civil parishin the English county of Northamptonshire[ ‘OS’ Explorer Map, Northampton & Market Harborough 223 ISBN 978 0 319 46396 3 ] . The villageis in the Daventry district.Whilton is convert|75|mi|km|0 north west of London, 9.7 miles west of Northamptonand 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 loopof the West Coast Main Linewhich runs between Rugby, Northampton and London. The nearest airport is Birmingham International Airport. Whilton also gives its name to the nearby Whilton Locksand [http://www.whiltonmarina.co.uk Whilton Marina] on the Grand Union Canal.
Whilton is mentioned in the
Domesday Bookof 1068were 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 Mortainwho was the half-brother to William the Bastard, Duke of Normandyand later king William I of England
The Parish Church of Saint Andrew
The Parish Church of
Saint Andrewis 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 1777by 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 1779William 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.
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
kartingtrack nearby called Whilton Mill [ [http://www.whiltonmill.co.uk Whilton Mill] ] .
* [http://www.whiltonvillage.net Whilton Village website]
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