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The village is around 1 mile north of Creaton village off the A5199 road which runs between Northampton and Leicester. Cottesbrooke can be reached by taking the road signposted to the east towards Cottesbrooke Hall in Creaton.
The estate with Cottesbrooke Hall, built 1702, was bought by the Langham baronets, a family of London turkey merchants, in 1637, previously belonging to the Saunders family. The estate was sold in 1911 to R. B. Brassey. In 1937 Cottesbrooke Hall was bought by its current owners, the MacDonald-Buchanan family, who in 1937-8 employed Lord Gerald Wellesley (later the 7th Duke of Wellington) to make alterations to the Hall, including changing the entrance front to the other side of the house.
The estate is home to a large three day rare plant fair, held at the end of June each year.
All Saints Church
A long, cruciform church of ca1300, although the north transept has been demolished. Much restoration has been carried out on the building, most recently in 1959-60 by Lord Mottistone of Seely & Paget. The large geometric windows cannot be relied upon and may have once been foliated. The south doorway and porch is in a good state, as is the West tower.
The tower has two-light Y-traced bell-openings supported by circular mullions, well preserved shafting on the interior windows with capitals, both carved and plain, and also a number of small exterior head-stops. It contains a ring of eight bells, comprising six bells cast by Henry Bagley II of Chacombe in 1702, with the heaviest bell (tenor) weighing 1,600 pounds (730 kg) and two lighter bells cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 1995.
The two east windows, glazed with coloured panes, are believed to be Georgian in origin, being referred to as 'recent' additions in documents dating from 1849. The nave roof has a ceiling, the painted imitation-plasterwork in the covings being of interest, believed to be 18th century work. During the last restoration, the plaster ceilings in the chancel and the remaining south transept were removed, exposing roof timbers from the 15th century.
There is a reredos and communion table by Lord Mottistone in the Wrenian style. These are placed half-way along the chancel so that a vestry is formed behind. A wooden font and cover dates from the 18th century and is kept at Cottesbrooke Hall and may be viewed by appointment. The church has one of few examples of a three-tier Georgian pulpit in the county and country, and is fitted with fine box pews. There is a staircase with balusters leading to the Squire's pew in the south transept of similar date. There is a small 'squint', with delicately carved hoodmoulding, in the junction between the chancel and the south transept. The church plate, consisting of a Cup and Paten from 1635 and also two Flagons and a Breadholder of 1665, is held at Cottesbrooke Hall.
A number of large monuments include John Rede, d.1604 in the south chapel is of alabaster stone with a recumbent effigy in marble on a partially rolled mat. A flat arch spans two columns, with a large cartouche beneath. On the ground are the figures of 10 kneeling infants. Sir John Langham,(d.1671 and his wife's monument is also in the south chapel. It is free-standing in grey and white marble with good cartouches on the tomb-chest. There are two recumbent effigies with much carving. The monument cost £290 in 1676 and is by Thomas Cartwright Senior.
Other Langham family monuments are: Mrs. Mary Langham, d.1773, in the chancel with a classical urn by Moore; Sir James, d.1795, with a long inscription and standing female figure beside an urn; Lady Langham, d.1807, with a figure of Faith standing by Bacon Junior; Marianne, d.1809, the memorial made in 1810, a simple a draped urn, by Bacon Junior; Lady Langham, d.1810, with number of columns and a depiction of the rock of Golgotha; Sir William, d.1812, a free-standing monument in the nave of Coade stone, by Bacon Junior.
- ^ Office for National Statistics: Cottesbrooke CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 8 November 2009
- ^ Parks and Gardens - Cottesbrooke Hall's History
- ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus (1961). The Buildings of England – Northamptonshire. London and New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 162–4. ISBN 978-0-300-09632-3.
- Northamptonshire Villages, the NCFWI
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