Raunds, a large village and a parish in Northamptonshire. The village stands 4 miles NE from Higham Ferrors, 4 1/2 S from Thrapston, and 1 1/2 mile E of the M.R., on which it has a station. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Thrapston. The parish comprises 4460 acres; population, 3055. It has a parish council consisting of thirteen members, and sends three members to the Thrapston rural district council. The chief industry is the manufacture of boots and shoes, which is carried on to a considerable extent. There are some large deposits of ironstone in the parish. A temperance hall was erected in 1859. The manor belongs to the Duchy of Lancaster and the Langham family. There is a petrifying spring. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough ; net value, £200 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Peterborough. The church is a fine building of stone chiefly in the Early English style, but with Decorated and Perpendicular insertions, consisting of chancel,nave, aisles, S chantry, S porch, and a western tower and broach spire. It was restored under the direction of the late Sir G. Gilbert Scott, R.A., in 1874, and it contains a curious font and some very ancient and interesting tombs and memorials. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels. John Grimbald, who built Trinity College chapel in Cambridge, was a native.
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