Ringstead, Northamptonshire

Historical Description

Ringstead, a large village and a parish in Northamptonshire. The village stands on the river Nene, adjacent to the Northampton and Peterborough branch of the L. & N.W.R., on which it has a station, 2 ½ miles S by W of Thrapston, and has a post and money order office under Thrapston; telegraph office, Rands, and a temperance and lecture hall, which was erected in 1861. The parish comprises 2021 acres; population, 887. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. Boots and shoes are manufactured. A Roman camp is at Mill Cotton, and Roman coins and other relics have been found there. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the vicarage of Denford, in the diocese of Peterborough ; joint net value, £200 with residence. The church is a building in the Early English and Decorated styles, consisting of chancel, nave, N aisle, N and S porches, and a western tower with spire. There is a Baptist chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Northamptonshire
Ecclesiastical parish Ringstead St. Mary
Hundred Higham-Ferrers
Poor Law union Thrapston

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.


The Cemetery, containing one acre with a mortuary chapel, was consecrated in 1893.

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1570.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is a building chiefly in the Early English style, with some Decorated portions, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, north and south porches and a western tower with spire containing a clock and 6 bells; the chancel retains sedilia, piscina and an aumbry: the church was thoroughly restored in the year 1863, at a cost of nearly £3,000, under the direction of Mr. William Slater, architect, of Northampton and London.


Baptist chapel

The Baptists have had a chapel in this village since the year 1714; the present chapel, erected in 1848, will seat 300 persons; attached are school rooms built in 1887, and holding, with the class rooms and infants' schoolroom, 200 children.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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