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Apethorpe, Northamptonshire

Historical Description

Apethorpe, a parish in Northamptonshire, on an affluent of the river Nen, 5 miles SW of Wansford, under which it has a post office; money order and telegraph office, King's Cliffe. Acreage, 1784; population of the civil parish, 175; of the ecclesiastical, with Woodnewton, 524. Apethorpe Hall is the splendid seat of the Earl of Westmorcland, has a statue of James I., and was the place where that monarch first met his favourite Villiers. The living is a vicarage, united to Woodnewton, in the diocese of Peterborough; joint net yearly value, £280 with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Peterborough. The church is good, and contains a splendid monument to Sir W. Mildmay, Chancellor of the Exchequer in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and founder of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

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


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

Ancient CountyNorthamptonshire 
Ecclesiastical parishApethorpe St. Leonard 
Poor Law unionOundle 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1670., in association with the Northamptonshire Record Office, have images of the Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts for Northamptonshire online.


Church of England

St. Leonard (parish church)

The church of St. Leonard is an edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel with mortuary chapel on the south side, nave of four bays, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower with a short pyramidal spire, and containing 4 bells: in the church is a splendid marble monument to Sir Anthony Mildmay kt. ob. Sept. 11, 1617, and Grace (Sherington) his wife, ob. 1621: the east window and one other are stained: there are sittings for 250 persons.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Apethorpe from the following:

Land and Property

Apethorpe Hall, a little south of the village, is a mansion of various dates, ranging from the period of Henry VI. to modern times, and contains two fireplaces which may be of much earlier work: in the year 1603 it was visited by King James I. then on his journey to London to assume the crown of England, and it was here he first met George Villiers, afterwards Duke of Buckingham; the mansion contains several portraits of great excellence; the park extends over 150 acres: there are also well laid-out pleasure grounds: some tessellated pavement, discovered in the park, is supposed to indicate the site here of a Roman villa, and a small hut has been built over it to assure its preservation.

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northamptonshire is available to browse.


Online maps of Apethorpe are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Northamptonshire papers online:

DistrictEast Northamptonshire
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtPE8
Post TownPeterborough