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Fineshade, Northamptonshire

Historical Description

Fineshade, a small parish in Northamptonshire, near the river Welland and the boundary with Eutland, 1½ mile E from Wakerley and Barrowden station on the L. & N.W.R., and 10 NNW of Onndle. Post town, Stamford; money order and telegraph office, Duddington. Acreage, 802; population, 88. An Augustinian priory was built here in the time of King John, by Richard Engayne, on the site of an ancient fortress called Castle Hymel, and was given at the dissolution to the Eussels. Fineshade Abbey now occupies the priory's site, and is the seat of Edward Philip Monckton, Esq. The living is a donative in the diocese of Peterborough, but no clergyman is ever appointed.

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 parishFineshade St. Mary 
Poor Law unionUppingham 

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

Church Records, in association with the Northamptonshire Record Office, have images of the Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts for Northamptonshire online.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Fineshade from the following:

Land and Property

Fineshade Abbey, an ancient building, was restored and modernized in 1856 and is now a mansion in the Italian style: it stands on the site of the priory, and a large portion of the original walls, several feet in thickness, is incorporated in the new work: the house is delightfully situated in a well-wooded park.

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

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

DistrictEast Northamptonshire
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtNN17
Post TownCorby