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Great Houghton, Northamptonshire

Historical Description

Houghton, Great, a parish in Northamptonshire, near the river None, 2¾ miles ESE from Northampton, and 2 from Billing station on the L. & N.W.R. It has a post and money order office under Northampton; telegraph office, Little Houghton. The parish is crossed by the L. & N.W.R. and M.R. Acreage, 1712; population of the civil parish, 303; of the ecclesiastical, 310. Great Houghton Hall is a chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; gross value, £567 with residence. Patron, Mag-dalen College, Oxford. The church is an edifice of stone in the Italian style.

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 parishHoughton St. Mary 
Poor Law unionHardingstone 

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.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is an edifice of stone in the Italian style, consisting of small chancel, nave, south porch and a western tower surrounded with eight columns, the whole surmounted by an octagonal spire, and containing 2 bells: in 1884 a clock was placed in the tower at a cost of £81, and in 1908 the spire was restored at a cost of £120. The church was restored in 1878 at a cost of £800, when the south porch was built, the former windows replaced by others, the western gallery removed, the tower arch opened and the interior reseated. In 1910-11 the church was again restored, the sanctuary was deepened, the floor laid with Greek marble, a reredos and an altar of oak erected, and the walls covered to a height of seven feet with oak panelling: at the same time the east window was filled with stained glass. On the north side of the nave is a stained memorial window to the Hon. Frances Elizabeth Spencer, of Great Houghton Hall, who died 1 April, 1884. There are 120 sittings.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Great Houghton from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtNN4
Post TownNorthampton