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Rothersthorpe, Northamptonshire

Historical Description

Rothersthorpe, a parish in Northamptonshire, on the Northampton Canal, 1½ mile NW of Blisworth station on the L. & N.W.R., and 3½ miles SW of Northampton. Post town, Northampton; money order and telegraph office, Gayton. Acreage, 1275; population, 266. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough; net value, £150 with residence. The church is a building of stone in the Perpendiculiar style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, S porch, and a pack-saddle tower, which was thoroughly restored in 1895. There is a Baptist chapel. An ancient encampment formed of very lofty earthworks is standing in the centre of the village, and is supposed to be Danish.

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 parishRothersthorpe St. Peter and St. Paul 
Poor Law unionHardingstone 

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


A burial ground of about half an acre was formed in 1911.

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1563, and there is a list of vicars from 1227., in association with the Northamptonshire Record Office, have images of the Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts for Northamptonshire online.


Church of England

SS. Peter and Paul (parish church)

The church of SS. Peter and Paul is a building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and a western tower containing 5 bells: in 1912-14 the tower and the old bells were restored and the fifth bell added; in the same years the north and south aisles were restored: the font is Norman: there are 250 sittings.


Baptist chapel

There is a Baptist chapel, erected in 1892.

Civil Registration

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Rothersthorpe from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Rothersthorpe 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:

DistrictSouth Northamptonshire
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtNN7
Post TownNorthampton