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Thrapston, Northamptonshire

Historical Description

Thrapston, a market and union town and a parish in Northamptonshire. The town stands on the river Nene, which is here crossed by a substantial bridge connecting the town with the village of Islip, 7½ miles SW from Oundle, 17 NW from Huntingdon, and 75 from London. It has stations on the L. & N.W.R. and M.R., and a head post office. The town consists chiefly of four streets in the form of a cross, is a seat of petty sessions and county courts, and has a corn icxchange, a county police station, two banks, two hotels, and the union workhouse. There is a good market for grain, cattle, sheep, and pigs on Tuesdays, and fairs are held on the first Tuesday in May, 5 August, and on the first Tuesday after Old Michaelmas day. Acreage of parish, 1150; population, 1570. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; net value, £270 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is an edifice of stone in the Early English, Decorated, and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, transepts, and an embattled western tower with spire. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels.

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 parishThrapston St. James 
Poor Law unionThrapston 

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.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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DistrictEast Northamptonshire
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtNN14
Post TownKettering