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Watford, Northamptonshire

Historical Description

Watford, a parish in Northamptonshire, about half a mile from Welton station on the L. & N.W.R. main line, and 4¾ miles NNE from Daventry. It is crossed by the Grand Union Canal, and it has a post office under Rugby; money order and telegraph office, Long Buckby. Acreage, 3269 , population of the civil parish, 394; of the ecclesiastical parish, 398. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The manor, with Watford Court, a good country mansion of stone standing in a well-wooded park, belongs to Lord Henley. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough; net value, £226, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor. The church is a building of stone in the Early Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel with N chantrey chapel, nave, aisles, N and S porches, and an embattled western tower. It has some ancient and interesting tombs and monuments, and some good stained memorial windows. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishWatford St. Peter and St. Paul 
Poor Law unionDaventry 

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

We have transcribed the entry for Watford 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 districtNN6
Post TownNorthampton