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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Watford St. Peter and St. Paul|
|Poor Law union||Daventry|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Watford from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Watford (St. Peter and St. Paul))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northamptonshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Watford are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
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