Corby (St. John The Baptist)

CORBY (St. John The Baptist), a parish, in the union of Kettering, hundred of Corby, N. division of the county of Northampton, 2½ miles (S. E.) from Rockingham; containing 791 inhabitants. It is intersected by the road from Oundle to Harborough, and comprises 2613a. 3r. 30p. Building-stone is found in great plenty; the stone is used also for the roads. The ancient family of the lords Latimer held property in the parish in early times; the manor is now vested in the Earl of Cardigan. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £13. 16. 3., and in the gift of the Earl. The church is a uniform and beautiful specimen of the decorated style, and consists of a chancel, nave, south aisle, and south porch, with a western tower and spire; it was probably erected at the commencement of the 14th century. The porch is entirely of stone, the roof being supported by two arched stone ribs. The edifice was internally in a very dilapidated state, but has been successfully restored; the piers, arches, and windows have been scraped, and relieved from many coats of whitewash, and new open seats have been put up, possessing the character of the old oak seats. In the church is a tomb, supposed to cover the remains of a lord Latimer; and in the churchyard is a monument of old date, remarkable for the beauty of its design, and its picturesque effect. The Independents have a small place of worship. There is a national school, supported by the Earl of Cardigan; also a British and Foreign school for boys and girls, endowed by Mr. Rowlatt, a former inhabitant of the village.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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