Greens-Norton (St. Bartholomew)

GREENS-NORTON (St. Bartholomew), a parish, in the union of Towcester, hundred of Greens-Norton, S. division of the county of Northampton, 1¾ mile (N. W. by W.) from Towcester; containing 822 inhabitants. This place in Domesday book is styled simply Norton: it had afterwards the name of Norton-Davy; and from the family of Green, who were possessors of it for many generations, it received the prefix which is still retained. Here was a manorial seat belonging to the Greens, now totally destroyed; and adjoining it was Norton Park, a tract of about 200 acres, long since divided into fields. The parish comprises 2255½ acres of land, resting upon limestone and red sandstone; the surface is gently undulated, and the soil of good average quality. The river Tow forms the southern boundary of the parish, dividing it from that of Towcester; and the Roman Watling-street passes on the east. The living is a rectory, with the livings of Silverstone and Whittlebury annexed, valued in the king's books at £38, and in the patronage of the Crown; net income, £771. A small endowed school has been incorporated with a national school. Here was a chantry, of which a barn and yard are the only remains. Near Kingthorne Wood is a mineral spring. This is the birthplace of Catherine Parr, the sixth queen of Henry VIII.

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

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