Houghton, Great (St. Mary)

HOUGHTON, GREAT (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Hardingstone, hundred of Wymmersley, S. division of the county of Northampton, 2¼ miles (E. S. E.) from Northampton; containing 332 inhabitants. The parish is situated on the right bank of the navigable river Nene, and comprises 1783a. 11p., of which 341 acres are arable; the soil is gravelly, with a clay substratum, and of a highly productive quality. The road from Northampton to Bedford passes at the bottom of a lane leading up to the village, and the Northampton and Peterborough railway runs parallel with the road through part of the parish. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £22, and in the gift of Magdalen College, Oxford: the tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £620, and there are 41 acres of glebe, and a rectory-house. The church, erected about 120 years ago, is a neat edifice in the Grecian style, with a spire.

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

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