Maidford (St. Peter and St. Paul)

MAIDFORD (St. Peter and St. Paul), a parish, in the union of Towcester, hundred of Green's-Norton, S. division of the county of Northampton, 6¾ miles (N. W. by W.) from Towcester; containing 339 inhabitants. The parish comprises 1051a. 2r. 16p., of which 74 acres are woodland, and the remainder arable and pasture in about equal portions. There are extensive quarries of limestone of excellent quality, which supply the adjoining parishes with lime for manure; also some veins of good freestone. The manufacture of silk stockings is carried on to a moderate extent, and many of the females are employed in making lace. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £8. 8. 9.; net income, £300; patron, W. Grant, Esq. The greater portion of the tithes has been commuted for land, under an act of inclosure; the glebe altogether comprises 172 acres, with a house. The church is an ancient structure, with a lofty well-built tower surmounted by a pyramidal roof of tiles. There is a chalybeate spring, formerly in high repute.

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

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