Thorpe Mandeville shown within Northamptonshire
|Population||194 (2001 census)|
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|Civil parish||Thorpe Mandeville|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Thorpe Mandeville is a village and civil parish in South Northamptonshire, England about 6 miles (10 km) northeast of Banbury in neighbouring Oxfordshire. The hamlet of Lower Thorpe lies just north of the village.
The Kirton family lived at Thorpe Mandeville manor house from 1554 to 1685. The current ironstone manor house dates from about the 1770s, replacing an old house that stood west of the church. The south front of the house is of five bays and is in the style of Thomas Archer.
By the end of the 11th century Thorpe Mandeville had a parish church, which was included in the early endowments to a Cluniac priory of the Abbey of La Charité-sur-Loire that had been founded at Preston Capes in 1090 and moved to Daventry shortly thereafter.
The present Church of England parish church of Saint John the Baptist, built of local ironstone, dates largely from the early part of the 14th century. The north aisle has Decorated Gothic windows and an arcade of three bays. The chancel has windows dating from about 1300, the middle of the Decorated Gothic period. The architect Albert Hartshorne restored the chancel in 1872. The tower has a saddleback roof and three bells. The parish is now part of the benefice of Culworth with Sulgrave and Thorpe Mandeville and Chipping Warden with Edgcote and Moreton Pinkney.
Social and economic history
In 1900 the Great Central Railway (GCR) completed a line linking its new main line at Culworth Junction with the Great Western Railway at Banbury Junction. The link line passed through the northern part of Thorpe Mandeville parish. In 1911 the GCR opened Chalcombe Road Halt 2.5 miles (4.0 km) west of Thorpe Mandeville and in 1913 it added Eydon Road Halt at Culworth 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Thorpe Mandeville. British Railways closed both halts in 1956 and closed the line between Culworth Junction and Banbury Junction in 1966.
The village has a public house, the Three Conies, that belongs to the Hook Norton Brewery. Thorpe Mandeville is on an important former drovers' road called Banbury Lane. The Three Conies was built in the 17th century as a drovers' inn, providing overnight accommodation for the drovers and their stock.
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- Thorpe Mandeville village website
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- Pevsner & Cherry, 1973, page 429
- Serjeantson & Adkins, 1906, pages 109-114
- A Church Near You: Benefice of Culworth with Sulgrave and Thorpe Mandeville and Chipping Warden with Edgcote and Moreton Pinkney
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- The Three Conies
- "Three Conies Inn". Thorpe Mandeville: Thorpe-Mandeville yesterday. Retrieved September 11, 2011. concerning a Three Conies inn dating back to 1738.