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Ashley is a village and civil parish in the Kettering district of Northamptonshire, England, about 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Market Harborough, Leicestershire and 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Corby. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 224.[1] The village is near the River Welland, which forms the border with Leicestershire. The Roman road called Via Devana in the part from Ratae (now Leicester) to Duroliponte (now Cambridge) ran just north of the village.

The George, Ashley.jpg
The George public house
Ashley is located in Northamptonshire
Location within Northamptonshire
Population224 (2011)
OS grid referenceSP7990
• London92 miles (148.1 km)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMarket Harborough
Postcode districtLE16
Dialling code01858
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
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52°30′N 0°50′W / 52.50°N 00.83°W / 52.50; -00.83Coordinates: 52°30′N 0°50′W / 52.50°N 00.83°W / 52.50; -00.83



The 2001 census shows a population of 217.[2]

Notable buildingsEdit

The village church is dedicated to St Mary and was mostly rebuilt by Sir George Gilbert Scott at a cost of £2,000 in 1867 for the Rev Richard Pulteney, rector 1853-74 and also the Squire.[3]

The Manor House was also remodelled for Pulteney by Edmund Francis Law in 1865. Pulteney also got Scott to build a Gothic village school (1858) and Masters House (1865)

Roman villaEdit

The remains were found in Alderstone field in the 19th century during railway construction of the line from Market Harborough to Peterborough and Stamford just north of the village, which had its own station (Ashley and Weston railway station). The site was close to the Roman Road from Leicester to Cambridge. Excavations in 1969-71 show a villa and outbuildings close to the road.[3]

Village eventsEdit

Every Easter Monday there is a tug of war match against the neighbouring villages of Hallaton and Medbourne.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics: Ashley CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 6 December 2009
  3. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus (1961). The Buildings of England – Northamptonshire. London and New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 93–4. ISBN 978-0-300-09632-3.

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