Glapthorn is a village and civil parish in North Northamptonshire, England. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish's population was 264 people,[1] increasing to 271 at the 2011 Census.[2]

Glapthorn is located in Northamptonshire
Location within Northamptonshire
Population271 (2011)
OS grid referenceTL0290
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPeterborough
Postcode districtPE8
Dialling code01832
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°30′13″N 0°29′41″W / 52.5037°N 0.4946°W / 52.5037; -0.4946Coordinates: 52°30′13″N 0°29′41″W / 52.5037°N 0.4946°W / 52.5037; -0.4946

The villages name origin is uncertain. 'Glappa's thorn-tree' or 'glaep-thorn' an otherwise obscure plant name.[3]

Glapthorn is approximately 1+12 miles NNW of Oundle, the closest town. North of the village is a small wood, Short Wood, with a Saxon earthwork. After suffering problems from widespread "Dutch Elm Disease" tree infection in the 1970s, the woodland is recovering its attraction and is particularly known for its May-time display of bluebell-carpeted open coppice. There are many other species in the woodland, resulting in it being classified as a SSSI. It is publicly accessible as a nature reserve.

Glapthorn's church of St Leonard's mostly dates back to the 13th century with the porch and south doorway added in the 14th century. The altar rail and panels in the pulpit were installed during the reign of James I. Other noteworthy items are a Victorian bier, an original pew located at the back of the church, three bells (one of which dates to the 14th century by John Sleyt), and an organ. The church retains traces of medieval paintings of what is believed to be St. Christopher.

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics: Glapthorn CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 11 December 2009
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Key to English Place-names".