Harrington, Northamptonshire

Harrington is a village and civil parish in Northamptonshire, England, administered by North Northamptonshire council. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish's population was 154 people,[1] including Thorpe Underwood but reducing to 146 at the 2011 Census.[2] The parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul is located north-east of the village itself.

St. Peter and St. Paul Church at Harrington. - geograph.org.uk - 363432.jpg
Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
Harrington is located in Northamptonshire
Location within Northamptonshire
Population146 (2011)
OS grid referenceSP7780
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNorthampton
Postcode districtNN6
Dialling code01536
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°24′43″N 0°51′50″W / 52.412°N 0.864°W / 52.412; -0.864Coordinates: 52°24′43″N 0°51′50″W / 52.412°N 0.864°W / 52.412; -0.864


The villages name origin is uncertain. 'Farm/settlement connected with Heathuhere' or farm/settlement of the Heather dwellers'.[3]

After the dissolution of the monasteries, the Saunders family became lords of the manor of Harrington. In the 17th century the manor house passed by marriage to the Stanhope and then the Tollemache families until it was pulled down in 1745 by Lionel Tollemache, 4th Earl of Dysart. A stone pillar from one of the gateposts now stands in the middle of Desborough.

The site of the manor house is called ‘The Falls’ with the ‘Park’ adjoining. The Falls contains the remains of terraces, fishponds and a sunken garden, which may have had a fountain. The fishponds were constructed to supply fresh fish to the monastic house. Eel, bream, pike, and perch were bred in a series of ponds of varying size fed by channels. The gardens were laid out by Sir Lionel Tollemache, 2nd Baronet who married Hon. Elizabeth Stanhope, daughter of John Stanhope, 1st Baron Stanhope, around 1620 and inherited the estate in 1675. It is now listed as an historical archaeological site.

The Tollemache family sold the Harrington estate in 1864, and it was ultimately purchased in 1913 by the Desborough Cooperative Society, which saw great possibilities in the development of ironstone working.

A converted barn at Falls Farm in Harrington now houses a gin distillery, Warner Edwards Distillery. The gin is made with spring water from the farm itself, together with home-grown elderflower and ten other botanicals including juniper, coriander and Angelica root.[4] In April 2013 the company was featured on BBC One's Countryfile.[5]

Notable buildingsEdit

The Historic England website contains details of a total of five listed buildings in the parish of Arthingworth, all of which are Grade II apart from St Peter & St Pauls Church, which is Grade II*.[6] They are:

RAF HarringtonEdit

During World War II RAF Harrington used by the USAF was located south of the village across the B576 road, now the A14. It was a later a Thor missile site.


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics: Harrington CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 12 November 2009
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. -Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Key to English Place-names".
  4. ^ "The curious story of Northants gin making" Northampton Chronicle; 31 December 2012
  5. ^ "Northamptonshire". bbc.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Historic England – The List". Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Appleton Farmhouse (1288977)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Henry Hall's House (1213603)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Slade Farmhouse (1213604)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  10. ^ Historic England. "40-50 High Street, Harrington (1213606)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 October 2015.

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