Old Stratford is a village in the south of the English county of Northamptonshire. The population of the village (including Passenham) at the 2011 Census was 1,935. The 'Stratford' part of the village name is Anglo-Saxon in origin and means 'ford on a Roman road'. The Roman road in this sense is the Watling Street that runs through the middle of the town.
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The village lies immediately north of where the Watling Street crossed the River Great Ouse; just south of this crossing point is the town of Stony Stratford in Milton Keynes. (The ford was replaced by a causeway and stone bridge many years ago). The Ouse forms the boundary of the civil parish with that of Stony Stratford and also that between Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire. Originally located on the junction of the A5, the A422 and the A508, these roads now bypass the village on its northern edge.
The Buckingham Arm of the Grand Union Canal passed through the village but has been disused since 1964. There remains a "Wharf Lane" and signs of the path of the old canal through the village towards Buckingham.
The village has a few local facilities (two motor dealers, a Chinese takeaway, an Indian restaurant and a corner shop), and relies on Stony Stratford and Milton Keynes for a broader range of shops as well as for its medical, financial and other professional needs.
The "Stony Stratford" HoardEdit
- SNC (2009). South Northamptonshire Council Year Book 2009-2010. Towcester NN12 7FA. p. 39.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
- Map of Old Stratford and Passenham
- Old Stratford Primary School
- Old Stratford Parish Council
- "Northamptonshire County Council website". Retrieved 26 July 2009.