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Pitsford is a village and civil parish in the Daventry District of the non-metropolitan county of Northamptonshire in the United Kingdom. According to 2001 census, the parish's population was 636 people,[1] increasing to 671 at the 2011 census.[2]

Pitsford
Pitsford is located in Northamptonshire
Pitsford
Pitsford
Pitsford shown within Northamptonshire
Population 671 (2011)
OS grid reference SP7568
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Northampton
Postcode district NN6
Dialling code 01604
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Northamptonshire
52°18′23″N 0°53′34″W / 52.3064°N 0.8927°W / 52.3064; -0.8927Coordinates: 52°18′23″N 0°53′34″W / 52.3064°N 0.8927°W / 52.3064; -0.8927

Pitsford Water, which is used for fishing and sailing as well as storing water for the local area,[3] is north-west of the village, but only part of it lies within the parish.[4] Pitsford Airstrip is at Moulton Grange Farm.

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Notable buildingsEdit

The Historic England website contains details of a total of 15 entries for listed buildings in the parish of Pitseford, all of which are Grade II except for All Saints’ Church which is Grade II*.[5] These include:

  • All Saints' Church, Church Lane. The church has a Norman doorway. The other parts are later. the Church was restored and the chancel rebuilt in 1867.[6]
  • Griffin Inn, High Street
  • Pitsford Hall, Moulton Road, which is now used by Pitsford School. The Hall was originally built before 1785 to the design of John Johnson who also designed Kingsthorpe Hall and the County (or City) Rooms in Leicester. Pitsford Hall has been altered since 1945.[6][7][8]

QuarryingEdit

Ironstone is quarried at Pitsford and was formerly transported by rail; the railway line is now part of the preserved Northampton & Lamport Railway which has its headquarters at Pitsford and Brampton railway station. From 1925 to 1965 the quarrying was to obtain iron ore. It began to the south of the road from the A508 to Pitsford and Brampton Station and worked its way eastward to the A508. From 1959 the quarry was on the east side of the A508. The stone was transported to the main railway by a standard gauge branch operated by steam locomotives. From 1925 to 1939 gannister was also obtained and this was taken from the western part of the quarry to the standard gauge branch by a short 2 foot gauge tramway with its own steam locomotive. The quarry to the west of the main road was smoothed over as was the route of the branch railway but the quarry to the east of the A508 was later reopened for the obtaining of stone for road building, the stone being taken away by lorry. Steam quarrying machines were used at first but diesel machines were introduced from 1927 onwards. The steam machines were scrapped in 1958. Electric machines were also used from 1955.[9]

20000 trees have been planted on the later quarried area since 2002 [10]

Notable inhabitantEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Office for National Statistics: Pitsford CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 16 November 2009
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighborough Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Anglian Water: Pitsford Water Park. Retrieved 16 November 2009
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 mapping
  5. ^ "Historic England – The List". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  6. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus (1973). Cherry, Bridget, ed. Northamptonshire. Buildings of England (2nd ed.). London: Penguin. p. 374. ISBN 0-14-0710-22-1. 
  7. ^ Pevsner op cit page 340
  8. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1984). Williamson, Elizabeth, ed. Leicestershire and Rutland. Buildings of England. London: Penguin. p. 222. ISBN 0-14-071018-3. 
  9. ^ Tonks, Eric (1992). The Ironstone Quarries of the East Midlands Part 9 Leicestershire. Cheltenham: Runpast Publishing. p. 154-166. ISBN 1-870754-08-5. 
  10. ^ "Pitsford Quarry Community Wood". Woodland Trust. Retrieved 15 August 2017. 

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