Barton Seagrave

Barton Seagrave is a village and civil parish in the Kettering borough of Northamptonshire, England. The village is a suburb of Kettering, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south-east of the town centre. The older part of the village is known for its Norman Church and attractive buildings.

Barton Seagrave
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St Botolph's parish church
Barton Seagrave is located in Northamptonshire
Barton Seagrave
Barton Seagrave
Location within Northamptonshire
Population4,418 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP890765
• London81 miles (130 km)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKettering
Postcode districtNN15
Dialling code01536
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament


The 2011 Census recorded a parish population of 4,418 in 1,843 homes.[1]


The A6 road linking London and Leicester joins the A14 road just to the south of the village. The A14 joins the M1 motorway at junction 19 (Catthorpe Interchange) offering easy access to Huntingdon, Felixstowe and London.

The Midland Main Line runs to the west of the village, partly along the edge of the River Ise. The nearest station is Kettering railway station, which opened in 1857 and is maintained by East Midlands Trains,[2] which run services to London, Sheffield, Corby and Derby.[3]

The village used to be connected with Cambridge by rail via the Kettering, Thrapston and Huntingdon Railway, until this was closed in 1961 due to the Beeching cuts.[4] Part of the route of the branch can still be viewed today and is in use as a footpath.[5]

Bridge over the River Ise on the abandoned Kettering, Thrapston and Huntingdon Railway
A bridge over the River Ise on the abandoned Kettering, Thrapston and Huntingdon Railway. The route of the line can be traced to the south of the village.


Barton Seagrave has a Parish Council and forms the Barton ward of Kettering Borough Council. It is in the Wicksteed division of Northamptonshire County Council.


The village has a wide range of amenities, including a convenience store on Gotch Road, a full-service Post Office on St Botolph's Road and a petrol station beside the A6 on the outermost limits of the village. There is a Community Centre on Castle Way, along with the Masque Theatre, and a new (201&) village hall in the Redrow estate off St Botolph's Road / Polwell Lane.

The large and lively church, St Botolph's, is located at the village green, adjacent to the war memorial. They provide groups for all ages, from mums and tots to seniors' groups, plus youth groups and regular social events for the community.

The village has one pub, The Stirrup Cup, on Woodlands Avenue, which serves real ales and has a regular quiz night.[6]


The village is home to the Castle Fields Wildlife Trust site.[7] This is managed by the Wicksteed Trust and is a haven for plants, including Meadowsweet.[7] A footpath runs through the reserve to the arboretum at Wicksteed Park and sheep graze in the reserve during the summer.

There is also a pocket park, Wallis Spinney, a strip of woodland which lies within the Ise Valley, south-east of the church, which is accessible via Belvoir Drive. The Spinney is cut into three areas by a road and a tarmac footpath and is the site of ancient woodland consisting mainly of ash and field maple. This had been neglected, but is now being cared for. The site now has accessible paths and information signs to welcome visitors, but is difficult to access from Castle Way due to the fence built by Ms Hearne, Principal of the Latimer Community Arts College.[8] It is named after a local farmer, Samuel Wallis, and was once owned by Wicksteed Park. It is thought that most trees were planted in the 17th century, although it is probable that woodland existed prior to this. There is evidence of coppicing, hedge-laying and a boundary ditch, possibly from a medieval field system.


The village has three schools. The Latimer Arts College[9] is a secondary school at the top of Castle Way. It has an emphasis on the performing arts.[10] and has a theatre and dance studios.

Barton Seagrave Primary School is on an adjacent wooded site, and has recently expanded to three-form entry after an extensive building program ending in 2016. Hayfield's Cross Church of England School is a primary school that opened in 2015, on the new development to the east of Barton Road. It opened significantly in advance of the houses that would supply its pupils.

Expansion proposals

The northern border of the village is Wicksteed Park, which forms a welcome green belt between the village and Kettering. There is considerable development to the south and east, with new warehouse developments to the south of the A14 in adjacent Burton Latimer, on former agricultural land.

Many new homes have been built to the north of St Botolph's Road / Polwell Lane, extending the developed land towards Wicksteed Park.[11] Further homebuilding to the east of Barton Seagrave will considerably expand the village. This development is expected to ultimately include three primary schools (one of which opened in 2015), a secondary school and local facilities such as shops and doctors' surgeries.

Notable buildings


The village has one of the oldest churches in Kettering, parts of which date from 1120-1130 AD, although much of the rest is 13th century. It is the Norman Church of England parish church of Saint Botolph,[12] locally known as 'St Bot's'. There are memorials to Jane Floyde (died 1616) wife of Hugh Floyde, rector, who is depicted at a prayer desk attended by five children,[13] and also to three John Bridges (died 1712), the county historian (died 1724) and another (died 1741). The Bridges family lived at Barton Seagrave Hall.[12] Barton Seagrave War Memorial is in the church grounds.


This building was built around 1700, although the south side was rebuilt in 1806.[12] It is currently in use as 'Church House', providing community facilities, accommodation and church offices.


South-west of the village centre is the site of Barton Seagrave Castle. This was built in the early part of the 14th century by Nicholas Segrave the younger, but became ruined after 1433.[13] It was surrounded by a moat, and another moat lies to the north of the castle site. These can still be seen today.

Barton Seagrave Hall and Wicksteed Park

Originally built in 1550 by the Humphrey family,[14] it was bought in 1665 by John Bridges (1642–1712) of Warwickshire, son of the parliamentarian Major Bridges of Alcester. John was Sheriff of Northampton in 1675. After his John died, his son John Bridges (1666–1742) inherited the house. He was an antiquarian and a Fellow of the Royal Society. The house passed to his brother, William (1668–1741) who carried out more renovations started by his father – the date 1725 being on the lead rain-water heads.[13] However, he fell into debt and was forced to mortgage the house in 1733. Later that century the house was owned by the Wilcox family then Richard Tibbits whose son was responsible for modernising the house further. Lady Mary Isabella Hood-Tibbits lived at the house for many years until her death in 1904 when the house came up for sale and was bought by Charles Wicksteed. He laid out Wicksteed Park[15] within its boundaries. On his death, the house and the park passed to the Wicksteed Village Trust. It was a hotel for a while, then a nursing home for the elderly. For a while it housed part of the NHS on the ground floor, before becoming an arts centre. The first floor and stables accommodated the artists and designers. It is now home to the Vines Restaurant and the Barton Hall Hotel.[16] It can also be hired out for weddings and other events.

The house is of two stories, of limestone and roofed with Collyweston slates.[13] The main front faces south and has projecting end-wings with plain gables and a middle gabled porch of two stories with classic doorway. A wing at the east end containing a number of small rooms appears to be older than the rest of the building.[13] The Orangery is a grade I Listed Building.[14]

Notable residents

Rear Admiral Horace Hood once lived in Barton Hall[17] as a member of the Hood Family. He was killed on the HMS Invincible during the Battle of Jutland[18] in May 1916, and his name is on the Barton Seagrave War Memorial.

The soprano singer Elizabeth Harwood was born in the village on 27 May 1938, but moved to Yorkshire at an early age.

Other natives of the village include topographer John Bridges and his brother, Charles, a painter.


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  16. ^ Barton Hall. "Vines Brasserie : Barton Hall : Hotel, Spa and Restaurant". Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  17. ^ The Marquis of Ruvigny and Ranieval (2013). The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: The Mortimer-Percy Volume. Heritage Books. p. 142. ISBN 9780788418723.
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Barton (Kettering BC Ward)

Barton Ward, representing the village of Barton Seagrave, is a 2-member ward within Kettering Borough Council. The ward was last fought at Borough Council level in the 2007 local council elections, in which both seats were won by the Conservatives.

The current councillors are Cllr. Christopher Lamb and Cllr. Russell Roberts.

Borough of Kettering

Kettering is a local government district and borough in Northamptonshire, England. It is named after its main town Kettering where the council is based. It borders onto the district of Harborough in the neighbouring county of Leicestershire, the borough of Corby, the district of East Northamptonshire, the district of Daventry and the borough of Wellingborough.

In March 2018, an independent report commissioned by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, proposed structural changes to local government in Northamptonshire. These changes would see the existing county council and district councils abolished and two new unitary authorities created in their place. One authority would consist of the existing districts of Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire and the other authority would consist of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough districts.

Charles Bridges (painter)

Charles Bridges (baptized April 2, 1672 – buried December 18, 1747) was an English painter and missionary active in Virginia from 1735 to 1744. He is the first documented painter known to have worked in Virginia.

Elizabeth Harwood

Elizabeth Harwood (27 May 1938 – 21 June 1990) was an English lyric soprano. After a music school, she enjoyed an operatic career lasting for over two decades and worked with such conductors as Colin Davis and Herbert von Karajan. She was one of the few English singers of her generation to be invited to sing in productions at the Salzburg Festival and La Scala, Milan, as well as at the Metropolitan Opera.

After early performances at Glyndebourne and five years at Sadler's Wells Opera Company in the 1960s, Harwood sang at Covent Garden and Scottish Opera before building an international reputation in the 1970s. Her repertoire was extensive, but she was particularly notable for her performances in the operas of Mozart and Richard Strauss. In the concert hall, she performed in oratorio, and in her later years she concentrated on Lieder recitals.

She died of cancer at the age of 52.

Grade II* listed buildings in Kettering (borough)

There are over 20,000 Grade II* listed buildings in England. This page is a list of these buildings in the district of Kettering in Northamptonshire.

Horace Hood

Rear Admiral Sir Horace Lambert Alexander Hood (2 October 1870 – 31 May 1916) was a British Royal Navy admiral of the First World War, whose lengthy and distinguished service saw him engaged in operations around the world, frequently participating in land campaigns as part of a shore brigade. His early death at the Battle of Jutland in the destruction of his flagship HMS Invincible was met with mourning and accolades from across Britain.

Admiral Hood was a youthful, vigorous and active officer whose service in Africa won him the Distinguished Service Order and who was posthumously appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in recognition of his courageous and ultimately fatal service in the Battle of Jutland, during which his ship was constantly engaged from its arrival at the action and caused fatal damage to a German light cruiser. He has been described as "the beau ideal of a naval officer, spirited in manner, lively of mind, enterprising, courageous, handsome, and youthful in appearance … His lineage was pure Royal Navy, at its most gallant".

Jeffery Ekins

Jeffery Ekins D.D. (died 1791) was an English churchman, Dean of Carlisle Cathedral from 1782.

John Bridges (topographer)

John Bridges (1666–1724) was an English lawyer, antiquarian and topographer.

John Marsham (cricketer)

Reverend The Honourable John Marsham (25 July 1842 – 16 September 1926) was an English clergyman and amateur cricketer.

Marsham was the second son of Charles Marsham, 3rd Earl of Romney. He was born at Boxley House at Boxley south of Maidstone in Kent in 1842 and educated at Eton College. He graduated from Downing College, Cambridge in 1866, having moved to the University from Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 1860) in 1864.Marsham was ordained as a deacon at Oxford in 1866 and as a priest 1867. He served as curate at Middleton-Stoney in Oxfordshire between 1866 and 1867 and at Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire between 1867 and 1868 before becoming rector of Barton Seagrave in Northamptonshire in 1868. He remained rector at Barton Seagrave until 1908 before serving as rector and archpriest at Haccombe in Devon until 1912 when he retired. He married Penelope Hume in 1866 and the couple had 11 children. One son, Walter Marsham, played one first-class cricket match for the Gentlemen of India in 1903.Marsham played two first-class cricket matches for Kent County Cricket Club in 1873. He played non-first-class cricket for a number of amateur teams, including Free Foresters and MCC, as well as for Wellingborough Cricket Club and for Northamptonshire before the club gained first-class status. He was a member of the first Northants committee when the club was formed in 1878.His brother Charles became the 4th Earl of Romney in 1874. Marsham died at Roehampton in 1926 aged 84.

Latimer Arts College

The Latimer Community Arts College is a foundation secondary school located in Barton seagrave, Northamptonshire, England, teaching students aged 11 to 18. The school has approximately 1020 students. The most recent Ofsted inspection from February 2018 judged Latimer as remaining Good.

The school is also home to The Masque theatre, a popular theatre in the area which is used by both the school and the community.

List of places in Northamptonshire

Map of villages in Northamptonshire compiled from this list

See the list of places in England for places in other counties

This is a list of places in the ceremonial county of Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. (See also Category:Villages in Northamptonshire)

List of schools in Northamptonshire

This is a list of schools in Northamptonshire, England.

NN postcode area

The NN postcode area, also known as the Northampton postcode area, is a group of nineteen postcode districts in England, which are subdivisions of eight post towns. These postcode districts cover most of Northamptonshire, including Northampton, Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby, Brackley, Daventry, Rushden and Towcester, plus very small parts of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.

Nicholas Colfox

Sir Nicholas Colfox (flourished 1400) was a medieval English knight who in 1397 was involved in the murder of Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester, uncle of King Richard II, apparently on the orders of the king. Colfox's involvement in the killing may have been alluded to in Geoffrey Chaucer's Nun's Priest's Tale, in which a duplicitous fox is referred to as a "Colfox" and described as "liking to murder men".

Philip Hollobone

Philip Thomas Hollobone (born 7 November 1964) is a British Conservative Party politician and former investment banker. He has been the Member of Parliament for Kettering since the 2005 general election.

River Ise

The River Ise is a river in Northamptonshire, England and a tributary of the River Nene.

The river rises in the very field that hosted the Battle of Naseby at the north-western tip of Northamptonshire. Flowing east past Desborough and the Eleanor cross at Geddington, through the grounds of Rushton Hall it then turns south and passes Kettering, through Wicksteed Park, past Barton Seagrave, Burton Latimer and Finedon before joining the Nene just south of Wellingborough.

Seagrave (disambiguation)

Seagrave is a village and civil parish in the Charnwood district of Leicestershire, England.

Seagrave may also refer to:

PlacesBarton Seagrave, village and civil parish in the Kettering borough of Northamptonshire, England

Seagrave, Ontario, a Canadian community in Scugog townshipPeopleDan Seagrave (born 1971), British artist

Gordon Seagrave (1897 – 1965), Burmese missionary and author

Jocelyn Seagrave (born 1968), American film and television actress

Sterling Seagrave (1937–2017), American historianOtherSeagrave Fire Apparatus, American manufacturer of fire apparatus

Walter Marsham

Walter John Marsham (24 October 1869 – 8 March 1945) was an English cricketer. Marsham's batting style is unknown.

The son of Kent cricketer Rev. Hon. John Marsham and Penelope Jane Hume and grandson of Charles Marsham, 3rd Earl of Romney, Marsham was born at Barton Seagrave Rectory in Northamptonshire where his father was rector. Marsham appeared once for Northamptonshire in the 1897 Minor Counties Championship against Worcestershire at the County Ground, Northampton. While in the British Raj, Marsham made a single first-class cricket appearance for the Gentlemen of India against Oxford University Authentics in January 1903 at the Polo Ground, Delhi.Marsham married Frances Leonora Monckton, daughter of Lieut.Col.Edward Philip Monckton M.P,of Fineshade Abbey and Laundimer House,Oundle,in 1908. He died at Winchester, Hampshire on 8 March 1945 aged 75.He had two children, John Edward born 1910 and Violet Leonora born 1913.His brother-in-law Arthur Hoare was also a first-class cricketer.

Wicksteed Park Nature Reserve

Wicksteed Park is a 14.2 hectare nature reserve in Barton Seagrave, on the eastern outskirts of Kettering in Northamptonshire. It is managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.This site is in two areas, Wicksteed Water Meadows and Castle Field. Water meadows are flooded by people for agricultural purposes, unlike flood meadows which are under water when river levels are high. Flora include great burnet and marsh marigold, and there are also grass snakes.There is public access to Castle Field on the south side of Barton Road but not the water meadows on the north side.

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