Blisworth

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This large village with a population of over 2000, has developed from a small Saxon settlement amidst Salcey Forest.  The heyday for Blisworth came during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, with the building first of the canal and later the railway.  Both projects involved considerable feats of engineering.

There is a fine, mainly 14th century, church standing on high ground in the centre of the village, and a substantial Baptist Church.  Many of the attractive cottages are characterised by the distinctive banded stonework, made up of Northampton sandstone, interspersed with courses of local ironstone.  A tablet on the village hall tells us that it was “The Old School, Restoration Jubilee ERII 1997 - 98”. 

On the front of Church House can be seen 2 plaques of the fire Insurance Companies London & Lancashire and Royal, a reminder of times before universal fire services.

Where in the past the village supported 3 public houses, now only the Royal Oak survives.  The school, shop and post office, along with numerous clubs and societies, would appear to indicate that the future outlook for the village is positive.

 
Watering Stops:  Royal Oak, Chapel Lane, telephone 01604 858372

Donald Turnbull, Walnut Tree Inn, 21 Station Road
Northants NN7 3DS
Tel: 01604 859551
Fax: 01604 879187
Email: donald@walnut-tree.co.uk
http://www.walnut-tree.co.uk