|In common with many villages surrounding Northampton , Harpole now
finds itself virtually on the borders of the greatly expanded town,
probably relieved that at least it has not been swallowed up by the
consuming development. So
Harpole, just to the west of Northampton, still retains its village
identity. There is the
usual ribbon development on the outskirts but the heart of the village
is full of character and charm with many warm sandstone cottages.
There are 2 pubs, The Bull and The Live and Let Live, famed for
the annual Clay Pipe Smoking contests, that have been revived in recent
The Church standing at the North end of the village has Norman beginnings, and its most notable treasure is an exquisite carved 12th century font.Amongst local organisations is a flourishing garden society, which meets regularly in the Old School, and a local history group with members as far afield as Australia.
Visit their excellent website on www.btinternet.com/~robert.winters3/