Harpole

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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 years. 

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/