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Spratton is a village and civil parish in the English county of Northamptonshiremarker. The local government authority is Daventry District Councilmarker. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish's population was 1,099 people. Spratton is 7.1 miles north of Northamptonmarker, 6.5 miles from Long Buckbymarker and 11.4 miles from Daventry. The village is situated on the A5199 road.


Landmarks

Parish Church

The parish church of Spratton is dedicated to St Andrew and stands on Brixworth Road. The ecclesiastical parish is part of the diocese of Peterboroughmarker. The church, built from ironstone, stands on high ground in the centre of the village and has a tower with a spire. The chancel is 29 feet long by 15 feet wide. The earliest church built on the site dated from 1120, but it has been altered and remodelled considerably over the centuries. The interior of the church was restored in 1847 by Sir Gilbert Scott, and the north porch rebuilt. The spire was taken down nearly to the base in 1870 and rebuilt. The great great grandmother of George Washington was baptised in the church.

Spratton Hall School

The private preparatory school Spratton Hall School was founded by K.C. Hunter and his wife Joan in 1951. Spratton Hall, the largest house in the village, is a plain three-storey 18th century structure. The roof is slate and the main structure is made from limestone from Kingsthorpemarker. The house was probably built in 1760 on the site of an earlier farmhouse. The house has a Grade II listing.The actor Tenniel Evans taught English and drama there for a short time in the early 1950s before returning to theatre. Matt Dawson, the Saints,Wasps and England Rugby player, was a gap student at Spratton Hall from 1996 to 1997.

Amenities

The village has one public house, the King’s Head on Brixworthmarker Road. There is a butchers, Saul’s, also on Brixworth Road, and established in 1926. There is also a village store.

Events

Spratton hosts a folk music festival in July every year. Bands that have appeared so far include Capercaillie, Show of Hands, Oysterband and Peatbog Faeries. In addition to the music, there are craft stalls, food, children's entertainment and a bar serving real ales and ciders.

Notable people



References

  1. Office for National Statistics: Spratton CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 21 November 2009
  2. Spratton Hall School - Prep & Pre-prep in Northamptonshire UK
  3. Sauls Of Spratton Ltd
  4. Spratton Folk Festival



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