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Geddington Eleanor cross.jpg

The Geddington cross
Geddington is located in Northamptonshire
Location within Northamptonshire
Population1,503 (2011)
OS grid referenceSP8983
• London85.5 miles (137.6 km)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKettering
Postcode districtNN14
Dialling code01536
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°26′17″N 0°41′13″W / 52.438°N 0.687°W / 52.438; -0.687

Geddington is a village and civil parish on the A4300, previously A43, in North Northamptonshire between Kettering and Corby. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 1,503,[1] virtually unchanged from 1,504 at the 2001 census.[2]

The villages name means 'Farm/settlement connected Gaete' or 'farm/settlement connected with Geiti'. Alternatively, 'goat place farm/settlement'.[3]

The village contains an Eleanor cross. The monument dates from 1294, when the crosses were raised as a memorial by Edward I (1239–1307) to his late wife, Eleanor of Castile (1241–1290). There were originally 12 monuments, one in each resting place of the funeral procession as they travelled to Westminster Abbey. The Geddington cross is one of only three Eleanor crosses still standing; the other two being in Hardingstone (near Northampton) and Waltham Cross, although remnants and reconstructions of the lost ones can also be seen at other sites.

The village was also formerly home to a Royal hunting lodge which was used as a base by monarchs for hunting within the Royal forest of Rockingham. The building has subsequently been lost; however, the "King's Door" within the church of St Mary Magdalene, Geddington in the village remains, it was the entrance through which the King could enter the building while staying at the lodge.

The old main road runs through the village and crosses the River Ise by a spectacular mediaeval bridge. The bridge, built in 1250, has five arches and three pedestrian refuges. A more recent ford also runs alongside the bridge. The village is famous for its annual boxing day squirt in which a barrel attached to a rope across the river is squirted from one side of the ford to the other by competing fire crews from Geddington and Kettering.

Geddington has two public houses: namely, The Star Inn and The White Hart. The village has no shop and the small post office/ newsagents has now closed.


The nearest mainline railway station is Kettering railway station, a distance of 4.1 miles (7 km) from the village. Corby railway station is 5.1 miles (8 km) from the village.

There is a partial cycle path from the village to the nearby town of Kettering and the village of Weekley, but difficulty crossing the road at Weekley means cycling remains an underused mode of transportation.

See also


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics: Kettering (Non-Metropolitan District) Retrieved 9 November 2009
  3. ^

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