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Welcome to the website for the village of Scaldwell, which is situated near Northampton in the U.K.
Online Domesday Book reference
The name Scaldwell is derived from the Danish Scald .. Meaning shallow and the Saxon Weile .. Meaning spring, and the village is first mentioned in the Doomsday Book, although there is archeological evidence in the form of Roman pottery kilns and a hoard of 6th century loom weights to show earlier occupation.
The village lies approximately 8 miles from the towns of Northampton, Market Harborough, Kettering and Wellingborough, and is a peaceful and picturesque place built largely of Northamptonshire Stone and having a village green at the centre. On the green is a well was still in use until the 1950’s and which has stones inset to commemorate two reconstructions.
Throughout most of Scaldwell’s existence its lifeblood has been agriculture, but between 1913 and 1963 it was the headquarters of the local ironstone quarrying company. During this time narrow gauge steam locomotives could be seen running across its fields and between the edge of the village and the Harborough Road an aerial ropeway also carried ore. However restoration has been so good that strangers to the area would now see no evidence of it ever having been there.
This link will take you to the IR Societies site and a particular page with details about the Scaldwell railway http://www.irsociety.co.uk/Archives/60/Ironstone.htm
The Parish church of St Peter and Paul has a 12th Century tower, with the main structure belonging to the late 13th century with 15th and 19th century additions.
The oldest building in the village with evidence to support the claim is the Town Well Cottage next to the church and is a rare survival.
Perhaps the only person of national significance to have lived here is John James
Graves (1832 -
The image has a link to northamptonshirelandscapes.co.uk
with a page about George Clarke
He also died here, but a far more important inhabitant so far as Northamptonshire is concerned was George Clarke, a local self taught artist who had been master of Lamport Endowed School. He resigned from his post and moved to Scaldwell in 1832
He devoted the rest of his life here until his death in 1868, to drawing virtually every important building in the county and some beyond it’s boundaries. He left us a unique record of County seats and churches before Victorian reconstruction and 20th century destruction.
The population of Scaldwell is approximately 300, and although there are no longer any shops in the village, in earlier times it was virtually self sufficient as the names of some of the houses testify: The Old Forge, The Old Bakehouse, Red Lion House etc. image opposite
It was originally a town house, a kind of early village hall, and it is mentioned in the reign of Elizabeth 1 when catholic religious items were found there.
Written content from an original document by Brian Hensman
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