Wappenham is located in rural
South Northamptonshire in the upper Tove valley, some 15 miles south
west of Northampton and around 13 miles north east of Banbury. Towcester,
5 miles to the east and Brackley, 8 miles to the west, are the nearest
towns. (Location Map).
The village is linear in style and comprises a mix of old and
new houses but with no large developments. A number of the
older buildings are listed, as is the old red telephone box
on the green opposite the church. We have no street lighting
which some consider keeps us, literally, in the dark ages!
The 13th century Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin is a
prominent feature and there are fine examples of architect
Sir Gilbert Scott designs around
the village including the Rectory next to the church. (To
find out more read the Village
Design Statement/ Supplementary Planning Guidance.)
The village has a population of around 250 and like a lot of villages most
people commute elsewhere to work and children travel to schools in Silverstone,
Syresham, Towcester (Sponne
Secondary School) and Northampton. Regretfully, Wappenham's last pub closed in 1970 and the Village
Shop/Post Office closed in November 2010. Fortunately we
still have our 'Postie' Claire, who lives in the village. A number of small, and
one medium size (ECS),
operate in the village, but agriculture predominates in the
There are a number of thriving organisations which provide essential
social contact and community service for all ages. The old school, which
is now the village
hall, is the centre for many of the activities
including meetings of the Parish Council
and the Annual Assembly. There is also a fishing lake,
which is stocked as a fishery and holds a
superb head of carp, roach, bream and some crucians too.
information. There is also a
playground on the Helmdon Road.
Religious Services and other activities also take
place at the Chapel
and the Church.
There is a good network of well signposted public
footpaths from which the village and its features can be better
viewed and appreciated.
There is a bus
service (County Connect) to surrounding areas which is provided by
Northamptonshire County Council. "It is a new concept in
rural public transport and anyone can use the service, once
registered. The journeys the bus makes are defined by users
each day and there is no fixed timetable. The service
operates 'on demand' however, booking is required.