Moreton Pinkney

Coordinates: 52°08′17″N 1°09′47″W / 52.138°N 1.163°W / 52.138; -1.163

Moreton Pinkney
Moreton Pinkney is located in Northamptonshire
Moreton Pinkney

 Moreton Pinkney shown within Northamptonshire
Population 364 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SP5749
Parish Moreton Pinkney
District South Northamptonshire
Shire county Northamptonshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Daventry
Postcode district NN11
Dialling code 01295
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Daventry
Website Moreton Pinkney Online
List of places: UK • England • Northamptonshire

Moreton Pinkney is a village and civil parish in South Northamptonshire, about 7.5 miles (12 km) north of Brackley.


Parish church

The earliest evidence of Christianity in the parish is a fragment of an Anglo-Saxon stone cross in the churchyard of the Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin.[1] The church itself was built by about 1200, which is the date of its Norman north door and three-bay northern arcade.[1] The piscina and west tower date from about 1300.[1]

The Augustinian Canons Ashby Priory had appropriated "the spirituality" of St. Mary's by 1254.[2] John Dalderby, Bishop of Lincoln, sanctioned this retrospectively in 1309.[2]

The chancel was rebuilt in 1846 in a 13th century style.[1]

St. Mary's has a ring of six bells. Hugh II Watts, who had foundries in Bedford and Leicester,[3] cast the tenor bell in 1629.[4] The Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast the other five bells in 1996.[4]

St. Mary's parish is a member of the Benefice of Culworth with Sulgrave and Thorpe Mandeville and Chipping Warden with Edgcote and Moreton Pinkney.[5]

Social and economic history

Moreton Pinkney village is a mixture of traditional houses in grey stone and brown ironstone.[1]

Moreton Pinkney once had three public houses: The Crown on Brook Street and the Red Lion and Dun Cow on Upper Green.[citation needed] The Red Lion was more recently known as England's Rose and closed in about 2004.[citation needed]

The parish school was built in 1822 and enlarged in 1876.[1] Moreton Pinkney Manor was built in 1859 and altered in 1870.[1] The entrance arch designed by the architect E.F. Law of Northampton, built in 1859 and bears the arms of Lord Sempill.[1]


The parish had two railway stations. The East and West Junction Railway (later the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway) was built through the parish with Morton Pinkney railway station being opened in 1873 14 miles (0.4 km) north of the village on the parish boundary with Canons Ashby. Later the Great Central Main Line was built through the parish with Culworth railway station being opened in the parish in 1899 about 34 miles (1.2 km) southwest of the village on the road to Culworth. In 1900 the Great Central Railway added a branch line from Culworth Junction in the parish to Banbury.

British Railways closed Morton Pinkney station in 1952 and Culworth station in 1958. BR subsequently had all three railways dismantled.



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