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Chelveston-cum-Caldecott church - - 67368.jpg
The Church at Chelveston, in 2005
Grid reference: SP9972
Location: 52°18’55"N, 0°32’50"W
Population: 541  (2001)
Post town: Wellingborough
Postcode: NN9
Dialling code: 01933
Local Government
Council: East Northamptonshire

Chelveston is a small village in Northamptonshire, about two miles east of Higham Ferrers and seven miles east of Wellingborough. It lies on the B645 road (the former main A45 road) from Higham Ferrers to St Neots. To the south is the hamlet of Caldecott and the settlement of Chelston Rise which together comprise the civil parish of Chelveston cum Caldecott.


The last lords of the manor of Chelveston were the Disbrowe family, and the last lord, Lt. Col. Henry Edward Disbrowe Disbrowe-Wise CBE, who had inherited the title from his mother, sold off the last of the family's estate properties in Chelveston at auction in July 1919. Disbrowe-Wise moved to other family properties in southern Derbyshire.[1] The parish church is dedicated to St John Baptist and is mostly 13th century.[2] The north arcade is 1849-50 by Edmund Francis Law, a Northampton architect.

Heritage assets

The following buildings and structures are listed by Historic England as of special architectural or historic interest.[3]

RAF Chelveston

Nearby is the former airfield of RAF Chelveston. A new memorial to the 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy) who operated out of the airfield, was unveiled in the centre of the village on 26 May 2007.


  • In 1801 there were 266 persons[4]
  • In 1831 there were 332 persons[4]
  • In 1841 there were 288 persons[4]
  • In 2011 there were 566 persons[5]

Chelston Rise

Beyond Caldecott is a settlement of 50 houses which were formerly used by the US Air Force to house families working at nearby bases. The site is now owned by Area Estates Ltd. Some of the houses have been privately rented out and others sold privately. This community has been renamed Chelston Rise (from the old name for Chelveston).

Nearby Settlements


  1. Lords of the Manor,
  2. Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (revision) (1961). The Buildings of England – Northamptonshire. London and New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 148. ISBN 978-0-300-09632-3. 
  3. National Heritage List for England (Historic England)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 William Whellan & Co. (1849). History, Gazetteer and Directory Northamptonshire. Whittaker & Co.. pp. 885. 
  5. Office for National Statistics, Census

Outside links

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about Chelveston)