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Church tower of St Andrew, Old, Northamptonshire.jpg
Church tower of St Andrew's, Old
Grid reference: SP7873
Location: 52°21’14"N, 0°50’56"W
Population: 490  (2011)
Post town: Northampton
Postcode: NN6
Dialling code: 01604
Local Government
Council: West Northamptonshire

Old, otherwise Wold, is a village and parish in the Orlingbury Hundred of Northamptonshire. The civil parish is known as the more recent 'Old', whereas the ecclesiastical parish remains 'Wold'. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish's population was 308 people,[1], and the population increased to 490 at the 2011 Census.[2]

It is near the village of Walgrave, and has a church, village hall, pub and park. It was once home to the haulage company Knights of Old, but they are now based in Kettering. As with many villages the number of farms has decreased; two shops, a blacksmith, a butcher and a second pub also disappeared.


Old is an ancient community, known in 1086 Domesday Book as Walda.[3]

The village was the beneficiary of a large legacy left to it by the Rev. John Tounson, a previous rector of the parish several hundred years ago, and each year various needy residents of the village receive supplements. In 1971, it was reported that the small plot of land bequeathed by the Rev. Tounson had been sold for £238,000.[4]

Robert Woodford, the noted 17th-century diarist, was born at Old in 1606, a son of Robert Woodford and his wife Jane Dexter. He appears to have grown up in the parish.[5]

Notable buildings

The Historic England website contains details of a total of 19 listed buildings (all Grade II, apart from St Andrew's Church which is Grade I) and one scheduled monument at or in the vicinity of Old.[6] Amongst them are:

  • St Andrew's Church, Church Lane
  • Corner House, Bridle Road
  • Dial House, Faxton End
  • Faxton House, Faxton End
  • The Old Rectory, Harrington Road
  • Wold Farmhouse, Harrington Road
  • The Brewery House, Harrington Road
  • Kites Hall, Mill Lane
  • Old Lodge, Mill Lane
  • Manor House, Walgrave Road


("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Old)
  1. Office for National Statistics: Old CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 14 November 2009
  2. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11127221&c=Old&d=16&e=62&g=6451037&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1467897806545&enc=1. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  3. Open Domesday Online: Old, Northamptonshire; accessed March 2019.
  4. "The Sunday Express", 9 May 1971.
  5. Fielding, John (2012). The Diary of Robert Woodford, 1637-1641. Cambridge: Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge. pp. 1–2. ISBN 978-1-1070-3638-3. 
  6. "Historic England – The List". https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
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