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Narrow entrance to the High Street from the A5
Location: 52°5’9"N, 0°53’52"W
Population: 1,453
Post town: Towcester
Dialling code: 01908
Local Government
Council: West Northamptonshire
South Northamptonshire

Potterspury is a town and parish in southern Northamptonshire, adjacent to the border with Buckinghamshire. The nearest main town is Milton Keynes, the centre of which is about seven miles south-east. At the time of the 2011 census, the parish's population (including Furtho) was 1,453 people.[1] The ancient parish consists of Potterspury itself, and the hamlet of Yardley Gobion.


Potterspury is on the A5 road, formerly the Roman road of Watling Street, and is located between Towcester six miles to the north and Stony Stratford a mile to the south. The village sits at the edge of Whittlewood Forest, an extensive area of ancient woodland to the west that was part of the original estate of the Duke of Grafton. Much of the ancient woodland is designated an SSSI for protection from development. Parts of the estate are open to the public in the Spring, but there is a notable absence of footpaths and bridleways within the estate itself.

Nearby villages include Wicken, Deanshanger, Grafton Regis, Alderton and Yardley Gobion. Stony Stratford and Towcester offer the nearest substantial shopping areas.


The parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas, and there has been a church on the site since at least 1087, originally granted by Robert de Ferrers, 1st Earl of Derby to Bernard the Scribe.[2]


There is a small shop with post office on the High Street near the church, and a Village Hall at the end of the High Street. The village had two pubs, The Talbot (now closed) on the A5 and The Cock on the High Street. There is a sports and social club at the bottom of Meadow View, where Potterspury FC are the village football club.


Potterspury Lodge school frontage

Educational provision in the village includes the all-boys' Potterspury Lodge School, which helps children with learning difficulties, and John Hellins Primary School. The latter has about 115 children, aged 4–11. Most leavers go on to Elizabeth Woodville School, formerly Kingsbrook School, in Deanshanger, as their secondary school. John Hellins was a mathematician and astronomer who, as parish priest at Potterspury, founded and taught in the village school.[3]


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