Yelvertoft

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Yelvertoft
Northamptonshire
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Church of All Saints
Location
Grid reference: SP5975
Location: 52°22’26"N, 1°7’23"W
Data
Population: 764  (2011)
Post town: Northampton
Postcode: NN6
Dialling code: 01788
Local Government
Council: Daventry
Parliamentary
constituency:
Daventry

Yelvertoft is a village and parish in Northamptonshire. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish's population was 821,[1] reducing to 764 at the 2011 census.[2]

Yelvertoft's main thoroughfare, called High Street, is approximately three quarters of a mile long, from the Parish Church of All Saints to the Village Hall. This linear street follows the course of an ancient Portway known as Salters Way. The Grand Union Canal passes close to the village.

History

Village pump

The town was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086, where a priest was mentioned.[3][4] The name is derived from differing sources: 'Yelver' from the Saxon personal name Ceolfrith, possibly evolving later to 'Gelver'. The '-toft' suffix denoted a small settlement in Danish. Yelvertoft has a maintained a more independent, rural character compared to other villages in the region, such as Crick, because no major transport routes pass through it.[3]

Sites of historical interest include a monument built for the 13th century Rector of the All Saints Church, John Drycson, a charity school building constructed in 1792 (the school was established in 1711) which now serves as the Reading Room, and a town pump dating from 1900, which was renovated in 2000.

Facilities

Yelvertoft has three churches (Anglican, Congregational, Roman Catholic), a primary school, a post-office and general stores, a butcher's shop, a public house, an Equestrian centre and many small businesses.

Recreational facilities include a cricket field and football pitch. The village hall also comprises a sports field and pocket park which includes a children's play area, a skate park and a basketball court.

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