Origin: Badda's Camp

Domesday:The abbey held 4 hides. Land for 10 ploughs. In demesne 4 ploughs and 8 slaces and 5 female slaves and 12 villans and 8 bordars with 6 ploughs. A mill and 28 acres of meadow.

Approached from Fawsley on the A361 the village nestles at the bottom of a hill with the church placed on the high ground. The buildings are mainly stone and old but more recent additions blend in well and it is a genuinely charming location. (Arthur Mee refers to it as "a place of beauty at all seasons"). Although not large, the village has a couple of pubs serving food, a school, a shop and a bus service.


The church, St Mary the Virgin has a lovely tower capped with finials and inside some fine stained glass.


In the village are an interesting selection of houses with part of the Manor House 16th century and other houses from the 17th century. The Old School House is a small school with a rather impressive entrance dating from 1812.


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My interests are from the mid 1500s to the early 1700s with the families of Masters, Southam, Marriott, and Rushall and any information on these families would be welcome, particularly where the Masters family came from.



For a description of the village in the late 1800s a Whelans Directory of 1874 is attached.