Woodford Halse
Woodford Halse

Origin: Ford by a wood in the manor of Halse

Domesday: Richard held of Hugh 2 hides. Land for 5 ploughs. In demesne 2 ploughs, 4 slaves and 1 female slave, and 11 villans have 3 ploughs. 2 acres of meadow and a mill

Woodford appears to be a typical small stone Northamptonshire village with a Victorian red brick addition physically doubling the size but more than doubling the population. Where most villages struggle to support a shop Woodford manages an entire row and the overall feel is of a busy community.

 

The church is ancient, stone, and locked. A most unusual feature being the grotesque gargoyle to the right of the porch. The old village school stands to the left of the church and seems to be used as a community venue.

 

The Moravian chapel, which dates from the turn of the century, stands up a side street and I was pleased to see one of the foundation stones was laid by a Mumford (one of the families I have connections with).

 

The hamlet of Hinton, which is part of Woodford, seems almost entirely Victorian (and later) red brick apart from the area in the centre around the impressively large manor house. Also in this area are a number of fine stone houses (there was wealth, at least for some her once), a catholic church (stone but I suspect not too old), a Methodist chapel (early 20c), a Wesleyan chapel (1879 but now a house) which was constructed of red brick picked out with dark and light brick and the most enormous mock Tudor working menís club.

 

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My interests are mainly the Mountford , Brooks, and Gardner families.

 

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