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Pipewell Abbey

Coordinates: 52°27′49″N 0°45′57″W / 52.4636°N 0.7659°W / 52.4636; -0.7659

OS grid reference SP839857
District Kettering
Shire county Northamptonshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Kettering
Postcode district NN14
Dialling code 01536
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Kettering
List of places

Pipewell is situated at the edge of the Kettering borough, a mile away from Corby. With 63 inhabitants, it is one of the smallest hamlets in Northamptonshire.

Pipewell was the site of a Cistercian abbey established in 1143 by William Butevilain, and all of the settlement is built around three fields where this used to be, which contains the Harpers Brook, a tributary of the River Nene, running through the centre.[1] It was located within the old Rockingham Forest and some of its income came from sale of the timber and undergrowth.

The abbey was suppressed as part of the Dissolution of Monasteries in November 1538, despite the efforts of local gentleman, Sir William Parr (later Marquess of Northampton).[2] Pipewall Hall was built in 1675 and the abbey remains are contained in its estate. By 1720 no standing masonry was visible.

In 2004, it was proposed that Pipewell would be connected to Corby by a housing development, to be completed by 2050. However this is uncertain as there are two Site of Special Scientific Interest woods at the top of the village and it is a conservation area with the Abbey site of historical interest.

Pipewell also holds Northamptonshire's smallest church building, known as the Abbey Church of St Mary, which was built in 1881.


External links

  • the UK National Archives

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