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THE PARISH OF KISLINGBURY
Kislingbury is a riverside village on the western branch of the River Nene. The Parish is in the district of South Northamptonshire and lies just outside Northampton Borough boundary. The M1 passes very close to the village, on the western side, with the River Nene forming part of the parish boundary to the north. Nearby villages within a three mile radius include Bugbrooke, Harpole, Nether Heyford and Rothersthorpe. The small market town of Towcester is approximately eight miles to the south and the larger centre of Northampton is about four miles to the east.
Kislingbury Conservation area was designated in April 1991, and includes the oldest part of the village. The main historical feature of the village is the Parish Church of St Luke, built in the first half of the 14th century. The earliest secular buildings date from the 17th century and are built in local sandstone. The area includes a number of listed buildings, architectural features and open green spaces.
Kislingbury was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086, when the population has been roughly estimated as between 180 and 200 inhabitants. Today, there are approximately 1250 parishioners occupying some 530 dwellings.
A little more than a century ago, most of the village community lived and worked within the parish boundary. Today, although there is some local industry and small businesses which provide opportunities for working in the village, the majority of the working population commutes to outside employment.
The village is well served –Spiritual needs are provided for by the Parish Church of St. Luke and Kislingbury Baptist Church. Two pubs and a restaurant serve food and drink and provide social venues. The Playing Field offers sports facilities, with affiliated clubs, and a children’s play area. The Kislingbury News, which is published eleven months of the year and distributed to every household in the parish, keeps parishioners up to date with local news and events. The Village Hall provides a venue for meetings of local clubs,organisations, local/outside events and celebrations. Kislingbury also has some Allotments, a Primary School, a Butchers, a Post Office/General Store.