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Greens Norton
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St Bartholomew's church, Greens Norton
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Greens Norton
Location within Northamptonshire
Population1,526 (in 2011)
OS grid reference SP6649
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Towcester
Postcode district NN12
Dialling code 01327
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
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52°08′31″N1°01′26″W / 52.142°N 1.024°W / 52.142; -1.024 Coordinates: 52°08′31″N1°01′26″W / 52.142°N 1.024°W / 52.142; -1.024

Greens Norton is a village and civil parish in West Northamptonshire, England, just over 1 mile (1.6 km) north-west of Towcester. At the 2011 census the parish, including Caswell and Duncote, had a population of 1,526, [1] a slight decrease since the 2001 census. [2]



Located on Watling Street, [3] in medieval times the village was known a simply 'Norton' and was a royal domain of Edward the Confessor and later William the Conqueror. In the 14th century the whole village was sold to Sir Henry de Grene for a total of 20 shillings, hence the name Grene's Norton, which today was modernized to just Greens Norton.


The Grade I listed parish church is dedicated to St Bartholomew and is Saxon in origin. [4] [5] Its tall spire, last rebuilt in 1957, is a landmark for miles around. The architect H. R. Gough rebuilt the chancel arch in 1882. [4] There are monuments and a brass to members of the de Grene or Greene family. [4] The church is in the Diocese of Peterborough, and the benefice of Towcester with Caldecote and Easton Neston and Greens Norton and Bradden (The Tove Benefice). [6] [7]

There are 27 listed buildings in the parish, [8] all but the church at Grade II. Other notable buildings include Bengall Manor and nearby farms built about 1840 by the Grafton Estate [4] at nearby Caswell and Field Burcote.


Greens Norton has a pub, a post office, a village shop, a primary school, a playground and playing field, a butcher and a doctors' surgery. The village is the northern terminus of the Grafton Way footpath, and there is a local nature reserve, Greens Norton Pocket Park. The village holds an annual village show, affiliated to the RHS, has a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, and produces a free bi-monthly village newsletter.


Although there was never a railway station at Greens Norton, there was once a junction here, where the lines of the Stratford and Midland Junction Railway from Towcester to Stratford, and Towcester to Banbury diverged. In 1910 however, the physical connection was removed, leaving two separate single lines running side by side from here into Towcester.

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  2. Office for National Statistics: Greens Norton CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 10 November 2009
  3. "History of Greens Norton in South Northamptonshire | Map and description". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
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  8. "Advanced search". National Heritage List for England . Historic England. Retrieved 9 July 2016.Enter parish name to search