Irchester is a village in the County of Northamptonshire. It is about 2 miles south-east of Wellingborough and 2 miles south-west of Rushden. The settlements of Little Irchester and Knuston also lie within Irchester Parish. Its population is now over 4,900 residents living in over 2,050 households.
The nearest motorway is the M1 - junction 15, approximately 13 miles down the A45. The A6, A14 and M6 are also all within close range of the village. Since Irchester Railway Station closed in 1965, the nearest station is based in Wellingborough, approximately 2 miles away. The main bus service serving Irchester is the X46 operated by Stagecoach, connecting the village with other local towns and villages. The nearest passenger airport is Luton, about 30 miles south, although there is an Aerodrome 10 miles north-west at Sywell.
There’s a local playgroup which meets at the Village Hall in School Road and a local Primary School, nearby in School Lane. The school has around 330 pupils of mixed gender with an age range of 4 to 11 years. The nearest secondary school is situated in the village of Wollaston, which provides a private bus service to the village every morning and afternoon for pupils.
The village contains a Health Centre, Car Repairs Garage, Car Sales Garage, a Pharmacy, a Library and a Post Office. Local amenities include a Co-operative supermarket, two pubs, a fish & chip shop, Chinese and Indian takeaways.
Irchester boasts a local football team, Irchester United, currently playing in the United Counties League Premier. A local Bowls Club, known as 'The Romans'. A Local Cricket Club, participating in the Northamptonshire Cricket League, and Irchester Players which is an Amateur Dramatic Society putting on a variety of performances, including shows, musicals and pantomimes, at Parsons Hall.
The village has a large Country Park created by opencast ironstone quarries which were allowed to revert to a wilder landscape after they were worked out some decades after the war. The removal of the ironstone and some of the limestone that overlaid it have lowered the landscape, though this is not particularly apparent except near the vehicle entrance. The park offers immature woodlands (planted around 1965) and grassy meadows with trails around the park. A children’s play area and Café are also available at the park.
Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is based in the local Country Park alongside a 250-metre long demonstration track. It features a selection of working steam and diesel locomotives among over 40 items of rolling stock.
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