Stanwick (pronounced with a silent 'w') is the largest village in East Northamptonshire, with a population of over 2,200 residents. The nearest towns to Stanwick are Raunds, Rushden, Higham Ferrers and Irthlingborough and it is approximately 15 miles north-east of Northampton town. Stanwick formed its own Independent Parish Council in April 2000.
Stanwick has one primary school, a nursery, an after-school childrens’ club and a non-profit pre-school playgroup. The primary school was awarded a Grade 2 rating by OfSTED in 2009 and is a mixed school for children aged from 4 to 11.
The Church of St Laurence was built in 1224 on the site of an earlier Church, of which virtually nothing remains. It dominates the local landscape with its position on the main road through Stanwick to Raunds. Its octagonal tower and spire is considered to be a thing of architectural beauty alongside the Weathercock, which is 137 feet above ground, and was given to the Church in 1880 by the then landlord of the Duke of Wellington Public House.
Stanwick Hall originated in the 17th Century and was the subject of a BBC Restoration Home TV programme in 2010. The Old Rectory was built in 1717 alongside four other buildings in Stanwick that are listed by English Heritage as of special architectural or historic interest. These include part of the Church wall that contains a 14th/15th Century Church socket and The Old School Rooms - built in 1839, which is now the village Post Office, Shop and Bistro.
Between 1960 and 1990 Stanwick lost three important buildings; Stanwick House was demolished following a fire in the 1960’s. Hill House was taken down after it deteriorated structurally in 1980’s. And Stanwick Water Mill was also demolished in the 1960’s as it was surplus to requirement and gravel extraction was about to begin in the area.
Stanwick Lakes is a local main attraction; it is a Country Park on the outskirts of the village and comprises 750 acres of former gravel pits. It is part of the larger River Nene Regional Park and there is also a selection of fishing lakes located in close proximity to the Country Park.
"THE TEAM AT BARKER & SMART HAVE BEEN FANTASTIC. THEY HELPED ME SELL MY PROPERTY IN A MATTER OF WEEKS AND ASSISTED ME THE ENTIRE WAY THROUGH THE SALE "
- JILL HALES