Barnwell, Northamptonshire Family History Guide

Barnwell is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Northamptonshire, created in 1821 from Barnwell All Saints Ancient Parish and Barnwell St Andrew Ancient Parish.

Parish church: 

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1707

Separate registers exist for Barnwell St Andrew

  • Parish registers: None
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1701

Nonconformists include: 

Adjacent Parishes

  • Clopton
  • Luddington with Hemington
  • Thurning
  • Stoke Doyle
  • Oundle with Ashton
  • Thorpe Achurch with Lilford
  • Winwick
  • Polebrook

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BARNWELL-ST. ANDREW, a village and a parish in Oundle district, Northampton. The village stands adjacent to the Peterborough railway, 2½ miles SSE of Oundle; and has a station, of the name of Barnwell, on the railway, and a post office, of the name of Barnwell-St. Andrew, under-Oundle. Its name is alleged to be a corruption of "Bairn's well" and is said to have arisen from an old superstitions belief, that some wells in the neighbourhood had a miraculous efficacy to cure the diseases of children.  The parish comprises 1,740 acres. Real property, £2,339. Pop., 240. Houses, 50. The property is divided among a few. A castle was erected here, in 1152, by Reginald le Moine, and passed to the family of Montague; and the ruin of it, comprising a quadrangular court, with massive circular towers at the corners, and a grand gateway on the south side, is an interesting specimen of early Norman castellated architecture. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Barnwell-All-Saints, in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £303. Patron, the Duke of Buccleuch. The church is early English, and has a tower and spire. An hospital for the poor, founded in the time of James I., has an income of £316; and other charities have £195.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


Kelly Post Office Directory of Northamptonshire 1869 - Google Books

Kelly Post Office Directory of Northamptonshire 1885 -


County: Northamptonshire
Civil Registration District: Oundle
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Peterborough (Episcopal Consistory)
Diocese: Peterborough
Rural Deanery: Oundle
Poor Law Union: Oundle
Hundred: Huxloe; Polebrook
Province: Canterbury