Catesby, Northamptonshire Family History Guide

Catesby is an Ancient Parish in the county of Northamptonshire.

Other places in the parish include: Newbold Grounds.

Alternative names: Catesby Abbey

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1705
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1813

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CATESBY, or Catesby-Abbey, a parish in Daventry district, Northampton; on the verge of the county, near the Oxford canal, 5 miles SW of Daventry, and 6 ESE of Southam Road r. station. It includes the hamlet of Newbold-grounds; and its Post Town is Daventry. Acres, 1,990. Real property, £3,583. Pop., 107. Houses, 21. A Benedictine nunnery was founded here, as early at least as the time of Richard I., by Robert de Esseby; and given, at the dissolution, to John Onley. Catesby House occupies the nunnery’s site; belonged to the Parkhursts; was the birth place of Parkhurst, the Greek and Hebrew lexicographer; and passed to James Attenborough, Esq., of Brampton-Ash. The parish is a resort of sportsmen. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, not reported. Patrons, T. and M. Scrafton, Esqs. The church was long in ruins; and a new one, instead of it, incorporating some fine materials of the old, was recently erected by Mr. Attenborough.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

CATESBY (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Daventry, hundred of Fawsley, S. division of the county of Northampton, 3¾ miles (S. W. by W.) from Daventry; containing, with the hamlet of Newbold-Grounds, 105 inhabitants. The parish is separated from Warwickshire by the river Leam, which bounds it partly on the north, west, and south; it presents some pleasing scenery, and consists of 1967 acres. Catesby House occupies the site of a priory founded in the reign of Richard I., by Robert de Esseby, for nuns of the Benedictine order, and dedicated to St. Mary and St. Edmund: the revenue, at the Dissolution, was estimated at £145. The dormitory is still carefully preserved in its original style. The living is a donative, valued in the king’s books at £10; patron, C. G. P. Baxter, Esq., who appoints without episcopal institution. The church is in ruins, and the parochial duty is performed at Catesby House. The Rev. John Parkhurst, the lexicographer, was born here.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


  • County: Northamptonshire
  • Civil Registration District: Daventry
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Northampton
  • Diocese: Peterborough
  • Rural Deanery: Daventry
  • Poor Law Union: Daventry
  • Hundred: Fawsley
  • Province: Canterbury