Holdenby, Northamptonshire Family History Guide

Holdenby is an Ancient Parish in the county of Northamptonshire.

Alternative names: Holmby

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1754
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1718

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HOLDENBY, or HOLMBY, a parish in Brixworth district, Northamptonshire; 3 miles WSW of Spratton r. station, and 6½ NW of Northampton. Post town, Northampton. Acres, 1,855. Real property, £3, 237. Pop., 184. Houses, 33. The property all belongs to Lord Clifden. Holdenby House was built by Sir Christopher Hatton, lord high chancellor, in the time of Elizabeth; was a magnificent edifice, in florid Tudor, after designs by Thorpe; was sold to James I. by the great nephew of SirHatton; became a royal palace; was, for a short time, the prison of Charles I. in 1647; was, in great measure, taken down in 1652; and the remains of it were given, with the title of baron, by James II., to the French Marquis of Blancfort, and are now a farm-house. Sir Hatton, the builder of it, was a native of Holdenby; and the poet Gray said of him, “His bushy beard, and shoe strings green, His high crowned hat, and satin doublet, Moved the stout heart of England’s queen, Though Pope and Spaniard could not trouble it.” The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £670. Patron, the Crown. The church consists of nave, chancel, and aisles, with embattled tower.

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


Old maps of Britain and Europe from A Vision of Britain Through Time


  • County: Northamptonshire
  • Civil Registration District: Brixworth
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Northampton
  • Diocese: Peterborough
  • Rural Deanery: Haddon
  • Poor Law Union: Brixworth
  • Hundred: Nobottle Grove
  • Province: Canterbury