Helmdon is a large village and parish with a station on the Northampton
and Banbury Junction railway, 7 miles south-west from Towcester,
4½ north from Brackley and about 75 from London, in the Southern
division of the county, hundred of King's Sutton, petty divisional
division, union and county court district of Brackley, rural deanery
of Brackley (second portion), archdeaconry of Northampton and diocese
of Peterborough. The church of St Mary Magdalen is a building of
stone in the decorated style, consisting of chancel, clerestoried
nave, aisles north and south porches and embattled western tower
with pinnacles, containing 6 belles; the chancel retains a piscina
and sedile, and in the north aisle is a piscina, found under the
floor of the church during the restoration: the tower was rebuilt
in 1825 and the church restored in 1875, at a cost of £1,600, under
the direction of Mr Law, architect, of Northampton, when the nave
and aisles were new roofed, the interior reseated with open benches,
new pulpit and other fittings introduced, organ chamber erected,
western gallery removed and other works carried out; the communion
table and reredos were presented in 1881 by the late James Fairbrother
esq.: there are 280 sittings. The register dates from the year 1572.
The living is a rectory, average tithe rent-charge, £25, gross yearly
value £264, including 60 acres of glebe, with residence, in the
gift of the President and Fellows of corpus Christi College. Oxford,
and held since 1873 by the Rev. Frederick Barnes M.A of Corpus Christi
College, Oxford, who is also rector of Stuchbury. In the churchyard
is a yew tree of remarkable proportions and beauty, measuring round
the trunk nearly eight yards; and in the porch of the present rectory
is a mantlepiece which originally belonged to the old rectory house;
it bears the date 1533, the initials "W.R." and other carvings,
and is in good preservation. There is a Baptist Chapel here. A reading
room was erected in 1887 by C. FAIRBROTHER Esq. in memory of his
parents. There are several old quarries in this parish, which produce
a fine freestone called after the name of the village and formerly
in great request, but the working of the quarries has been discontinued.
Mrs Jane Leeson of Abthorpe, left £1 to the poor of this parish
which is given in money at Christmas. Lace making is carried on
here. The Provost and Fellows of Worcester College Oxford, who are
Lords of the Manor, the trustees of the late James Fairbrother esq.
and the President and Fellows of Magdalen College, Oxford, are the
principal landowners. The soil is clay; subsoil, freestone. The
chief crops are wheat and beans. The area is 1,739 acres; rateable
value, 2,583; the population of 1891 was 502.
By a local government Order dated March 25, 1885, a detached part
of this parish, known as Stoken Farm, was amalgamated with Astwell
Sexton, Benjamin Archer
Post, M.O & T.O., S.B & INSURANCE & ANNUITY Office - Frederick George
Shrimplin, sub-postmaster. Letters are received through Brackley
at 8.15 a.m and dispatched at 4.45 pm weekdays only.
A School Board of 7 members was formed February 8th, 1878, for the
United District of Helmdon, Astwell & Falcutt & Stuchbury; Rev.
F Barnes, chairman and clerk to the board; Benjamin Archer, Helmdon,
United District Board School, built with master's residence, in
1853, for 90 children; average attendance, 72; Thomas Herbert Goodwin,
master; Mrs Julia Emma Goodwin, mistress; an infants' school has
since been erected from funds supplied by subscription.
Police Station, William Templeman, constable.
Banbury - James Kelcher & Henry Watson, mon. & Thursday
Brackley - Henry Watson, wed. & sat.
Towcester - James Kelcher, tues.
Railway station, George Brown, station master.
Barnes Rev. Frederick M.A. Rectory
Adkins George, farmer & grazier
Adkins Thomas, farmer & grazier
Bartlett John, corn merchant
Brown Charles, tailor
Bull James, beer retailer
Cockerill, Robert, farmer & cattle dlr
Franklin Emanuel, shopkeeper
Gibbons Thomas, carpenter
Goodman, Thomas Herbert, master of board school
Hearn Samuel, draper & hosier
Hopkins Thomas, boot maker
Howard Henry, blacksmith
Humphrey Benjamin, general dealer
Jeffrey Edward Jn., butcher & farmer
Jessett John, farmer & grazier
Mold Alice (Miss), dress maker
Osborne Charles, baker
Pope Henry, Chequers P.H.
Salmon John, farmer
Shrimplin Frederick Geo., gro. Post Office
Taylor Arthur, carpenter
Tribute Alfred, beer retailer
Watts Alfred, carpenter & wheelwright
Watson James, farmer & carrier
Wilkins Albert, baker
Wrighton Edwin, farmer
Wrighton John, farmer
Wooding John, blacksmith
Woods James, farmer