The village of Culworth is situated approximately 7 miles north-east of Banbury in beautiful South Northamptonshire countryside. M40 junction 11 is at Banbury. Intercity rail services are available at Banbury, Milton Keynes and Northampton - all within easy driving distance. Amenities within the village include shop/post office, butcher, public house, parish church.
Culworth occupies a hilltop in the south west of Northamptonshire, with views over two, almost three counties. Iron age settlers were some of the first to recognise a good defensive position. In the early 12th century a motte and bailey were built alongside the ancient trackway known as the Welsh Way. Herds of cattle and sheep made their way through Culworth to the markets of Northampton, Leighton Buzzard and London until the railway came through in the first half of the 19th century. The village was once the base of the notorious Culworth Gang, who terrorised people for thirty miles around, until they were arrested and tried at Northampton. The name lives on in the village senior citizen’s club but their activities are nothing like their namesakes!
The 13th century church has one of the prettiest churchyards anywhere in the county – oft winner and runner up of Northamptonshire best-kept churchyard competition. One of the gravestones commemorates a family slave who died here in the 18th century, to the sorrow of all who knew him. The war memorial on the Green commemorates the dead of the last two wars, perhaps Culworth men fought at nearby Danesmoor or Edgecote in the Wars of the Roses? Most likely they were there at Edgehill, for Danvers supported King Charles I. Tradition has it that Prince Charles (later Charles II) and Prince Rupert spent the night before battle at Culworth Manor.
There are still a number of working farms in the parish and several small businesses. From the 12th century there used to be a market in Culworth, and the auctioneers seat still sits on the Green, moved from its original position on the market cross base when the War memorial was erected, although the market is long gone. Nearby is Culworth Forge – often a thing of the past in villages, but here traditions of the past are combined with those of the present.
The Danvers family endowed Culworth Church of England School in 1789. A bell turret tops the stone house, which contained a schoolroom and lodgings for the teacher, and is still part of the school. The school serves children from surrounding villages, where pupils partake of old traditions such as dancing around the Maypole for May Day.
From April through to September you’ll hear the sound of leather against willow as Culworth Cricket teams play and practice in the cricket field.
There are also sessions for younger players.
Club Captain: Peter Bateman. Mob: 07929333542 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Juniors Coach: David Osborne Mob: 07771880358 Email: email@example.com
South Northants League Division 2: Saturday &th July, 21st July Home matches starting 2pm7 Junior Home Matches: Wednesday 18th & 25th July 6.15pm, Monday 16th & 23rd July 615pm
Other Cricket Field Activities
The cricket field is not just for cricket but is used for various other activities such as the village fete, the odd car boot and parking for big events. To oversee these type of activities and to make sure the field is kept in good order and used properly there is an advisory committee made up of the land owner, two parish councillors, a Cricket club member and two under 21s.
Secretary & June Oxley 01295 768184 Bookings Clerk Trustees: Ms Margaret Watts 01295 768059 Mrs J Gottowik 01295 760737 Mr M Rowling 01295 760571 Whist Drive Mrs M Claridge