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GRIMSCOTE is a small, rural village in the heart of the Grafton Hunt country, lying 2 miles west of the A5 midway between Towcester and Weedon.  Communications are excellent via the A5 with the M1 easily accessible at junctions 15A and 16.  The M40 can be joined at junction 10 which is accessed via Towcester and the A43 or junction 11 accessed at Banbury, some 15 miles west.  There are no facilities in the village itself but Towcester provides a wide variety of shops, leisure centre and comprehensive school. Larger shopping centres are situated at Northampton, Banbury and Milton Keynes (from where there is a 40 minute Intercity train service to London Euston).  Leisure facilities in the area include golf at Farthingstone, Hellidon Lakes and Staverton Park, motor racing at Silverstone and horse racing at Towcester.

History

The church of St Luke in Cold Higham approximately half a mile away, was built in the 13th (tower) and 14th centuries (main building) and is one of the few surviving churches in England with a saddleback tower. It is likely that there was an earlier church on the same site. The design of the church is similar to the one in Maidford, approximately four miles to the west, and the same travelling stonemasons probably worked on both buildings. There is a monument inside the church which consists of an oak effigy of a slender cross-legged Knight which may be Sir John de Pateshull who died c1350. There is also a tomb chest with ten ogee-headed panels containing shields.

The Village Hall was formerly the village school but has not been used for this purpose for over 40 years. Instead the hall is now the focal point of many activities for local residents. It was extensively refurbished in the 1990s to upgrade the building and provide better kitchens and toilets. There are two rooms, one large, one small, that can be used together or separately. Equipment includes a good supply of chairs and tables. There is a small off-road car park at the front and a quiet garden at the rear. Many of the properties in the village are built of stone with a few more modern homes dotted around the village.The village, which is in this parish of Cold Higham, means "Grim's Cott", Grim being another name for Woden (Norse God). One branch of the Higham family has been associated with the village. Thomas Higham is referred to as Squire in the early to mid-18th century. Both Edward Higham the Australian Politician and Tim Higham, also known as Tim FitzHigham are from this branch of the family.

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