UPPER STOWE is situated on a hill half a mile to the west of the A5 and just over a mile south of Weedon, which provides local shopping, hotels and health club. The village has a Church and is home to the “Old Dairy Farm” craft centre. More comprehensive shopping is available at Daventry, Towcester and Northampton. Communications are excellent with the M1 accessed at junction 16, three miles east and main line Rail services available from Northampton and Milton Keynes. Sporting facilities in the area include Golf at Farthingstone and Staverton Park, Horse Racing at Towcester and Motor Racing at Silverstone.
The parish of Stowe IX Churches is made up of two villages - Church Stowe and Upper Stowe. The parish is located two miles west of the A5 south of Weedon. The church of St. Michael’s is situated in Church Stowe and St. James’s is in Upper Stowe. The parish has a population of 225 and the majority of the homes are owner occupied.
For the past 200 years, Stowe IX Churches has been closely connected with neighbouring Nether Heyford. In 1960 Heyford and Stowe became a united benefice, and in 1997 Flore with Brockhall joined the benefice.
St. James’s was built in 1855 by the Rector of the time, Henry Crawley, and designed by the architect Philip Hardwick. The nave and chancel have steeply pitched roofs and a bell turret. The chancel is decorated with paintings of flowers, leaves and fleur-de-lis, as well as numerous small shields representing the apostles, other saints, and instruments of the passion and other symbols of piety. In the 1970’s the interior arrangement of the church was altered to the design still seen today, with seating for 80. The large churchyard is still open and is maintained by volunteer parishioners. The church is open all the time and anyone is welcome to come and sit quietly. There is a second hand book stall at the back of the church and visitors can browse the books and put a donation in the box, which is emptied daily. Proceeds go to the church roof fund.
St. Michael’s is the Parish Church, approximately 1000 years old, with seating for 100. There is a carved marble figure of Lady Elizabeth Carey, mother of the Earl of Danby, on the south side of the altar. She died in 1630. The figure has been described as one of the finest pieces of sculpture of the age for both design and execution. A memorial to Dr. Thomas Turner, President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, who died in 1714, is situated on the south wall.
Member of Parliament
Stowe Nine Churches falls within the Daventry constituency and our local MP is Chris Heaton-Harris (Conservative). He holds regular surgeries. For an appointment contact the Constituency Office on 01604 859721
On the 3rd Friday of the month, the Library Van stops at Stowe Lodge on the Preston Capes Road from 1755 to 1810 and at the bus shelter in Church Stowe from 1820 to 1835. You can check the dates and other stopping places at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk and follow the Libraries link.
Old dairy farm country shopping and craft centre
Old Dairy Farm Craft Centre
The Old Dairy Farm Centre is located in the picturesque village of Upper Stowe in Northamptonshire, just off the A5 between Weedon & Towcester and only 10 minutes from junction 16 of the M1.
They offer visitors a unique selection of shops and crafts, a fabulous restaurant & tea room, ample free car parking with access for coaches, special events throughout the year and much more for the whole family. email@example.com
Silverstone Circuit For more than 60 years Silverstone has carved its mark as one of the leading motorsport venues, creating a powerful heritage around the world. Internationally renowned as the host of world class events, Silverstone is also famed for its exhilarating driving experiences, sumptuous corporate entertainment and prestigious conference facilities.
With a recent investment of over £7.5million into the course and its facilities, Towcester Racecourse and Conference Centre, set in beautiful parkland overlooking the rolling Northamptonshire countryside, is truly one of the most picturesque racing venues in the country. Towcester Racecourse, one of Northampton shire’s most scenic venues offers beautiful parkland views and award winning stands that offer both style and elegance.
Towcester Leisure Centre
Towcester Centre for Leisure where you can swim, ride the flumes, surf the waves and work out all under one roof. The wide range of activities available ensures there is something for you - whatever your age or ability. Choose to train in the Competition Pool, learn to swim with a course of Swim Life swimming lessons, or simply make a splash in the Leisure Pool.