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WEEDON is situated about 7 miles to the north of Towcester just off the A45/A5 junction.  These roads, together with the M1 (access at junction 16, (2 miles distant) give excellent road communications to Milton Keynes to the south (and onward to London by Intercity rail service to Euston), Northampton to the east and at Daventry, Rugby and Coventry to the north.  This large, thriving village is well-known for its numerous antique shops, whilst also offering a selection of other shops and facilities, including doctor's surgery, dentist, post office, general store, together with hotels, restaurants, hairdresser and a primary school.  The village is surrounded by attractive countryside where beauty spots include Everdon Stubbs and Badby Woods.  Sporting facilities in the area include golf at Farthingstone, horse racing at Towcester, and motor racing at Silverstone. www.weedonbec-pc.gov.uk

Visitors to Weedon Bec are often confused by the number of Weedons that they encounter. Weedon Bec is the name of the whole parish, within which there are two ancient settlements, Upper Weedon and Lower Weedon. Until about 1930 these were separated by up to half a mile of open fields. The part of the village lying along the main roads, A5 and A45, is known as Road Weedon and developed later. This was probably in response to traffic along the Old Stratford to Dunchurch Turnpike created by an Act of Parliament in 1706; the first such road in Northamptonshire.
The name Weedon comes from two Anglo-Saxon words: Weoh, meaning a Shrine or Holy Place, and Dun, meaning Hill. There are only two other Weedons in England. Lois Weedon, is about eight miles south, and Weedon, Buckinghamshire, about twenty-eight miles south-east. In the case of Weedon Bec, the earliest known written occurrence of the name is found in an Anglo-Saxon Charter dated 944 A.D.

The second part of the name, Bec, is the name of a village in Normandy, where there was an important Abbey. Some years after the Norman Conquest, the manor of Weedon was given to the Abbey of Bec, and the Abbey became Lord of the Manor. Thus, the village became known as Weedon Bec. At one time, it became fashionable to add a 'k' to Bec, this still occasionally happens. There were a number of other Abbeys and Priories in France drawing rents from English Manors. In 1414, King Henry V ordered that the 'Alien Priories', as they were called, be taken over, and the income transferred to the Crown. Henry was not very well disposed towards the French, you may remember.

In about 1472, the manor was granted to the newly formed Eton College, who remained Lords of the Manor until changes in the law relating to leasehold property in the 1920s.

Churches

The parish church of Saints Peter and Paul is at the south of the village hemmed in and overlooked from both the Grand Union Canal embankment and the West Coast Main Line viaduct. According to Pevsner, it has a Norman west tower, with the main body 1825 (chancel 1863). there is also a United Reformed Church (former Congregational Chapel of 1792.

Hotels & Pubs

Crossroads Hotel
High Street, Weedon

Telephone: 01327 340354

Heart of England Hotel
High Street, Weedon

Telephone: 01327 340335

The Narrowboat Inn
A5 Watling Street, Stowe Hill, Weedon

Telephone: 01327 340536

Education

Weedon Bec Pre School

Village Hall, West Street, Weedon, Northants, NN7 4QU

Monday to Friday 9 am – 12.30pm

Chair:

Manager:         Bev Gisby

Contact No:    07868 782906

OFSTED registered sessional child care for 2½ to 4 years of age

Piglets of Weedon

The Old Chapel, Bridge Street, Weedon NN7 4PN

Contact: Karen Eccles

Telephone:01327340080

Email:karen@pigletsofweedon.co.uk

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday8am -6pm

Ofsted registered childcare from birth to 5 years.

Website: www.pigletsofweedon.co.uk

Weedon Bec Primary School

West Street, Weedon, Northants NN7 4QU

Telephone:       01327 340547

Fascimilie        01327 344417

Office: office@weedonbecprimary.co.uk

Headteacher:   Antony Witheyman

Secretary:        Mrs A Firth

Primary education in a village school for children of 4 to 11 years of age.

For more information on amenities and the village visit

http://www.weedonbec-pc.gov.uk