GREENS NORTON lies some 2 miles from the town of Towcester, 9 miles from Brackley, 9 miles from Northampton and 12 miles from Milton Keynes. Road communications from Towcester provide good access to M1 junction 15A and the M40 south of Brackley with the A5 providing easy access to Milton Keynes. Village facilities include a primary school, general store, Post Office, butcher's shop, public house and Parish Church. Sporting facilities in the area include golf at Farthingstone, horse racing at Towcester and motor racing at Silverstone. Beauty spots include Everdon Stubbs, Badby Woods and Silverstone Forest.
For a thousand years people have worshipped at St. Bartholomew's Church. Church of St. Bartholomew
The Church could have been built as early as AD 650, and certainly the present nave (the stone Saxon Church) would be standing in the 9th Century. Typically long and short work can be seen on the walls; and traces of the head of the original Saxon nave window can be seen above the arch at the southwest corner near the font. The font is Norman, and the stone beside it against the west wall is a Pillow Stone on which the head of the deceased was placed during the Burial Service in the days when coffins were rare. The floor of the Church was originally paved and there was no seating accommodation, except for one or more box pews. There were stone benches round the walls, which is the origin of the saying "the weakest go to the wall".
Edward the Confessor held the manor at Norton before the Norman Conquest, and at the general survey William the Conqueror held it himself, together with Blakesley and Adstone. These villages were then spelt Blachesleune and Atenestone and containing seven hides and one virgate of land.
In the demesne were three carucates, with three servants and two maidens; and nineteen villleins and fifteen sokemen and five bordars had twenty-one carucates. There were two mills, worth 15 shillings in tax yearly. The wood extended four miles in length and three in breadth. The sokemen rendered 30 shillings yearly. The smiths, probably persons employed on iron works in the wood, paid 7 pounds in the time of Edward the Confessor; when the whole was rated 12 pounds yearly, but was raised to 20 pounds at the time of the general survey. The same measurement of 7 hides and a virgate was continued in the hydarium of Henry II, when it was still in demesne, but King Richard, soon after his return from the Crusade, in the Late 12th century granted this manor along with Luton in Bedfordshire, and Wantage in Berkshire, to Earl of the Isle of Wight, Baldwin de Betun to be held by the service of three knight's fees, and a fee farm rent of £4 yearly. From him it passed, with the hundred of Norton, on marriage of his daughter Alice, to William Earl of Pembroke. It descended to his five sons successively, who died without issue, and then passed to John le Mareschall.
As William, his grandson, had joined the rebellious barons who were in arms against their sovereign, the manor was confiscated to the crown who granted it to Henry, son of Richard, King of Almaine. It reverted to the former family in the following year as his sons, John and William, obtained the royal pardon for their father's treason and were permitted to succeed to his inheritance.
In the reign of Edward I the manor was held under John Le Mareschal by David, the son of Griffin, from whom it received the appellation of Norton David.
Greens Norton, Bradden and Duncote Fifty Plus Group
The Group, which has been in existence since 1983, exists to promote recreational and educational activities for its members and to liaise with other Village Groups in promoting a community spirit and environment for all the villagers.
Membership of the group is open to residents over the age of 50, new members being introduced by an existing member. Details of activities are posted on the Village Notice Board.
Greens Norton Community Centre
Greens Norton Community Centre was opened in November 2006, and has therefore been fully operational for two-and-a-half years. The first stage of building – the Main Hall and Committee Room plus the well-equipped kitchen are complete and well-used.
The Butchers Arms is a large village pub at the centre of the village with friendly locals always willing to have a game of Northamptonshire Skittles, Darts or Pool. A warm and friendly atmosphere where locals come to share a drink and a joke. There's always something going on to entertain albeit a league game, a quiz night, a theme night in the restaurant, a family fun day every august and much more.
Greens Norton Church of England Primary School
We aim to prepare our children to succeed in a rapidly changing world. To encourage excellence and promote self-respect, self confidence and self-discipline by providing a caring and challenging environment, yet understand that this is not just about acquiring skills and good examination results. It is about forming people who have the moral strength and spiritual depth to hold to a course and weather the ups and downs and become responsible citizens. It is about developing respect and tolerance for different ways of life, beliefs and opinions. Central to these aims are the understanding that family life or the love of a neighbour is more valuable than possessions and that the beauty of creation is not eclipsed by technical innovation. Every child is valued and has the opportunity to grow spiritually, morally and academically.
Headteacher: Mrs Jan Pickering
Greens Norton CE Primary School,
Greens Norton. NN12 8DD. Telephone 01327 350648
Other Village Links
Greens Norton W.I. www.greensnortonwi.org
Village Show Society www.villageshow.org
Community Centre www.gncommunitycentre.org
Towcester RFC www.towcestriansrfc.net
Towcester Cricket Club www.gncc.org.uk
Towcester & District Art Society www.towcesterart.com
GN Scout Group