The village of Slapton is situated midway between Towcester and Brackley. Road communications are excellent with the A43 providing access to the M40 junction 10 (8 miles). M1 junction 15a is some 9 miles distant. Milton Keynes offers a fast Intercity train service to London Euston (40 minutes). State secondary education is available at Sponne School, Towcester. Nearby leisure facilities include golf at Silverstone and Whittlebury, horse racing at Towcester, and a leisure centre at Towcester.
There are three Slaptons in England; one in Northamptonshire, another in Buckinghamshire and this one in the South Hams of South Devon. The word 'Hams' ('Hamms' in old English) means 'river meadows' and 'South Hams', in this context, means meadows south of Dartmoor. Slapton means 'slippery place', which is quite appropriate considering the many brooks & streams that provide the lush farmland of the area.
It is thought there were several settlements here during the Bronze Age and also a fort, rather grandly named, Slapton Castle during the Iron Age. The site is recorded in the Domesday Book as a manor with a population of 200 and belonging to the Bishop of Exeter.
St Botolphs Church
The Village of Slapton is the smallest village in the Whittlewood parishes and its tiny church of St Botolph is surrounded by fields, its churchyard often grazed by sheep from the neighbouring farm.
Although there has been some alteration to the building over the years, it remains in essence a 13th and 14th century building. The south porch carries two scratch or mass dials that would have been used to mark the time of services.
The chancel dates from the 14th century and has two tomb recesses of that date. The east window bears fragments of medieval glass, one of which is a shield with the arms of the Lucy family. It is most likely that it was this family that built the original church about the year 1260. The blocked north doorway dates from the 13th century and the east wall of the nave is also early 13th century.
The south aisle is 14th century. The screen now forming the Lady chapel is 16th century and would appear to have belonged elsewhere. There is a piscena in the eastern corner of the south wall, but not one in the chancel, which is unusual.
There are many other features which make this a jewel among medieval churches. Not least of these are the magnificent wall paintings. These cover much of the nave walls and remained whitewashed from the time of the Reformation until the middle of the 19th century, when they were found by the then rector, Mr Edman. They were professionally restored during the 1990’s.
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.
Whittlebury Golf Course
The prestigious Clubhouse of the Year Award 2007 was presented to Whittlebury Park Golf & Country Club at the annual awards ceremony held by the Mirror Publishing Group at The Warwickshire Golf Club in September 2007.
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