WAPPENHAM lies approximately 4 miles south west of Towcester. It is well situated for easy access to the M1 at junction 15a north of Towcester, the M40 junction 11 at Banbury and Intercity rail services at Milton Keynes (40 minutes to London Euston). The village is surrounded by rolling countryside with a number of beauty spots including Bucknell Woods, owned by the Forestry Commission, with country walks and picnic areas. Nearby sporting facilities include horse racing at Towcester, motor racing at Silverstone and golf at Whittlebury and Farthingstone. www.northantsvillages.org.uk/wappenham
The red-brick vicarage, east of the church, built in 1833 as a home for his father Reverend Thomas Scott who was vicar of Wappenham at the time, was Gilbert Scott's first work, built while he was still an assistant architect. Pevsner describes it as ...only remarkable for being Sir George Gilbert Scott's first building'. The village also contains four other houses designed by Gilbert Scott, and on the village green there is a still-functional red K6 telephone box designed by Gilbert Scott's grandson Giles Gilbert Scott.
Wappenham has some of the earliest architectural works by Sir George Gilbert Scott.
Gilbert Scott's Vicarage
St Mary the Virgin church is 13th century and dedicated to St Mary. There a several monuments including one to Thomas Lovett of Astwell Castle (d.1492)and another Thomas Lovett (d.1542), Constance Butler (d.1499) and Sir Thomas Billing (d.1481), Chief Justice, of Biddlesden Abbey, Buckinghamshire
The village has a population around 250 and like a lot of villages most people commute elsewhere to work and children travel to schools in Silverstone, Lois Weedon, Helmdon, Towcester and Northampton.
Thanks to the hard work of its committee who managed to secure funding, the village hall has been refurbished. It has wheelchair access and 3 new toilets of which one if for wheelchair users. The main hall has been redecorated and it is really a great venue. The cost per hour is very affordable.
There is a bus service (County Connect) to surrounding areas which is provided by Northamptonshire County Council. It is a new concept in rural public transport and anyone can use the service, once registered. The journeys the bus makes are defined by users each day and there is no fixed timetable. The service operates 'on demand' however, booking is required.
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.
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.