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This is the web site of the community of Rothersthorpe Village in Northamptonshire. It is sponsored and run by Rothersthorpe Parish Council.

The purpose of the web site is to inform the community of events and useful information that may benefit anyone in the village.

Rothersthorpe village is in the area of South Northamptonshire District Council.
The village is part of the Daventry constituency which is represented by the Conservative Member of Parliament, Chris Heaton-Harris.

The Berry ring works are medieval fortifications built and occupied from the late Anglo-Saxon period to the later 12th century. They are situated between the junction of North Street and Church Street and were small defended areas of buildings surrounded partly or completely by large ditches and earthworks topped by wooden palisades. They are rare nationally. The site is irregularly shaped with a wide ditch on the north and west sides. There are the remains of an inner rampart in the north east corner and southern end. Features in the west of the interior of the works show the locations of former buildings. Remains of ridge and furrow farming are on the eastern side.

The village is bisected by the Banbury Lane, an ancient Drovers road along which cattle were once taken to market in Banbury from as far afield as Scotland.

The village has a Church of England primary school, the Chequers public house, and the church of SS Peter and Paul. The M1 Motorway with the Northampton (formerly
known as Rothersthorpe) Service Area and junction 15A is nearby but mostly out of hearing as the prevailing wind is south-westerly.

The Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal, built in 1815 passes near to Rothersthorpe. Seventeen locks, taking the canal into Northampton and its junction with the River Nene, take about two hours for a boat to travel through.

Banbury Lane crosses a road bridge over the West Coast Main Line south of the village.
The bridge replaced a level crossing in 2005 because of safety concerns
and proved quite controversial when Network Rail proposed permanently
closing the road.