It was King William I, who at a council in Gloucester at Christmas 1085, ordered the great survey of the nation that was to be called the Doomsday Book. He wanted to know how his land was occupied and with what sort of people, how many cattle and what it was all worth.
He sent his men all over England, into every shire and had them find out how many hundred hides there were in the shire or what cattle and land the king had himself, and what dues or taxes he might expect in a year from the shires. Astonishingly, the whole project only took 21 months to complete.
Our village appeared as Winewic in the Guilsborough Hundred. Our value in taxes - just fifty shillings (£2.50). This means we were a bigger tax raiser than our now larger neighbouring village of West Haddon (Eddone), valued at twenty shillings (£1.00).
Xll. THE LAND OF THE CHURCH OF COVENTRY
IN GUILSBOROUGH HUNDRED AND A HALF
• THE ABBEY OF COVENTRY holds 3 hides and 1 virgate of land in WINWICK. There is land for 6 ½ ploughs. There are in demesne 3 ploughs; and 16 villans and 5 bordars, with a priest, have 3 ploughs. It is worth 50s.
• In COLD ASHBY the abbey holds 2½ hides, and they belong to Winwick. There is land for 5 ploughs. There are 4 villans and 5 bordars with 2 ploughs. It is worth 10s.
IN 'ALWARDSLEY' HUNDRED
• In KILSBY the abbey holds 2 hides. There is land for 5 ploughs. In demesne are 2 [ploughs], and 3 slaves; and 10 villans and 8 bordars with 3 ploughs. There are 8 acres of meadow. It is worth 50s.
• In WEST HADDON the abbey holds 2 hides. There is land for 4 ploughs. There are 4 villans, with 2 bordars and 4 sokemen; they have 4 ploughs. It is worth 20s. 1 of these hides renders soke in Winwick.
LE MORTE D’ARTHUR
On a literary theme, one of the many reasons people visit our village is our association with Sir Thomas Malory, who was
Lord of The Manor in Winwick.
It was Malory who wrote “Le Morte d’Arthur”, which was printed by William in 1470.
Malory’s book is the forerunner of Tennyson’s “Idylls of The King”, and indeed of every tale ever told of the Knights of The Round Table.
British Museum - Thomas Malory
WALK RIGHT IN
Many people visit Winwick as they walk the Jurassic Way, a long-distance recreational footpath that meanders across Northamptonshire and through the village.
The 88 miles of the Jurassic Way are renowned for beautiful countryside, fossils and rocks from 140 – 195 million years old.
THE BATTLE OF NASEBY
On June 14th 1645, with the English Civil War in full swing, a decisive battle took place in the rolling fields of Northamptonshire.
Within three hours, the Civil War was decided, a King and a kingdom were lost, and the foundations for a republic were
Naseby is just six miles from here – indeed it is claimed that men from Cromwell’s cavalry slept in the Tithe Barn in Winwick on the eve of the battle.
The battle site is well worth a visit.
Just fifteen minutes drive from Winwick is Althorp House. Home to the Spencer family for nearly 500 years, Althorp became the focus of world attention following the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales in September 1997.
Much of Althorp’s charm derives from the sheer beauty of its setting. The House is set in 450 acres of parkland, largely unaltered since the 16th century.
Inside, the House contains a fascinating variety of furniture and ceramics as well as one of the finest collections of portraiture in the world.
And don’t miss the stable block. Constructed from Northamptonshire ironstone to house 100 horses and 40 grooms, its Palladian grandeur is in stark contrast to the grey mansion house. Althorp House
We receive a lot of family history enquiries from people who visit this website or visit the village. For example, here's the 'Winwick' page from a family that connects to the Gurneys: Orland Family.
Stephen Harper-Scott from Cambridge publishes a regular Gurney Family History Newsletter. Contact Stephen via his website for more information. Stephen has a website dedicated to the history of Winwick called We Love Winwick.
Please use the Contact page on this website to tell us about your family.
The Northamptonshire Family History Society produce a booklet containing Memorial Inscriptions from the Church of St Michael & All Angels Winwick. A copy can be obtained for £1.75 plus 40p P&P by emailing committee member Mary Ginns.
The church records for St Michael & All Angels are kept at the County Records Office, Wootton Hall Park, Northampton NN4 8BQ. Tel: 01604 762129
Visitors to our Church will find a booklet containing original census data from 1841 to 1901.