Oundle shown within Northamptonshire
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Oundle ( //) is an ancient market town on the River Nene in Northamptonshire, England, with a population of 5,345 (2001 census) or 5,674 (2006 estimate). It lies some 68 mi (109 km) north of London and 12 mi (19 km) south-west of Peterborough. The nearest railway station is at Corby, 9.3 mi (15.0 km) west of Oundle.
Inhabited since the Iron Age, Oundle was originally a trading place and market for local farmers and craftsmen. As the area became prosperous, wealthy traders set up shops and houses, and guilds were formed. Unlike other settlements in the vicinity, Oundle was unaffected by the Black Death in the mid-14th century.
Oundle had a grammar school since at least 1465, at which Sir William Laxton (Lord Mayor of London) was educated. He founded Laxton Grammar School in 1556, administered by the Worshipful Company of Grocers, from which Oundle School evolved.
Among the oldest buildings is the Talbot Inn. This was constructed of timber; it was rebuilt with stone from the ruins of nearby Fotheringhay Castle. Other public houses include the Rose & Crown, the Ship Inn (a 14th century coaching inn), the Angel, the George and the Riverside, which is currently derelict.
There are a number of churches. By far the most prominent – with the largest steeple in the area – is St Peter's parish church which occupies the main churchyard. There are also Methodist, Baptist and Roman Catholic churches. However, the Baptist church does not have its own building and holds services on Sunday mornings in the Prince William School.
A farmers' market is held in the Market Place on the second Saturday of every month.
There is also a park with swings and climbing frames, as well as a skatepark which was built in 2005.
A fair annually attracts many locals.
The town has a primary school and a middle school which joined Kings Cliffe in 1992.. It is also home to the comprehensive school, Prince William School as well as a public school - Oundle School, each of which have a thousand pupils.
The Oundle International Festival (OIF) is a music festival and pipe organ school. The festival was founded in 1985, with the training of young organists as its core. The summer schools are centred on an organ, built by Frobenius of Denmark and installed in Oundle School chapel. A concurrent festival programme for the public was also planned as a recurrent feature.
Oundle also hosts an annual literary festival; the Oundle Festival of Literature.
- ^ "Statistics - East Northamptonshire Population Figures". http://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/pp/service/detail.asp?id=2541. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
- ^ "Oundle Carnival". http://www.oundlecarnival.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-06-09.
- Oundle Tennis Club Website
- Oundle School Website
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- Prince William School
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- Oundle Chronicle
- St Peter's Church
- Oundle Community Pre-School
- Oundle International Festival
- Oundle Festival of Literature
- Oundle Cinema
- Oundle Underpants Blog
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