Paulerspury

Paulerspury

Paulerspury is a small village approximately convert|3|mi|km|0 south of Towcester and convert|8|mi|km|0 north of Milton Keynes along the A5 road which follows the course of the Roman Road of Watling Street, in South Northamptonshire, England, UK. Paulerspury is a parish together with the villages of Pury End and Heathencote.

History

The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Paveli's Peri - a reference to orchards in the area and the lord of the manor Paveli. It was the birthplace in 1761 of William Carey, son of a weaver, who first established the Protestant mission in India.

Paulerspury has known significant historical events. Although the site of the final battle of Queen Boudicca is not confirmed, one of the three locations believed most likely is Cuttle Mill in Paulerspury. During Elizabethan times, the lords of the manor, the Throckmortons cite web|title = 1960's guide to Towcester and surrounding rural area|url = http://northamptoncastle.homeip.net/towcester/books/guide/book.htm|accessdate = 2008-08-22] .

* [ ] became prominent nobles, and local legend has it that the Queen and her favourite Sir Walter Raleigh stayed in the village (which led to the marriage of Bess Throckmorton to Sir Walter). The restored church has a Norman font and displays good Early English work. The effigies of Sir Arthur Throckmorton (1626) and his lady lie on a long tomb. There are also two rare wooden figures, representing Sir Laurence de Paveley (1329) and his wife.

During the industrial revolution, little industry developed in the area, it mostly being an agricultural community, and the main produce other than agriculture was lace. This led to an impoverished community as lacemaking was superseded by mass produced textiles. This is in stark contrast to the village of today, which is a wealthy commuter village for Milton Keynes and London.

Paulerspury has a school, a pub, the Barley Mow, a restaurant, the Vine House, is the home of the Grafton Hunt, and the headquarters of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club.

The village has an elected Parish Councilcite web|title = Paulerspury Parish Council Website|url = http://www.paulerspury.org|accessdate = 2008-08-22] .

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