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Area Guide

Set in the north-eastern corner of Northamptonshire – the county of Squires and Spires, Oundle is a fine historic town with Georgian streetscapes set within a Conservation Area. The town has a population of approximately 6,000, which grows in term time, when the pupils return to the elegant buildings of the world famous Public School. The traditional Market Place is surrounded by a range of family run businesses, shops and restaurants. There are good sports facilities and clubs, art galleries, a theatre and a library. Peterborough lies about 12 miles away and offers extensive facilities as well as main line rail travel, with journey times to London King’s Cross from about 48 minutes.

The villages around Oundle have many attractive houses and cottages, many of which have thatched or Collyweston slate roofs. The area is known as ‘The Little Cotswolds’ as many of the properties are built of the same limestone as the Cotswold stone. The villages have beautiful churches and Listed Buildings and many have historic or royal connections, such as Apethorpe, Fotheringhay and Barnwell. There are still traditional village greens and public houses, for those seeking the idyllic rural lifestyle. Wadenhoe, on the River Nene, Ashton, Polebrook and Elton are particularly sought-after. Stamford is a larger market town and lies 13 miles to the North of Oundle. Bulwick, Woodnewton and King’s Cliffe are placed well for access to both towns.

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