Long Buckby

Long Buckby
Long Buckby
 Long Buckby shown within Northamptonshire
Area  16.46 km2 (6.36 sq mi)
Population 3,913 (2011 Census)
    density  238/km2 (620/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSP628673
Civil parishLong Buckby
DistrictDaventry District
Shire countyNorthamptonshire
RegionEast Midlands
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode district NN6
Dialling code 01327
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK ParliamentDaventry
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Coordinates: 52°18′11″N 1°04′52″W / 52.303°N 1.081°W / 52.303; -1.081

Long Buckby is a populous village and civil parish in the Daventry district of Northamptonshire, England, in the United Kingdom, midway between Northampton and Rugby. In the 2011 census the parish of Long Buckby, which includes the hamlet of Long Buckby Wharf, had a population of 3,913.[1] It is in the Daventry district. The west of the parish has the Grand Union Canal, A5 and adjoining M1 motorway all passing through the Watford GapWatford, Northamptonshire is the next village to the north. The centre near a castle has a railway station and is on the Northampton Loop (corollary) of the West Coast Main Line. The surname Bugbee originated in this village.


Long Buckby has a history going back approximately 1,200 years to the Vikings[2] when all of northern, central and eastern England came under the Danelaw. The mound remaining of a castle built by Sahir de Quincy in the 12th century remains. The village name is of Nordic origin, with 'by' meaning settlement or village while 'Buck' is derived from 'Bec' (pronounced 'becker' in old Norse) for stream/brook. The village is recorded in the Domesday Book as Buchebei, its affix possibly coming at a later date in reference to the length of the village.

The village once had a thriving shoemaking industry[2][3] but is now mainly a residential village. The village offers a wide range of amenities and services to its residents, including a doctor's surgery, two dentists, four churches, two schools, a public library, a veterinary surgery, a boarding cattery, a post office, a community centre and Long Buckby Mill Park Nature Reserve. There are two (previously three) pubs in the village. Local shops include two grocery stores, a butchers, several hairdressers, a newsagent, card and gift shop, chemist and a wide range of restaurants and take-aways.

The comedian Stanley Unwin moved to Long Buckby in 1940[4] when he got a job with the BBC at the nearby Borough Hill transmitting station. He stayed as a resident until his death in 2002.

Until the mid-1960s Long Buckby boasted its own goods marshalling yard which played a very significant role in the once thriving village economy, providing for the import of fuel and consumables for local business and residents as well as delivering the mail and packages to the village post office, and newspapers to the village newsagents. Local agricultural produce and to a lesser extent livestock were exported from the facility.

Long Buckby railway station as the nearest stop to Althorp was the final stop on the journey by the Prince of Wales, his two sons and others during the funeral of the Princess of Wales.

In 2007, one of the village shops celebrated its 150th year of operation since it first opened on the High Street in 1858.

Notable buildings and monument

The Historic England website contains details of 37 listed buildings in the parish of Long Buckby.[5] All them are Grade II apart from the following, which are Grade II*.

There is also one scheduled monument in the parish:


Sign outside Long Buckby Wharf

Long Buckby railway station is served by London Midland. It lies on a loop (corollary) of the West Coast Main Line running between Birmingham New Street and London Euston. Plans were made to expand the station facilities from a portable cabin temporary shelter to a more permanent facility.

Regular local bus services connect Long Buckby to the nearby towns of Northampton, Rugby and Daventry.


Long Buckby has two schools, Long Buckby Infants School for reception, Year 1 and Year 2, and Long Buckby Junior School which takes pupils from Year 3 to Year 6, leading up to the Key Stage 2 tests.

The village is within the catchment area of Guilsborough School (secondary) which takes local pupils on to Key Stage 3, (Year 7 to Year 9), followed by Key Stage 4 for Years 10 and 11. Guilsborough School also offers a Sixth Form centre for students wishing to take AS and A2 courses.


Long Buckby A.F.C. plays at Station Road. They are members of the United Counties League First Division. The club's highest achievement was reaching the 2nd round of the FA Vase in 1985-86. The club's most successful players include Gary Mills, Darren Harman, Alex McKenzie, Dan Holman and Richard Ryan. The football club on the same site as the rugby union club has its own clubhouse and a second pitch which the reserves and Sunday League sides use.

Long Buckby Rugby Football Club was founded in 1875 fielding three senior sides, a colts team and other junior teams. All are given coaching by qualified rugby coaches. Club training nights include week nights. Youth rugby is on Sundays. The club has a licensed clubhouse. The club's colours are green. Its emblem is a castle with an archway with a cross above.

Tennis tournament

Long Buckby Tennis Tournament started at the early year of 1907 in terms of lawn tennis and is played annually in mid-July on the sports ground, where a dozen or more grass courts are marked out and netting erected on the cricket outfield. Around two hundred and fifty people of all ages and standards take part over two days. It is an American-style doubles tournament with each couple playing all the others in their section. Profits from the tournament are donated to the sportsground and to the other sports organisations which use the ground. 2007 celebrated a centenary year with extra promotion to surrounding areas.


Maclaren, the pushchair manufacturer founded by Owen Finlay Maclaren is based in the village.

Notable residents


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 2011 census
  2. 1 2 'History' longbuckby.net Archived 9 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. Royal Historical Society (defunct by merger), subscription access database of book summaries.
  4. 'Stanley Urwin' Teletronic.co.uk Archived 3 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. "Historic England – The List". Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  6. "Historic England". Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  7. "Historic England". Retrieved 2015-10-01.
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