Cotterstock

Welcome to Cotterstock.  Find out about the Church of St Andrew and how to find us in this section.

Cotterstock was recorded in the Domesday Book as Codestoche, the name probably deriving from Old English 'corther-stoc' (a dairy farm).  This probably refers to the existence of a farm next to the mill on the river supplying a Romano-British villa situated on the rising ground to the north-west of the village towards Southwick.

It remains a quiet, peaceful and desirably attractive village of around 65 households with a population of approximately 125 adults and 15 children.  There is a broad age range, from one or two families with young children, through active retired, to a few quite elderly.  There are three farms but there is no local employment to speak of.  A number of residents work from home, but most travel to the nearby towns of Oundle, Peterborough, Kettering, Corby and Northampton to work.  Some commute to London daily on the East Coast main line.  There is quite a high proportion of professional and business people, both working and retired.

The parish contains 20 entries on the statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest, 16 of which are within the conservation area which covers the eastern part of the village around St Andrew's Church and Cotterstock Hall.  Most villagers are owner-occupiers, a few renters, and one weekender property.  The village essentially comprises one road (Main Street), aligned east from the river to the west.  This is a well-spaced linear development of just over half a mile and has on both sides a mixture of private housing comprising modern-ish houses and bungalows, some traditional thatched cottages and a small Victorian terrace of six properties.  They are all backed by open farmland to the north and to the south.

The village population is split approximately 50/50 between working and retired.  It is essentially stable with perhaps one or two families moving each year.  The majority of the children are young teenagers, many of them attending private schools.  The church is not the only indoor community space in the village.  The old village Church of England primary school is situated right in the centre of Main Street, and now has a new lease of life as our very fine village hall.  This is used for many activities and, thanks to some very good fundraising events, we managed to get a community grant to totally refurbish it in 2014.  In the absence of a pub or shop, this provides a much needed focal point for the village.  It is owned by the Diocese and administered by a committee which represents a good cross section of the village.  The church is well represented as it is a requirement of the lease that there must always be a PCC representative on the committee; this ensures that there is good co-operation between the village hall and the church.


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