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About Maud Lane

F29. Maud (Madgalen) PARR. Born about 1510-1512 at Horton; daughter of Sir William PARR [F24] and Mary SALISBURY. She married Sir Ralph LANE, son of William LANE and Jane MERVIN. Ralph was born in 1509 at Orlingbury Manor, and died in 1582. CHILDREN: {S5,S19}. Their sons were Robert, Ralph & William and they had seven daughters. They were not the parents of Roger Lane, b abt 1569 in Herefordshire.


Horton (from the Old English meaning "muddy farmstead") in the English county of Northamptonshire was originally an estate village, serving the now demolished Horton House.

The village lies on the road between Newport Pagnell and Northampton in the southern part of the county. The current designation of this road as the B526 belies its former importance as the A50 the former stagecoach route connecting Leicester and London. The road was declassified when the M1 motorway was built: it was to service this traffic that what is today "The French Partridge" restaurant was built.

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1 The church

2 Horton House estate

2.1 The earlier estate

2.2 The last house

3 The village today

3.1 Horton Rounds: The famous house on a circle

4 Famous residents of the village

5 Pictures from around the village

6 Surname of Horton

7 References

[edit]The church

According to Pevsner, the church has a 13th century western tower and a "Splendid curly weathervane". Much of the church was rebuilt between 1862-3 by the local architect EF Law. The church has various monuments:

A brass relating to Roger Salisbury (1491) and his two wives.

Lord & Lady Parr - Catherine Parr's uncle and aunt.

A free standing tomb-chest

Two recumbent effigies

- Sir William Lane and his family and

- Edward & Henrietta Montagu members of the family of the Earl of Halifax.

The church is currently redundant and in need of urgent repair.

[edit]Horton House estate

Horton House in 1830

[edit]The earlier estate

The original medieval village and house were demolished to make way for the rebuilding of the house in the 17th century - all that remains are a number of mounds in the fields to the south of the house remains.

The first house and estate were owned by William, Lord Parr of Horton - the same family that Catherine Parr came from.

William's daughter, Maud, married Sir Ralph Lane and they had three sons:

Sir Robert

Sir Parr and

Sir William

The later son being the one commemorated in the church.

[edit]The last house

The last house had originally belonged to a branch of the Montagus (who held the Earldom of Halifax for two generations). The Gunnings purchased the estate in 1782 and the family stayed at Horton until 1888 when the 5th Baronet sold it to Pickering Phipps of the brewing family. Later it was sold to George Winterbottom but it was demolished in 1936.

Although Horton House was demolished various of its out buildings remain, some of which are Grade II (G2) listed:

The Green Bridge - G2

The Ice house - G2

The New Temple - G2. This has an Ionic portico with a pulvinated frieze - and is thought be early Georgian in date.

The Menagerie (turned into a house by Gervase Jackson-Stops) - G2. This is a one storey building with corner pavilions and a raised central area. The surrounding windows are by Gibbs. The work has most recently been attributed to Thomas Wright who undertook work for Lord Halifax in the 1730s.

The Arches - G2. These are made up of a tri-partite triumphal archway with Ionic pilasters.

Two Victorian gate Lodges

Red brick stable block

Near the Menagerie:

Is an old fish pond dating back several centuries.

Is what is thought to be the remains of a Norman Motte-and-bailey can be found in the fields behind the Menagerie.

There are rumoured to be a series of tunnels emanating from the Menagerie towards the Ice House and elsewhere.

[edit]The village today

What remains today is a dormitory village serving Northampton and Milton Keynes. There is a fine but redundant Norman church.

There are neither shops nor public houses but there is a cricket club - Horton House CC which celebrates its centenary in 2008 - and the well known restaurant "The French Partridge".

[edit]Horton Rounds: The famous house on a circle

The village is well known for the modern design of Horton Rounds, an unusual curved house on stilts incorporating the shapes of a comma and a full stop. The house was built by Arthur Marshman as a family home. It was built on the site of the old tennis courts for Horton House.

The house is mentioned by Pevsner in his "Buildings of Northamptonshire" and has an unusual cantilevered balcony and cedar roof shingles. The house has more recently been the home of Roy Clarke the writer of Last of the Summer Wine.

Of the house, Pevsner says:

"A striking house. The dominant features are the broad curving eaves of the shingled roofs and the taller circular service cores and chimney of local yellow stone. In plan the house is a comma, with a full stop linked by a bridge. The tail of the comma, open on the ground floor with bedrooms above, shelters a paved garden. The broad end has service rooms and entrances below and a circular living area above which has views in all directions".

[edit]Famous residents of the village

Sir William Parr - uncle of Catherine Parr - 1st Baron Parr of Horton.

Charles Montagu, Earl of Halifax - founder of the Bank of England.

Sir Robert Gunning - diplomat (died at Horton House, 22 September 1816).

England cricketer Allan Lamb lived in the village for some years in the 1970s.

Television writer Roy Clarke has owned Horton Rounds for some time.

[edit]Pictures from around the village

Horton Church

A touching gravestone from Horton Churchyard

[edit]Surname of Horton

Hereditary surnames became popular in England after the Norman conquest and most were derived from the place-names of their family estates, whether in France or England. One such recorded is that of Richard de Horton from Northamptonshire, in 1255.


Pevsner, Nikolaus, The Buildings of England – Northamptonshire, ISBN 978-0-300-09632-3

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Maud Lane's Timeline

Horton, Northamptonshire, England
Age 15
January 7, 1527
Age 17
Horton, Northamptonshire, England
Age 20
Exmouth, Devon, England
Age 23
Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 26
Horton, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 28
Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 70