Broughton, Northamptonshire

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 Broughton shown within Northamptonshire
Population 2,208 (2011 census)
OS grid reference SP8375
District Kettering (borough)
Shire county Northamptonshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Kettering
Postcode district NN14
Dialling code 01536
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Kettering
List of places

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Broughton is a large village and civil parish in the borough of Kettering, in Northamptonshire, England, with a population at the 2011 census of 2,208 people.[1] The village is located around 2 miles (3 km) south-west of Kettering, next to the A43 road (it was bypassed in 1984).

The broach spire of Broughton church

Broughton has a long history, being referred to as "Burtone" in the Domesday Book. The church (St. Andrew), which is mostly early 14th century (although the chancel was actually rebuilt in 1828), incorporates part of a (12th century) Norman aisleless church at the south-west angle, including the reset south doorway with colonettes, scallop capitals and zigzags.[2] The village has some notable Jacobean houses.[3]

Broughton currently has one pub, The Red Lion; it used to also have The Sun but that closed. A protest to keep the pub running was fought for by driving a tank to Kettering Borough Council offices[citation needed] but no appeal has been won. The village also has three shops. It used to have a separate post office; that is now part of one of the shops. Many years ago, it had a cinema, five bakers, 7 pubs, 6 shops, a petrol station, and a butcher.[citation needed]

Tin Can Band

An ancient custom or ritual, which still exists in the village, is that of the "Tin Can Band". It is held annually in mid-December, when, at midnight, a group of people walk around the village making as much noise as possible by banging on tin cans (anything from cans to pots, pans and metal dustbins).[4] Various reasons have been suggested for the custom, including scaring away evil spirits just before Christmas, or (less charitably) that was a kind of "rough music" to drive out gypsies.[5] Nowadays it's quite good-natured, but in the past there have been riotous scenes, especially in years when the authorities tried to prevent it happening.[6]


  1. Office for National Statistics: Broughton CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 15 July 2015
  2. CRSBI – The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain & Ireland – St Andrew, Broughton, Northamptonshire
  3. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England - Northamptonshire 2nd edition, revised by Bridget Cherry (Harmondsworth 1973), pp. 128-29.
  4. John Kirpatrick, Sleeve notes for Wassail! A Traditional Celebration of an English Midwinter, John Kirpatrick et al., Fellside Records, FECD125 (1997).
  5. Information Britain: Broughton Tin Can Band, Northamptonshire
  6. Dorothy A. Grimes, Like Dew Before the Sun – Life and Language in Northamptonshire (Privately published, Stanley L Hunt (printers), Rushden, 1991), pp. 6–8. ISBN 0-9518496-0-3/

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