In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Fawsley like this:
FAWSLEY, a parish and a hundred in Northampton. The parish is in Daventry district; and lies 4 miles S of Daventry, and 5½ WSW of Weedon r. station. Post town, Badby, under Daventry. Acres, 1, 554. Real property, £3, 243. Pop., 64. Houses, 7. The manor has belonged, since the time of Henry III., to the family of Knightley. Fawsley Hall, the seat of that family, stands in a charming situation, amid an extensive park; is an ancient edifice, in various styles of architecture; and includes a magnificent apartment, 54 feet long, 24 wide, and 43 high, with an open timber roof. ...
The parish had formerly a market; and is now a meet for Lord Southampton s hounds. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £100.* Patron, SirKnightley, Bart. The church is good and interesting, and contains monuments of the Knightleys. Bishop Wilkins was a native.-The hundred contains twenty-one parishes; and, prior to the time of Henry III., existed as the two hundreds of Alwardeslea and Gravesend. Acres, 42, 386. Pop. in 1851, 11, 750; in 1861, 10, 841. Houses, 2, 472.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Fawsley, in Daventry and Northamptonshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th May 2013
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