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Crick, Northamptonshire

Crick is a village in the Daventry district of Northamptonshire, close to the border with Warwickshire and near the town of Rugby. Crick is by-passed by the A428 main road from Rugby to Northampton, and is a short distance east of junction 18 the M1 motorway. The Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal DIRFT is situated close to Crick, west of the motorway junction. The population of Crick in the 2001 census was 1,460.

Crick Boat ShowThe Grand Union Canal passes near Crick, and the village is well known for its canal marina and the annual Crick Boat Show. There is also a long canal tunnel nearby.

The village of Crick probably takes its name from the Celtic word for 'hill' (Cruc). Crack's Hill, alongside the canal, is one of a number of popular walks in and around the village.  It seems likely that the village first came into existence somewhere in the post-Roman period - though Crick's western parish boundary is formed by the Roman Watling Street, and traces of a single Roman building were found within the area of the present-day village, so there has been occupation in this area for a very long time!

Earlier still, this area was inhabited by Bronze-age and Iron-age tribal groups, and many traces of pre-Roman round-houses have been excavated in a series of archaeological digs around the M1 and DIRFT industrial sites.

Crick's medieval manorial rollsIn the medieval and early modern period, Crick was a thriving manor - and thanks to the recent discovery of Crick's early manorial rolls and other medieval documents in one of Oxford's college archives, a research project is now under way to transcribe and analyse the documents, which will provide a unique picture of life in Crick between about 1400 and 1700.

Archbishop Laud (famously executed by the Puritans) was among the past rectors of the church of St Margaret of Antioch in Crick, and the village has a number of other links with famous people from England's historic past.

Crick has a thriving History Society, with a wide range of research projects currently under way or already completed; a good way to start exploring this part of the site is by glancing through the list of these projects on the Crick History Society page.

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