|Article written by Douglas Ashby July 1999
Not many people realise that the Round House standing at the side of the Finedon to Thrapston road is actually in the Parish of Burton Latimer. It stands at a point where the boundaries of Addington, Woodford and Finedon also meet.
The Duke of Wellington, who famously defeated Napoleon’s army at the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815, often came to Northamptonshire. Whilst in the county he would stay with friends, General and Mrs Arbuthnot, at Woodford House. The ‘Iron Duke’ would go to church at
Mrs Harriet Arbuthnot recorded in her journals, which were later published, that when her husband acquired Woodford House it was “merely a farmhouse” but the property was ultimately enlarged and altered to form the pleasant country house it is today. The journals also record the planting of trees and laying out of the formal gardens. This well-wooded area is still a feature of the estate.
The countryside looking across towards Burton Latimer so reminded the Duke of the
Earlier this century it was used as a public house to which the local villagers would retire after running dog races. These were held in the field opposite known as ’70
The Round House was also the scene of more sinister activities for it was here that poachers from the neighbourhood would meet. A tale is told that about eighty years ago, Burton’ policeman, PC Currin, who used to live in a cottage in Church Street, walked the two miles along Wold Road and hid in some bushes nearby intending to catch the offenders. His plan, however, went astray and he was discovered. Knocked out by a heavy blow, some of the poachers wanted to take the unconscious constable and tie him down over the railway track at
The place became so notorious that the local magistrates refused to renew its licence and the Round House became what it is today: a farmhouse. For many years it has been the home of the farming family of Corney.
It is said that on a clear day, forty churches can be seen from the top of this historic building, including that of