Collyweston sits astride the A43 road, between Stamford a couple of miles to the north and Corby about 20 miles to the south. We have a church, a pub, a village hall, a playing field, and a community shop. Our local rambling group takes walks in the area once a week, summer and winter. Our historical society organises talks four times a year. There’s a pantomime in early Spring, and sometimes another play before Christmas. A right-of-way means you can walk from the bottom of New Road to Ketton Bridge without running the gauntlet of vehicles on Ketton Road.
It’s a village with more than its fair share of historical importance. Henry VII’s mother, Margaret Beaufort, lived here and it was her favourite place. The original building which later became a royal palace was built by Sir William Porter. Ralph Lord Cromwell acquired it and extended it; he removed the door of the Porter home and this is now the inner door of the village church. At some stage the property became Margaret Beaufort’s. Henry VII’s daughter set off on her wedding procession from Collyweston to marry James King of Scotland. (Thanks to Mrs Johnson for this section.)
The precious limestone roofing material known as Collyweston Slate is prized on elite roofs from here to London to the United States … as well on our own buildings.
As time goes on, we are hoping that more village groups will adopt their own pages on this website – or link from here to their own website – so that anyone looking for information about our village can find it easily. The free magazine Collyweston News will continue to be delivered every month to each household in Collyweston, so you don’t need to be online to know what’s going on.
Your feedback or any additional details are very welcome here. As you’ll see, we also would love to show your wonderful photographs taken around the village.