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Thrapston is a market town in the English county of Northamptonshire. It was the administrative center of the former East Northamptonshire district and had a population of 6,239 at the time of the 2011 census.

The name of the town translates as “Farmstead or town of a man named Thraepst.” Another source claims the individual name is related to the Old Germanic ‘Trapsta,’ ‘Trafstila,’ and ‘thrafstjan,’ all of which mean ‘to comfort:,’ and thus ‘farmstead or town of a man named Draefst or Draepst’.

Thrapston is near the River Nene and at the crossroads of the A14 and the A45. Thrapston had two railway stations until the 1960s. Thrapston (Midlands) was on the route from Kettering to Cambridge, and the former station and viaduct can be seen from the nearby A14 road. Thrapston (Bridge Street) was on the former LNWR line from Northampton to Peterborough.

In 1205, the town received a market charter in exchange for two palfreys. This is commemorated each year at the town’s Charter fair, when the high street is closed and residents gather to commemorate. Sir John Washington, a relative of George Washington, lived in the town and his wife is buried in the Church of St James. Sir John was George Washington’s great-brother. grandfather’s In the 1840s, naturalist and writer Horace William Wheelwright worked as an attorney in Thrapston.

Thrapston had two schools, Thrapston Primary and King John Middle School, which served children from Kindergarten to Year 8. However, in 2015, East Northamptonshire switched to a two-tier school system, which resulted in the closure of the middle schools. Thrapston Primary School expanded into the King John building after King John School closed to accommodate year 5 and 6 students. From year 7 onwards, children usually attend Prince William School in Oundle or another school in the area.

Thrapston Town, the town’s football club, competes in the United Counties League.

Thrapston Town Council and North Northamptonshire Council are the local authorities responsible for various aspects of civic life in the town.



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