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The George public house
Ashley is located in Northamptonshire
Population 224 (2011)
OS grid reference SP7990
• London 92 miles (148.1 km)
  • North Northamptonshire
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Market Harborough
Postcode district LE16
Dialling code 01858
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
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52°30′N 0°50′W / 52.50°N 00.83°W / 52.50; -00.83

Ashley is a village and civil parish in the North Northamptonshire, England, about 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Market Harborough, Leicestershire and 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Corby. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 224. The village is near the River Welland, which forms the border with Leicestershire. The Roman road called Via Devana in the part from Ratae (now Leicester) to Duroliponte (now Cambridge) ran just north of the village.

The villages name means 'ash-tree wood/clearing'.


The 2001 census shows a population of 217.

Notable buildings

The village church is dedicated to St Mary and was mostly rebuilt by Sir George Gilbert Scott at a cost of £2,000 in 1867 for the Rev Richard Pulteney, rector 1853-74 and also the Squire.

The Manor House was also remodelled for Pulteney by Edmund Francis Law in 1865. Pulteney also got Scott to build a Gothic village school (1858) and Masters House (1865)

Roman villa

The remains were found in Alderstone field in the 19th century during railway construction of the line from Market Harborough to Peterborough and Stamford just north of the village, which had its own station (Ashley and Weston railway station). The site was close to the Roman Road from Leicester to Cambridge. Excavations in 1969-71 show a villa and outbuildings close to the road.

Village events

Every Easter Monday there is a tug of war match against the neighbouring villages of Hallaton and Medbourne.

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