Village Green

Our village is blessed with a much prized and wonderful Green. The War Memorial, the Shop, the Village Hall and The Red Lion are on or around it. It is the heart of the community and centrepiece of Evenley life. It also has the distinction of being the finest village green in Northamptonshire lying within the conservation area. It was laid out in its present form by the Pierrepoints in about 1850. 

Mrs Margaret Dora Blakiston sold it to the parish council on 12 June 1961, for the princely sum of £100. The size of the green amounts to 2•925 acres and includes the areas across the road to the north side, fronting several properties, whilst encompassing the triangle of land between the track to the sewage works and parts of the frontage of other properties on the eastern side of the green. It was registered as a Village Green in 1968. Originally a road crossed the green diagonally from the corner of Church Lane, but in 1962 an application was made by the county council to 'stop up' the road. A public meeting ensued, however there was only one Evenley resident against the proposal and the reason for opposing it was that it was the shortest way to cross the green, therefore affording him the time to consume an extra half pint at the local!! Thankfully the decision was passed; otherwise it would reduce the length of the boundary for Evenley cricketers! The Green originally had the Stocks at the north east corner. These were taken down and burned circa 1853. The road was turfed over in 1962. The byelaws protecting the village green were signed on 25 May 1968 so woe betide anybody who beats, shakes, sweeps, brushes or cleans any carpet, drugget, rug or mat, or any fabric retaining dust or dirt, on the green!

Village Green Byelaws

The Evenley War Memorial c1920 (with later additions after Second World War) has been Awarded Listed Building Status and English Heritage have added our war memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. 

"the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add Evenley War Memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The war memorial is now listed at Grade II"

Evenley War Memorial, set on the southern edge of Evenley’s large Green (click here for a map), is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons

  • Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20
  • Design: a well-executed medieval-style stone cross

This has now been published on the National Heritage List for England, and is available for public access. This List can be accessed through the Historic England website.

A local resident has created a detailed report on the Evenley War Dead from World War I who were killed in action during the conflict and are commemorated on the Evenley War Memorial and or Church Roll of Honour.  Click here, to read the full report.