A guided walk around Grendon
Much of Grendon is in a conservation area. The village sits on top of a hill (Grendon means Green Hill), rather like a starfish on a rock. It is impossible to walk round the village for long without retracing your steps.
Approaching from Cogenhoe (Station Road), you will pass a right turn to Castle Ashby along which runs the Grendon Quarter Pond which is stocked with fish – fishing licences available from the Fishing Lodge and Compton Estates Office in Castle
Ashby. The ponds are home to Mallard, Coot, Tufted Duck and Great Crested Grebe. Swans, Herons and other wildlife are also frequent visitors.
Coming up the hill into Grendon itself and bearing right at the small green, you will pass between Manor Farm and the relatively new development of houses built on the former site of the Crown Inn public house, into Manor Road. As you proceed up the hill The Knoll is on your right, the playing field and Parsons Close to the left with a footpath leading through to Blacksmith's Yard and Church Way.
Continuing along Manor Road beyond the playing field you reach a 'T' junction; to the left is Main Road and to the right, Easton Way. (Almost opposite this junction is a footpath to the cricket field) Further along Easton Way, going towards Easton Maudit, with its Church spire in the distance providing an attractive feature on the horizon. Eventually this road will take you through to Bozeat village. Opposite Sharplands is a right fork off Easton Way which takes you onto Yardley Road – this leads to Yardley Hastings roughly two miles away – with the village allotments immediately to the left. Sweetacre Close is on the right followed by the sports field, home of Grendon Sapphires Football Club.
Returning to Main Road you come to Grendon Church of England Primary School with the former Union Chapel on the other side of the road. When you reach the crossroads you can turn left past St Mary's Church – which is normally open during the daytime. A guide to its history and architecture is available inside. Beyond the churchyard you will pass the footpath back to Parsons Close on the left and a lane to Church Farm to the right. This road winds between old cottages and new houses to rejoin Manor Road.
Back to the crossroads, straight ahead is Chequers Lane, which heads downhill between houses and eventually ends in fields.
A return again to the crossroads and this time turn right down Main Road. The
Half Moon public house is at the bottom of the hill on the right as is the Village Hall. Further on, on the left, is Grendon Hall, the county youth centre. Over the bridge and ditch – designed to prevent Grendon Brook from flooding after heavy rain - you will reach Lower End or Lower Grendon. Turn right into Blackmile Lane, which is a cul-de-sac, although it continues as a green lane to Strixton.
Having retraced to Main Road, which now becomes Wollaston Road and passes 'The Ark', said to be so-named because it frequently flooded many years ago. Set back is Grendon House, which was the Manor when Lower Grendon was a separate parish called Nether Grendon. The entrance to Grendon Lakes, a popular venue for water sports and fishing is on the left. As you leave the village the spire of Wollaston Church can be seen on the right some 1.5 miles away.
Grendon is an attractive village and possesses some historical and architectural interest. However it is sadly lacking in Olde Worlde relics – not having stocks (like Little Houghton) or a lock-up. Our only antiquity, apart from the church and houses, is the base of a cross or some monument which is situated between the bridge and Blackmile Lane. Nothing is known about what was on top of it or when it disappeared.