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Hellidon is a village and civil parish in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire in England. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 180; it reached its highest population (449) in 1861.[1]

The village is located about five miles south-west of Daventry, south of the A425 road. It is on the watershed of three major rivers; the Leam (to the Bristol Channel), the Cherwell (to the Thames Estuary), and the Nene (to The Wash). All have their sources nearby.

Hellidon used to be the centre of an ironstone quarrying industry until the 1950s and an industrial railway operated in the area, which conveyed ironstone to the Great Central line at Charwelton. There are now several vineyards in the Hellidon area; one of these is the Windmill Vineyard which accommodates the white tower mill of Hellidon with a silver cap.

The first mention of a post office in Hellidon is in 1847; the first postmaster was John Wells,[2] who described himself as a shoemaker in the 1841 census but as a shopkeeper in 1849. By 1854 he was described as 'Postmaster and Letter Receiver'. In 2008, Hellidon still has a post office.

References

  1. , "Three Ells in Hellidon", Jenifer Fell, 2000
  2. , "Three Ells in Hellidon", Jenifer Fell, 2000, p111

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