In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Irthlingborough like this:
IRTHLINGBOROUGH, a village and a parish in Wellingborough district, Northampton. The village stands near the river Nen, and near Higham-Ferrers r. station, 2 miles N of Higham-Ferrers; is popularly called Artleboro'; consists chiefly of one street, nearly 17hr. mile long; carries on trade in the making of boots and shoes, parchment, and lace; and has a post office‡ under Higham-Ferrers. The parish comprises 3, 720 acres. Real property, £8, 370. Pop. in 1851, 1, 577; in 1861, 1,800. ...
Houses, 407. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to the Hon. G. W. Fitzwilliam and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. Some remains exist of a secular college, founded in the time of Edward III., by Lord Mayor Pyel. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £266. Patron, the Hon. G. W. Fitzwilliam. The church is ancient; presents some interesting features; and has a fine octagonal tower, surmounted by a turret. A stone cross, 13 feet high on steps, is near the church. There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans, a national school, and charities £87.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Irthlingborough in East Northamptonshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 31st August 2015
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