In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Catesby like this:
CATESBY, or Catesby-Abbey, a parish in Daventry district, Northampton; on the verge of the county, near the Oxford canal, 5 miles SW of Daventry, and 6 ESE of Southam Road r. station. It includes the hamlet of Newbold-grounds; and its Post Town is Daventry. Acres, 1,990. Real property, £3,583. Pop., 107. Houses, 21. A Benedictine nunnery was founded here, as early at least as the time of Richard I., by Robert de Esseby; and given, at the dissolution, to John Onley. Catesby House occupies the nunnery's site; belonged to the Parkhursts; was the birth place of Parkhurst, the Greek and Hebrew lexicographer; and passed to James Attenborough, Esq., of Brampton-Ash. ...
The parish is a resort of sportsmen. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, not reported. Patrons, T. and M. Scrafton, Esqs. The church was long in ruins; and a new one, instead of it, incorporating some fine materials of the old, was recently erected by Mr. Attenborough.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Catesby, in Daventry and Northamptonshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 05th December 2013
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