is a large village
and civil parish
in the borough of Kettering
, in Northamptonshire
. Its population in 2001 was 2,047 people. The village is located around 2 miles (3 km) south-west of Kettering
, next to the A43 road
(it was bypassed in 1984).
Broughton has a long history, being referred to as "Burtone" in the Domesday Book
. The church (St. Andrew), which is mostly early 14th century, incorporates part of a (12th century) Norman aisleless church at the south-west angle, including the south doorway with colonettes, scallop capitals and zigzags. The village has some notable Jacobean housesN. Pevsner, The Buildings of England - Northamptonshire
2nd edition, revised by Bridget Cherry (Harmondsworth 1973), pp. 128-29.
An ancient ritual, which still exists in the village, is that of the "Tin Can Band". It is held annually in mid-December, when, at midnight, a group of people walk around the village making as much noise as possible by banging on tin-cans (anything from cans to pots and pans and metal dustbins),John Kirpatrick, Sleeve notes for Wassail! A Traditional Celebration of an English Midwinter
, John Kirpatrick et al., Fellside Records, FECD125 (1997). either to scare away evil spirits just before Christmas, or (less charitably) to drive out gypsies. Nowadays it's quite good-natured, but in the past there have been riotous scenes,... Read More