Set on the outskirts of the historical village of Weedon and just a short journey from the centre of lively Northampton, this charming old pub has a best-of-both-worlds location.
With original open fireplaces, a wood-panelled bar and timber beams that divide the building into lots of cosy nooks and crannies, the Cross Roads’ history is a big part of its character. Part of the charming pub building is a former cottage, believed to have been used as a tollhouse when a new turnpike was laid here back in the 18th century.
Weedon itself is a parish made up of two ancient settlements, Upper Weedon and Lower Weedon, which have a handful of notable sites between them. These include the Grade II-listed walls and storehouses of a former Military Ordnance Depot, built for the British Army in the early 1800s as a defence against Napoleon. .Read more...
The Cross Roads enjoys a fairly rural setting but is also close to Northampton, one of the UK’s largest towns. Archaeological finds have traced Northampton’s history as far back as the Bronze Age, and it was of huge historical significance during the Middle Ages, when Northampton Castle, an occasional royal residence and host of parliament, was established. Medieval Northampton was home to many churches and Britain’s third university, after Oxford and Cambridge, and was also the site of two battles. The town was all but destroyed following the English Civil War, when King Charles II tore down its walls and most of the castle. A 17th-century fire tore through what was left, leaving very little behind. Northampton was rebuilt on the back of the industrial revolution in the 18th century, and continued to grow after the Grand Union Canal and the railways were cut through it in the 19th century. Development sped up again in the 1960s, when it was designated a New Town. Today, Northampton is a large and vibrant university town, famous for its motor racing and for being the shoe manufacturing capital of Britain.
Just a few miles from the pub, between Weedon and the picturesque village of Upper Stowe, is the Old Dairy Farm Country Shopping and Craft Centre. Set in a complex of stone farm buildings that date back hundreds of years, this charming shopping village offers retail therapy away from the rush of the town centre. Fashion boutiques, independent florists, gourmet food stores and shops selling upmarket homeware sit alongside a selection of artists’ studios, where bespoke artworks, crafts and carpentry are produced. There is also a traditional tearoom on site and a small collection of farm animals to entertain younger guests. With free parking and a lovely countryside setting, the centre makes an excellent starting point for exploring the local countryside and canalside paths on foot.
You are spoilt for relaxed rural shopping destinations in this part of the world. Two miles from the Cross Roads is the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village, another charming set of boutique shops selling unique crafts, gifts, homeware and fashion. Set in beautiful Victorian farm buildings around an old-fashioned bandstand, the parade is another lovely alternative to shopping on the high street.
A 20-minute drive from the pub takes you to the village of Silverstone, famous around the globe for being home to the British Grand Prix. Handpicked for its location in the middle of England, Silverstone held its first race after World War II. At the time, hay bales and ropes were used to transform the former military airfield into a racetrack and protect the farm animals in the middle of the circuit. Today’s spectacular track is an icon of British motor racing and open to the public for tours and driving experiences.Show less...