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Cogenhoe is a village in South Northamptonshire. The civil parish of Cogenhoe and Whiston had an estimated population at the 2010 census of 1,523 - Cogenhoe 1,312; Whiston 211).

The village of Cogenhoe (pronounced Cook-know) overlooks the valley of the River Nene and is some five miles (8 km) east of the county town, Northampton. Cogenhoe is situated on high ground overlooking the Nene Valley, and has grown into a large village with varied amenities including football, cricket and bowls clubs.

People are believed to have lived at Cogenhoe for at least 4,000 years, one of the early settlements lying to the east of the village. Later on the Celts lived here. In the Roman period, a corn-drying kiln was built in the centre of the village and a villa estate developed out of an Iron Age settlement.

The Saxons lived to the west of St Peter's Church and it was they who would have built its predecessor, probably from timber. After the Norman Conquest, the village was moved on to the steep slope where it remained until development took place along Church Street, probably in the 16th or 17th centuries. Station Road (the main road running through the village) began to evolve with the construction of houses built from bricks made in the Cogenhoe brickyard in the 19th century.

More recently (in the 60s), acres of orchards and open fields were replaced by housing; these estates are now known as Orchard Way, Glebe Road and St Peters Way.

From the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries the village became dominated by the manufacture of boots and shoes. During the 1950s, the major employer was a local coach firm, York brothers, now sadly closed. Cogenhoe is now largely a commuter village with most people working in Northampton or further afield due to its road links with the A45 and M1 motorway.

Whiston is a small settlement to the east of Cogenhoe comprising only 25 or so properties contained in two distinct areas. The smaller group lies of higher ground around Combe Hill formerly occupied by a single substantial late 19th century house, now divided into separate dwellings

St Mary’s Church with its links to the Catesby family stands alone near to this group. A footpath leads down to the main settlement which consists of mostly former farmhouses including Manor Farmhouse and Place House which are still thatched. Moat Farm forms part of this small settlement.