St Crispin is a 180 acre site on the western edge of Northampton. Until 1995 it was a mental hospital but now its buildings and grounds are unused. Some of the buildings are listed and the site is a conservation area. It has a farm and many of its trees are protected by preservation orders.
The building developer has begun the development of the site and during the next ten years it will be transformed into a new community having:
- About 800 houses of all types and sizes.
- A primary school.
- Sports pitches and changing facilities.
- Opportunities for small businesses at the farm.
- A 250 apartment retirement village.
- A park-and-ride facility.
- A local centre with shops, surgery, nursery, etc.
- Large areas of woodland and open space.
Midland Heart Limited has built a pioneering retirement village on the site. It is managed by the Extra Care Charitable trust who provide the care and support services at the village. It offers local people who are over the age of 55 over 200 affordable flats and bungalows for rent, part-purchase or sale. Up to 24-hour care is available for those who need it. There is a wide range of facilities including a restaurant, bar, shop, village hall, fitness suite, jacuzzi, steam room, arts & crafts centre, IT room and greenhouse. There is also a comprehensive activity programme to support independence and well-being. For more information, see ExtraCare St Crispins Website.
Did you know?
St Crispin's Hospital was used as a location in a Dr Who story screened in 1977 called The Talons of Weng-Chiang, starring Tom Baker.