Village in Northamptonshire named among the best in East Midlands

The Rose & Crown pub, Yardley Hastings
The Rose & Crown pub, Yardley Hastings
  • Village in Sunday Times list
  • List revealed this weekend
  • ‘Lack of development is key’

A Northamptonshire village has been named in the top three of the region’s best places to live in the countryside.

Yardley Hastings was given the accolade by The Sunday Times as part of their Best Places to Live guide, which is published on Sunday March 1.

It reflects the fact most villagers have a long history with Yardley Hastings

Geoffrey Gill, parish council clerk

The annual supplements combine data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance with “the local knowledge and expertise of Sunday Times writers to compile the definitive top 50 countryside locations.”

The locations were selected for combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services, as well as access to some of Britain’s most attractive outdoor spaces.

Geoffrey Gill, clerk to Yardley Hastings Parish Council, said: “I think the reason people like living here is the lack of development in the last 40 years.

“It means most of the villagers have a long history with Yardley Hastings and that breeds a good community spirit.”

Sunday Times home editor Helen Davies said: “Britain is home to some of the most idyllic – and wild – countryside, and this supplement is dedicated to celebrating the very best of rural life.”