Hardingstone in 1839
Hardingstone is 2 miles south-east of Northampton, in Wymersley hundred. It had a population, in 1831, of 1,036. The church has some portions of early English architecture, and there is in the parish, on an eminence in a commanding situation, near the road from London to Northampton, one of the crosses erected by Edward I to the memory of his queen Eleanor ; it was, till the restoration of Waltham Cross, the most perfect of the three which remain : it is octangular, on a base of eight steps, and richly ornamented. Near this cross are the traces of a camp, said to be Danish. The river Nene borders the parish ; there are commodious wharfs and warehouses on it ; and the railroad from Northampton to the Grand Junction Canal passes through it.