Two closely connected sites at Southwick (centred on NGR TL029205) have produced evidence to show that the village had a thriving iron smelting industry in the 10th century.
A medieval stone hall dating from the mid-13th century may have been a manse owned by St. Mary’s Priory, Huntingdon. This building later served as a small non-ferrous workshop with hearths and a casting pit and was subsequently converted into a kitchen and brew-house before being relegated to use as an outbuilding for the 16th century Vicarage Farm.
Northamptonshire Archaeology, 29, 2000-01, 129–160 Excavations at Southwick, Northants. 1996. A G Johnston, B Bellamy, P J Foster.