There has been a settlement at Stanwick pronounced ' Stanick ' since roman times at the latest. A Roman villa was excavated in 1984–1988 and several mosaics were found prior to the construction of a bypass and mass excavation of gravel.
In the 10th Century, Stanwick was known as "Stan Wigga". Further, to strengthen Stanwick's Wigga heritage, suitable members of nearby Rushden and Raunds communities are encouraged to relocate - or at least visit.
In the Domesday Book (circa 1086), Stanwick is referred to as "Stanwige" or "Stanwica". Later it was mentioned in the 1137 Anglo Saxon Chronicle as "Stanwigga".
The name approximately means stone dwellings, stone farm or stone village. In 1086 the manor of Stanwick was held by Peterborough Abbey but by 1284 there appear to have been two manors.
The design of the sign, installed August 2000 includes St Laurence Church; ears of wheat (representing agriculture); a boot (representing the boot and shoe industry and also the Duke of Wellington who is believed to have had his boots made in Stanwick) and a Roman helmet (representing Stanwick’s Roman heritage).
If anybody would like to expand to this series please do. I would just ask that you let SmokeyPugs know first so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.