Tickencote lies an the southern slope of a hill leading down to the
River Gwash beneath the course of the old Ermine Street which became
The Great North Road and now the dual carriageway AI.
The name derives from the Saxon Ticcen and Cote, meaning the place
where goats were herded in the surrounding forest. The village has
been variously recorded as Tichencote (in the 10th century), Tikencote
(12th century), Tykencot (13th century), Tykingkote (14th century),
Totyncote and Tetyncote (15th century) and Thekencote (16th century).
The earliest evidence of settlements is probably from the Mesolithic
period around 7, 000 years ago in the Gwash Valley to the south west
of Tlckencote. Roman pot was excavated near an Anglo-saxon settlement
a few yards to the south west of Tickencote Hall in 1990. The existence
of a spring line between the limestone (lnferior oolite, and, by the
river Great oolite) and the underlying liassic clay running along the
valley side into Tickencote appears to have been an important factor
in the location of these early settlements. Several springs still flow
from the hill into the river near Mill Cottage.
From the AI the road descends through an avenue of Horse Chestnut
trees on the left and a mixture of beeches, oaks, cherries, hazels,
hawthorn, young elms and other deciduous trees on the right, to the Church
of Saint Peter.
The houses which are of stone include the former rectory, (opposite
the church) and a number of cottages which housed families employed
in the hall.