|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Middleton Cheney (SP488418)|
|Distance:||9.4 miles (15.1 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B4525 is a rural B-road in south Northamptonshire.
The road starts at a roundabout on the A422 Middleton Cheney bypass and heads northeast, skirting the northern edge of that village as it always has done. We continue on across large, flat fields and then climb Thenford Hill, from where a road bears off left to Thorpe Mandeville.
We now continue south of eastwards, managing to bypass the villages on this stretch of the route. There's a bridge over a dismantled railway line south of Helmdon, then the road skirts a wood and the hamlet of Crowfield. The original line of the A43 crosses us west of Syresham, then our road ends at a dumbbell GSJ on the present route of that road soon afterwards.
The B4525 was not included in the original 1922 classification but came to the area in the early 1930s. However, only the first couple of miles remain from that route.
Originally the B4525 started on the A422 at Middleton Cheney as it does now but then continued through Thorpe Mandeville and on northeastwards for the best part of 20 miles via places like Canons Ashby and Bugbrooke to end on the then-A45 north of Kislingbury, just outside Northampton. The remainder of the present-day route remained unclassified.
The road's original route remained until the late 1980s when it was downgraded except for its westernmost section and the road was then rerouted to the east to give it its present route.