The village claims to be the most northerly in the county, lying approximately 1.5 miles north-east of Austrey.
The church dates from around the time of Henry II (1154 - 1189); the tower was added in the 13th century and the spire later still.
The village was originally given its Royal title by Henry II but later became known as Newton-in-the-Thistles. It may have regained its Royal suffix after Charles I came and prayed at the church before a battle at nearby Seckington.
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