first few hundred yards, the A361 seems to try to by-pass a village called Kilsby, but the village has mounted the hill after it and its houses now line this, the Daventry Road, for half a mile.
There are signs of new building, filling in and filling out this town-to-be.
One street in Kilsby sums up the ethos of the place - Independent Street.
This does not speak of a revolutionary independence, or a craggy, Bohemian kind. These people are independent of means.
The first dwelling in Independent Street is called The Homestead - an opulently restored, immaculately gardened cottage, turned into a town house out here in the country.
Ten years after I first visited Kilsby, the village has indeed grown substantially. It has engulfed the old A361 to such an extent that a new junction with the A5 (a roundabout) has been created a quarter of a mile further South.