Northampton

Northampton

The county town, in the very centre of England has been an important site since early Saxon times- fought over by the Danes- it became a strategic centre post Norman Conquest. By 1084 Simon de Senils had been made Earl of Northampton and he is associated with the building of the Norman castle and the circular church of the Holy Sepulchre: his son of the same name founded Delapre Abbey. The Plantagenet kings used the castle as their residence and it was here that Thomas a Becket was tried in 1164. The castle was particularly popular with King John and it is here that the Barons besieged him in the First Barons war. The Black Death had a particularly harrowing effect and through it the town lost its significance. Even so it is surprising that having been supporters of the crown they ...

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