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Chester House Estate

Chester House Estate

10,000 Years of Northamptonshire History

The Chester House Estate, located in Irchester near Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, is a historically significant site that will be free to enter for everyone. The site is a £14.5m project financed by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and the Northamptonshire County Council and aims to connect the people of Northamptonshire to 10,000 years of county history.

With the community at the heart of the project, the vision is to create a publicly accessible site that promotes local business, produce and tourism, as well as running year-round events, including Summer Fairs, Sunday Markets and Seasonal Events (including Christmas and Halloween Events).

Chester House Estate will offer something for everyone in the family, with the aforementioned year-round events, an on site café and restaurant located in their Grade II* listed Farmhouse and also located in the Farmhouse there will be a Bed and Breakfast unit with views of the River Nene and the Northamptonshire countryside.

The site will also have a state-of-the-art Archaeological Archive Centre which will hold over 20,000 boxes of historic archives and artefacts from around Northamptonshire dating back from prehistory up to the late 19th Century. The Archaeological Archive Centre will be publicly accessible from July 2021. 

Alongside all of this, there’s plenty of land and history to explore. The Chester House Estate team are working hard to restore the land and they are working to build areas for walks around the on-site Roman Town, which is now a Scheduled Monument. There will also be outdoor play areas for children to enjoy whilst on site and sensory gardens to support the wellbeing of the community.  

The site will be fully open and accessible to the public in October 2021 in time for the October Half Term period, with areas of the site opening as soon as July 2021.

Contact & Opening Times

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The site will be fully open and accessible to the public in October 2021 in time for the October Half Term period, with areas of the site opening as soon as July 2021.

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