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The early history of this town is bound up with Christianity and Saxon England. St Wilfred died here in 709 and St Cetta, a 7th century devout, was re buried here in the 10th century. The great Benedictine Abbey of Peterborough which flourished in the 7th century, sacked in the 8th and re founded in the 9th established a Minster here (the Saxon remains of which form part of the present Parish Church). From the earliest times Oundle was a market town, well established by the Conquest. These two qualities still characterise the town today – a place of scholarship (synonymous with Oundle school) and a busy market town unalloyed by industry. Today it is the fine stone buildings (of creamy Barnack stone) that form the background to one of the handsomest towns in the county. It has a sense ...

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