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The early history of the town is tightly linked to the Benedictine Monastery of Crowland between Peterborough and Stamford. Established in the 8th century to the memory of St Guthlac, and containing his shrine the monastery grew in importance and wealth to the 16th century dissolution. Wellingborough is but 30 miles upstream from the monastery on the River Nene and was it’s subsiduary house from Saxon times. The medieval church of St Hallows which stands in the centre of the town was the monastic church – Norman elements but largely 13th/14th century. Other survivals from this early period are parts of the Manor House and it’s barn. The centre suffered from a fire in 1738 which lead to some good new houses being built including Hatton House in Broad Green (names after Sir Christopher Hatton who ...

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