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Honey coloured Northamptonshire

Clusters of villages & market towns set the scene for your surprising stay in Northamptonshire. Try Ashby St Ledger, home of the Gunpowder Plot; or Fotheringhay, birthplace of Richard III.

  • A handsome market town at the southern most tip of the county. It ‘s centre now is the late 17th century market square that rose around the chapel of the Hospital of St John & St James (now St Johns Church) which had...
  • A large village rather than a town, Brixworth is however the most interesting and substantial settlement to the north of Northampton. It is also one of the oldest boasting one of the most outstanding buildings to have survived...
  • Cosgrove is a tiny village with many big surprises! We know that Neolithic people liked it for its position between the Rivers Tove and Ouse. A Roman Villa and Temple have been excavated here. It was a frontier village in the...
  • The market town of Daventry blossomed in the 18th century, it’s economy benefitting from the increase in coaching traffic which was diverted here off the London to Dublin road (Watling Street: A5). It was the stop off north...
  • Furtho is a deserted farm estate village with a huge recorded medieval history – it sits next to Cosgrove and we have included its stories within the same website. Furtho estate has modern business ventures, including wedding...
  • One of the county’s smaller market towns with a charter granted in 1227. The parish church of St Peter and St Paul dates in this time but was largely re built circa 1500. It’s spire is the first thing you see of the...
  • Danish invaders settled here in the 8th century and gave it its name, Kori’s by.  By the time the Domesday Book it had become Corbei.  Its charter which allowed two annual fairs and thus securing its prosperity...
  • The county town, in the very heart of England, has history screaming from every pore and a rich heritage, characterised by its medieval churches. Situated on the River Nene, the town prospered with the building of the Grand Union...
  • 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...
  • Rothwell is one of those towns that is preserved by it’s bypass, in this case the A14 which removes all passing traffic from the town. It now stands again peacefully above the River Ise. In it’s centre a series of...
  • Along the Nene valley running north east through the county from Northampton a number of medieval villages and towns were spawned including Wellingborough, Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Thrapston etc. These waxed and waned over the...
  • Spratton lies 3 miles from Brixworth and only 6 from Althorp. People have lived where the village now stands since the earliest of times. Entered as Spretone in the Domesday Book, three members of the French nobility had been...
  • The Roman town of Lactodorum, standing on Watling Street (A5), developed into a Saxon town and after the Conquest continued to be of strategic importance leading to the building of the castle. In the 15th century it gained a...
  • 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...

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