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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

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The Americans have seen it on TV now you can see it in person

An historic Northamptonshire stately home is opening its gardens for the summer after ensuring it is Covid-19 compliant. Tickets for summer Sundays in Holdenby House gardens went on sale this week. Visitors will be able to tour the beautiful gardens at...

What Charles Dickens thought of elections in Northants and our great unsung literary heroes

Northamptonshire is sadly not normally recognised for its literary connections. We have all heard of the brilliant Alan Moore, writer of V for Vendetta, Watchmen and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the poets John Clare and John Dryden (Britain’s...

How Northampton’s Eleanor Cross has been saved

After years of neglect, the 700 year old Northampton Queen Eleanor Cross, one of only three surviving in England from the original twelve, has at last been conserved after four years of campaigning by locals and supporters from all...

A walk through the history of Northampton Market Square

The ancient market of Northampton owes its origin to a series of secular fairs that were held in the church and churchyard of All Saints, established by the reign of William II (1087-1100), immediately after the church was constructed...

Why we should tread lightly on the remaining cobbles of Northampton’s Market Square

Northampton’s historic Market Square is in the news. And not for the first time! In February 2019, plans to regenerate the town centre were unveiled by an organisation called Northampton Forward, which includes the borough council, the University of Northampton...

Hide inside: a look into the centre for leather excellence

You can't help a wry smile when you say it: Northampton is the world centre for excellence in leather. Perhaps it's the Kinky Boots thing. Perhaps leather just sounds a bit naughty but if I bring it up Northampton's leather...

Is a light touch the right way to tell a dark story?

“History is not just stuff that happens by accident, we are the products of the history that our ancestors chose, if we are White. If we are Black we are products of the history our ancestors most likely didn’t...

Northamptonshire’s Richard III was the victim of a French coup

My first encounter with the author of Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth now seems like it took place in another era of history. Many years ago I was news editor of the Northampton Chronicle & Echo and I...

How about a personal tour of a castle for a Father’s Day present?

If you've been enjoying the swords and sieges in the hit TV series Game of Thrones then don't miss a chance for an insight into a real medieval stronghold. Rockingham Castle is offering a special Father's Day experience starting with...

We’re a little bit Saxon and a little bit Viking

Historian Mike Ingram delves into Northampton's distant past and finds it once again at the centre of history-making events Throughout its early history, what would eventually be known as Northamptonshire became a centre for royal administration and home to Kings...
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Northampton Pride 2022 in full swing with huge turnout in town centre

A sunny, fun-filled day for all showed Northampton at its best #NorthamptonPride22 Northampton did itself proud this weekend with...
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