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Northampton Castle and Heritage Park
17th September, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 18th October, 2022 @ 12:30 pm
Take a short tour of the site of Northampton Castle, one of the most important Mediaeval castles.
Sadly most of the castle was lost when railway marshalling yards were built in the 19th century, but enough of the site remains to give a picture of this imposing; one of the biggest British castles
At Northampton, there was once a massive and important Castle, with substantial defences and important enough that parliament was held there frequently during the mediaeval period. The favourite castle of Bad King John, who visited 30 times, he moved his treasury to the Castle in 1205, and the Castle was associated with a mint for coins of the realm. Tournaments and feast days were held at the Castle, and the trial of the “troublesome priest” Thomas Becket was held at the Castle in 1164. It was built (probably atop original Saxon defences) first from wood, then from the distinctive sandstone which can be seen to this day in various buildings about the town ( recycled from the Castle ruins!).
Saturday 10 September: 1100
Sunday 11 September: 1100
Saturday 17 September: 1100
Sunday 18 September: 1100
No booking required.
Most of the ground is fairly flat and easy to walk, some parts require appropriate footwear – especially if wet.
This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.
Max 25 people per tour/session. Walk takes up to 90 minutes. Contact for the day: Guy Ravine 07935 931787