The Chester House Estate is a nationally significant heritage site, being one of the few places in the country which can demonstrate over 10,000 years of human activity.
Northamptonshire County Council purchased the site in 2004 and secured grant funding through working with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop a sustainable visitor destination with access for the public to learn about the history and heritage, as well as becoming the location to house countywide archaeological finds. The Chester House Estate is overseen now by North Northamptonshire Council who have a clear vision on the future of the site.
The offer at Chester House will include a free to enter visitor attraction, an Archaeologial Resource Centre, wedding and corporate venue hire, restaurant and café, artisan shopping courtyard B&B and much more!
The volunteering programme is due to start throughout Spring 2021 including opportunities within the gardening, conservation, museum, archive and fundraising departments. There will also be opportunities to get involved in the Education Centre and at different events throughout the year.
Find out more about Chester House Estate by exploring the map.
During 2017 and 2018 volunteers researched and gathered different aspects of the history of Chester House Estate.
As well as being the site of a Roman walled town, there is evidence from the Mesolithic, Iron Age and Medieval periods, together with a complex of traditional farm buildings dating back to the 17th century. At present much of this heritage is buried; our challenge is to bring it to life. Enjoy these stories of the remarkable and on-going story of Chester House Estate.