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Northamptonshire – The county of “spires and squires”

Although Northamptonshire has a long history, there are relatively few finds to support the existence of early human occupation. However, there is sufficient proof to show that the county was influenced by the Hallstat Culture around 500 BC, and that the Catuvellauni tribe was later conquered by the Romans in 43 AD.

Following the departure of the Romans, the region became part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, but they too were replaced by the Danes before the end of 9th century.

The first President of the United States of America, George Washington, had roots in Northamptonshire. His family migrated to America in 1656 and he was born there 76 years later.

The Battle of Naseby took place in the county during the English Civil War (1645), where the Royalist forces suffered a heavy defeat.

The nickname of “spires and squires” is still used to describe the county, because of the number of stately homes and old churches located there (it was a popular area for wealthy families during the 19th century).

Reasons to visit Northamptonshire

There are many places to visit in Northamptonshire such as the Althorp stately home, Billing Aquadrome (leisure park), Boughton House, Blisworth (canal) Tunnel, Castle Ashby (country house), Cottesbrooke Hall, Deene Park (country manor), Easton Neston, Elton Hall, Holdenby House, Kelmarsh Hall and many more historical buildings.

Other attractions include Railways, Museums, country parks, forests, Naseby field and Northampton Cathedral.

Unfortunately, Fotheringhay Castle, where Richard III was born (1452) and Mary, Queen of Scots was executed (1587) no longer exists. It fell into disrepair and had to be pulled down.

Entertainment and Dining in Northamptonshire

There are a number of places offering entertainment, especially in the main town of Northampton. Restaurants offer a variety of cuisines like Albero in Northampton (Mediterranean), The Four Pears (British) and Chata Restaurant (Polish).

Accommodation in Northamptonshire

No shortage of accommodation available, like Guest Houses, B&Bs, Self-Catering and some very good camping sites. Hotels include the Premier Inn Northampton West (Harpole), The Langham Hotel and Holiday Inn Express (also in Northampton).