Friday, 31 March 2017

Fotheringhay - Northamptonshire

I was born with this desire to travel down a road I've never experienced before. I've always done it and sometimes it ends in disappointment and other times in delight.


I had been to a meeting in Peterborough that had gone quite well, and had finished early, so I was in no rush to get home. Instead of taking the main road out of Peterborough to drive west, I took the first side road I could see going in that direction, and there was Fotheringhay.


I knew the name. Fotheringhay Castle was connected to King Richard III, but when he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Fotheringhay began to suffer.


The first recorded mention of Fotheringhay was in 1060 and it featured in the Domesday Book some 35 years later. This was a rural village that boasted a castle and the church of St Mary & All Saints, which had been built in 1430.


The fall out following the death of Richard was not immediate, but it was relentless and by 1627 the only sign that there had ever been a castle was the motte, which is still there today. Fortunately the church remained intact and was extended later and shaped in the Perpendicular style.


the river Nene

St Mary & All Saints

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Fotheringhay village


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