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In medieval times, Northampton’s central location gave it an important role in the history of England. The site of many battles and of the Queen Eleanor Cross, the town still bears the marks of its rich heritage. Castle Railway Station sits on the ruins of Northampton’s castle where parliaments were held until it was demolished by Charles II. All Saints Church still has a statue of Charles created after he gave timber to help rebuild the church following a huge fire in 1675. Other buildings well worth visiting are the impressive Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the ornate Victorian Guildhall. For a deeper look in to the fascinating history of the town, head to the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery which offers insight into boot and shoe manufacturing – the local industry which gave Northampton Football Club its nickname, The Cobblers.
There are plenty of fascinating sites and attractions a short drive away from Northampton town. Rent a car and you can explore the area at your own pace. Visit the site of the Battle of Naseby where Parliamentarians were victorious in the Civil War. Hunsbury Hill has the remains of an Iron Age fort, showing that Northampton and the surrounding area has been inhabited since prehistoric times.
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