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Dig to reveal history of Northampton’s castle

Archaeological work to unearth the remains of Northampton’s medieval castle will begin later this month.

Dig to reveal history of Northampton’s castle
The remains of a medieval castle have been discovered on the site of Northampton's new railway station [Credit: BBC]
Work is due to start at the town’s railway station on Monday March 25, ahead of the development of a £20 million new station building.

Test pits dug last year found a range of remains dating back to the Medieval and Saxon period, including a 12th century wall and a Saxon brooch.

It is hoped the larger scale excavations carried out later this month will reveal even more of the town’s history.

Chris Garden, director of regeneration at the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) said: “These investigations will offer a window into Northampton’s illustrious past.

“They will inform how we deliver the new station and are the final part of our preparations. It’s an exciting moment for the town.”

The archaeological investigations will take up to three months and will record any remains in the area.

The leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Councillor Jim Harker (Con, Kettering Rural) said: “I’m delighted we’ve reached this very exciting stage of the project and we’re eagerly awaiting the uncovering of Northampton’s colourful past.

“Northampton’s unique selling point over many of its neighbours is its long and important history and heritage.

“It had one of the first universities in England and its castle was the scene of many important historical events.

“It is proper, as we embark on the construction of the new 21st century station, that we also take the opportunity to devote investment into interpreting its history of over 600 years.

“The work on the Castle site will act as an impressive gateway from the station to the town.”

Author: Wayne Bontoft  | Source: Northampton Chronicle [March 12, 2013]

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