2014 - A vintage year for Northampton

2014 will be an historically and culturally important year for Northampton, with a number of significant local and national anniversaries.

825 years of Northampton charter

Northampton Charter Festival – November 15-18
Northampton Charter Ceremony – November 18

Anniversary logo

850 years since trial of Thomas a Becket

Service of Commemoration at All Saints – October 5
Becket by Jean Anouilh performed at the Guildhall – October 6-12
Service at Northampton Cathedral – October 10

Thomas a Becket

Commemoration of outbreak of First World War

A Shoemaker goes to war exhibition – August-November
Royal British Legion parade  - August 3 

World War I

Recognising notable Northamptonians

A new scheme will celebrate the names and achievements of the most notable people in the story of Northampton, with a new heritage trail that will take in the life and work of many famous figures from Northampton’s rich heritage.

We want to hear who you think should be recognised as a notable Northamptonian, and sit amongst such people as:

  • Simon de Senlis
  • Pickering Phipps I
  • Thomas Becket
  • Francis Crick
  • Reverend Samuel Wathen Wigg
  • John Clare
  • Sir Malcom Arnold MBE
  • Lt Col Edgar Mobbs
  • 2nd Lt Walter Tull
  • Diana, Princess of Wales

So, if you've got a suggestion, we'd love to hear from you:

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These are all major events in the history of our town and we will be working with local groups and organisations to make sure that suitable events to mark them take place during 2014.

We will also be marking those really significant anniversaries that will echo round the nation in 2014 – the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Use the links below for more information on this year's events:

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