Becket's Park

Becket's Park

Becket's Park is a traditional park along the bank of the River Nene, and forms a green gateway to the centre of Northampton. It's a great place for those based or working in the town centre to relax.

Buddies of Becket's

Buddies of Becket's, known as BOB, is the friends of the park group. BOB is made up of local volunteers who come together to improve the appearance, facilities, safety and conservation of Becket's Park and Midsummer Meadow.

Find out more or join Buddies of Becket's on their website.

Becket's Park Management Committee 

Becket's Park Management Committee brings together key stakeholders with an interest in the park, to work in partnership to manage the park and plan for its future. 

If you would like to contact your local Park Management Committee, please email [email protected]

History of the park

  • 1164 - Thomas Becket drank from well on edge of park - trial in Northampton
  • 1460 - War of the Roses, Battle of Northampton in Delapre - crossed river into park
  • 1590 - Milling on site - Nuns mill given to Delapre Abbey
  • 1612 - Flat racing on the site
  • 1783 - Construction of promenade - New Walk
  • 1841 - Promenade extended - Victoria Promenade and down to river
  • Mid 1920s - Bowling green and tennis added to add attraction
  • 1931 - Promenade improved as part of Festival of Britain
  • 1937 - Boat rides developed along river