Plans for Northampton Castle revealed at Fanfare Event

Published: Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Plans to bring Northampton Castle to life will be revealed at a special event on Monday, 30 April at the castle site off the Chalk Lane car park.

The Northampton Castle Fanfare, which takes place at 6pm, will showcase the work that Northampton Borough Council, the Friends of Northampton Castle and Northampton Partnership Homes have completed to date, along with details of some exciting new projects.

The Mayor of Northampton will be joined by the Leader of Northampton Borough Council and other special guests to unveil new information plaques, and more will be revealed about a potential project to create a Spring Boroughs heritage trail and a maze, marking out some of the original castle walls.

A ground penetration and resistivity survey in 2017 uncovered what is thought to be remains of the castle’s north gate, and more details will be provided about plans to organise a community archaeological dig at the site.

Information will also be available about a new virtual reality tour of the castle, which transports the user back to 1222, to witness a tournament and take part in a number of games and quests.

Councillor Jonathan Nunn, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “We are thrilled to be working with partners on these projects to explore the castle’s history and bring the castle back to life for different audiences.

“It is a vital part of Northampton’s rich heritage and this work will ensure that it is interpreted for future generations.”

 Dr Marie Dickie OBE, Chairman of the Friends of Northampton Castle, said: “Friends of Northampton Castle welcome the restoration of the historic plaques marking the inner bailey of Northampton Castle and we are delighted to jointly welcome the Mayor and Lord Lieutenant as well as other guests to the ceremony with a fanfare.  

“We have worked consistently for a recognition and restoration of this historic site.  We hope that now the place where Thomas Becket was tried, where Kings consulted their barons and treaties and laws were made, will have a growing role as a public park for Northampton.”  

Helen Town, Head of Asset Management and Development from Northampton Partnership Homes, said: “We are thrilled to be a part of this project. We believe that there is enormous value in sharing understanding and knowledge of Northampton’s heritage as widely as possible.

“It’s great for us to work with such passionate partners and our thanks go to Northampton Borough Council and Friends of Northampton Castle for making this happen.”

For more information about the event, please contact Katie Young at Northampton Borough Council on 01604 838668 or [email protected]