Fotheringhay  Northamptonshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Fotheringhay like this:

FOTHERINGHAY, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Oundle district, Northampton. The village stands on the river Nen, near the boundary with Huntingdon, and near the Northampton and Peterborough railway, 3½ miles NNE of Oundle; was once a market-town; and has now a post office under Oundle, and a fair on the third Monday after 5 July. ...

The parish comprises 2, 110 acres. Real property, £4, 185. Pop., 246. Houses, 48. The property is all Lord Overstone's. A castle here was built, in the time of William the Conqueror, by Simon St. Liz, second Earl of Northampton; was rebuilt by Edmund, Duke of York, son of Edward III.; had a keep in the shape of a fetterlock; was the place of Edward IV. 's meeting with his queen, on his return from quelling the insurrection in the north; was the place also of that king's receiving homage from Alexander, king of Scotland; was the birthplace of Richard III.; was settled by Henry VIII. on his first queen, Catherine; was the prison, the place of trial, and the execution-place of Mary Queen of Scots; and was dismantled about 1628. A nunnery stood near the church in ancient times; was made collegiate by Edward of York, in 1412; and was given, by Edward VI., to Northumberland. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £200.* Patron, Lord Overstone. The church is decorated English, of the time of Henry V.; was the burial-place of Shakspeare's Edward of York who died at Agincourt, and of Richard Duke of York who was slain at the battle of Wakefield; contains a fine font, a finely carved pulpit, and some monuments erected by Queen Elizabeth to the Plantagenets; and is in good condition. A grammar-school, founded by Queen Elizabeth, has £20: and other charities have £75. -The sub-district contains twelve parishes and four extra-parochial places. Acres, 26, 110. Pop., 6, 251. Houses, 1, 353.

Fotheringhay through time

Fotheringhay is now part of East Northamptonshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how East Northamptonshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Fotheringhay itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Fotheringhay in East Northamptonshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 14th June 2024

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