memorialrecalls the period of the Second World War between 1943 and 1945,
at the USAF Station DEENETHORPE east of Corby.Situated on the roadside alongside the former airfield, the inscription
To remember the 401st Bombardment Group H
8thUnited States Air Force Station 126
October 1943 – June 1945
Thebest damned outfit in the USAF
The church at WELDON near Corby has an unusual lantern top to its tower.
This area was once surrounded by dense
woodland and a traveller became hopelessly lost there until he spotted the
tower of the church above the trees.In
gratitude he paid for the lantern top to be placed on the tower and so created
an inland lighthouse!
An old stone built circular building with a
conical roof stands alongside the village green at WELDON. It is a former Roundhouseor village lock-up used in
former times to detain minor law breakers and drunks.
Thomas Tresham was a notable 16th century Roman Catholic
convertwho owned a variety of
properties in Northamptonshire.Tresham became obsessed with his beliefs, for which he was imprisoned,
and he constructed two curious allegoric buildings.
The Triangular Lodge was erected in the grounds of Rushton
Hall south west Corby in 1593.This
folly has :
Just 3 sides, each one 33ft 3ins long,
3 floors, each with 3 triangular
windows in each wall,
3 triangular gables to each side with
3 pinnacles above,
3 x 3 gargoyles,
Latin inscriptions in double 3
couplets, each line with 33 letters. All these depicting the Trinity.
extraordinary building is now in the care of English Heritage.
Lyvedon New Bield was to have been built as a garden
house in the grounds of Lyvedon Bield south east of Corby in 1595.The building was designed in the shape of a
Greek cross and the exterior incorporates friezes inscribed with religious
quotations and signs of the passion.Sir Thomas died before the building was completed and the shell is now
in the care of the National Trust.
fine 13th century stone cross at Geddington south of Corby, is one of
only three of the surviving EleanorCrosses.Queen Eleanor was the
wife of King Edward 1 and when she died at Harby in Lincolnshire on 28th
November 1290, her body was taken to Westminster Abbey for burial.In memory of his wife, Edward ordered that
elaborate stone crosses be erected at points where the cortege rested on its
journey.Of the crosses erected at Lincoln,
Grantham, Stamford, Geddington, Hardingstone, Stony Stratford, Woburn,
Dunstable, St Albans, Waltham Abbey and Charing. Only those at Geddington,
Hardingstone and Waltham Abbey have survived.
BADBYis a charming rural village on the
upper reaches of the River Nene south of Daventry in Northamptonshire.
An unusual house situated at the
roadside just outside Badby may have been a gate-house or a toll-house.This tiny early 19th century
building is known locally as The Lantern
House because of its distinct shape.
It has now been restored as a dwelling.
AYNOis a small village of Anglo Saxon
foundation situated in the far south of Northamptonshire south of Brackley.
are an unusual feature in this pretty village, and although relatively rare in
this country they apparently thrive in this limestone village.Fan trained apricot trees adorn the walls of
many of the ancient cottages in the village where they flourish in the
southerly aspect and the limestone soil.The trees are harvested in September and in former times, the lords of
The manor claimed the fruits as part of the cottage rents.