Northampton Castle

Brian Giggins MA

4th October 2008

St Andrew's Hospital, Billing Road, Northampton

Northampton Castle was a significant Royal fortress in the 13th century and had earthworks rivalling those of the Castles at Castle Acre and Castle Rising in Norfolk. Today the last vestiges of Northampton castle are virtually unknown to the residents of the town as so much of the castle was flattened during the late 19th century. Using historic photographs and the evidence of antiquarian and modern excavations, the talk will look at the significance and development of the Castle from the 11th century fortifications of the Earl of Northampton & Huntingdon through to the Civil War.

Brian Giggins has lived in the County for over 35 years and has researched Northampton and Towcester as well as the vernacular architecture in the County. He is the Senior Archaeological Officer for Milton Keynes Council and obtained an MA in Archaeology & Heritage in 2000 with a dissertation on Northampton Castle. As well as contributing to local journals, he has lectured widely in the county and also conducted guided tours as one of the county's Blue Badge Guides.

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