In the know about Northamp­ton­shire

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❍ The Gun­pow­der Plot was hatched at Ashby St Ledgers (page 38)

❍ The fam­i­lies of Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton and Ben­jamin Franklin came from Sul­grave and Ec­ton re­spec­tively

❍ Northamp­ton­shire has more his­toric houses than any other county

❍ 80% of the world’s For­mula 1 cars are built in Northamp­ton­shire

❍ The world’s first gar­den gnomes were in­tro­duced at Lam­port House in 1843 by Sir Charles Isham

❍ The world’s first radar sta­tion was built at Daven­try

❍ Shake­speare’s grand­daugh­ter (his last di­rect de­scen­dant) is buried in Northamp­ton

❍ Fran­cis Crick, who dis­cov­ered DNA with James Wat­son, was born in Northamp­ton

❍ Oak Ap­ple Day has re­cently been re­vived as a re­minder of the time when Charles II do­nated much of the oak to help re­store Northamp­ton af­ter it was dev­as­tated by fire

The English Civil War bat­tle that se­cured the fu­ture of par­lia­men­tary democ­racy was fought at Naseby in 1645

The head of Lord Cardi­gan’s horse from the Charge of the Light Bri­gade is still dis­played at Deene Park

78, Dern­gate, a nar­row ter­raced house in Northamp­ton, is the only do­mes­tic build­ing in Eng­land to be de­signed by Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh

The River Nene, which rises in Northamp­ton, is pro­nounced ‘nen’ to rhyme with hen in most of the county, but be­comes ‘neen’ as you go east

❍ Open-space vis­i­tor at­trac­tions and gar­dens in­clude the 750 acres of Stan­wick Lakes, the late-tu­dor land­scape de­sign at Lyve­den and the na­tion­ally im­por­tant ar­bore­tum at Lord He­sel­tine’s Then­ford House, con­tain­ing 3,500 species. The long, deep borders and potager de­signed by Rose­mary Verey at the quintessen­tially English Old Rec­tory gar­den at Sud­bor­ough are worth vis­it­ing all year

Northamp­ton­shire County Cricket Club was founded in 1878 and be­came a First Class county in 1905

The Eleanor Cross at Ged­ding­ton is the best pre­served of only three re­main­ing ex­am­ples that marked the rest­ing places on the jour­ney south of Ed­ward I’s beloved wife, Eleanor of Castile, af­ter she died in Not­ting­hamshire in 1290

Richard III (be­low) was born at Fotheringay Cas­tle and Mary, Queen of Scots was ex­e­cuted there

Above left: Deene Park, near Corby. Above right: The Eleanor Cross marks the jour­ney of Eleanor of Castile’s body in 1290

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