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Whispering Stones

What stories could Northamptonshire's oldest homes be telling us?
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Northamptonshire's oldest inhabited building is the Prebendal Manor at Nassington (website ») which has been occupied since the 15th Century. Excavations have revealed that a timber hall stood on the same site before 1000 AD.

All across the county we are blessed with charming old cottages and manor houses, many built from the mellow golden ironstone beneath our feet. The background to this page (enlarge) is a row of cottages at Ecton.

We enjoy an abundance of grand houses and stately homes and also many less imposing old family dwellings. Some have well-documented history. Sulgrave Manor (website »), for example, is well known and frequently visited as the ancestral home of George Washington's forebears.

Sadly, many of the fine houses that were the seats of Northamptonshire's Squires were demolished in the later twentieth century. See, for example, this page about Billing Hall.

Now, all of these are widely known and well documented. But across the county there are hundreds of historic homes, the stories of which are known only in the immediate locality or even only to the families that live there.

We would love to hear about them! Please visit our Facebook Group and share your tales. You don't need to give too much detail about your location if you have concerns about your security, though it is helpful if you can give at least some indication.

If you live in a house which holds a huge history, maybe for the length of time it has been a family home or because of some famous (or infamous!) event, why not share the story in this blog? You can prepare the article yourself using our  Blogging guidelines or else send us some notes and pictures and we'll put together a draft for you to approve.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Northampton's oldest surviving building, by the way, is The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (website ») dating from the early 12th Century and one of the few structures not destroyed, at least in part, in the Great Fire of 1675.

Doddington Manor

Doddington Manor