Things to do in Thrapston, Northamptonshire
Thrapston is a small and friendly community. It has a primary and a junior school, which feed the Prince William Secondary School in nearby Oundle.
Visitors will find several local shops, restaurants, pubs and fast food outlets in the town. The historic church is open to visitors on Saturday morning and a guidebook is available.
One of the main employers in the area is Scotts of Thrapston, which supplies timber buildings for use as summerhouses, stables and outbuildings as well as roof trusses and flooring.
Things to do in Thrapston
Every year the historic charter is celebrated with the local Charter Fair, which takes over the High Street with sideshows, stalls and family events.
The rolling hills of Northamptonshire are ideal for those wanting to enjoy walking, cycling and outdoor pursuits.
Lake Elenor and Ringstead Grange are within walking distance of the village and provide excellent fishing. Day tickets are available from the river bailiff.
Rockingham Castle and Gardens is just 14 miles away and offers an interesting day out. It has been continuously occupied for over a thousand years and home to the Watson family since it was relinquished as a royal castle. It has a fascinating history, beautiful gardens and wonderful antique furnishings.
History of Thrapston
The town has a long history with a mention in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Trapestone. It was granted its charter in 1205 in exchange for two palfreys (horses)!
Thrapston was quite likely an earlier Roman town, situated at the crossroads on the road linking Durovigutum (Godmanchester) and Ratae, now known as Leicester. This was intersected by a second Roman road that ran between Durobrivae, now Water Newton, and Irchester.
Several Roman buildings have been found four miles away at Ringstead on what would have been the Irchester road.
St James Parish Church dates back to the 13th century and is one of the oldest buildings in the area, built near the site of an ancient castle.
Relatives of George Washington, first President of the United States, lived in Thrapston.
Sir John Washington, brother of George's great-grandfather, lived in Chancery Lane and his wife's tombstone can be seen in the local church.
Note the stone tablet with the stars and stripes, which were part of the Washington family coat of arms. They are said to have inspired the American Flag.
Horace William Wheelwright was another famous Thrapston resident. He was a lawyer in the town in the 1840s and a keen naturalist and writer.