Abington Park, Northampton

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Abington Park, in the Abington district of Northampton, has lakes, aviaries, and a museum, as well as trees and grassy open spaces.The park contains the ruins of the former village of Abington, the site of a medieval manorhouse with a mill attached, mentioned in the Domesday book in 1086. The Abington gallows used for the five hangings in 1612 following the Northamptonshire witch trials, amongst the first in England to use trial by ducking stool, are believed to have been situated at the crossroads in Abington Park. The village was enclosed and depopulated when the manor was enlarged and parklands created by the Thursby family in the late 17th century.Abington Park MuseumLand for the park was given to the town by Lady Wantage in 1892 and the park was opened to the public in 1897. Two years later, in 1899, Abington Park Museum was opened in the centre of the park.The museum was originally a manor house built at the turn of the 16th century. The Great Hall, now called the Oak Room because of its oak panelling, dates back to 1500. It was once home to William Shakespeare's granddaughter, Elizabeth Bernard née Elizabeth Hall, who was buried in 1670 in the adjacent late 12th-century church of St Peter and St Paul. Her second marriage was to Sir John Bernard or Barnard, the MP for Huntingdon from 1660, who successively enlarged the house in the 1660s. It passed to the Thursby family in 1669 and was further enlarged and remodelled in the classical Georgian style between 1738 and 1743 by William Thursby. While owned by the Thursbys, the actor David Garrick planted a mulberry tree in the grounds in 1778, in recognition of his friendship with Anne Thursby. In 1821, during repairs to the church, all but the main tower of the church was blown down in a storm; the Thursbys rebuilt the main body of the church, which retains few of its original features.
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  • A lovely park for a stroll with a few benches for a sit down. The band was playing which was very pleasant. There is a little aviary where you can see a number of birds and a museum in the old house. ...  more »
  • Ok to take your dog. Not a bad little place. Personally there are a lot of other parks that I would prefer to be honest. Rochester being a better choice. Good for children though. Can feed the ducks.  more »
  • Spent a lovely couple of hours at the park today. It is a lot bigger than I thought it would be. Plenty of swings, climbing frames etc in the kiddies playground area and acres of grass areas to run ar...  more »
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  • Nice for walks and to take kids, good play area. Good trees for collecting conkers. Coffee shop is nice and caged birds for kids to look at is nice also. Only criticism is no surrounding fence if you have a dog that tends to run off will require walk on lead.
  • Wonderful park which has had some time & money spent on it in the past couple of years. Often has events & there is a bandstand & a lovely cafe. There is also a museum, church, aviary, boating lake & lots of squirrels. Shame it doesn't have decent public toilets.
  • Lovely park existing of 2 parts. One part around 3 small ponds. Ideal to walk and play with dogs, have a nice picnic, relaxing in and enjoying the nature. Also ideal for kids as had a nice playground in that part. Accross the road in the other part of the park is a lovely cafe that serves drinks and food and where dogs are welcome. Every Sunday in the summer a band plays in the middle of the park creating an amazing atmosphere.
  • Nice green, open surroundings, historical buildings, kids outdoor park, pond and woodland areas. Great for outdoor sports and fitness, football and tennis. Small museum and menagerie. Bandstand and cafe. Funfair and events throughout the year.
  • One of Northampton's many parks and probably the nicest and largest. There is a children's playgrounds, two lakes, one more populated with wildlife than the other and both connected by a stream . There is also a pool that dogs swim in and humans sail their toy remote control boats. There is a cafe and during peak times in the summer you will find one or two ice cream vans. Enjoy on your own, with family or your furry friend.

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