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Abington Park, Northampton

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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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  • such a lovely park with a lot of fond memories from childhood. Wish the rubbish could be controlled more as the litter is a problem. 
  • A great park, a corner for everyone! Places to exercise, places to sit and listen to live music, places to fish, to see birds in an aviary, places for.... 
  • What a lovely Park.If you want a gentle saunter around the Park or a great time with the kids on swings etc this is s great park to visit. The rides are free their are plenty to choose from,The park i...  read more »
  • Great park for the kid. Had a good play and then listened to a band in the band stand. Lovely Sunday afternoon!
  • Northamptons nicest park. Good play area, cafe, and museum. Tennis courts and bowling greens, plenty of open space, small woodland and a few lakes. Music most Sundays on the bandstand
  • Been coming here since I was a kid. Love the beautiful park with All the wonderful memories.
  • Great for a family trip out; fairly easy to park your car (free) for a walk around the park, a bite to eat at the café, catch some entertainment on the Bandstand (selected days), visit the aviary and park museum.
  • Havent been to the park for a long time and had forgotten what a lovely green space it is.The new cafe is great but takes an age to try and get served if the owners not there!!great shame for him as hes tried so hard to make it a good experience.!!
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