Glimpses of Cotterstock's Past



For such a small village and parish (one of the smallest in Northamptonshire) Cotterstock has a surprisingly interesting history. Several things about it are unusual. It was the site of a major Roman Villa, it was the place where one of the earliest Chantry Colleges in the country was founded, it has a fascinating seventeenth century Hall with links to the poet John Dryden and by using a combination of census material and the parish registers we can build up a picture of what the village was like at the end of the nineteenth century. None of these were unique but it is the combination of so many unusual features in such a small community that makes Cotterstock's history and its impact on Oundle and the surrounding villages so interesting.

This talk will introduce these topics and also some of the different sorts of evidence which we can use to find out more. We cannot answer every question you might ask but there is a surprisingly large amount of information available if you know where to look. So if you are at all interested in the history of our locality why not come along to find out more.

This talk will take place in Cotterstock village hall at 2.00pm. and 7.00pm on Friday 15th October. Tickets must be reserved in advance on 01832 226096 as numbers are limited due to the size of the hall. Admission is £5 which includes a hot drink and biscuits in the interval. All proceeds will go to St Andrew’s Church.

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