Visit Rothwell and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Rothwell, Northamptonshire. This small and interesting old industrial town is reached by a slight hill and on the outskirts is a large thatched cottage with steep stone steps leading to an old door dated 1660. In the centre of the town is an Ancient Monument: Rothwell Market House, an elegant square building built in 1577 by Thomas Tresham, father of the betrayer of the Gunpowder Plot. Around its cornice are 90 coats of arms of county families. Nearby is a little old Sunday school, and further on is another small building, Rothwell Free Grammar School for boys and girls, founded in 1538. There are many Victorian buildings mixed with some more modern and some older ones, indicating Rothwells continued importance through the centuries.
There is an annual Charter Fair which, started in l204, lasts a week and is officially declared open by the reading of the Charter on Trinity Sunday. It was formerly an important trade fair.
The almshouses, known as Jesus Hospital, were built by Owen Ragsdale, who endowed the grammar school. They are grouped round a courtyard and were originally for old men who were allowed a room each and a hall for every four. In 1655 the county's first Nonconformist church was established here, in a barn, and the present Congregational church is dated 1735.
Holy Trinity Church is a large cruciform building, mainly l3th century. It is reached by a path past the Queen Anne manor house, now council offices, and is said to be the longest parish church in the county. The spire collapsed in the 17th century, but its top was saved and reset on the turret beside the tower. The interior of the church is very light. Above the nave arcades are 14 clerestory windows and there are larger ones in the aisles of the chancel, all 15th century. The stalls have carved misereres. There are four old brasses, one of Owen Ragsdale which hangs above his altar tomb in the south chapel. The elaborate font is 13th century. Beneath the south aisle is the charnel, a vaulted crypt containing thousands of old bones, which were discovered in the 18th century by a sexton while digging a grave.
Leaving the town on the road to Rushton, there are magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
Adjacent cities/towns/villages: Arthingworth, Ashley, Brampton Ash, Braybrooke, Brixworth, Burton Latimer, Clipston, Corby, Cottesbrooke, Cottingham, Cranford, Desborough, Draughton, Draughton, East Farndon, East Langton, Faxton, Finedon, Foxton, Geddington, Grafton Underwood, Great Bowden, Great Creaton, Great Oakley, Great Oxendon, Haselbech, Holcot, Isham, Kelmarsh, Kettering, Lamport, Little Oakley, Loddington, Lubenham, Maidwell, Market Harborough, Medbourne, Orlingbury, Pytchley, Rockingham, Rushton, Spratton, Stanion, Stoke Albany, Thorpe Langton, Walgrave, Weekley, Weldon, Wellingborough, Wilbarston
Have you decided to visit Rothwell or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Rothwell bed and breakfast (a Rothwell B&B or Rothwell b and b)
- a Rothwell guesthouse
- a Rothwell hotel (or motel)
- a Rothwell self-catering establishment, or
- other Rothwell accommodation