Visit Towcester and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Towcester, Northamptonshire. This ancient town, once a coaching stop, stands on the site of the Roman settlement Lactodorum, with Watling Street running through it. The Anglo-Saxons fortified it and the Danes attacked it. Benedetto Gaetano, who eventually became Pope, held the living here in the 13th century, and the Archdeacon Sponne, who was rector here in the 15th century, founded the school and chantry and left a sum of money to pave the town.
The Town Hall, like many other buildings here, is Victorian. There are a number of Georgian houses including the Post Office dated 1799, and many old cottages. A number of old inns remain, including the Talbot, 1440, and the Saracen's Head which Dickens made famous in his Pickwick Papers.
By the side of the Town Hall is Chantry House and gateway, built of stone in the 15th century, with an oak doorway and oak beams.
St Laurence's Church, reached by a narrow lane by the side of the Town Hall, has a tall, ironstone, Perpendicular tower. There are two ancient mass dials, one outside and one inside. In the modern chancel arch are two Norman pillars, and traces of Norman carving can be seen above the south arcade. The crypt is 13th-century, and on the south chapel arch a jester's head is carved. The clerestory and font are 500 years old. The chancel roof bears the date 1640 and other beams are of the 17th and 18th centuries. In a long stall, with carved panels, are valuable black-letter books attached by chains. One of these is the Treacle Bible: “Is there not triacle [balm) in Giliad?” The exotic organ came from Fonthill Abbey. There are wall paintings of interest and a sculptured head of William Sponne, the benefactor, with a skeleton beneath it.
Dame Edith Sitwell is buried in the churchyard at Weedon Lois, about 6 miles West, and on her grave is a monument by Henry Moore.
On the road to Northampton is a hump-backed bridge and lovely countryside.
Nearby towns: Brackley, Buckingham, Daventry, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Silverstone
Nearby villages: Abthorpe, Adstone, Akeley, Biddlesdon, Blakesley, Blisworth, Bugbrooke, Calverton, Church Stowe, Collingtree, Cosgrove, Courteenhall, Crowfield, Deanshanger, Easton Neston, Farthingstone, Floore, Flore, Gayton, Great Everdon, Great Houghton, Great Houghton, Hackleton, Hardingstone, Helmdon, Kislingbury, Litchborough, Maidford, Moreton Pinkney, Pattishall, Paulerspury, Potterspury, Preston Capes, Radstone, Roade, Rothersthorpe, Stony Stratford, Syresham, Wappenham, Weedon Bec, Weston, Whitfield, Whittlebury, Wolverton
Have you decided to visit Towcester or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Towcester bed and breakfast (a Towcester B&B or Towcester b and b)
- a Towcester guesthouse
- a Towcester hotel (or motel)
- a Towcester self-catering establishment, or
- other Towcester accommodation