Visit Higham Ferrers and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire. On the outskirts of this delightful town, which is a borough and appears in the Domesday Book, are many new buildings, but once you turn into the High Street you will be greeted by much that is ancient and beautiful. The High Street is a long main road with many of the houses, of local limestone with Collyweston tiles, raised above street level.
In the Market Square in the centre is a 13th century cross carved with oak leaves and bellflowers, with a Crucifixion on one side and a Madonna on the other. All around are buildings of interest, including the Regency Town Hall, the Elizabethan manor house, the Ivy House (1633) and the Green Dragon which has a dovecot. On one corner of the street is an old thatched cottage which is the local barber's shop.
67 High Street is on the site of the birthplace of Henry Chichele, who eventually became Archbishop of Canterbury. Beside the church, reached by a short lane (no cars allowed), is the striped stone Bede House which he built for 12 poor old men, with an open hall with an oak roof, a chapel and a vaulted crypt. He was also responsible for the Chantry Chapel, a lovely piece of architecture, which is separate from the church and was used for some time as a school until it was reconsecrated.
The beautiful spire of St Mary's Church, 170 ft high, dominates the skyline for miles around. The richly crocketed steeple has a pierced parapet, flying buttresses and Early English mouldings. The l3th century tower has a carved doorway similar to the style of Westminster Abbey. The interior is a double building with two naves, the south being l3th century and the north 14th century. The carved woodwork, both old and modern, is very good. The stalls with misericords carved with animals, birds, kings, angels and grotesque figures, were given by Henry Chichele, as was the choir screen. In all, the church has seven screens. There are many interesting and elaborate brasses.
Adjacent cities/towns/villages: Bletsoe, Bozeat, Burton Latimer, Bythorn, Castle Ashby, Chelveston, Clopton, Covington, Cranford, Denford, Earls Barton, Farndish, Finedon, Grafton Underwood, Great Addington, Great Doddington, Grendon, Harrold, Irchester, Irthlingborough, Isham, Islip, Kettering, Keysoe, Keyston, Knotting, Lowick, Melchbourne, Molesworth, Odell, Orlingbury, Podington, Pytchley, Raunds, Ringstead, Riseley, Rushden, Sharnbrook, Souldrop, Strixton, Swineshead, Thrapston, Thurleigh, Tilbrook, Titchmarsh, Twywell, Upper Dean, Weekley, Wellingborough, Whiston, Wilby, Wollaston, Woodford, Wymington, Yardley Hastings, Yelden
Have you decided to visit Higham Ferrers or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Higham Ferrers bed and breakfast (a Higham Ferrers B&B or Higham Ferrers b and b)
- a Higham Ferrers guesthouse
- a Higham Ferrers hotel (or motel)
- a Higham Ferrers self-catering establishment, or
- other Higham Ferrers accommodation