Petition

Much of the site of Northampton Castle is currently not protected at all, which means it could be sold and redeveloped.

We need to demonstrate that many people care about preserving, protecting and celebrating the site of the castle.

Please sign the petition to help us show that this is something the town supports!

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169 Signatories so far:

Howard Yeend,
Northampton has a rich and important heritage and the castle forms a large part of the town's identity. Just look at the council's logo and the coat of arms! It should be celebrated. It can be used to make this town stand out among all the clone-towns out there, bring trade, tourism and civic pride. Or we can have another carpark. Isn't the right choice obvious?


Michele Ann,
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Ben Goodyear,
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Joel Ward,
Let's remind people northampton was once great.


(Anonymous),
Northampton needs its own identity as the old market town it is and it would be lovely to embrace the history. And! I hate the new fountain. Why the old one had to be removed, I do not know! We are not, and will never be milton keynes, so play to our strengths! Keep the heritage alive.


June Swann,
Roual Castle an enormous inspiration to me at Spring Lane School 1930s


Stephanie Howard,
Good Luck


Joe Joyce,
This area of the rich,varied and diverse history of Northampton MUST be protected and made more of!


Tina Mcgowan,
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Terry Allen,
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Valerie Kalves,
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R Gibson,
Our heritage is so important and interests should expand into education of our people, both young and old, to generate pride and involvement of our town Northampton. There is so much negativity abounding - let us create something positive to share.


J Dennis,
Do not allow another piece of Northampton to die. We have a duty to preserve what we have for future generations - we do not have the right to destroy it.


D.davighi,
If grade II listing can be given quickly to many buildings without public discussions, then protection should be given to truly important site for all Northampton citizens present and future.


(Anonymous),
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Dave Irvine,
One of the few remaining elements of heritage in Northampton.
Save it before yet more disappears.


Amanda Ivey,
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Ian Johnson,
How many people don't know about the castle and it's history of parliamentary and royal events or that it appears in plays by Tennyson and Shakespeare? We need recognition for our castle and excavation and preservation of what remains below the surface. Come on English Heritage


P Richards,
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David Holton,
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Gary Arthur,
As an historic site with National importance can we at least once in Northampton think about our heritage instead of profit.


Mark Salter,
It very important5 to to protect our heritage sites.


(Anonymous),
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Margaret Johnson,
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Robert Atkinson,
All ancient Historical sites in Northamptonshire should be preserved and celebrated


Paul Simpson,
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(Anonymous),
The Castle is long gone, all that is left is it's history which should be celebrated and cherished. I know of no heritage directly attributable to the castle but it should not be forgotten for what it once was.


(Anonymous),
Take plenty of photographs of remaining site.


Paul Kajewski,
When works on the new intersection of St Andrews rd and and Mare Fair were being done several years ago, there were stone walls/foundations beneath the tarmac, not sure if these relate to the castle, because no archaeology was done on them. I would like something done to save what is left of the castle


Dr Marie Dickie,
Lets find Northampton's lost Castle!


Claire Copple,
I've just attended the talk at the Museum about the castle. I signed the petition there, but gave the wrong email address, so have signed it again, as I would like to receive updates from you. Many thanks and keep up the good work!


Gary Eccles,
Northampton Castle's history should be taught in schools throughout the county. I first found out about it while browsing online and I was shocked that there was so little information about it, that was a few years ago. Very pleased that this is moving forward.


Nigel Bratley,
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Lynette Proud,
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Tom Welsh,
Besides heritage Northampton has a rich archive of documents, though not all currently available, such as documents kept in the Guildhall. Hence a great deal could be written about any aspect of Northampton's heritage, and the castle is a good example, enough to bring the past to life and give Northamptonians a past to be proud of , to celebrate and enjoy


Roger Kirkham,
Let's raise the profile of our fine town and be proud of it's history. We have a royal castle that few know about!!


Angela Shaw,
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John Worth,
Such a shame this Castle was blown apart or pulled down think we have Charles 11 to thank for that incuding the town walls.


(Anonymous),
Northampton should celebrate and protect its historical legacy! I actually think we should rebuild the castle completely! But protecting what's left is vital to our sense of local identity! I also agree about the market square fountain! It's awful! Why couldn't we have the original instead?! It's things like this that eradicate Northampton's long and vital history, we should be protecting it all, not trying to make everything look so bland and postmodern!


Andrew Chmielewski,
But there's only a postern gate left extant!


Cecilia Olzon,
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Phyllida Hammerschmidt,
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George Hammerschmidt,
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Brian Taylor,
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Julia Gibson,
The important role Northampton played in England's political and military history especially during the medieval period has been neglected or at least sidelined in favour of its industrial heritage for too long. Protecting the site of the castle would be a step in the right direction of putting Northampton's well earned mark on the English Heritage map.


Derek Vance,
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Vincent Heffernan,
The Town has been destoyed enough. Let us Save something of its history


Keith Holland-delamere,
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Monika,
great idea :)


Paul Doyle,
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(Anonymous),
Northampton's castle site should be listed and deemed a national heritage site, I feel any more destruction to the remains should not be allowed..


Sheron Watson,
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Paul Jackson,
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(Anonymous),
Too much of Northamptons heritage has been lost or destroyed, lets keep what little we still have.


Les Worth,
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Graham Bandy,
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Richard Eales,
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Christi,
We should do much too save our past.


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Kerry,
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Ruth Thomas,
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Clive Hardwick,
Keep up the good work!


David John Wilson,
Northampton Castle is not only part of the town's heritage it is part of my history. It is essential to the town that the remaining historic buildings in that part of the town are preserved and do not follow the wanton destruction of the last fifty years. We can't have a city without a castle.


Peter Valentine,
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(Anonymous),
Northampton needs to accentuate its history better to minimise the damage caused not only when the station was built but also how the town centre was ruined in the 1960's


Margo Smeathers,
Northampton Castle's history should be taught in schools throughout the county. I have learned about it via 'Northampton Past' Site and found it very interesting. Also the town has been destroyed enough, beautiful buildings razed to the ground and monstrosities replaced them, the heart of the town was ripped out in the late 60's. Let us save something of its history


Susan Neale-jwanczuk,
Do not destroy our History. Keep it alive!


Dave Suter,
Do it


Jill Harrold,
Please stop destroying this once beautiful town and start showing off it's history.


Frank Baverstock,
Lets get something back in to the town and re celebrate our heritage. Everything is finance & big business, destroying this because, destroying that because, and all in the name of profit & progress!! Lets start to think of an investment in to saving something we we should cherish... our heritage. It will pay dividends in the long Term.


Richard Powell,
Time to find our identity past and present!


Paul Hunter,
Successive councils have done far too much damage to the historical buildings and indeed the history of our town. Its time something was done to preserve what little there is left.


(Anonymous),
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Ann-marie Helsdown,
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Tina Young,
Creating a Facebook Page will generate many more signatures. There are many people from Northampton who don't know about the petition yet, Facebook would be a big help to bring it into awareness.


Una Lennon,
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(Anonymous),
Good luck


(Anonymous),
Northampton Castle was of great importance, is of great interest and should be brought to the publics attention.


(Anonymous),
Now is the time to reclaim Northampton's heritage.


Sarah Shaw,
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Neil Souter,
Good luck with this project. The way Northampton Castle has been treated is an insult to local and national history.


(Anonymous),
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Jo Morton,
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Carol Hakin,
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(Anonymous),
we should save all our heritage as we seem to be losing a lot of what is British.....


(Anonymous),
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Malcolm Shipman,
After the tour to the site last summer you demonstrated the potential value of the castle to Northampton's history and tourism


Margaret Cross,
I think its a great idea. Northampton was a very important town in the 1200's We need to preserve our history.


Robert Dawson,
This history should be told to future generations as well as being there for us to enjoy. Good Luck


Michael Bird,
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Ellen Clifford,
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Linda Holman,
I would love to someday take my grandchildren to the castle if it gets rebuilt because history is one of favourite interests.


Kathy Perkins,
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Sophie Fitzhugh,
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Daphne Flavell,
We are in the centre of England; we should have more civic pride and display all aspects of our history.


John Pollard,
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(Anonymous),
Northampton has a major claim to this part of English history and local people often know nothing of it. Isn't it time this was celebrated in the historical context of being the base for the King of England at a turbulent time?


Ken Wright,
now is the time to put northampton castle back on
the historical map ,where it rightly belongs


Michael Papworth,
onsidering that royal courts were held in the castle it shows that preservation of the remains of the site is of paramount importance.


Steve Summers,
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Catherine Knight,
Northampton has lost so many of its important buildings already so lets fight to save what we have left!


Robert Jeffery,
The Castle is what once put Northampton on the map, especially hunderds of years ago. It should never had been forgotten. Lets show some of it again where it belongs.


Amanda Pateman,
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(Anonymous),
To help town regain status and pride through sense of history and character. Increase residents awareness of towns significance and value.


Christina Moore-gautrey,
In his Journal of 21 Feb.1834 my great-great-grandfather, Historian: John Cole; who lived in St.Mary's Street; wrote as he viewed from his window:
"... next are seen, the new streets at the foot of the Castle; then the Castle walls, which call up so many historical associations, as described in my architectural Lecture..."
As I have his original journal, it feels very personal to read this in his own handwriting. He had just arrived in his new home, with his wife, Suzannah & family. He would have been horrified by the eventual fate of the Castle... get Tony Robinson on the case, I say... get some publicity as local social-consience doesn't seem to work.


(Anonymous),
I walked through what was the medieval part of Northampton on Saturday and it is a travesty that the town makes hardly any reference to it!


Steve Crook,
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Paul Rogers,
Please preserve and publicise what remains (above and below ground) of our once great and nationally important castle. Too much has already been lost.


(Anonymous),
Northampton must keep hold of its history


(Anonymous),
i would like the castle ruins protected. i have written a book about the gullivers and it includes a piece about part history of northampton castle


Kim Camp,
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Jennie Crane,
The area is of great historical importance in many ways, lets preserve what we have.


Rebecca Guy,
Keep the castle, make it a landmark and a tourist destination!


(Anonymous),
I cannot for some reason contact you through the e-mail address - so I'm using this - At my talk at the Museum and afterwards I collected several more signatures on the petition - to date they number 51 including me.


Rev Keith Morrison,
The castle is a valuable part of the heritage of Northampton. It has too long been pushed aside and overlooked, as minister of Castle Hill church, I hope that the opportunity to connect with the town's past will open doors to our town's future.


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Richard Oldcorn,
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Mick Burton,
Northampton history should be remembered with pride not forgotten


David B. Dawkins,
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Diana P. Enser,
The castle is an important heritage site and should be valued as such. So much of the old town's character has been lost in badly thought out planning. It's really important to keep what still remains, treasure it and protect it.


Lisa Day,
Save what little is left!


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Linda Papa,
do not destory this castle!!


Matthew Woollven,
A great opportunity for Northampton to proudly display its heritage


John Edward Horrocks,
Even the small villages around Northampton celebrate their castles, ie Long Buckby, Lilbourne etc. Northampton's was a Royal Castle and should be publicised more than it is. What is left is little, but its history is significant and must be saved.


John Warner,
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Jim Anderson Of Redvest Detecting,
Are Time Team interested?We know things would take more than three days but they could help things along.Also I would be extremely happy to offer my services on this quest to re-discover the castle and re-discover our heritage. Northampton castle was so important but it's up to us (the few) to let the rest know that.


Elizabeth Hart,
I wrote an essay on the history of northampton as a school girl and I remember reading about the castle and thinking it was such a shame that there was nothing left of it - it's great to hear that some of the building still exists - it would be fabulous if it could be preserved and opened up to the public in some way.


James Tebbutt,
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Sheridan Friedman,
Finally! A group of people interested in preserving an important part of Northampton's history! You have my support and that of my friends, family and colleagues and we are happy to help in anyway we can. My childrens' school has also expressed that they are interested, so please let's get together on this and bring the rich history of our town to life!


David Black,
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(Anonymous),
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Barry Murphy,
A great cause - Good luck!


Tristan Wentworth-smith,
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Paul Geeson,
Our history must be protected!!!


Raymond Robinson,
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Wendy Jubb,
We need to keep our history alive for future generations.


(Anonymous),
Its a shame that more is not made of this important site, i am sure it would draw more people here to enjoy our town and what we have to offer.


Martin Lyman,
Northampton's rich history has been destroyed by town planners and developers over the years. We need to preserve and celebrate all that we can to educate our children that it hasn't always been a concrete collage of convenience, but a place of significance and rich history.


Tony Doyle,
Fantastic opportunity. So little data about such a huge part of Northampton's heritage. I, personally, hunger for more knowledge on this amazing, historical subject and would dearly love to see it partly rebuilt as a gateway to the town centre. I have added this petition link to my website page about the castle to help raise awareness.


(Anonymous),
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(Anonymous),
Northampton has such a rich and neglected history. The town has played such an important part in our country's history which is completely ignored.


J Dunkley,
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Carol Garlick,
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Andrew Bedford,
Northampton Castle has played an extremely important role in the history of not just Northampton but also of the uk as a whole. We need to preserve and record this history for future generations.


(Anonymous),
protect our northampton history preserve our town history it was important once upon atime while we have a chance once gone it lost forever


Elaine Huison-milford,
So much has been lost of old northampton. We must try to keep it's history alive.


Sheryl O\'donnell,
Northhampton Castle and all such buildings must be protected or one day there will be nothing left to remind us of the history of England.


Jeff Prickett,
Northampton has little of it's history left. Lets try to hang on to what's left!


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(Anonymous),
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Jane Keegan,
Please preserve the remains of Northampton Castle


Ian Bowers,
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Mick Coggins,
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(Anonymous),
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Andrew Nettleship,
I moved to Northampton 14 years ago. One of the things I like about it is that so much history has survived, compared to places blitzed in the last war. I know a lot has been lost since, so let's protect what survives.


David Hooton,
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Cllr Tony Clarke,
It is wonderful to see that the work of so many is starting to pay off, if Northampton's current growth and development plans do not at long last recognise the towns historic past and celebrate the castle then all is lost. Let us make sure that together we finally undo the damage done by Charles II and put our castle firmly back on the map.


Susan Garner,
the site of the castle really needs to be preserved, our heritage should be encouraged (especially in children) not completely ignored!!


Rick Garner,
we need to to keep the site of northampton castle, our heritage should be preserved, and why not encourage tourism to the town too?


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Terry Jackson,
Every effort should be made to keep alive the memory of Northampton castle which is part of our local history and heritage but of great importance nationally as well.


Kevin Mabbutt,
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