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Review of the year The Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times” might well have applied to FONC this year. In last year’s address I was able to point to a number of products of our lobbying of the … Continue reading
CELEBRATING SUCCESS We have had a good deal to celebrate this year not least the spectacular success of Becket anniversary project. We have continued to provide a strong presence at history events, grown our school work and added a new … Continue reading
Know anyone with primary school aged children? We have a date for the diary! Our popular free Castles in the Air workshop is back!
The handover of keys at the new Northampton Railway station will take place on Monday 12th January and included in his tour of the station will be a presentation by Pixel Creative Technologies and the Friends of Northampton Castle. The … Continue reading
Happy New Year to all our friends, fans and followers! After extensive campaigning by FONC, 2015 should be the year we see Castle Green come into existence, enabling Northampton people and visitors to trace our history back for a thousand … Continue reading
Work to demolish a vacant office block in Northampton’s town centre as part of the town’s Heritage Gateway project has started. Northamptonshire County Council, Northampton Borough Council, Friends of Northampton Castle, the Churches Conservation Trust and the University of Northampton … Continue reading
Thomas Becket’s trial & escape from Northampton Castle: local theatre group to mark 850th anniversary
Northampton’s Masque Theatre are putting on a performance of “Becket” by Jean Anouilh to mark the 850th anniversary of the trial of Thomas Becket at Northampton Castle. The performance will at held at the Guildhall in the atmospheric Great Hall … Continue reading
The beautiful round church of the Holy Sepulchre. (image credit) On Sunday 12th October, two days before the 850th anniversary of Archbishop Becket’s escape from the castle through the North Gate in 1164, the Holy Sepulchre Church will be hosting … Continue reading
Notes from FONC meeting February 2014 Planning is in full swing for our Spring Talks and Tours and also our Summer Museum exhibition on Becket at the Castle. Just two of the ways FONC is highlighting the 850th Anniversary of … Continue reading
A New Year and many exciting events and opportunities need planning in this 850th anniversary year of the trial of Thomas Becket at the Castle. It is full steam ahead for this small busy working group of volunteers.