Looking Glass Theatre opens up 16th-century house in Northampton to public

Hazelrigg House
Hazelrigg House

Primary schoolchildren and the general public will be able to visit a historic house in Northampton thanks to a pilot project by the Looking Glass Theatre.

The doors will be opened between June 6 and 24.

A spokesman for the theatre said: “Upon entering Hazelrigg House (built approximately 1570), visitors will have the opportunity to dress up in period costume which will be provided by Looking Glass.

“They will then embark on a tour of the house, learning about its links to Northampton Castle, William Smith (father of Geology), Women’s rights and to Oliver Cromwell, who was rumoured to have spent the night at Hazelrigg before the battle of Naseby in 1645.

“They will also watch a small documentary where they will be taken back to the past to meet all the previous owners of the house, before finally visiting a room in Hazelrigg furnished as it would have been a hundred years ago,” the spokesman said.

“For the last part of the visit, there will be a guided tour of the nearby St Peters Church (built in the early 12th century) and Northampton Castle with its links to Thomas Becket who was put on trial there.

Times of the house opening to the public are June 12, 1pm – 3pm; June 17, 10am – 12pm; June 24, 1pm – 3pm. Schools visits are available for a full or half day.

To book for schools or more details, email info@lookingglasstheatre.co.uk, call 01604 472029 or 07711 540546, or visit www.lookingglasstheatre.co.uk