SPOTLIGHT: Who was Simon de Senlis? Norman knight who changed face of Northampton

The name Simon de Senlis is peppered throughout Northampton, but how much do we know about the man?

Simon I de Senlis (or Senliz), 1st Earl of Northampton and 2nd Earl of Huntingdon, who was born 1068 and died between 1111 and 1113, was a Norman nobleman

From schools to churches that have stood for almost a millennium, everyone in Northampton has heard the name Simon de Senlis.

The knight, whose family came over from Normandy with William the Conqueror, rose to the height of the new English aristocracy.

He founded some of the best-known landmarks in Northampton before returning to the land of his birth in his later years.

Here, lay out of ten facts known about this key character in Northampton’s past.

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