Artist reveals vision for Castle Green campaign by Friends of Northampton Castle

The Castle Green painting by Elke Pollard
The Castle Green painting by Elke Pollard

The Friends of Northampton Castle have released an artist’s painting of the new Castle Green which they hope to be created later this year.

A campaign to get the green space on land next to the new station has been running for a number of years and volunteers are hoping their dreams will be realised in 2015.

A spokeswoman said: “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 years and to enjoy that prospect in a delightful green, open space.

“We are delighted to present local artist Elke Pollard’s vision for Castle Green. We feel that this space could provide an exciting new venue for community events and contribute to the regeneration of this part of the town centre,” she said.

“Visitors to Northampton arriving by train currently face a long and faceless walk up Black Lion Hill towards St Giles Street.

“The outdated and long-abandoned Castle House office block and back end of Sol Central did not provide an auspicious welcome to the town, but back in 2012 FONC saw an opportunity for a Heritage Gateway in the heart of medieval Northampton. This green space would be ideally placed between the station to the west, the town centre to the east, St Peter’s church and Hazelrigg house to the south and the site of Northampton Castle to the north,” she added.

The next meeting of the Friends is on February 6 at 6pm at Castle Hill URC. For details, visit http://www.northamptoncastle.com/