Remains of Northampton castle could be revealed

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It is hoped a glimpse of Northampton’s lost medieval castle could be unearthed by a team of archaeologists at the 
weekend.

The Friends of Northampton Castle have organised a dig of the former castle site, next to the town’s railway station, which will take place all weekend.

Chron columnist, John Dickie, is a member of the Friends group.

He said: “There’s an awful lot of the castle still to be found and if anyone is interested in coming down to see what we’re doing, they’re more than welcome. It should be a very interesting day.

“Of course, it could be that we find nothing, but on the other hand, it could be the start of something big.”

The team will dig in the playing fields of Spring Lane School in Spring Lane, close to the railway station.

It is believed the field may once have been home to the castle’s great hall.

The digs will take place from 9.15am until 5pm on Saturday and from 10am until 4pm on Sunday.

The castle was once used as a seat of Parliament. It was partially demolished in 1662 under the orders of King Charles II because of the town’s support for Parliament during the Civil War.

The remnants of the building were taken by the Victorians for building work and the site was cleared in 1859 to make way for the railway station.

A recreated gate is now all that remains to show the castle existed.