Six large wooden sculptures of medieval knights to be placed in Northampton town centre

Chainsaw artist Harry Thomas at work on one of the knight sculptures.
Chainsaw artist Harry Thomas at work on one of the knight sculptures.

Six large medieval knight sculptures made by chainsaw artists will appear in Northampton town centre next week as part of a celebration of the town’s history.

The wooden knight artworks, which have been carved out of tree trunks, will form ‘A Knights Trail’ through the town centre that people will be available to follow after downloading a free map.

People will be able to find the six wooden knight sculptures using a map

People will be able to find the six wooden knight sculptures using a map

Each of the knights have been styled to depict the historical details of English knights from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries as these periods relate to significant events in medieval England and Northampton, including the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 and the Battle of Northampton in 1460.

Locations of the knights include, outside the Guildhall, Abington Street, St Giles Street and The Drapery.

As well as the six knights, there will be a three-dimensional sculpture of the town crest featuring the devise of Northampton castle supported by two lions.

The crest has been used by the town from early times and the representation of the castle is believed to be one of the ancient town gates. The two lions are thought to have been adopted from those on the shield of the king to indicate that Northampton was a royal borough.

To download a map showing the locations of the sculptures got to LoveNorthampton.

Maps will also be available to pick up at various locations around the town including the Tourist Information Centre, Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Guildhall One Stop Shop.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “As well as being a lot of fun, the knights represent our town’s rich history.

“They certainly aren’t what you would expect to see when you come into town and I really hope people enjoy spotting all six knights as they follow the trail.”

The knights, which are being installed in the town next week, will be in the town centre until the end of August.