Castle stones to go on show in Northampton’s station

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Pieces of Northampton’s Medieval castle will be put on display in the town’s new railway station.

Over the past few weeks, archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a 12th century section of the former castle under the current station’s car park.

It is hoped that finds from the latest dig will be put on display in the £20 million new station building, along with intricately carved stones from the castle’s former royal apartments, which have been in storage at Northampton’s museum for decades.

The leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm) said the plan was to create a display inside the new station which would reveal the history of the castle.

He said: “We’re looking at how we can bring the castle back to life and really showcase it. One of the things we definitely want to do is put as much of the castle’s heritage back on site as is possible.”

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 then taken by the Victorians for building work and the site was cleared in 1859 to make way for the railway station.

The castle remains, which were found in the past few weeks, are from a building which would have stood in the castle’s outer bailey.

Work on the new railway station is due to be completed next summer.