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Wellingborough's Heritage

Swanspool House

Explore the stories and get to know the people behind Wellingborough's rich history.

Wellingborough is located in the Nene Valley and surrounded on all sides by ancient countryside settlements.  Early settlers and later the local industry was supported by the energy and infrastructure offered by the River Nene.  

The town centre can trace its origins back to the 6th Century Saxon period when Saxon Chief 'Waendel' made settlement here.  The town grew as a significant location throughout England's early history and being granted the Market Charter in 1201 by King John of England elevated Wellingborough as a nationally important town for trade.  The town is still prominently located at the heart of the UKs road network and has a prime rail link getting you to London in under an hour and jetting you to Paris and Brussels in around 4 hours.

Follow the Wellingborough town Heritage Trail and discover how Hannah Sparkes saved the town from the Great Fire and why the growling of lions, tigers and bears was common place in this otherwise quiet market town and many other events that have shaped Wellingborough through the ages.