SP7665 : Boughton Green

taken 7 years ago, near to Boughton, Northamptonshire, Great Britain

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Boughton Green
Boughton Green
A roughly triangular piece of land by the ruins of old St.Peterís church LinkExternal link , once surrounded by the medieval village of Boughton. A charter of 1353 granted permission for an annual three-day fair on Boughton Green to celebrate the nativity of St.John the Baptist; woodcrafts and agricultural implements were sold on the first day, festivities with wrestling and horse races on the second and cattle were sole on the third day. There was a turf maze known as ĎThe Shepherdís Raceí, still visible in 1946, but the land is now ploughed as arable farmland. The medieval village declined in the late 15th - early 16th centuries and St.Johnís church became ruinous, though the tower and spire were still standing in 1773.
In 1826 the notorious highwayman George Catherall or "Captain Slash" was detained at Boughton Fayre, accused of robbing a shoemaker of 11 half-crowns, one crown, a neckerchief, a corkscrew and a waistcoat. He was subsequently tried and hanged in Northampton on 21 July 1826. His ghost is said to roam Boughton Green and Little Warren Spinney by the ruins of old St.Johnís church.
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SP7665, 53 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 9 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 10 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Village, Rural settlement 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 7636 6553 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:16.9571N 0:52.9244W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 7640 6560
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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