Pictures of England



Historic Towns & Picturesque Villages

From Castlerigg Farm Campsite, looking towards Cat Bells. Lake District


in the county of Cumbria

Bay at New Polzeath in early evening. Walk left on Beach for just yards to Polzeath.

New Polzeath

in the county of Cornwall

England Articles

Pictures of Rothwell

Rothwell Pub

About Rothwell

Interesting market town, with a long history, its market charter was granted in 1204. This event is traditionally celebrated the Monday following Trinity Sunday, or the Spring Bank Holiday as it is now known, when the town becomes crammed with visitors from all over.

There are many lovely old buildings in and around the town, the Nunnery is especially interesting, it stands close to the site of a medieval Priory founded by the powerful Care family, who where Lords of the Manor. This was quite possible the original convent home of the 'Poor Clare' order. The convent closed at the time of the dissolution. It is thought the present house incorporates parts of the earlier building.

The historic market house is one of the town's most beautiful buildings. It was built by Sir Thomas Tresham, who because of his catholic faith, was often imprisoned during the persecution. Thomas was known as 'Thomas the Builder' because of his passion for erecting unusual buildings. The market house is designed in the shape of a cross, and as at the time Thomas was unable to openly practice his faith, this was probably a deliberate gesture of defiance. Decorative friezes depict the Tresham coats of arms, and the coats of arms of other influential Northamptonshire families. Sir Thomas Tresham was the grandfather of Francis Tresham, one of the conspirators in the Gunpowder plot.

Rushton Hall, the stunning Elizabethan home of the Treshams' lies two miles north-east of Rothwell. It was built of local stone in around 1438, and was occupied by the Tresham family for over two hundred years. It is a house of magnificent proportions, with stunning historical arte-facts. Interestingly, Rushton Hall, now a luxury hotel, continues to celebrate the gunpowder plot on 5th November, this year being the 400th anniversary.

Holy Trinity Church is both impressive and beautiful. Its crypt contains thousands of bones uncovered by a sexton while digging a grave in 1700. No one has ever been able to establish how they came to be there. The church can be found adjacent to the market square, it dates from the 14th-century, has a sturdy clock-face tower, and is one of the longest parish churches in England. It is surrounded on three sides by a peaceful churchyard containing graves of local families.

Jesus Hospital was founded for poor men in 1585. These atmospheric buildings, set around a central courtyard are now converted into apartments for the elderly. The manor house is a building from the 18th-century. It is noted for its impressive facade and elegant ionic columns.

With some well known inns, good shopping, plenty to see and do, Rothwell offers a pleasant place from which to explore some of the loveliest parts of England. Northamptonshire is often called the county of squires and spires, and these together with rivers and forests dominate the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Recommended towns & villages near Rothwell

Hallaton, Leicestershire

Hallaton (18 Pictures) in the county of Leicestershire

(9.7 miles, 15.6 km, direction N of Rothwell)

Easter Monday sees the villages of Hallaton and Medbourne engaged in a riotous 'bottle kicking' contest which is said to have pagan origins...


Guilsborough (4 Pictures) in the county of Northamptonshire

(10.1 miles, 16.3 km, direction SW of Rothwell)

Hidden amongst leafy lanes and glorious poppy fields of the undulating Northamptonshire countryside, lies the peaceful village of Guilsborough...

Northampton, Northamptonshire

Northampton (161 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Northamptonshire

(13.3 miles, 21.4 km, direction S of Rothwell)

The landscape of Northampton is dotted with reminders of its illustrious history. Despite the great fire of 1675 when much of Northampton was destroyed, it was rebuilt in such a.....

A picture of Stanford on Avon

Stanford on Avon (8 Pictures) in the county of Northamptonshire

(14.1 miles, 22.6 km, direction W of Rothwell)

Picturesque village straddling the banks of the River Avon...

St Mary and All Saints, Fotheringhay

Fotheringhay (27 Pictures) in the county of Northamptonshire

(17.0 miles, 27.4 km, direction NE of Rothwell)

The lantern tower of the Church of St. Mary and All Saints at Fotheringhay shines through the deepening shadows of the great trees that frame it, shadows matched in darkness by those less visible that haunt the village where the final tragedy of Mary, Queen of Scots was enacted...

All towns & villages in Northamptonshire
Complete A to Z of towns & villages in England

Nearby attractions..

Rushton Triangular Lodge, Northamptonshire

Rushton Triangular Lodge (9 Pictures)

(1.5 miles, 2.4 km, direction NE)


Rockingham Castle Gardens, Corby, Northamptonshire

Rockingham Castle Gardens (3 Pictures)

(6.9 miles, 11.0 km, direction NE)


View from Rockingham Castle, Corby, Northamptonshire

Rockingham Castle (7 Pictures)

(7.0 miles, 11.3 km, direction NE)


Foxton Locks, Near Market Harborough, 'Narrow Boat coming down'

Foxton Locks (37 Pictures)

(9.3 miles, 15.0 km, direction NW)


Kirby Hall

Kirby Hall (30 Pictures)

(10.0 miles, 16.1 km, direction NE)

Looking around the romantic ruin of Kirby Hall it is easy to imagine the splendour of an age when romance was all, and great.....

Lyveden New Bield

Lyveden New Bield (33 Pictures)

(10.7 miles, 17.2 km, direction E)

This magnificent ruin is a rare romantic survival from the great Elizabethan period. The landscape on which the relic of this.....

Deene Park, Corby, Northamptonshire

Deene Park (5 Pictures)

(10.9 miles, 17.5 km, direction NE)


All attractions in Rothwell
All attractions in Northamptonshire
Complete A to Z of attractions in England