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in the county of Northamptonshire

About Rushton

The picturesque village of Rushton set between Desborough and Rothwell is famous for the Rushton Triangular Lodge built in 1593 by Roman Catholic Sir Thomas Tresham to symbolise the Holy Trinity. This amazing building is found along a lonely country lane, it is an amazing confection with three 33ft long sides, each side crowned with three ornate triangular gables. The building has three floors, a triangular chimney and Latin quotations from the Bible 33 letters long. Everywhere you look the letter 3 with it's implication of the Holy Trinity is in evidence. Built in days of religious turmoil it was an act of courage to erect a building showing such strong connection to the church of Rome. However, courage was something Thomas Tresham did not lack, when imprisoned he decorated his cell with letters and drawings in reference to his faith. It is believed it was whilst in prison that Sir Thomas conceived the idea for this graceful little building. The interior of the lodge contrasts starkly with the ornate exterior. It is simply furnished, showing clearly that it was intended for use by a lodgekeeper or gamekeeper.

Rushton Triangular Lodge is cared for by English Heritage, Rushton Triangular Lodge makes an interesting and worthwhile visit. The surrounding countryside is delightful and the pleasant nearby town of Market Harborough offers good shopping facilities; places of interest include a museum telling the history of the region.

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