Saturday saw a group organised by the Friends of the Library and Friends Kagam to Newton, the remaining part of a cluster of villages between Geddington and the A6003.
The Field Study Centre is the Church of St Faith, much treasured by novelist J.L. Carr. Adjacent, we visited the site of the Tresham mansion of which just the dovecotes and the fishpond remain.
Newton was invloved in a series of peasant insurrections that spread across Nothamptonshire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire in 1607, triggered by landowners like the Treshams enclosing what had traditionally been common land.
(the dovecotes - what remains of a great Northamptonshire house)
The insurrection was violently put down, and over 40 villagers lost their lives in the final confrontation.
(interpretation board recording the Newton rebellion of 1607)
The visit was a follow up to a fascinating evening talk given by John Padwick to the Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum earlier in the year.