Becket’s Park is very much a traditional green space park situated just to the south of the town centre and bordered on it’s south side by the River Nene.
The Park was originally designed for promenading. Previously called Cow Medow, the council changed it to its present name in 1935.
The name comes from Thomas Becket, Henry II‘s Archbishop of Canterbury, who went on trial in 1164 at Northampton Castle before fleeing overseas. Over the road on the hospital side of the park is the well which was erected over the spring where it is said he stopped to drink on his flight.
The park has continued to develop over the years & in November 2011, Northampton Marina was opened with berths for 80 boats.
Here’s a selection of views from around the park on a bright December’s morning in 2013.
Even though it’s early December there’s still some colour left in the trees as we ‘promenade’ alongside Bedford Road