Becket’s Park

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.

We entered the park near the footbridge over the river near Morrisons

We entered the park near the footbridge over the river near Morrisons

A reminder that the footpath runs through the park

A reminder that the footpath runs through the park

Great mural on the opposite bank

Great mural on the opposite bank

Shame about the litter

Shame about the litter

The locks, although the Marina's on the right fork of the river

The locks, although the Marina’s on the right fork of the river

The new bridge across to the Marina

The new bridge across to the Marina

Wooden sculptures in the park. Do you think this looks like a whale's head?

Wooden sculptures in the park. Do you think this looks like a whale’s head?

Lovely riverside strolling

Lovely riverside strolling

Avon HQ. One of Northampton's most famous businesses

Avon HQ. One of Northampton’s most famous businesses

Northampton Sea Cadets HQ

Northampton Sea Cadets HQ

The kids' playground is in the eastern most corner of the park

The kids’ playground is in the eastern most corner of the park

Even though it’s early December there’s still some colour left in the trees as we ‘promenade’ alongside Bedford Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

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