Northampton, Northamptonshire

Kearsley's Traveller's entertaining Guide through Great Britain (1801)

NORTHAMPTON is seated on an eminence, gently sloping to the river Nen. It has been the seat of several parliaments. It had once seven chruches within its walls, and two without. It was laid in ashes by the Danes in 1010 and again destroyed by a fire in 1675. Its regular spacious market-place is one of the finest in Europe. The streets are clean and well-paved, and the souses are build of a red-coloured stone. The church of the holy sepulchre is said to have been built by the knights templar on the model of that in Jerusalem. Its manufactures are shoes, stockings, and lace. The walls of the town were above tow miles in compass. It has a nunnery, several monasteries, and an ancient castle, the ruins of part of which are still to be seen.

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 Chapter 14 
"You talked of expected horrors in London — and instead of instantly conceiving, as any rational creature would have done, that such words could relate only to a circulating library, she immediately pictured to herself a mob of three thousand men assembling in St. George’s Fields, the Bank attacked, the Tower threatened, the streets of London flowing with blood, a detachment of the Twelfth Light Dragoons (the hopes of the nation) called up from Northampton to quell the insurgents, and the gallant Captain Frederick Tilney, in the moment of charging at the head of his troop, knocked off his horse by a brickbat from an upper window. Forgive her stupidity. The fears of the sister have added to the weakness of the woman; but she is by no means a simpleton in general.”

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