Wellingborough is a large market town which was originally named “Wendelingburgh” which means “stronghold of Wændel’s people”. The settlement was established during the Saxon period and is mentioned in the Domesday Book as “Wendelburie”. It is surrounded by five wells, The Redwell, Hemmingwell, Witche’s Well, Lady’s Well and Whytewell.
Due to frequent flooding by the River Nene, the town was mostly built above the current level of the floodplain. In 1201, King John of England granted the town a royal market charter. King John proclaimed, “Abbot of Croyland and the monks serving God there” continuing, “shall have a market at Wendligburg (Wellingborough) for one day each week that is Wednesday”. There you have it, royally decreed, Wednesday is market day!
During medieval times, the town of Wellingborough was home to a modest monastic grange. It’s known now the as the Jacobean Croyland Abbey. It began as an offshoot of the monastery of Crowland Abbey, near Peterborough. Therefore this part of the town is known as Croyland. Speaking of Peterborough, if you’re out that way, be sure to stop in at the Medusa Juice Vape Shop and stock up on all of the great e-liquids and save on their entire stock of equipment and clothing too.
The oldest existing building in Wellingborough is All Hallows Church which dates back to around 1160. From Saxon times, the manor of Wellingborough belonged to Crowland Abbey Lincolnshire, and the monks probably built the original church. The earliest part of the building is the Norman doorway opening in from the south porch. The church was enlarged with the addition of more side chapels and by the end of the 13th century, it had assumed more or less its present plan.
Later, during the Elizabethan era, the Lord of the Manor, Sir Christopher Hatton was a sponsor of Sir Francis Drake’s expeditions. You may not know this, but Drake actually renamed one of his ships the ‘Golden Hind’ because it was the heraldic symbol of the Hatton family. A hotel built in the 17th century, was known variously as the Hind Hotel and later as the Golden Hind Hotel.
Wellingborough has seen its fair share of trouble although not as much as many other towns within a short distance. For example, during the Civil War, the largest substantial conflict in the area was the Battle of Naseby in 1645. Even though there was a minor skirmish in the town which resulted a parliamentarian officer, Captain John Sawyer, being killed.
Severe reprisals were to follow, which included the carrying off to Northampton of the parish priest, Thomas Jones, and forty prisoners by a group of Roundheads. However, after the Civil War Wellingborough was home to a colony of Diggers and we know very little about this period.
Wellingborough was bombed during World War II, on the third of August, 1942. Six people were killed and fifty-five more were injured. One could say that it was fortunate that it was a bank holiday, because thousands of people were away at the fair at a nearby village. Many houses and other buildings in the centre of the town were damaged in the attack. There are a few war memorials located in Wellingborough which are worth seeing while there. They’re great places to sit and vape your favourite Medusa Juice e-liquids while paying your respects in remembrance.
Originally, Wellingborough had two railway stations. The Wellingborough London Road, was the first to open in 1845 and it closed down in 1966. It linked Peterborough with Northampton. The second station in Wellingborough was the Wellingborough Midland Road. This one is still in operation with trains to London and the East Midlands, but the ‘Midland Road’ was dropped from the station name. The Midland Road station opened in 1857 with trains serving Kettering and a little later Corby. In 1898, due to the Wellingborough rail accident, six or seven people died and around sixty-five were injured. There was talk about laying Tram tracks in Wellingborough, but nothing came of it because there wasn’t enough funding.
If you’re interested in cars and racing, etc. Be sure to stop by Santa Pod Raceway. You can take the whole family and enjoy a day out that’s exciting and different. There are lots of different food and drink stalls which sell just about anything you could want. But the real attraction is the racing and all of the different cars you can see. I’ve always loved cars so this was a real treat for me and my family. Before we went, we drove into King’s Lynn and stopped in the original Medusa Juice shop to stock up. I’m glad we did because we got hoodies for the whole family and while we were at the raceway, it turned a bit cold, so these very well made Medusa Juice hoodies were just perfect. I also got a few new e-liquids I’ve not tried before and it was fun to sample those as well.
Afterward we toured Hart Family Brewers and developed a whole new appreciation for micro-brewing. This brewery is very clean, the tour is excellent as are the ales they allow you to sample. I really cannot say too many good things about this place because it’s just wonderful.
If you’re looking for some other interesting ways to spend your time in Wellingborough, try Nene Court. It’s a great little shopping centre with lots of unique and quirky shops to browse. You can find some really good deals there too, so take your time and enjoy yourself, it’s worth it and so are you.
The Castle Theatre is an excellent venue for plays and concerts, etc. The building is fairly modern and has good acoustics, excellent visibility from around the whole building and provides this area with much appreciated arts and culture opportunities.
Iron ore has always played a significant role in this area. In fact, quarrying Iron ore was a major industry in and around the Wellingborough area from the 1860s until the 1960s. James Rixon and Wiliam Ashwell opened a major ironworks on the north side of the town in 1870. His ironworks was supplied by the extensive ironstone quarries around Finedon to the east of the town. Here, small sections of tramways served the iron ore industry. There were three of them, The Wellingborough Tramway, Neilson’s Tramway and the Finedonhill Tramway. The Wellingborough Tramway served Rixon’s ironworks until 1966.
Irchester Country Park is an amazing place for kids and dogs to be outside and enjoy the countryside. This former ironstone quarry has a wonderful children’s play area as well as a network of long and short trails through eighty-three hectares of mixed woodland. The park is home to the Quarryman’s Rest Cafe, Jungle Parc UK and the Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway museum. Jungle Parc offers a high ropes adventure course. Enjoy lots of amazing activities as you glide through the trees on rope bridges, zip lines and cargo nets. While not for the faint of heart, it does promise to get your blood pumping! If nothing else, send the kids on ahead and you can take your time enjoying your favourite flavours of Medusa Juice e-liquid. You absolutely do not want to miss it!