Tranquil Thrapston lies at the crossroads of two Roman
roads and a crossing over the River Nene. It has
long been an important market town and was granted
a charter by King John as long ago as 1205.
Located on the edge of Rockingham Forest, it has a
number of lakes offering visitors plenty of
opportunities for sailing and fishing.
Buried in the 13th century parish church of St James is Mary Washington, an ancestor of the first American president, George Washington. The church also contains a stone tablet bearing the arms of Mary’s husband, Sir John Washington. The design of the USA’s national flag, the Stars and Stripes, is based on the tablet.