This fascinating market town in the Nene valley has a
long and illustrious history dating back to the
6th century. The poet John Betjeman described St
Mary’s Church, designed by Sir Ninian Comper, as
‘the finest modern parish church in England’ while
14th century All Hallows Church has fine examples
of medieval craftsmanship.
During the reign of Elizabeth 1 Sir Christopher Hatton, the Lord of the Manor, sponsored Sir Francis Drake's expeditions. In return Drake re-named one of his ships ‘Golden Hind’ after the Hind Hotel. Oliver Cromwell stayed at the hotel on his way to the Battle of Naseby in 1645.
Other significant local buildings include a 15th century tithe barn and 17th Century Croyland Abbey.