This pretty market town was the birthplace of at
least three remarkable characters, the Fenland rebel Hereward the Wake who fought against the
Normans in the 11th century, Sir William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Elizabeth 1, and Frederick
Worth, who founded the Paris-based House of Worth fashion house.
Cecil’s old house is now the
Burghley Arms Hotel. The town has extensive beds of watercress thanks to its ‘pure’ water and a 13th century
church is the last relic of an Augustinian priory founded here in 1138. The earthworks of an 11th
century castle lie close to the town centre.