You are invited to take the Heritage Trail when you visit Oundle. You’ll discover some of the town’s most notable biuldings and learn interesting facts about them as you wander through the historic streets at your own pace.
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1. Bramston House
Built by Stephen Bramston, a lawyer, in 1701. The front elevation has scarcely been modified since it was built and the balustrade hides the roof.
Old Town Hall & Market House
Built in 1826, the ground floor was open to shelter market sellers, with a large room above.
A 17th century building, unique in Oundle by virtue of the colonnade.
The White Lion
Occupying a prime position facing the church, this late medieval building had four bays and an attic floor added in 1641.
Built in the late 17th century by William Whitwell, a London lawyer (an earlier Whitwell re-built the Talbot).
Latham’s Hospital and School
Founded in 1611 as an almshouse for women and a school for the education of poor men’s sons. The school was closed in 1905 but the almshouses survive. The two courtyards are entered by stone gateways, decorated above by a cross and an eagle standing over a baby in swaddling clothes. This was a crest of the Lathom and Stanley families.
St. Peter’s Church
Built on the site of a Saxon church. A combination of Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles, the striking 210 foot tower and spire are visible for miles.
Laxton School Building
Rebuilt in 1855, it replaces the old school building and almshouse, once a guildhall.
Old School House
Built for a new headmaster in 1763 for £336, replacing a 15th century building.
Oundle School Cloisters
The Cloisters to the east were built in 1880 in a Tudor style. Facing the Cloisters on New Street is School House, built slightly later.
The Great Hall
Constructed in 1908, with the north and south wings added later. It is used for a variety of functions and performances and also houses the office of the head.
A Grade 1 listed building which was rebuilt with the imposing bays in 1626, but within are features from an earlier building including a medieval timber- framed back range. The splendid oak staircase is reputed to have come from Fotheringhay Castle.
Built in 1656 by one of Cromwell’s Major-Generals, William Boteler, this house is now the residence of the head of Oundle School.
The Ship Inn
One of the many 17th century buildings in West Street with an entrance large enough to admit wagons and coaches. The lane beside it is noted in the survey of 1565.
No 24 West Street
An impressive 17th century building. The date 1715 on the rainwater head may have been added when the front was built up, hiding the roof.
Paine’s Cottages and the Manse
Paine’s Cottages (east) and The Manse (west), linked by a wall with an Elizabethan gateway, were the wings of a 15th century house. The bays were added later. It belonged to Sir Walter Mildmay of Apethorpe Hall, Chancellor to Elizabeth I. The central hall between the wings has long gone.
The Stahl Theatre
The theatre was opened in 1979 from the Congregational Church was built in 1864 and converted by means of a bequest from an American who attended Oundle School.
Queen Anne House
Situated at 47 West Street the front wall dates from 1824 but the rest of the house is from the 17th century, named because Queen Anne is said to have visited a former lady in waiting who lived there.
The central arched carriageway, flanked by pilasters and topped by cornice and balustrade, resembles the lodge to a great house but led to a yard with cottages.
Situated in the former Courthouse. Visitors will gain a fascinating insight into the town and district through the centuries. Open at weekends and seleted wekdays March - November.