Events & lectures

Our Christmas Lecture

The Best Burglar in the County by Neil Lyon

Winner of the 2022 Northamptonshire Heritage Forum Award for the Best Published Work

Neil is a member of the Northamptonshire Gardens Trust and his book of the above title celebrates Miss Joan Wake and her monumental efforts to save Northamptonshire’s archival history. Subsequently she campaigned tirelessly to prevent the proposed demolition of Delapre Abbey, the first permanent home of the County’s archives.

The volume also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Northamptonshire Record Society (of which Neil is the Hon. Secretary), another of Miss Wake’s achievements.

As a result of Miss Wake’s labours, much of our Trust’s research emanates from the Northamptonshire Record Office and the Record Society. Delapre Abbey was saved from demolition and is flourishing as is its Walled Kitchen Garden, although Miss Bouverie’s water garden is at present somewhat decayed and neglected, but can still be found in the woodland.


We will be revealing the results of this year's Photography Competition with the theme 'Patterns in Nature'.

Date: Thursday 1 December 2022 at 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Great Houghton Village Hall

Do come along to one of our events – see what you have been missing …

Our visit to Coton Manor gardens

Friday 4 September

We were delighted to invite members to enjoy the much acclaimed Coton Manor gardens. The Nation's Favourite Garden as voted by garden visitors in conjunction with The English Garden magazine and the National Garden Scheme.

Please use these links if you cannot see the images below (your web browser may need updating)

Celebrating Repton at 'the place where fun was invented'

Repton's view of Finedon Hall

Dovecote Farm

Old Stone Barn

If these sound interesting, why not join us?

Through the series of lectures and visits I learned a great deal more about the man (Lancelot Capability Brown) and his ideals and in turn this gave me a greater understanding and appreciation of the history behind what we take for granted, as the ‘English’ landscape." Gwen