Northampton Station continues to unearth the past
Archaeological findings from the site of the future Northampton Railway Station have been officially recorded and published.
This follows an initial trial trench in October 2012 which unearthed a range of remains dating back to the Medieval and Saxon period. They included an ironstone wall, pottery fragments and a brooch. The full report from that process is now available to download on WNDC’s website.
To build upon the initial findings, there will be an archaeological investigation covering the full footprint of the new station building early this year.
The excavation will seek to reveal and record any remains in the area, prior to construction starting this Spring.
In medieval times Northampton Castle was situated on part of the current station site. However, it was largely destroyed and displaced over time as the railway was developed. Located in the Northampton Enterprise Zone, the new station will be twice the size of the existing building. It is a key part of the ‘Northampton Alive’ regeneration plan, supporting the long term transformation of the town.
Chris Garden, WNDC’s Director of Regeneration said: “Not only does Northampton have a bright future; it has a rich and important past. That’s why we are working in partnership with archaeological experts as we prepare for the new and improved station. The next stage of investigations will help us ensure the history of the site is recorded and respected as the development moves ahead.”
Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection, said: “The development of Northampton Castle Station is of crucial importance to the regeneration of the town and beyond and a key element in kickstarting the local economy. The site has played a significant role through the town’s history and I’m delighted that this is being celebrated as the work moves ahead.”
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said: “Our new railway station is another exciting Northampton Alive project that will breathe new life into our town. The archaeological work has been a fascinating look into our town’s rich history. With plans being developed to create a Heritage Gateway, we can bring together the history of the Castle and story of our town to help residents and visitors discover Northampton’s heritage.”
The detailed design of the 2,500 sqm station building will be finalised early this year, with construction works due to commence in the Spring and complete in 2014. In the longer term, there are plans for a potential 1270 space multi-storey car park and a 28,000 sqm commercial development on the remainder of the site.