New book celebrates icons of Northamptonshire

Cllr Jim Harker, Sir Paul Hayter, Chairman of CPRE Northamptonshire and Oliver Wicksteed, Chairman of Wicksteed Charitable Trust, at the book launch of Icons of Northamptonshire at Wicksteed Pavillion.
Cllr Jim Harker, Sir Paul Hayter, Chairman of CPRE Northamptonshire and Oliver Wicksteed, Chairman of Wicksteed Charitable Trust, at the book launch of Icons of Northamptonshire at Wicksteed Pavillion.
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Daventry ‘s Borough Hill, Weedon Bec’s Depot and Ashby St Ledgers’ link to the Gunpowder Plot are just some of the entries in a newly-published book celebrating the icons of Northamptonshire.

A joint publication by Northamptronshire County Council and the Northamptonshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the book Icons of Northamptonshire, went on sale in the county’s libraries this week for £17.50.

Colourful photos accompany the contributions of 70 writers - including broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan, explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and parish priest Richard Coles, who pay homage to their favourite iconic places, buildings and events in the county.

Council leader Jim Harker said: “This book was born out of our organisations’ shared love of the county and its unique sense of place.

“The contributions capture the grand and the humble, the contemporary and the historic, the natural landscape and the urban environment. Sir Paul Hayter, chairman of CPRE Northamptonshire, said: “It has been a great pleasure to select 70 icons, some predictable, some not, which illustrate why Northamptonshire deserves to be treasured.”