A walk around two of Northamptons very well known parks. Abingdon Park and the Racecourse.
Both parks with a lot of history attached to them. Abingdon Park was a walled private parkland with the Manor House. Elizabeth Bernard , Shakespears granddaughter had lived in the Manor House, and then in the 19th century the house had been an asylum. In 1892 the house and grounds was donated to the Council. After under going various changes the house was turned into a museum in 1994, and we will be able to pay a visit to the museum. There is also a lovely church there to visit as well. There are lakes and a bird aviary in the park, with an original bandstand that is used regualy in the summer for concerts. There are benches for our lunch break along with toilet facility's, and also a park cafe. After lunch we will walk to the the racecourse, walking part of it. It was once used for horse racing. In the 17th century had gibbets for public hangings, and in the first and second world wars used for troups, and partly dug up for growing vegetables..