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Northamptonshire has a distinguished and rich history. It is historically interesting since there are many sites of ancient settlements here. A few Roman toads are there too. It first came into being as a quaint Saxon village known as “Hamm tun” which means “by well watered meadow”.
This beautiful county of ‘Spires and Squires’ is also referred to as ‘The Rose of the Shires’. Northamptonshire Photographers particularly love the many wonderfully preserved churches here. One of these is the Church in the village of Earls Parton. The Saxon tower built in 970 AD and the Norman Door and the Screen, added in the 15th century as also the 17th century clock tower, are all truly imposing. Wedding Photography in Northamptonshire is particularly picturesque and romantic when set against the Church of All Saints, from the 17th century, or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is an ancient Norman round church.
That said about the ‘spires’ (churches), noteworthy are also the ‘squires’ referring to the majestic country mansions built by different land owners and Lords. Most well known of these internationally would be the Althorp Home, which is home to Princess Diana’s brother, the Earl Spencer. The serene but awe inspiring countryside here holds the island in the middle of the lake where Lady Diana now rests. It is within sight of her childhood home.
The Village if Deen is charming and picturesque with its Deen Park. This holds a turreted house surrounded by captivating gardens with a magnificent lake. The gardens are full of rare trees and greenery. If you plan to add nature theme photographs to your wedding photo gallery, this place is an ideal spot to have your wedding photography.
Another favourite with the Northamptonshire Wedding Photographers is the Grand Union Canal built in the 18th century, which makes for an excellent backdrop for Wedding Photography in Northamptonshire. In 1761, the River Nene, going through Northamptonshire, was connected to the sea facilitating trade. This made the county prosper and as many as 38 barges with different merchandise and decorated with flags, had come up to the south bridge at the opening of this navigational route. It was celebrated with church bells pealing and canons firing.
One of the best museums for waterways in the county is the one at Stoke Bruerne, which has seven locks. An interesting point is about 3 miles to the south of Northampton, where the canal goes through a tunnel, which was opened in 1805. This tunnel, between Blisworth and Stoke Bruerne villages, is the longest known in navigation. And, imagine, the bargees, laying on their backs and pushing their barges with their feet walking on the roof of the tunnel!