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NORTHAMPTON CASTLE

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A Motte and Bailey castle was probably built by Simon de Senlis, 1st Earl of Northampton, between 1090 and 1100. This castle was replaced in stone in the 12th century. The castle was deserted after the town fire of 1685 and destroyed in 1880 during the building of the railway station. Excavations in 1962 may have revealed traces of Saxon occupation on the site, and it is possible that the site was a Saxon burh. A Palaeolithic flake has been found on the site.

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