Inhabited since the iron age, a market charter signed in 972, mentioned in the Domesday book… Oundle is OLD. We didn’t realise quite how historically dense Oundle, a small town in England, was when we agreed to housesit there for five weeks in autumn, but we quickly learned the basics.

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There’s something attractive about being in a place that’s been inhabited for thousands of years, about shopping in a market that’s been running almost forever, about having coffee in a building that’s older than your country’s founding document. (Actually, that isn’t hard, New Zealand‘s Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, that’s yesterday in historical terms.)

Plus, Oundle is pretty. Many of the buildings are now owned by Oundle School, one of the most prestigious public schools in England, and they are kept well maintained. The tranquil River Nene flows through the town, and the 40 or so surrounding villages each have their own charm.

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Stunning old buildings

Another angle on Oundle School chapel.

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I love the lavender in Oundle.

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The "Jesus church" in Oundle. It has a long and involved name but generally goes by this one.

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The River Nene

Reflections in an English river.

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Sometimes the River Nene looks like molten gold.

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A bridge over the River Nene.

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This swan wasn't too happy about us coming so close to her cygnet, so I had to take this photo quickly. Talk about hissing!

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Town centre

Oundle on market day.

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Flowers and a lamppost in Oundle.

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Outlying villages

On a walk around England you'll come across a whole lot of churches. This one's near Oundle.

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Colour

Autumn is coming in Oundle.

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Your thoughts on "Oundle in 17 Instagram photos"

  • Stunning photos! I haven't heard of Oundle before but I have to admit that this place looks amazing :)

    on January 6, 2016 at 3:24 pm Reply
    • Hi Patryk, we hadn't either before we arrived, but yes -- it was a really great place to spend a quiet couple of weeks.

      on January 8, 2016 at 12:15 pm Reply
  • Fantastic photos - I run a small (non commercial) community site in Oundle (encouraging people to support the community and shop locally) and wondered if you would mind me posting some of your pictures on it as they are beautiful. I will put a link to the blog on too. many thanks. It is called Connect Oundle and is on Facebook and Twitter if you want to check it out. 😀

    on February 12, 2016 at 11:54 am Reply
    • Hi Kate, thanks for your message. I'll send you an email!

      on February 12, 2016 at 5:42 pm Reply

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