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.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.
Stunning old buildings
The River Nene
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