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Finedon Pocket Park

How to find the park
Access to the park can be found via Station Road and Avenue Road (next to the cricket club).

Access is also available from St Mary’s Avenue and Harrowden Lane (no parking facilities are available at these two points).

History of the park
In the 1930’s iron ore was extracted from the quarry at Finedon and transported via a railway line to the main line at Wellingborough.

Rather than filling in the railway cutting and quarry and returning it to agricultural land, the people of Finedon campaigned to retain it as an important wildlife area. In 1984, this was the first Pocket Park in the country.

There are some excellent walks along the two mile stretch are to be found at this beautiful site. Some splendid old coppiced lime trees estimated to be over three hundred years old line Holly Walk as well as yews of considerable age. Access for walkers is promoted without compromising the site’s nature conservation value.

Wooded areas along the railway cutting are thinned to create glades to encourage ground flora. The removed wood is used to create habitat piles to encourage invertebrates.

Scrub in the quarry is cut back to maintain the grassland. Large trees and patches of scrub are left to provide feeding and nesting sites for birds. The ponds also need management so they do not become completely over hung by trees.

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Finedon Obelisk

Finedon Obelisk is an intriguing marker in a small enclosure near the crossroads of the A510 and A6.

The information board reads as follows:
‘John English Dolben Esq. who on the death of his father became Sir John English Dolben the fourth and last —cher and Lord of the Manor of Finedon, erected this monument in 1789. An entry in his diary reads:

“This day I laid the First stone of the Finedon Obelisk at the Cross Turnpikes East Town End. Sumpter of Wellingborough Mason, as a direction pillar & so record the many blessings of 1789.”

The blessings of 1789 probably included George III’s recovery from a period of insanity. The 23rd April 1780 was officially appointed as a day of thanksgiving for this event, which at Finedon was celebrated with the ringing of bells, fireworks and the firing of cannon.

“If after weary toil my friend
Thou woulds’t enjoy thy Journey’s End
Take prudent Bair, then keep thy Way
Steady till Heaven close the Day.

Dolben knew Horace: ‘Moderate Verses,
Alike God, Man and Column curses’
And therefore he these Lines endited,
With which the Column was delighted.”

These verses may have appeared on just one of the Obelisk’s faces, the others perhaps displaying a list of the blessings of 1789 and the distances to various destinations.’

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Finedon Cenotaph

Status:On original site
Type:Freestanding
Location:External
Setting:Roadside
Description:Cenotaph

Materials:

  • Stone  Stone (any)
Finedon Cenotaph
Lettering:Inscribed on a plaque

Conflicts:

  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial:Monolithic cenotaph with circular capstone surmounted by a small Latin cross. Base is cruciform. Whole is surrounded by railings. Inscription on slate tablets attached to the sides of the cenotaph. 

 

From History Society web site. SEE HERE
The Finedon Local History Society was founded in 2000 by a group of local people with an interest in the history of Finedon. 
On Saturday 21st October 2001 the society was fortunate enough to be able to move into the Friends’ Meeting House, High Street Finedon courtesy of the late Mr Jim Gibbard.        
The historic link and significance of the Friends’ Meeting House as a home for the society cannot be understated.  The Friends’ Meeting House is the oldest surviving non-conformist place of worship in Northamptonshire. It was built in 1690, originally with a thatched roof, for the Society of Friends, otherwise known as the Quakers.  The Quaker movement was very strong in Finedon and at the time of its construction it was built on the extreme edge of Finedon to be as far away as possible from the Parish Church.      
The aims of the society are to research, record and promote the rich history of Finedon and its inhabitants.  At the present time the society holds over 2000 photographs and items of Finedon memorabilia most of which have been kindly donated to the society.
The society holds ten meetings a year, usually on the fourth Monday of the month, on a range of historical and social subjects of local, county or national interest.  It also produces three newsletters a year containing articles relating to Finedon’s past.   It has also produced various publications notably “The Yards of Finedon” by our chairman Mr Malcolm Peet and “Ironstone Quarries, Railways and Tramways around Finedon” by Mr Francis Terry.  A full list of society publications are available for purchase.
The society puts on one or two exhibitions a year, depicting life in Finedon in times past or commemorating a specific event or anniversary. The exhibitions are held in the Friends’ Meeting House and are open on Saturdays and Sundays between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm for the duration of the exhibition.   See our exhibitions page for further details.
The society has a membership of over 100 members including a number of “ex-pats” who still take a keen interest in Finedon.  The society are able to give presentations on a number of Finedon related subjects to organisations within the local community.
Tuesday morning is a usually a “working morning” between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon.  If you are in the locality please drop-in as you would be made most welcome with a cup of tea and a chat!
If you would like to join our society the please see the details on our membership page.
Thank you.