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Discover the Treasures of Higham Ferrers with the New Audio Tour

Discover the Treasures of Higham Ferrers with the New Audio Tour

An exciting new audio described walking tour has been launched that provides a fascinating glimpse into the history and main treasures of our beautiful medieval town.

The tour is available for your mobile phones by downloading the Higham Ferrers Audio Tour from Google Play or the Apple App Store. As you listen you will be skilfully guided on your walk around the town by our 3 local narrators.

The audio tour app has been funded by private donation and the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Town Charter Project between the Town Council and Higham Ferrers Tourism, Business and Community Partnership. The project, alongside the valuable charter conservation work, seeks to raise awareness of the town's history and the role the charters have played within this. The tour gives a fresh insight and new way for local residents and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the treasures of the town.

You will begin the tour in the Market Square with its 14th century market cross and important town buildings, including the Town Hall. Moving to St Mary's Churchyard you will hear of the church, which began construction in 1220, and its later additions, the spire and west porch. The Bede House and Chantry Chapel (formally known as the Grammar School) sit within the churchyard and the tour has a dedicated section to both of these intriguing buildings and their function both past and present. Leaving the churchyard, you will continue to the site of the former Higham Castle which fell into ruins by the late 15th century. This was finally demolished in 1523 when Henry V111 granted permission for "as moche stone and lead" be taken to build the new Tudor Wing at his castle in Kimbolton. The Dovecote remains along with fishponds and a warren. The tour proceeds to Chichele College, founded with the Bede House in 1421 and the more recently created medieval style gardens. The notable historic buildings of Pear Tree Cottage and Ivy House mark your return to the Market Square.

Fancy learning more of the rich history of the town? Simply download the app, come to the Market Square, and let your audio described walk begin.

Posted: Mon, 24 May 2021 09:22 by Alicia Scholfield

Tags: Charters, Heritage, News, Tourism