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Hidden Nassington


Wednesday 31st January 2024


Our first meeting of 2024 was at the Crown Inn at Elton where a number of our history group met for a talk on the ‘Tales from hidden Nassington’.

Our speaker was Karen Palenski who was born and raised at Nassington and after living away for a number of years moved back to the village a few years ago.  Karen was an absolute joy to listen too, her knowledge of the history of Nassington and the local area was amazing.  

She told us so many stories including the history of the railway and the station at Nassington, the Saxon burials in a field at the edge of the village, the many highlights of some of the village properties and the family backgrounds associated with them plus the seven public houses.

Many of us were surprised to hear about the extensive roman remains found nearby, including the site of the large Roman town of Dubrobrivae near Water Newton, plus the Roman farmstead still being excavated just on the outskirts of the village.

Karen has extensively researched her native Nassington and told us some tales including the story of Mary Queen of Scots Head and that instead of Mary’s picture on the sign outside the Queens Head Hotel, it is in fact Elizabeth I picture!  She told us about the old clay brick works and Tyler’s pond and the story of the horse and cart that is supposed to be at the bottom of the pond.  So many stories, so much history.

Most of us agreed that Karen’s talk had been very knowledgeable and entertaining and we could have carried on listening to her for longer.  Thank you Karen.

We all then enjoyed our lunch and ended our time together after a discussion on the forthcoming event to Silverstone and ideas for the coming year.