One of the oldest Norman churches in the country, a fabulous Gothic Guildhall, a church converted into a stylish restaurant, the country’s largest open air market square and a restored 11th century Cluniac nunnery.

It’s a proud heritage boast for the town of Northampton – and all the above can be found in the area of the town centre.

There is much more of interest further afield – in particular historic churches and stately homes in a county famous for its spires and squires.

But a walk around the town centre can give you a wonderful snapshot of a middle England town steeped in history.

Holy Sepulchre Church – the oldest building in Northampton modelled on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, one of only four round churches in England.

Northampton Guildhall – Gothic splendour, former base for the town’s law enforcement and now the town’s seat of administration.

Church Restaurant – lovely St John’s Church, former chapel of a medieval hospital, brought into atmospheric use as one of the town’s premier restaurants.

Market Square – the traditional heart of the town, offering a taste of old Northampton when the market is trading and also an event space.

Delapre Abbey – the old nunnery has just been renovated into a stunning wedding venue, historic house and right next to the field where the Battle of Northampton took place in 1460.

The Northampton Heritage Trail also takes in the Cobblers Last and Discovery sculptures, respectively celebrating the town’s boot and shoe heritage and the life of Francis Crick who, with James Watson, discovered the structure of DNA.

Not forgetting All Saints Church, mentioned in the Domesday Book, Sessions House (Northampton’s court house spanning three centuries) and Becket’s Well, where, legend has it, Thomas Becket drank from the spring on fleeing his trial at Northampton Castle.