Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tunnels under Northampton's streets

The idea that Northampton once had an underground railway system is a harmless jest. But it turns out that there really is much of interest beneath the town's streets.

In 2008 a feature in the Chronicle & Echo collected a series of rumours and reminiscences about the tunnels under the town of varying degrees of credibility.

And last year the paper reported:
Archaeologists have discovered what they believe to be the remains of a medieval Jewish synagogue underneath a town centre take-away.

A survey of land underneath Kebabish and The Bear public House, both in Sheep Street, Northampton, has found what experts estimate could be the remains of an ancient synagogue, dating back hundreds of years.

The finds, which include brick walls and what appears to be a staircase, were confirmed using a state-of-the-art ground-penetrating radar.

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