Armorial Bearings granted to Robert Lord alias Laward of London in 1510; College of Arms MS L10 folio 105b; copyright of the College of Arms, London. Used by permission.

Towcester History

The town square.

Some images of the town provided courtesy of a wonderful website developed by Town-Index, Ltd. Others were taken by author.

The ancient town of Towcester had its origins nearly two-thousand years ago as a Roman town surrounded by a moat.

The Roman moat.

It is situated on Watling Street, the original Roman Road that ran across England from London north to Scotland.

Today this ancient road still runs through the center of the town, where the remnant of a medieval market square forms the center of the community (top of page).

The fact that the village of my ancestors was originally a Roman town was probably what first got me interested in Roman coins. Genealogy for some is all about proving noble roots. For me it has always been a good excuse to get in touch with another aspect of the past that I might otherwise have missed, and to do so with that added excitement of knowing one's family was somehow part of the original experience.

For more information on Towcester, including recent publications about the history of the village, e-mail the Towcester Local History Society.

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