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Woodcroft, Northamptonshire

Historical Description

Woodcroft, a hamlet in Etton parish, Northamptonshire, 5¼ miles NW of Peterborough. Woodcroft Castle dates from the 13th century, and was garrisoned by the Rev. Dr. Hudson for Charles I.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Church Records, in association with the Northamptonshire Record Office, have images of the Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts for Northamptonshire online.

Land and Property

Woodcroft Castle is supposed to have been erected in the 13th century, is surrounded by a moat, and is historically noted for the gallant resistance made by its little garrison under the direction of Michael Hudson D.D. rector of King's Cliffe, in 1641, and chaplain to Charles I. who lost his life in defending the place against the Parliamentary troops, 6 June, 1648; his death was marked by the most savage ferocity, for, having fallen into the moat, after his fingers were chopped off while clinging to the parapet, he was mercilessly killed; this Dr. Hudson is supposed to have been the original from whom was taken the character of Dr. Rochecliffe in Sir Walter Scott's "Woodstock." Over the porch is an ancient domestic chapel, mostly in a good state of preservation and retaining a piscina, and a doorway supposed to have been the entrance to a staircase leading to a priest's room above.

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northamptonshire is available to browse.

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Northamptonshire papers online: