Christmas in England 2006
DAY 12: Tuesday 2 January
Not far south of Braunston lies Fotheringhay, with the remains of its castle and keep. Here John was born and Mary Queen of Scots we beheaded on 8th February 1586. Today there is only the foundation mound of the castle and a few remnant stones. The castle occupied a vantage point on the River Nene, and you can indeed see many miles up and down river. There is a good description of the Castle and events here.
St Ives, Cambridgeshire
As I was going to St Ives.... in Cambridgeshire, where I was looking for The Quadrant. Arnold's youngest brother Daniel moved to St Ives some time before 1861, and eventually resided at 8 The Quadrant. His daughter Martha married William Loomes and lived at No 6 The Quadrant.
Today the Quadrant is a lovely curved building of apartments, recently renovated with heritage money. It lies a short walk from the main street and market place of St Ives. The town is known for its famous son - Oliver Cromwell, who is remembered in street and pub names and a large statue in the market square.
Clipston and Arnold's Original Story
From St Ives we travelled north again towards Market Harborough. A few miles south, we arrived at the small village of Clipston and found Elizabeth's cottage. Elizabeth is another Goodliffe descendent, and has had the good fortune of being able to find and preserve first the transcript and now the original version of Arnold Goodliffe's biography - The Story of My Life. The full story be read, in Arnold's original handwriting here.
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