Northampton Castle finds include 10th Century lamps

Workers at Northampton Castle dig Archaeologists uncovered a 12th Century building in the castle's outer bailey
Saxon oil lamps, found at Northampton Castle The most recent finds date back to the 10th Century, including these Saxon oil lamps
Medieval silver penny, Northampton Castle Medieval discoveries include this silver penny as well as pottery, animal harnesses and a sharpening tool

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Objects dating back to the 10th Century have been discovered at the location of Northampton's new railway station.

The latest finds by archaeologists at the site, once home to Northampton Castle, include a medieval silver penny and two Saxon oil lamps.

Andy Chapman from Northamptonshire Archaeology said: "The findings helped to paint a picture of how people lived and worked over 1,000 years ago."

The dig has now ended and the station build starts later this month.

The latest finds join a wide collection of artefacts uncovered in the three-month long excavation, ranging from a medieval sharpening tool to a Saxon brooch.

Castle's history

  • Northampton Castle was built in the 12th Century
  • Parliaments were held there until 1380
  • The Civil War and a fire left it largely derelict by the end of the 17th Century
  • Most of its remains were destroyed in the late 19th Century owing to railway development

The outline of a 12th Century ironstone building was revealed in the castle's outer bailey.

Experts believe it would have been a workshop.

Mr Chapman said: "These investigations have added an exciting chapter to our understanding of Northampton's history

"It has been a rare chance to learn more about Northampton Castle, as well as the old Saxon town, which gradually grew into the Northampton of today."

Work on the two storey £20m railway station is scheduled for completion next autumn.

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