History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The parish church dates back to the 10th century, but is largely Perpendicular Gothic. Look for the carved angels under the roof, and the monument to Richard Nicolls. Nicolls, whose family owned Ampthill Park, took New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664 and renamed it New York after his patron the Duke of York.
Eight years later Nicolls was killed by a Dutch cannonball at the Battle of Solebay. The fatal cannonball is incorporated in Nicolls' memorial, with a Latin inscription that describes it (loosely) as his "instrument of mortality and immortality".
Just outside the town is the early 17th century almshouse of Oxford Hospital. A little further away are the ruins of Houghton House, said to be the model for John Bunyan's "House Beautiful".
Ampthill.org is the town's website; another useful resource is the Ampthill History Forum, a volunteer group concerned with the preservation of the town's history.
Address: Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England
Attraction Type: Town
OS: TL034 375
Photo Credit: Paul Billington, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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