Taken from Wellingborough – A Brief History of Town and District by John L. Goddard 1988.
In 1628 Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles 1 came to Wellingborough to take the waters at Redwell spring. The iron in the waters was supposedly good for fertility. She stayed at the Swan Inn (now demolished)* and tents were erected around the well for her attendants.
One of King Charles’s pages, who was in love with a pretty maid of the Queen’s is said to have been murdered one night by a rival for the girls attentions at Cutthroat bridge near Wollaston whilst he was carrying a letter from the King to the Queen.
*The Swan Inn was on the west side of Silver Street about 20 yards from the top.