Origin of Cut throat Lane?

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.


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