Rothwell Market House

History of Rothwell Market Place:


William Grumbold initially designed Rothwell Marketplace or Market House, but his design was quite similar to the ones Sir Thomas Tresham used to build. Despite the contradicting history, the marketplace is said to be another marvel of Thomas Tresham, who indeed was very famous by the name of ‘Thomas the Builder’ for designing and constructing buildings in an unusual outlook. One of the reasons why Thomas’s buildings were strange to look at was because of his persecution due to his passion to Catholic Christianity. He was forbidden to practice his faith anywhere that’ when he decided to encode his beliefs on symbols that he intentionally designed and embedded in buildings.

Generosity & Pious Nature:


It is indeed not a coincidence that the Rothwell Marketplace has unique edges, and strange perpendicular hollow designed that people say it was a cross. In fact, the Market house is a cross-shaped building, and this could be the reason why locals pay their gratitude more to Thomas Tresham for the construction than William Grumbold. Another incident confirms that Tresham designed the Rothwell Marketplace is when Tresham gifted a building to the Lord of Manor and that building was none other than this Market House. Despite gifted to the Lord in 1577, the market house was not completed until local architect J.A Gotch completed the building after 300 years.

Rothwell Market Town:


Rothwell is a famous market town of Kettering, Northamptonshire. It has provided the locals with numerous attractions such as Market House, Trinity Church, Heritage Centre and Gallery, Manor House, Rushton Triangular Lodge, and The William ball Foundry. Rothwell is also known as the ‘The Place of the Red Well’. It received this nickname during the Dark ages when Danish invaders found that Rothwell has many areas filled with freshwater that has bright red iron minerals in it.

Market Significance:


Rothwell Market House served the purpose of the site that introduced the locals to a place to shop. Despite already existing shops, locals were attracted towards this historic building after knowing Thomas built the market house. Today it is surrounded by numerous stores and is standing in the midst that allows every stroller and passer witness the great architect design of Thomas Tresham. Rothwell Market House was also named as ‘alien’ in recent years by historians who named it after knowing what could have the locals called it during the Georgian and Victorian era. The market house has undergone several constructional modifications, but the exterior design remains the same as Thomas left it.

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