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Books of condolence and floral tributes

09 September 2022

Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II

Books of condolence are available across West Northants to mark the saddening news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

An online book of condolence is available on the Royal Family’s website. The book of condolence is also available inside the Great Hall at the Guildhall in Northampton, The Forum in Towcester and Lodge Road in Daventry. 

Opening times are as follows:

Northampton Guildhall

Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 6pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday: 9:30am to 5pm

Towcester Forum 

Monday to Friday: 9am to 6pm
Saturday: 9:30am to 5pm
Closed: Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

Daventry Lodge Road

Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
Closed: Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

Please be aware that during peak periods there may be queues.

Books of condolence can also be found at:

  • Boddington in the meeting room of the village hall which is open from 10am to 7pm each day
  • Brackley in the Town Hall - 8am until 7pm (however closes at 4pm on Sunday 18 September)
  • Bradden at St Michaels Church 10am until 4pm daily
  • Daventry Town Council offices and museum (3 New Street, Daventry NN11 4BT), weekdays 9:30am until 4:30pm (5pm on the day of the funeral) and 10am until 4pm on Saturday 17 September. 
  • Easton Neston at St Mary's Church on Sunday 18 September from 2pm until after the evening service
  • Evenley in St George's Church
  • Farthinghoe and Steane in St. Michaels and All Saints Church between 10am and 6pm until 20 September
  • Greens Norton at St Bartholomew's Church 10am until 4pm daily
  • Moulton Library within the Moulton Community Centre open between 9am and 5pm daily
  • Sulgrave in the Church of St James the Less
  • Tiffield  in the Parochial Parish Church
  • Towcester at St Lawrence Church, open 9am until 9pm, except for services
  • Welford: St. Mary the Virgin Church has arranged a book of condolence and will be holding a service of remembrance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on Saturday 17 September at 6:30pm
  • Welton at St Martin’s Church, open from 9:30 am until 4:30pm daily. Welton Parish Council has asked for flowers to be laid on the village hall grass area in front of the flag

Closing of the book of condolence

The book of condolence will be closed on the day after the Queen's funeral.

Once closed, the books of condolence will form part of West Northamptonshire Council's archive so that future generations are able to easily gain access to them and find out the way in which national events are marked.

The books of condolence may also be displayed in the museum along with other memorabilia as an exhibition.

Floral tributes

If you would like to lay floral tributes for HM The Queen you can do so, bearing in mind the local requirements and arrangements for this. Designated town locations are as follows:

  • Brackley: Brackley Town Park (High Street). Please visit the Brackley Town Council website for further details
  • Daventry: Tributes to be laid under the flag poles at the top of London Road
  • Northampton: The Plaza, All Saints Church
  • Towcester: An area has been set aside in St Lawrence Churchyard by the Garden of Remembrance adjacent to the Vicarage

Some parish councils will wish to designate a space for floral tributes in their areas. Please check their individual websites for details.

We would discourage you from laying flowers at other locations than those designated. If floral tributes begin to accumulate in other places, they will be carefully and respectfully moved to the locations outlined above.