Aldwincle and John Dryden, poet
To the unsuspecting visitor in these islands, tiny villages can throw up some interesting surprises. When you pass through the pretty, but unimposing, village of Aldwincle in Northamptonshire, you may fail to notice the community’s link with one of the foremost poets of the Restoration period, John Dryden.
Perhaps his most famous work is Absalom and Achitophel, a political satire that encompassed contemporary scandals of his time: the Popish Plot, the Exclusion Crisis and the Monmouth rebellion, all revolving around the protection of Charles II’s throne and his succession.
Aldwincle may be small, but just a few miles down the road is an even smaller village (of some 20 houses) that must take the accolade for important historic links. But more of that in a future post………