This is the main entrance to the Saracen's Head. I love the two little statues in their niches. Pubs don't normally have classical statues out front. These are supposed to have come from Eaton Neston House- where they may have become surplus to requirements following the rebuilding of 1702. If so they're 17th century- which strikes me as about right. They represent Venus and Apollo. The stone is ironstone- similar in appearance to Cotswold stone only darker and less buttery. Almost everything of a certain age in Northants is built of it.
The town had a racecourse tacked onto it in the 1920s. It occupies part of the Eaton Neston estate. The historical society's excellent website (from which I've derived most of the hard info in this and the previous post) does its best not to mention the racecourse so I'm guessing the townspeople would rather it wasn't there.