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Deed Mapping

Deeds are often an overlooked resource by family historians. Written in what might seem impenetrable legal language to the researcher and using terms that are unfamiliar in modern usage. This is a mistake as they often provide the framework for putting together family, social and business relationships. They link property to people through business transactions. […]

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1643 skirmishes

1643: Skirmishes in Kingsthorpe Hollow

An “incident” in the early stages of the English Civil War. There is a small stream that lies beneath the road in Kingsthorpe Hollow. It originates in the Eastfield Park area, crosses Bradlaugh Fields, runs behind the Balfour Road houses and joins the Brampton arm of the River Nene not far from the corner of […]

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Northampton’s lost squares

Squares through time Over the years Northampton has lost a number of its squares, some completely and remembered only in street name, others have shrunk to a size significantly less than their former extent and others have succumbed to traffic thoroughfares. The public square has been important through history, and we can trace its origins […]

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St Gabriel’s, St Michael’s Road, Northampton

A “lost church” hidden in plain sight In some streets in London today there are so many coffee shops of one particular chain that you can see the next one further down the same street. In earlier days the same was true of churches, chapels and mission rooms along some streets of Northampton. The St […]

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Moulton Park, Edward F Leach, 1908

King’s Park of Northampton

Of the hundreds of people who work in the Moulton Park area of Northampton, few are probably aware that the ground on which they walk was formerly known as King’s Park and was indeed one of the King’s hunting parks.

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Duston and St James tramways

Duston and St James tramways

Old maps reveal a lot about our town. The landscape of St James and Duston has changed unrecognisably in the last 100 years. Looking at an OS map surveyed in 1883 shows an extensive standard gauge railway over a larger part of this area linking various industrial facilities together. My journey started from Stenson Street, […]

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Kingsthorpe Road, Congregational Chapel

Hidden in plain sight! Primrose Hill Congregational Chapel was built 1901-3, but it was not the first home of the meeting on the Kingsthorpe Road. It had started in 1865 from a group that left Doddridge Castle Hill. First meeting in just one room of a cottage in the area, but they had outgrown this […]

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The course of the Civil War in Northamptonshire, 1642

ENGLAND’S MEMORABLE ACCIDENTS, 1642. Wednesday, the 26th October. The King’s Souldiers bare ransacked and spoiled the Lord Spencer’s house and Parke, neer Banbury, and the Lord Spencer’s house is also plundered in Northampton-shire by the Cavaliers, although the said Lord hath long attended the King, and sideth with them. Thursday, the 3 of Novem.   The […]

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More on Levellers in Northamptonshire

A series of historical notes appeared in Northampton Mercury from February 1875 onwards and ran for the next ten years. Titled “Antiquarian Memoranda” they often contained historical material relating to Northamptonshire, sometimes contributed by John Taylor. Antiquarian Memoranda We find several curious particulars concerning the Army and divers of the “separation” at Towcester at the time […]

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Levellers in Northampton

A series of historical notes appeared in Northampton Mercury from October 1886 onwards and ran for the next three and a half years. Titled “Things old and new” it often contain historical items relating to Northamptonshire, sometimes contributed by John Taylor. 184.—THE LEVELLERS AT NORTHAMPTON Interesting particulars of the Levellers in the Parliamentary Army of 1649 […]

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