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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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John Taylor

John Taylor of Northampton (1831-1901)

“A Victorian Blogger” John Taylor was the son of a Northampton printer and publisher of the same names; he was born in Northampton on April 13th, 1831. John was educated at Northampton Grammar School, at a private school run by a Mr Emery, in College Street, Northampton, and for two years at the Castle Hill […]

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Northampton Chapels Mapped!

A new map shows the locations of nonconformist chapels within Northampton. Some buildings were used by several different denominations over the years. As a consequence of redevelopment, not all buildings are still in existence, particularly in the central area. If you zoom and click on the marker of interest full details about the use of the building is […]

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Was Olaudah Equiano a nonconformist?

In life Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745 – 31 March 1797) was known as Gustavus Vassa. Equiano has an unexplained link with the village of Soham in Cambridgeshire, England where he married an English lady, Susannah Cullen in 1792. It was from Soham in 1782 that the Baptist, Andrew Fuller originated before becoming the pastor of Kettering Baptist Church. […]

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Philip Doddridge’s last resting place

Philip Doddridge never enjoyed the best of health. In life he had the appearance of a “bag of bones” and was always running from this place to that in the Lord’s work. When it became clear that his life was close to its end friends and supporters contributed to pay for the cost of him travelling to […]

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Northamptonshire FHS – Footprints

The August 2015 edition of Footprints includes an update on Nonconformists in Northamptonshire. Sources for researching Nonconformists in Northamptonshire by Graham Ward The Northamptonshire Family History Society have published a booklet written by myself as a guide to the multitude of resources available when researching nonconformist history and family connections.  Details are available here, together […]

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Vorley family of Market Harborough

Thomas Vorley of Market Harborough (1803-1847) was the son of Samuel Vorley (1766-1821). Samuel was born in Great Addington, Northamptonshire, and was a clockmaker. Samuel Vorley’s burial in 1821 at Great Addington records him as a weaver and clockmaker. I have not found any information to indicate when Samuel became a clockmaker or if he […]

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