Category: Northampton

18th century engraving of All Saints, Northampton showing the extent of the graveyard

Lost churches: All Saints, Northampton

Of course All Saints, Northampton is not ‘lost’, it is there in plain sight and for 300 years has been an iconic feature of the town. This building, however, is not the first church on this site. The original All Saints (or All Hallows, as it was sometimes known) was tragically damaged by a fire […]

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Northampton in 1899 showing the location of the original terminus of the railway in Northampton

Northampton’s forgotten railway

Most railway enthusiasts in Northampton will be well aware that the first railway station in Northampton was on the Blisworth to Peterborough extension of the London and Birmingham railway. The town’s first passenger station was located in Bridge Street and opened in 1845. However, this was not the first railway in the town. At the […]

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Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge and Smallpox

Philip Doddridge is in danger of being forgotten by the current residents of Northampton, but in the 18th century he was at the forefront of innovations in health care that shaped what we do today. Doddridge was a prominent Congregationalist minister in the town from 1729-1751. The church which he pastored may have reverted its […]

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The Hesilrige Survey of 1743

The area around St Peter’s church was surveyed in 1743 along with the remains of the castle site. A helpful article appeared in the Journal of the Northants Natural History Society and Field Club in 1908 written by Rev R M Sargeantson, drawing on a previous article in 1904 by Mr A Adcock both eminent […]

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Stream, Springs, Wells and MIlls of Northampton

Streams, Springs, Wells and Mills of Northampton

An earlier post about the Civil War, 1643: Skirmishes in Kingsthorpe Hollow drew attention to a stream in Kingsthorpe Hollow that is now largely forgotten – Wallbeck. This stream is one of many water assets in the town that in former times would have played a significant role in the life of the inhabitants than […]

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Roadblocks and Checkpoints

During World War 2 you could not travel far in and around the town of Northampton and not be aware that the country was in a time of war. Apart from air-raid shelters in most streets and many gardens, the town was surrounded by a number of checkpoints and roadblocks. Within the area of the […]

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Northampton Racecourse

The “Northamptonshire Nonconformist” was the successor publication to the similarly titled “Northampton Nonconformist”. The two publications together ran from 1889 until 1910.1 The publication appeared monthly and contained articles of interest to the Nonconformist community in the town and surrounding area. This typically included news of events together with biographical and historical articles. It appears […]

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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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