Category: Northampton

Godwin chairs, Bonhams auction in New York on 7 December 2020

Our Heritage: “the price of everything and the value of nothing”?

Northampton is justly proud of its Guildhall. The original part of the building which is now the central section of the street facade was the design of Edward William Godwin

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Corncrakes along the Barrack Road, Northampton

Just beyond the last house in Leicester Terrace there was a gate opening into a field, where the corncrake might be heard on a summer’s evening.

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Lost Churches: St Andrew, Northampton

St Andrew Northampton was built in 1841 from public subscription. Its parish was a densely populated area that was originally part of the historic parish of Holy Sepulchre in the town. Known locally as “the Boroughs” it was until this building was erected well served by nonconformist meeting houses. Built of local sandstone it survived […]

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The Missions in the “Boroughs” of Northampton

In the 19th century, despite there being numerous well-established churches of many denominations around the periphery of Northampton’s “Boroughs”, the area was well served by additional premises for Sunday schools, social outreach and worship services. Judging by the many press reports over the years all of these ventures were well supported by the local community […]

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North End 1746 from Noble and Butlin's map of Northampton

Lost streets: Where was North End, Northampton?

North End is referred to in newspaper reports and appears on some maps of Northampton between 1746 and the early part of the 19th century. But where exactly was it and what was its full extent?

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Lost Churches and Religious Houses of Northampton

Previously I have written about several of Northampton’s “lost” churches. This is an attempt to produce a gazetteer and interactive map of all known “lost” churches and similar institutions in the town. Please click on the map to access the interactive map … The buildings that have disappeared can be categorised in at least two […]

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George Gilbert Scott

Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878) and St Peter’s Northampton

Maybe the name is familiar, perhaps it’s not, it should be! He designed the Midland Hotel at St Pancras Station.

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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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