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Irthlingborough photos

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Irthlingborough maps

Historic maps of Irthlingborough and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Irthlingborough maps

Irthlingborough area books

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Memories of Irthlingborough

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The Rookery

High Street 1969, Irthlingborough
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The parade of shops situated on the right was once the site of a large house called The Rookery, we lived at the Rookery from 1956 -1962. This adjoined the old Procea Products factory where my father worked for many years as a lorry driver/mechanic. Procea was famous for making slimming bread. The Rookery was owned by Procea and split into 3 houses, (we lived in the centre house), Jack Thomsons (manager at Procea) had some of the rooms and the Brailsford (dentist) family had the house closest to the factory. Sadly The Rookery was pulled down in the mid-60's. The house was grand with large windows and very high ceilings. Today The Rookery would have been a listed building and saved for future generations to enjoy. The 60's have a lot to answer for in building terms, the shops which now occupy the old Rookery site do nothing for the high street except perhaps making a little more room as the Rookery was situated nearer to the road, even... Read more

Born Next Door to The Bull - 1948

The Cross 1969, Irthlingborough
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I was born and raised in Irthlingborough. I was born in 1948 above the shop to the left of The Bull, opposite the old bakery. Back then Finedon Road was quite narrow at that point. My grandmother owned the shop at the time. It was later owned by the Maddock family, I believe, and was a grocery shop. The old bakery and other buildings were all pulled down to make the open space it is today. I remember the smells of baking bread as you walked by. My mother worked at the Chapman's Box Factory on Finedon Road when I was small and later she worked at the Express Shoe Factory.

The Bull

The Cross 1969, Irthlingborough
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This scene in 2008 looks almost exactly the same as it did in 1969. Further down (out of sight of this picture) many changes have taken place. George Burton's papershop is now a pizza parlour (didn't even know what a pizza was in the early 60s!). Duncan's Chemist shop (famously made of wood) has been demolished, oh how as a youngster I drooled as I looked in his shop window at those wonderful blue and white striped Dinky toy boxes containing every car and lorry in miniture' Even when we were ill it usually meant a dollop of Lucozade (lovely stuff) from Duncan's. I can still remember the long glass bottle with a screw top and that wonderful transparent amber coloured wrapper which I can still hear to this day! It still amazes me as a feat of advertising and product image that during my childhood Lucozade was meant to aid recovery from illness and yet today it is targeted at fit athletic people. Mr Duncan always wore a crisp,... Read more

Northamptonshire memories

My New House

North End c1955, Higham Ferrers
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We have just bought a cottage here in North End and I am immersing myself in the wonderful history of the place. It looks nearly the same as it did all those years ago. Does anyone know when these cottages were built? I am like a sponge wanting to soak up as much information as I can. I love my home and know that we will be so happy here. My children are now making their own memories which will be cherished forever.

Higham Ferrers, Market Square

Market Square c1965, Higham Ferrers
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My family lived on the Market Square for many years from 1946. I have many happy memories of Higham and looking at the photos on this site bring them flooding back. My sister, brother and I started at the local school. I remember being sent to Battersby's (the grocer at the end of the Market Square) and, having got there, I had usually forgotten what I had been sent to buy! I was too shy to own up so I used to buy something else! I also remember buying sweets and ice cream from Pashler's. Since it was just after the War, and rationing was in full swing, we could only buy a quarter of sweets, which came out of big jars. My father was the local GP so we always had a car, and later we had a caravan which we used for holidays. In those days caravans were rare and people used to wave to us. Every year there was a carnival and I remember being Alice in... Read more

Len Butler Memory One

On My Finedon website I received this e mail. As an expatriot I thought you would like a message. I was born in Finedon in 1912, and left for Canada in 1928. I lived in Placketts Yard and Ivy Lane. Attended the infants school at Lime Tree end, and then the boys school on Church Hill, and graduated to Mulso School on Wellingboro Road with Capt J. F. Sutton as Headmaster. I performed in the miracle plays that Rev Marsden produced at the Star Hall. The Rev G Tavener was our scout master and Bert Munns, Bernie Ellson and I were patrol leaders. We met at the Gatehouse on Station Road and put on displays in the Vicar's padock. I have many memories of those years if anyone is interested. Len Butler More to follow

Len Butler Memory Two

Do you remember seeing a field of giant mangel wurzels in Finedon? When I was still a lad, Finedon farmers were still following a fifteenth century practice of growing the huge white and yellow beetroots for cattle food. I remember seeing several fields of them down Harrowden Lane. As a seven-year old, I had a very intimate acquaintance with them. We lived in Plackett's Yard which abutted the Wallis farm, and I used to go over and "help" the men. One task that gave them great amusment, was asking me to get out three mangels for cow feed. Since each mangel was two and a half to three feet long, and weighed about forty pounds, it was quite a task for a little boy. I put my arms around it and wriggled it across the floor to the turnip chopper. The men took a spade and cut the mangel into several pieces which they tossed into the hopper. The chopper had a cylinder with four knives set into it, a... Read more

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