Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

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

Born Next Door To The Bull 1948

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 ...Read full memory

The Rookery

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 ...Read full memory

The Bull

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 ...Read full memory