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Memories of Northampton
The Gayways Pop Band Venue,Northampon
Does anyone remember the Gayways club in Northampton, High Street? I used to go there to see pop bands like Dave Dee, the Hollies and numerous other rock and pop groups! It had nothing to do with actually being Gay, it was just the name of the venue...oh times have changed. I think it was run by a man called Stan and his wife, the building was very dark and full of hidden rooms, to hide in and kiss the girls. This venue was the place to be and attended by lots of old style rockers and a claim to fame was that the Beatles played there too! I had a great time there and it was important in the growing up process for a 15-16 year old. I called at the site recently and it's an Italian restaurant now!
Not so Happy Memories
My brother and I were evacuated from London to Northampton for about ten months during WW2. We lived in Alma Street, me at No:21 with an elderly aunt and uncle, my brother at No: 40. I remember the meadows at the bottom end of Alma Street, the park with a stream running into a river, a cinema on the corner by the railway, I think it was called the Roxy? Opposite the top end of Alma Street was a church with a school next door which we both attended. As 'London kids' we were always sat at the back of the class, and moved from one class to another. Occasionally milk was handed out in mugs, we had to wait until last, sometimes there was none left so we went without. There were bomb shelters in the playground. - The school appears on Google Street Maps but looks as if it is boarded up? I remember the next road to Alma Street, I don't remember the name, had a police station... Read more
Went to this school in 1962, my sisters went there as did my mum....we were all Whiteheads then; Peggy, Christine and me, Charmaine. Remembering Sister Isobel, Mr Cooper, Mr Crick, Miss Southern and my favourite, Sister Bernadette.
The Haunted School
One of Northampton’s now-lost buildings is seen on the right of this photograph, the old Notre Dame High School which was built in 1871 as a school and convent run by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. A former teacher at the school was believed to haunt the building. The ghost was only seen from the knees up, and it is believed that the floor level of the hall that she walked across had been raised since the teacher’s death. The school has now been demolished and replaced with shops and offices.
That building to the left on the top of Gold Street is now H Samuel. The famous point of the elderly woman who won an award for Britain's Pride when she witnessed a burglarly and hit them with her hand bag. I worked on the right-hand side of Gold Street where that background building jutts out, corner of College Street in Quicksilver between 2003 and 2008.
My daughter's great aunt lived at Nazareth House in Northampton and died there a spinster in the 1970s. I have contacted them several times but have never got a reply. The lady's name was Margaret Durden and she was a servant all her life after leaving the workhouse as a teenager. I'd love to find out more about her. Does anybody recognise her name?
Lynn's Cafe on The Mounts
I remember my mum Betty working in Lynn's Cafe on the Mounts. Mark and Lynn were the owners and I used to go there after school and spent many happy times in their home which was above (and below) the cafe. There was one couple who I used to nickname 'Sammy sixpence' as he always used to give me sixpence when he saw me. Anyone frequented Lynn's cafe, love to hear from you.
Life in Northampton
I was a bus conductor and then a driver on the United Counties out of Derngate in the 1960s. It was a great job and the Northampton people were a happy bunch. Does any one remember the Swan pub where we would drink or the St.Giles Working Men's Club which we also used? As a busman I would go to all the small villages outside of the town, I wonder what they are like now? I know Daventry was just a small quiet village. Great memories of the old bus station!