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I was born in Northampton in 1940, and lived there until December 1953. Both my dad and mum were Northampton born and bred, but while my mum's family go way back in time in the area, my dad's family mostly originated from London. However, dad was fairly well known due to being in the (...Read full memory)

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 (...Read full memory)

We left England when I was ten years old and migrated to Australia. I have lots of memories of my childhood there. The Mayorhold had a pub on nearly every corner and yet we hardly ever saw any drunks. We were close to The Old Jolly Smokers and I remember the smell of beer on a hot summer's night and the patrons (...Read full memory)

My dad (RIP) used to work for Airflow Streamline Far Cotton, Northampton most of his life. 1970 onwards and I can remember standing outside the main gates, waiting for him to sneak me into the factory cos you wasn't allowed, but I was an exception. When you got to the last gate on Main Road there was a (...Read full memory)

I was born inNnorthampton in 1963, and I left Northampton in around 1981. I've seen a lot of changes in Northampton - buildings being pulled down etc.. roads now unrecognisable - a lot has changed to the town.I know we can't stand in the way of progress but it's a shame so many things from the past have disappeared (...Read full memory)

goint to the Savoy Cinema to see and hear the Compton Organ, the cinema has now been bought by thr Jesus people & restored to its 1930,s decoration. the name of Alan Ashton rings a bell, was he conected to the Savoy/ABC cinema years ago. the town has altered quite a lot since those days of the 1940/50,s not as i like it these days. i am in my late years now (75) but love the past.

My grandparents lived in Earl street next to the morning star pub , of which I can find no info. There was a Chinese laundry opposite and I remember collecting their Chrisp White sheets wrapped in brown paper. I attended St Mary's Rc school on the mounts and loved getting sweets and toffee apples from a quaint little shop called Coombes. Does anyone remember these places or this area.

Our whole family were evacuated from Bow, London, to Kingsthorpe in November 1940. This was following the sudden sad death of my father in July 1940 and the blitz that began in September 1940. On our arrival the family was split up and taken to three different council houses. Mum was with a widow Mrs. Rose (...Read full memory)

My mother, Gillian Mayes ran a boutique in Northampton throughout the 1970's named Calico Casa. It sold beautifully handmade women's and children's garments, including long flowing gypsy skirts and crocheted tops. My mother, would dearly love to get in contact with anyone who remembers Calico Casa, and has (...Read full memory)

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 (...Read full memory)