Northampton, Abington Street c.1955

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Caption for Northampton, Abington Street C1955: Abington Street, now partly pedestrianised, saw considerable changes after this view was taken. Most evocative of past shopping is The Fifty Shilling Tailors, a chain that grew up before World War II and originally offered suits for that price. It occupied a building dated 1677, one of the first rebuilt after the 1675 fire. The building survives, but The Fifty Shilling Tailor is no more. Its rival opposite, in the 1930s Burton building, still survives.

An extract from Northamptonshire Living Memories.

Memories of Northampton


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.

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)

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)

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)

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Caption for Northampton, Abington Street C1955: Abington Street, now partly pedestrianised, saw considerable changes after this view was taken. Most evocative of past shopping is The Fifty Shilling Tailors, a chain that grew up before World War II and originally offered suits for that price. It occupied a building dated 1677, one of the first rebuilt after the 1675 fire. The building survives, but The Fifty Shilling Tailor is no more. Its rival opposite, in the 1930s Burton building, still survives.

An extract from Northamptonshire Living Memories.

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