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.

I went to Weston Favell Upper School in 1966 aged 11 of which I have very fond memories. I left at the age of 15 in 1970. In that time Weston Favell was on the Eastern edge of Northampton in Booth lane, The school was so small it only had 9 classes, 2 in each of the first 4 years and 1 in the fifth (...Read full memory)

I worked for a company called Biwater. They had a contract at Broadholme sewrage treatment works near Rushdun. I had lodgings with a family in Lings, John and Margaret Conway. John was originally from S. Wales. He worked at Avon cosmetics, Margaret worked at Tescos, Western Faval. It was like home from home. We'd (...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)

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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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