Northampton, Drapery c.1955

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Caption for Northampton, Drapery C1955: The Drapery runs parallel to the west side of the Market Place, and was once known as the Glovery. This view was taken from the south beside All Saints' Church. There has been a fair amount of rebuilding since the 1950s, as could be expected in such a busy commercial street, but Philadelphus Jeyes survives. This splendid name is that of a chemist, who opened his shop here in 1810; he was the formulator of Jeyes Fluid, the well-known antiseptic. The shop is still a chemist's.

An extract from Northampton Town and City Memories.

Memories of Northampton


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)

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 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.

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Caption for Northampton, Drapery C1955: The Drapery runs parallel to the west side of the Market Place, and was once known as the Glovery. This view was taken from the south beside All Saints' Church. There has been a fair amount of rebuilding since the 1950s, as could be expected in such a busy commercial street, but Philadelphus Jeyes survives. This splendid name is that of a chemist, who opened his shop here in 1810; he was the formulator of Jeyes Fluid, the well-known antiseptic. The shop is still a chemist's.

An extract from Northampton Town and City Memories.

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