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 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)

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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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