Northampton, Market Square c.1950

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Caption for Northampton, Market Place c1950: This chapter starts in the county town of Northampton – in its superb and large market square. Looking north, every building in this view has been demolished, including the grandiose Emporium Arcade of 1901 and the modernistic Mercury and Herald offices to its right. Together with an entire street, Newland (right), all were replaced by the 1970s Grosvenor Centre shopping malls. The elaborate fountain, erected to commemorate the wedding of Prince Edward, later Edward VII, and Princess Alexandra in 1863 was demolished in 1962.

An extract from Northamptonshire Living 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)

That building to the left on the top of Gold Street is now H Samuel. The famous point of the elderly woman who won an award for Britain's Pride when she witnessed a burglarly and hit them with her hand bag. I worked on the right-hand side of Gold Street where that background building jutts out, corner of College Street in Quicksilver between 2003 and 2008.

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)

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Caption for Northampton, Market Place c1950: This chapter starts in the county town of Northampton – in its superb and large market square. Looking north, every building in this view has been demolished, including the grandiose Emporium Arcade of 1901 and the modernistic Mercury and Herald offices to its right. Together with an entire street, Newland (right), all were replaced by the 1970s Grosvenor Centre shopping malls. The elaborate fountain, erected to commemorate the wedding of Prince Edward, later Edward VII, and Princess Alexandra in 1863 was demolished in 1962.

An extract from Northamptonshire Living Memories.

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