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


goint to the Savoy Cinema to see and hear the Compton Organ, the cinema has now been bought by thr Jesus people & restored to its 1930,s decoration. the name of Alan Ashton rings a bell, was he conected to the Savoy/ABC cinema years ago. the town has altered quite a lot since those days of the 1940/50,s not as i like it these days. i am in my late years now (75) but love the past.

Does anyone remember the Gayways club in Northampton, High Street? I used to go there to see pop bands like Dave Dee, the Hollies and numerous other rock and pop groups! It had nothing to do with actually being Gay, it was just the name of the venue...oh times have changed. I think it was run by a (...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)

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)

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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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