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


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 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)

Our whole family were evacuated from Bow, London, to Kingsthorpe in November 1940. This was following the sudden sad death of my father in July 1940 and the blitz that began in September 1940. On our arrival the family was split up and taken to three different council houses. Mum was with a widow Mrs. Rose (...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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