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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 was a bus driver on the united counties in 1965, my name is john errington I lived at the top of wellington street from 1944 till 57 . when we all moved to far cotton.

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 grandparents lived in Earl street next to the morning star pub , of which I can find no info. There was a Chinese laundry opposite and I remember collecting their Chrisp White sheets wrapped in brown paper. I attended St Mary's Rc school on the mounts and loved getting sweets and toffee apples from a quaint little shop called Coombes. Does anyone remember these places or this area.

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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