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


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.

My grandparents hailed from Kingsthorpe and Northampton. They came to Toronto, Ontario in 1907. Grampa ran his own business plaster ornamental mouldings. He did work all around Toronto specifically The Royal Alexandria Theatre in Toronto. I have many happy memories of my grandparents. (...Read full memory)

Went to this school in 1962, my sisters went there as did my mum....we were all Whiteheads then; Peggy, Christine and me, Charmaine. Remembering Sister Isobel, Mr Cooper, Mr Crick, Miss Southern and my favourite, Sister Bernadette.

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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