Northampton, Mercers Row c.1955

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Caption for Northampton, Mercers Row C1955: Mercers Row leads west from the market place, with the parish church of All Saints to its left. It was largely rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1675 which destroyed most of the town centre. On the right is 'Timothy White and Taylor', a 1950s chemists chain, once the main rival of Boots, itself seen in the distance. Boots has now moved into the Grosvenor Centre, while Timothy White and Taylor did not survive the 60s.

An extract from Northamptonshire Living Memories.

Memories of Northampton


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)

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 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)

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Caption for Northampton, Mercers Row C1955: Mercers Row leads west from the market place, with the parish church of All Saints to its left. It was largely rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1675 which destroyed most of the town centre. On the right is 'Timothy White and Taylor', a 1950s chemists chain, once the main rival of Boots, itself seen in the distance. Boots has now moved into the Grosvenor Centre, while Timothy White and Taylor did not survive the 60s.

An extract from Northamptonshire Living Memories.

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