Northampton, Thomas A Becket Well 1922

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Caption for Northampton, Thomas A Becket Well 1922: After his trial for treason at Northampton in 1164, Thomas à Beckett escaped from St Andrew's Priory. By an ancient tradi- tion he is supposed to have stopped at a well on the Bedford Road for a drink before continuing on his way, eventually tak- ing ship for France and exile. He returned to England, of course, and was martyred in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170. The well, marked on the 1610 John Speed map, had its well-house rebuilt by the corporation in 1843 in Gothic style.

An extract from Northampton Town and City Memories.

Memories of Northampton


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)

I remember my mum Betty working in Lynn's Cafe on the Mounts. Mark and Lynn were the owners and I used to go there after school and spent many happy times in their home which was above (and below) the cafe. There was one couple who I used to nickname 'Sammy sixpence' as he always used to give me sixpence when he saw me. Anyone frequented Lynn's cafe, love to hear from you.

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)

I worked for a company called Biwater. They had a contract at Broadholme sewrage treatment works near Rushdun. I had lodgings with a family in Lings, John and Margaret Conway. John was originally from S. Wales. He worked at Avon cosmetics, Margaret worked at Tescos, Western Faval. It was like home from home. We'd (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Northampton, Thomas A Becket Well 1922: After his trial for treason at Northampton in 1164, Thomas à Beckett escaped from St Andrew's Priory. By an ancient tradi- tion he is supposed to have stopped at a well on the Bedford Road for a drink before continuing on his way, eventually tak- ing ship for France and exile. He returned to England, of course, and was martyred in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170. The well, marked on the 1610 John Speed map, had its well-house rebuilt by the corporation in 1843 in Gothic style.

An extract from Northampton Town and City Memories.

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