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


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)

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 mother, Gillian Mayes ran a boutique in Northampton throughout the 1970's named Calico Casa. It sold beautifully handmade women's and children's garments, including long flowing gypsy skirts and crocheted tops. My mother, would dearly love to get in contact with anyone who remembers Calico Casa, and has (...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)

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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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