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


goint to the Savoy Cinema to see and hear the Compton Organ, the cinema has now been bought by thr Jesus people & restored to its 1930,s decoration. the name of Alan Ashton rings a bell, was he conected to the Savoy/ABC cinema years ago. the town has altered quite a lot since those days of the 1940/50,s not as i like it these days. i am in my late years now (75) but love the past.

Does anyone remember the Gayways club in Northampton, High Street? I used to go there to see pop bands like Dave Dee, the Hollies and numerous other rock and pop groups! It had nothing to do with actually being Gay, it was just the name of the venue...oh times have changed. I think it was run by a (...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)

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, 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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