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)

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)

Our whole family were evacuated from Bow, London, to Kingsthorpe in November 1940. This was following the sudden sad death of my father in July 1940 and the blitz that began in September 1940. On our arrival the family was split up and taken to three different council houses. Mum was with a widow Mrs. Rose (...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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