Wellingborough, Midland Road c.1955

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Caption for Wellingborough, Midland Road C1955: From the Hind Hotel we walk down Market Street and turn right down Midland Road. All the buildings on the left have been replaced by the modern Swansgate shopping centre. Other change includes the demolition of the stuccoed Midland Hotel on the right. The Old King's Arms at the end of the road is now a carpet store.

An extract from Northamptonshire Living Memories.

Memories of Wellingborough


The pub on the left of the picture was renowned for a few brawls in it's time, originally called The Globe (now known as Raferty's) I recall walking down Cambridge St and seeing a man being hurled through the window into the street. The United Counties Bristol bus is parked outside the old Palace Cinema (better (...Read full memory)

My family moved to 121 Midland Road during the winter of 1946 as my father worked in a local paint factory till 1948. There was a huge monkey puzzle tree in the front garden. I was 7 and my sister was 10. We loved that house. We used to belong to the Boots Booklovers library in the town and were (...Read full memory)

Wellingborough Zoo had the saddest Polar Bear I have ever seen. Its enclosure was roughly three times the size of the bear and its pool was hardly bigger than a bath tub. Even as a small child, I knew this was cruel. It really upset me. Wendy Nicolle, nee March.

My parents, Harry and Nancy were married in this Congregational Church and I was a Sunday School Teacher and sang tenor in the choir in the late fifties before going to university. It has a splendid organ with a triumphant tuba stop that David Jones the organist used to good effect in blazing out the melody over new harmonies in the hymn-singing.

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Caption for Wellingborough, Midland Road C1955: From the Hind Hotel we walk down Market Street and turn right down Midland Road. All the buildings on the left have been replaced by the modern Swansgate shopping centre. Other change includes the demolition of the stuccoed Midland Hotel on the right. The Old King's Arms at the end of the road is now a carpet store.

An extract from Northamptonshire Living Memories.

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