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 All the buildings on the left have been replaced by the modern Swansgate shopping centre.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)

I was the Chief Projectionist at the Lyric from approx 1957 until 1963 when I was appointed as Co Chief/Lighting Engineer at the new ABC Blackpool. The Manager at the Lyric was Mr Ron Crabb and when he moved to another ABC Cinema, Mr Ken Porter took his place. Ron Crabb and myself were featured on an edition of (...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 name used to be Sue Dear and I was born in the Midland Hotel. My family had been there for 4 generations - my Grandma was Grace Cook and she was the licensee. My aunt Sybil ran a Driving School from there called The Midland Driving School. I read Angela's account of living in Midland Road and I (...Read full memory)

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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 All the buildings on the left have been replaced by the modern Swansgate shopping centre.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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