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History

Folk history: secretly tanked up

Northampton Bluesman 'Uncle' Eric Whitehouse has seen a few things and heard a few more, these are his stories... When you live in a place for a long time, amongst people who are also ‘settled’, you hear whispers and stories...

Zeppelin bombing raid on Northampton station was hushed up

Kate Wills reveals the little known story of a First World War air raid on Northampton and details of a commemoration for its victims... On 16th December 1914, the unthinkable happened. Six German battleships sailed across the North Sea and...

The National Leather Collection: creating a museum for the whole country to enjoy

Victoria Green talks about working to turn the National Leather Collection into a fully functioning visitor attraction... I grew up visiting museums with my parents. I think that even from an early age they were cultivating my passion for history...

What is the enduring appeal of Stoke Bruerne at War?

Roger Hasdell, Mick Butler, and Lynda Payton (Friends of The Canal Museum) talk about the history and success of Stoke Bruerne at War... pictures by Dave Ikin Over the last 10 years, the annual Village at War weekend staged at...

The Pomfret: a series of hipster-based coincidences

Barney Felce tells the story of The Pomfret Arm's journey from abandoned shell to thriving Northampton pub (and it's not a hipster bar)... Back in 2013 my brother Matthew and I stood in the garden of The Pomfret or “The...

Cyclists visit every Queen Eleanor Cross site in annual ride

Keith Busfield describes an annual bike ride that takes in all 12 sites of all the Queen Eleanor crosses including Northampton... August Bank Holiday weekend was a scorcher. Cyclists taking part in the 9th Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride raising money for...

Magna Carta – the Northampton connection

Mike Ingram unpicks the role of Northampton in the Barons' War and how it played a key role in bringing King John to seal Magna Carta... In 1202, Northampton was one of eleven towns which purchased the right to buy...

County showbiz veteran shares memories of Sir Bruce

In Cogenhoe the Caring and Sharing Trust runs Cotton's Farmhouse. Day to day it is a support centre for people with learning disabilities, their families and carers. The science behind it is art therapy but the magic behind it is...

The battle decided by a Banbury bar maid

Historian Mike Ingram reveals the story behind the Battle of Edgecote which legend has it was decided by the whim of a Banbury bar maid... It was the year 1469. The ‘war of succession’ that started at Northampton in 1460...

Walking the battlefield

At the weekend I felt like a big brave boy because I got some scratches on my leg while I was out on the old bicycle. Brambles and bitey things had left a few livid pin streaks of torn skin...
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When the River Nene looks like a lawn…

Is it just me? Lakes and rivers didn't look like this when we were kids. Summer is here and...
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