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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

History

How a king was defeated at the Battle of Northampton

Mike Ingram tells the story of the 1460 Battle of Northampton which will be commemorated on July 15 and 16 at Delapre Abbey. Northamptonshire Battlefield Society will have a stand at the event... The battle was the first major engagement...

So that’s where it is

Helen Blaby continues her detective work on the Grosvenor Centre mural... Isn’t it funny how your mind can play tricks on you, or you only have selective memory? I was absolutely convinced that the mural which used to be in...

It was festival season in the medieval era

Historian Mike Ingram reveals that real medieval tournament's were sprawling and chaotic - and some of the best took place in Northamptonshire... Although very little of Northamptonshire’s medieval past remains today, it is still there, oozing out the ground, and if...

He couldn’t get on with the posh boys

Lena Davis, of the Caring & Sharing Trust, opens her address book to tell us why she is friends with Brian Binley Writing about Brian Binley without the letters ‘MP’ attached seems really odd. If ever there was a man...

Queen Eleanor’s Cross – a love story

Alarming pictures of Northampton's Queen Eleanor Cross overgrown with weeds prompted a new Facebook group and the promise of action from Northampton Borough Council. Historian Mike Ingram reminds us why we are so lucky to have it at Delapre... Since...

Open your eyes to our hidden treasures

A chance look to the left reminds the BBC's Helen Blaby that Northampton is full of hidden treasures and some of them might not be there forever... As I was coming back from doing an interview one morning recently, I...

The Empire shuts its mouth

Writer Tré Ventour asks Does Britain Really Have Historical Amnesia?  as he reflects on his experience as a young black man educated in Britain. When you’re a member of a West Indian family and have grandparents from the islands, you pick...

Your skills could create a nationally important new museum

The county's tradespeople are being called on to help create a home fit for the National Leather Collection. An amazing archive of leather artefacts is housed in office space above The Grosvenor Centre in Northampton. It includes items as varied as Samuel...

Charlie is our darling

But what’s he pointing at? Stood at the juncture of the Kettering and Wellingborough Roads more than a century, you never catch him blinking, writes Alan Moore. Overlooking Abington Square, staring out the sunset, clearly still adjusting to his...

Our great American tales

For a good part of its history, Northamptonshire was at the centre of events that shaped our country, however in recent years, for the most part, the county has forgotten or lost its historical soul. Whilst towns and cities...
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