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Northampton, old photos.

oznannie

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Thank you Steve for the link, wonderful photos.
I have to admit, I know nothing about Northampton except yuppy housing so it came as a real shock to me to see 2 up and 2 downs..
You live and learn everyday.
I can remember from school that leather was made there for shoemakers in other counties and that's it!
I've posted your link on another forum and had 1 reply straight off about the wonderful photos.
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ozn :)
 

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Yep, Oznan.

Boots and shoes were to Northampton and Northamptonshire, like steel was to Sheffield.
Although there are still a few boot and shoe manufacturers about, it has largely died off.
There is still a huge amount of evidence about though.
The village of Earls Barton, where I used to live, still has an 'up market' manufacturer in it.
A lot of the houses there had there own workshops attached to the houses, or a room was converted to produce the footwear.
My ex-wife used to do handstitching 'outwork' for a few extra quid, so times hadn't changed that much in 200 years.:biggrin:
Throughout the towns and villages, there is still the evidence of the shoe trade, no more so than the 'nickname' of Northampton Town Football club, that being 'The Cobblers'.

I was still quite shocked at some of the poor housing around Northampton, even in the later pictures.
I suppose with the demise of the shoe industry there, it's no suprise really.

Still some great pictures though, and the site owners need some credit for gathering them up for us to see.


Steve.:)
 

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I lived in Thrapston...and worked in Higham Ferrers years back.
Strong and Fisher were was a big Tannery but as soon as the shoe companys started to dwindle due to leather being replaced by plastic.....the end was nigh.
Like Swindon losing the Railworks Northampton has had to try and reinvent itself.
 
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There are a number of sites containing photographs of Northampton. In my opinion, the best of them is a Facebook group called Northampton Past.
There are lots of pictures and comments.
 

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Thanks Mick and welcome,i visit Northampton regular delivering.

Some nice areas around the Town with still a few remainders of the boot trade.

Alas like the town where i live the newer industry blights it somewhat in my opinion.

Frith Books(on Google search) also have some nice photos.

Hope you enjoy the forum.....Lee
 

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