Northamptonshire: Local History Videos

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Northamptonshire is in the region called the East Midlands, though many people mistakenly think it is in the West Midlands.

Northamptonshire was famous for its leather and shoe industry, and Earls Barton’s Divine Footwear range inspired the musical and film, ‘Kinky Boots’, but today the county is better known for Silverston, home of the British Grand Prix and Mercedes’ engine manufacturing plant.

Cities And Towns Of Northamptonshire

The county of Northamptonshire has not had a city since 1965, when county boundaries changed and Peterborough became part of Cambridgeshire. The largest town in Northamptonshire is Northampton, which expanded rapidly after its 1965 designation as a New Town, but it is not a city.

The towns and market towns of Northamptonshire are:

  • Brackley
  • Burton Latimer
  • Corby
  • Daventry
  • Desborough
  • Finedon
  • Higham Ferrers
  • Irthlingborough
  • Kettering
  • Northampton
  • Oundle
  • Raunds
  • Rothwell
  • Rushden
  • Thrapston
  • Towcester
  • Wellingborough

Local History On Facebook

Facebook groups are a great way for serious historians and people with a passing interest in the history of their community to connect. Old photos, memories and videos can be both invaluable evidence and enjoyable to share.

Facebook groups set up to discuss the local history of Northamptonshire include:

  • Old Desborough Photos, People & Places

Local History Resources

The list of resources for UK local history evidence is extensive and has its own page. In addition, the centres and societies which exist to further the evidence about the history of people and places in Northamptonshire include:

  • 78 Derngate
  • Abington Park Museum
  • Althorp
  • Blisworth Heritage Society
  • Boughton House
  • Brixworth Heritage Society
  • Burton Latimer – A Sense of Place
  • Burton Latimer Heritage Museum
  • Burton Latimer Heritage Society
  • The Canal Museum Stoke Bruerne 
  • Canons Ashby House
  • Carpetbagger Aviation Museum
  • Charles Bradlaugh Society
  • Community Landscape Archaeology Survey Project
  • Corby Heritage Centre
  • Cosgrove and Furtho History
  • Cottesbrooke Hall
  • Daventry Museum
  • Deene Park
  • Desborough Heritage Centre
  • Destination Nene Valley
  • East Carlton Park Steel Heritage Centre
  • Finedon Local History Society
  • Friends of All Saints Church, Brixworth
  • Friends of All Saints Church, Earls Barton
  • Friends of the Fire Service National Museum Trust
  • Friends of Northampton Castle
  • Friends of St Peter’s Church
  • Grafton Regis
  • Gretton Local History Society
  • Higham Ferrers Archaeology and Research Society
  • Historical Association, Northampton Branch
  • Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
  • Irthlingborough Historical Society
  • Ise Archaeological Research Society
  • Jeyes of Earls Barton Museums
  • Kelmarsh Hall
  • Kettering Museum and Art Gallery
  • King’s Cliffe Heritage
  • Kirby Hall
  • Lamport Hall
  • Long Buckby Museum
  • Middle Nene Archaeological Group
  • Middleton Cheney Heritage
  • Museum Development East Midlands
  • Museum of Leathercraft
  • Naseby Battlefield Project
  • Northampton Battlefields Society
  • Northampton General Hospital Archives
  • Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
  • Northamptonshire Archives and Heritage
  • Northamptonshire Black History Association
  • Northamptonshire Boot and Shoe
  • Northamptonshire Family History Society
  • Northamptonshire Heritage
  • Northamptonshire Heritage Forum
  • Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust
  • Northamptonshire Industrial Archaeology Group
  • Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust
  • Northamptonshire Libraries
  • Northamptonshire Museums
  • Northamptonshire Natural History Society
  • Northamptonshire Record Office
  • Northamptonshire Record Society
  • Northamptonshire Studies, Central Library
  • Northamptonshire Timeline
  • Northants Boot & Shoe
  • Oundle Museum
  • Piddington Villa Museum
  • Prebendal Manor House
  • Raunds War Memorials Research Project
  • Roade Local History Society
  • Rockingham Castle
  • Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre
  • Rushden and District History Society
  • Rushden Heritage: Hearts & Soles
  • Rushden Museum
  • Rushden Transport Museum
  • Southwick Hall
  • Spratton Local History Society
  • Stanwick War Memorial
  • Sulgrave Manor
  • Sywell Aviation Museum
  • Thrapston District Historical Society
  • Thrapston Heritage
  • Towcester and District Local History Society
  • The Tower ReVisited 
  • University of Northampton Archives
  • Upper Nene Archaeological Society
  • Weedon 1914-1919
  • Wellingborough Museum
  • Wollaston Museum

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