A load of cobblers.
OK, so it's an old joke, but the town of Northampton is synonomous with the trades of leatherworking and shoemaking, and a good proportion of the interesting museum is reflected in this. There is a large exhibition covering footwear throughout the ages and including a fully fitted old-fashioned shoe workshop. My favourite exhibit here was the huge stilt boots worn by Elton John as the "Champ" in the film of the Who musical Tommy. they are absolutely massive.
Apart from the shoe exhibition, there is a section on the history of the town, including a display of the disastrous fire which destroyed the town in 1675. another section is devoted to Italian Art, although this is not really my thing. There are also exhibitions on ceramics and glass, and, somewhat incongruously, I thought, an exhibition on the history of the Boy Scout movement!
On the ground floor is an art gallery with most of the pieces for sale. A small gift shop completes the Museum.
The museum is fully wheelchair accessible and there is an induction loop for hearing impaired visitors. Admission is free and the Museum is open Monday to Saturday 1000 - 1700 and Sunday 1400 - 1700. Worth a visit.
- Museum Visits
Visit the Guildhall.
In the centre of Northampton is the very impressive Guildhall.
It is a Victorian Gothic building, initially designed and built by E.W. Godwin in the 1860's and subsequently extended in 1889 - 1892. The exterior detail on the building is magnificent and represents the entire history of the town. Included in this are 14 canopies with statues, mostly of monarchs who visited the town.
The building is still a functioning local government building and is not open to visitors as such, although I had a bit of a wander inside and nobody stopped me. It is now also used for conferences and weddings.
If you happen to be passing, have a look up - it is a magnificent building.
- Budget Travel
Music at the Roadmender.
Wnet along to watch an old favourite of mine, Julian Cope. An entertaining night and good to see him perform again, maybe ten years since I last saw him.
Roadmender has a busy schedule and is a good place to watch bands, not huge and all standing - just how I like it.
NOW CLOSED, CASH PROBLEMS SADLY. Hopefully to reopen in the near future
A venue for music, stage shows etc, visited recently to see an old fave of mine , Stiff Little Fingers. Then later more favourites the Buzzcocks
Years ago I remember this building as a cinema, now much money has been spent restoring it to its Art Deco best. All is nicely done, good & comfortable place to watch music also it's right in the town centre - we'll be going back soon!
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
This is one of four circular churches in the UK. Simon de St Liz, a returning crusader and the first Norman Earl of Northampton, began construction in 1100. He modelled it after the original Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Later additions included the 12th century north chapel, the 15th century tower, and more modifications in the 1860s.
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
The fruitful VT flag
I was just so excited to take some photos of my VT flag were I received recently * The People behind the Place *
Exploring the town
We were just walking from the hotel where we stayed to the town center, it was a lovely day weather was good.
Built in 1864 by Edward Godwin, this is one of England's most impressive guildhalls. It's also the office of the Northampton Borough Council.
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