Today Northamptonshire is not normally associated with major industries other than perhaps agriculture. A county more for 'passing through' on the way to somewhere else.
The county, however, does have a rich past of industry – quarrying for iron ore, building stone and engineering. It also has a rich heritage in boot and shoe manufacturing of both national and international significance. In the eighteenth century there was a thriving woollen textile industry.
The river Nene provided power for many mills as it flowed through the county. The county was, and is, also strategically positioned on long-distance road, canal and railway routes.
As part of its activities NIAG visits sites relating to the county's industrial heritage and are shown in the following pages.
A few pictures from NIAG's recent summer programme:
More images can be seen in the Picture Gallery.