Issue 140 - Summer 2016 now available

A quarterly newsletter keeps members informed of past, present and future events and is issued in January, April, July and October. Past issues are available at a small cost to include postage.

Our editor, Jane Waterfield, is always on the look-out for articles and topics about the lost industrial heritage in Northamptonshire. Regular topics are reports on the Winter lectures and the summer walks and visits, which cover a wide range of topics and places.


Copy date for Issue 140: 1st September.

Guidelines for articles

Articles should be no longer than about 900 words. If the subject matter is considered to be of special interest and, in the author's opinion, warrants a longer article, the author is advised to discuss the matter with the editor prior to submission.

Photographs and/or drawings are always welcome to accompany the article and should be supported with appropriate captions. If not the author's own work, the source of any graphic material should be fully referenced and acknowledged.

Submission may be either by post or by email:

  • When sending material through the post, it should be sent first class, especially if it contains photographs, slides or other graphic material. Photographs and slides will be returned after use.
  • Articles sent electronically should be sent in one of the standard formats:
    • Word™ (.doc),
    • Rich text format (.rtf) or
    • Plain text (.txt).
  • Images and other graphical data should be sent as separate individual attachments: images should be no larger that 250,000 pixels in JPEG format (.jpg); vector data should be in one of the recognised formats:
    • Adobe Illustrator™ (.ai),
    • windows metafile (.wmf), or
    • Visio™ (.vsd).

Back Issues

The contents of recent issues can be found on the Back Issues page.


Three types of roofing tiles, Wortley Top Forge

©Jane Waterfield 2016


  • Summer Visit Reports 2016
    • NPS Shoes Wollaston
    • DS Smith Plastics, Northampton
    • EMIAC at Moira
    • Boat yard at Braunston
    • Wortley Top Forge
  • Of flags and amorial ensigns
  • Updates:
    • Snibston Discovery Museum closure
  • Miscellany of Items of Interest:
    • House on sale to save rare Leicestershire navvy hut
    • Isle of Man: Runaway Sneafell tram destroyed
    • World's first operational radar station to be restored
    • Helmshaw Mills textile Museum, Lancs to close after cuts
    • Historic Queen Street Mill to close?
    • Kodak factory closes
    • The Oval Gasholder to be listed
    • County issues
      • Leather Centre to move to Guildhall Road, Northampton
      • Logistics firm to give job pledge in merger
      • New flats prposal for former shoe factory
      • A former quarry to become a service station on the A14
      • Phipp's Albion Brewery Bar wins award
      • Delapré Lodge: meeting room plans
      • Delapré Abbey: Victorian plunge pool discovered
      • Designer of sneakers is taking it step-by-step
  • Of this and that including:
    • Committee vacancy
    • Next year's summer programme - proposed trip?
    • Winter refreshments - request for assistance
    • Winter programme
  • Dates for the diary
  • And Finally