Introduction

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 our recent summer programmes:

Train care facility.

Train care facility.

Restored Gasholder No 8 in its new location at King's Cross.

Restored Gasholder No 8 in its new location at King's Cross.

Loco No 92220 on duty at NSME's track.

Loco No 92220 on duty at NSME's track.

Valve motion gear on O & K's 1936 'Elf'.

Valve motion gear on O & K's 1936 'Elf'.


 

More images can be seen in the Photo Gallery.