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:

VR cypher seen on a post box in Rushden.

VR cypher seen on a post box in Rushden.

Shunter built for Barking Power Station.

Shunter built for Barking Power Station.

Loco No 92220 on duty at NSME's track.

Loco No 92220 on duty at NSME's track.

Typesetting using a compositor's stick.

Typesetting using a compositor's stick.


 

More images can be seen in the Photo Gallery.