Issue 144 - Autumn 2017 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.

Copy material

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 145: 30th November

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).
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    • Adobe Illustrator™ (.ai),
    • windows metafile (.wmf), or
    • Visio™ (.vsd).

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Inside the Cornish boiler at Combe Mill, Oxfordshire

©Jane Waterfield 2017


  • Winter Talks 2016/17:
    • Members' Evening: Does anyone know this man?
    • The Stratford & Midland Junction Railway
  • EMIAC at Cromford
  • Summer Walks and Visits 2017
    • George James & Sons
    • Walk around Desborough
    • Combe Mill
    • Kettering Boot & Shoe walk
  • Braunston top lock and pump house
  • Updates:
    • Plans afoot to re-open 'The Worm' at Great Malvern Railway Station
    • MV Balmoral - restored and back working
  • Miscellany of Items of Interest:
    • Too hot to handle at Scunthorpe
  • News from around the County
    • M6 junction to make journeys smoother
    • 70 years of Doc Martin brand of shoes
    • New Trail at Irchester Country Park
    • Grand old lady of canal's maiden voyage
    • Rushden society buys goods shed from Northants Council
    • Nene Valley Railway - renaming of station
    • National Leather Collection
  • Of this and that including:
    • New book: The Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway
    • Walks and visits 2018
  • Dates for the Diary
  • AGM matters
  • And Finally