Issue 148 - Autumn 2018 now available

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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 150: 28th February

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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:

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Beech's Light Railway, Nr Bicester: Loco Sharp Stewart & Co. B 0-4-0 ST

©Mike Ringwood 2018


  • Final Winter Talk 2017/18:
    • All Change at King's Cross and St. Pancras
  • Summer Walks and Visits 2018:
    • National leather Collection, Northampton
    • Sywell Aviation Museum
    • The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park
    • Beech's Light Railway, Nr. Bicester – A Little Bit of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
    • The Building Stone of Northampton
    • Strutt's Cotton Spinning Mill, Belper
  • Hanging Up on a true National Treasure or Goodbye to the Red Telephone Box
  • Updates:
    • Rail Central Freight depot at Blisworth
  • Miscellany of Items of Interest:
    • Builders lift the lid on Europe's longest cycle tunnel
    • Bungalow(s)
    • Stone for Gaudi's church is from … Lincolnshire
    • Harrogate – Turkish Baths
    • Parched ground reveals history
    • New web database on historic harbour cranes in Europe
    • Historical research project toolkits
    • Kilsby ventilation shaft
    • Stored '365s' move to Northampton
    • Restoration work begins on the Sywell Hunter aircraft
    • CNG Fuels, Waitrose and M1 Junction 16
  • Of this and that including:
    • Obituary: Ron Greenall
    • Northamptomnshire Record Office
    • AGM
  • Dates for the Diary
  • And Finally