Issue 143 - Summer 2017 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 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).
  • 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).

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A raised spiral being forged in a steel bar

©Terry Waterfield 2017


  • BALH Newsletter of the Year Award
  • EMIAC at Lincoln - November 2016
  • Winter Talks 2016/17:
    • Textile manufacturing in 18th century Northampton or Chuck out the Chintz
    • Foxton Locks and the Inclined Plane
    • A Trip down Memory Lane
    • Members' Evening
  • Updates:
    • Delapre Abbey
  • Miscellany of Items of Interest:
    • Gotthard Tunnel: The world's longest and deepest rail tunnel opens in Switzerland
    • The world's longest rail tunnel begins reguular service in Switzerland
    • Norway to build first tunnel for shipping
    • Thames to get a £5bn car tunnel
    • Full steam ahead for Tornado
  • News from around the County
    • Loss of Wellingborough railway bridge
    • Sixty years on, slate miners return to roof their village
    • The demise of Oliver Adams, Bakers after 150 years
    • Ironmonger twins to close workshop - Slatter & Sons, Northampton
  • Of this and that including:
    • Obituary: Ray Grimes - 1923-2017
    • EMIAC 93 - Engineered in Northampton
  • Winter Talks 2017/18
  • Dates for the Diary
  • Exhibitions
  • And Finally