John Watkin was responsible for the construction of many of the finest Victorian building projects in Northampton.
It is no surprise that Northampton being the focus of the boot and shoe industry in the 19th century would also be the focus of the success of products in related industries. One of those was Wren’s boot polish and dubbin.
Matthew Bloxham in his “The Principles of Gothic Ecclesiastical Architecture” (1845) made a comparison between St Peter’s, Northampton with St Andrew, Steyning.
There is less published biographical information about Ann and no portrait has been discovered. It would be a mistake though to assume that Ann was… Read More »Ann Elizabeth Baker and the Bakers of Hazelrigg House
Many present-day residents of Northampton will know of Hazelrigg House in Marefair. It’s likely though they will know little of the house’s former residents. It… Read More »George Baker and the Bakers of Hazelrigg House
The historical record only provides brief details of Ragner’s identity. In 869 the Viking army killed King Edmund (later St Edmund) of East Anglia. Alongside… Read More »Tracing the historical St Ragner of Northampton