Guildhall – Magic Lantern Slide (1890)

An 1890 dated magic lantern slide showing the Guildhall.┬áThe magic lantern was an early type of image projector employing pictures painted, printed or produced photographically on transparent plates usually made of glass. It was mostly developed in the 17th century but was in wide use from the 18th century until the mid-20th century when it was superseded by a compact version that could hold many 35mm photographic slides …… the slide projector.

Market Place Watercolour

A nice atmospheric watercolour print from Derby born topographical artist Louise Raynor (1829-1924) and depicting Market Place in the 1860s.


Market Place (c.1910)

Three smartly dressed gents with canes in hand walking across a quiet Market Place around 1910. Note the Ladies Cloakroom to the right of the Guildhall.

Guild Hall

An unusually quiet market scene with just a handful of traders in front of the Guild Hall.

Market Place

An early Market Place image featuring a horse drawn cart belonging to builders merchant George Rippon of 128 Park Road.

Crowds on Market Place

Crowds gathering on Market Place ….. date and reason unknown !

Just in front of the Guildhouse is a broadcasting unit marked “Northamptonshire Electric & Wireless Company”.

Great War Recruits (1914)

Brave young men marching from the Army Recruitment Office off Market Place after signing up to defend their country on Monday 12th October 1914.

Cathedral Square Toilets (2002)

The underground toilets pictured on Cathedral Square in early 2002. They were closed in 2005 after falling into a state of disrepair and were officially replaced by a more modern toilet block behind the Town Hall.