Looking Back: A walk down memory lane - to take a look at the street life

Many streetscapes have changed dramatically over the years but others are easily recognised - apart from the volume of traffic.

Thursday, 2nd May 2019, 9:00 am
Men, women and children in the street next to John Clare School (now base for Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Trust) on Clare Street/Kettering Road junction

In the past, cars were a luxury. Walking to school, the shops, into town and to work was the only choice many people had. Come rain or shine, blizzard or heatwave - taking Shanks's pony was the cheapest way to travel. A stout pair of shoes, a mackintosh or gabardine for rainy days and Capri pants and a headscarf for heatwaves. Whatever the weather, popping to the shops, more often than not, did not involve getting in the car.

Men, women and children in the street next to John Clare School (now base for Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Trust) on Clare Street/Kettering Road junction
A victory tea party to celebrate end of the Second World War, Stanton Avenue, Spinney Hill, Northampton in 1945

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Stanton Avenue residents enjoy a street party to celebrate the end of the Second World War Spinney Hill, in 1945
New no entry signs between Market Square and the Abington Street-Mercers Row junction, 1959
Baby Jane Woodward escaped serious injury when a wall collapsed on her sturdy pram in Ash Street, Northampton in 1966
Oliver Wright, Conservative candidate in the 1966 General Election canvassing on Northampton Market Square
Pedestrians brave the summer showers outside Brooks Garage, Welford Road, Northampton, August 7, 1968
A lady with a pram passes by the Old Lower Mounts site circa 1978 now site of Northampton College, Northampton
Shops in Clare Street, 1967
Teenagers cross the busy junction of Northampton's Marefair in 1970
Bearward Street, Northampton, with Perrett's scrap dealers and Glass Northampton van, October 3, 1966
Wellingborough Road, Northampton close to its junction with New Town Road April 23rd 1971