Book to celebrate Corby’s past

Morris men at the 1982 pole fair
Morris men at the 1982 pole fair

Corby man Tom Bingham has been awarded a grant to write a book about the town and its history.

Mr Bingham has been given £750 by Corby Council for his Corby Staycation project.

He said: “It’s a book about the rich tapestry of history in the area ranging from Robin Hood, Oliver Cromwell, The Dambusters, The Gunpowder Plot and much, much more.

“It will highlight Corby’s connection with history from the time of William the Conqueror to the present day Corby Pole Fair, which will next be held in 2022.”

He is asking people for help compiling the book and is particularly interested in finding anyone with photographs of the Pole Fair that he can use.

The Pole Fair is held every 20 years, with an estimated 30,000 people attending the last event, held in 2002.

That event included a carnival, fair, shows and the reading of the royal charter at the three entrances to Corby Old Village.

The first Pole Fair was held in 1862 in celebration of Corby being granted a royal charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1568.

Legend has it she granted the charter to show her gratitude after falling off her horse in Rockingham Forest and being helped by villagers from Corby.

Anyone who has any photographs of Corby Pole Fair can contact Mr Bingham by email at

Proceeds from the book will go to charity.