About VCH Northamptonshire

Although there is at present no full-time County Editor of the Northamptonshire VCH, work is continuing on a consultancy basis with Dr Mark Page and Cynthia Brown under contract to complete the seventh volume in the Northamptonshire series, on Corby.

Volume 7 covers the history of Corby parish and town, and the neighbouring parish of Great Oakley, from prehistory to the present day. The book is nearing completion and is due for publication in 2012 or 2013.

From 1870 Corby was transformed from an agricultural village typical of rural Northamptonshire into a major centre of iron and steel production. Using a wide range of sources, the volume discusses the impact of these changes on the landscape and people of the parish, shows how the town was affected by the closure of the steel works in 1980, and brings the story of the town's redevelopment up to date.

The Northamptonshire VCH Trust, led by Lord Boswell of Aynho, is also beginning to plan volume 8 which will focus on Towcester.

Staff Profiles

Dr Mark Page Mark Page, Consultant Editor

Mark Page is Assistant Editor, VCH Oxfordshire, and Visiting Fellow, Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester. He previously worked in Northamptonshire on Leicester University's Whittlewood Project, a study of medieval settlement and landscape in an area of royal forest, covering the parishes of Silverstone, Whittlebury, Potterspury, Passenham, and Wicken. He has published in the county journal Northamptonshire Past and Present and is co-author (with Richard Jones) of Medieval Villages in an English Landscape: Beginnings and Ends (2006). He is currently writing the history of Great Oakley to 1870 for Northamptonshire VCH volume VII, and can be contacted at mrp15@le.ac.uk.