Promotion Event for Next Northamptonshire Volume

Prestigious Project on Towcester History Takes Shape

The Northamptonshire Victoria County History Trust is now concentrating on a detailed topographical account of Towcester and the rural parishes, and its progress and aims were explained at an event at the Forum in Towcester on 7 October.

The evening was hosted by Lord Boswell of Aynho, chairman of the Trust, and attended by Deputy Lord Lieutenant, James Miller, Chairman of South Northamptonshire Council, Caryl Billingham and South Northamptonshire Council Leader Ian McCord. Representatives of the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research were also present, together with local organisations, including representatives from Towcester Town Council, Northamptonshire County Council and the Towcester and District Local History Society.

All the money to further the work of the Trust has come from donations and grants, with little public funding. Continuing support is needed to achieve the Trust’s aim of properly recording the history and culture of every aspect of Northamptonshire.

The Northamptonshire VCH Trust started work fifteen years ago, and has produced a topographical study of the Cleley Hundred in South Northamptonshire, an innovative thematic volume on modern industry in the county, and one on Corby New Town.

The Towcester Hundred volume will include a major account of the town covering boundaries and population, origins and development, buildings, land-ownership, economic, social, political and religious history, local government, as well as the rural parts of the parish. There will also be detailed accounts of parishes which make up the Hundred of Towcester: Abthorpe, Cold Higham, Gayton, Pattishall and Tiffield.

The volume will be written collaboratively with commissioned experts drawing heavily on enthusiastic people in the local community with appropriate writing skills to conform to Victoria County History guidelines. The intention is to complete the research and editing within a five-year period. The volume has been divided into sections, each with an estimated word length. Some of these sections have been allocated either to VCH professionals or to volunteers from local history groups, but a number of sections remain unallocated. Whilst much of the research and written work will be undertaken by volunteers, appropriate expenses may be paid; and payment to appropriately qualified contributors and to students can be made.

To find out more, and be involved, contact Trust Secretary, David Harries