About the Far Cotton History Group

An introduction to Threading History Through Far Cotton .

All projects need to have a starting point and the History Group of Far Cotton decided we should have our starting point about two hundred years ago. However the real starting point is how the History Group itself came about. At the end of 2004 beginning of 2005 Age Concern in conjunction with NCC Neighbourhood learning project set up an over 55's group which became the Cotton Go-Getters, meeting once a week with speakers on various topics of interest, some keep fit activity and a meal. One of the speakers was Ruth Thomas, and the chosen subject was "Reminiscences". Ruth was so impressed with the wealth of local knowledge shown by a great many of the Cotton Go-Getters that Neighbourhood learning proposed a course entitled Reminiscences where slides would be shown of the town and people could talk about their experiences growing up in Northampton. It was at this reminiscence course where the idea of a history group focusing on the lives of everyday people of Far Cotton and Delapre both social and economic was first mooted and eventually formed. Coinciding with the formation of the history group was the confirmation that our area was to get its own Community Centre and it was thought that our project could make a contribution to the Far Cotton and Delapre Community Centre. Many of the members of this group are from families that have lived and worked in this area for four generations or more and their knowledge has been the driving force of this project. All members of the History group have contributed to the best of their ability in both knowledge, research and time and many have contributed photographs, books, documents and family memorabilia all of which have been put to good use. Our thanks must go to the Local Heritage Initiative, the Heritage Lottery fund, Nationwide Building Society and the Countryside Agency for the generous grant that made this project possible. To round off this introduction we would like to think that this is not just a "history of the area". It is the hope of our group that this will form a basis for later generations to learn from and to add their own experiences of Growing Up and living in this area. In other words that it becomes a "living History".

The "All Saints", Far Cotton Northampton Corporation Tram at the corner of Towcester Road and Abbey Road

We have recorded some of this in a book and DVD. We also have presented an exhibition in the new community centre on the corner of Far Cotton Rec.

The history Group in action

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