Where is Far Cotton?
Far Cotton is an area in the Borough of Northampton (county of Northamptonshire) in Central England. It is an area with a long and colourful history, much of which will be revealed over the coming weeks through the pages of a new website. This is NOT the new website by the way; these few paragraphs will act as a means of providing progress reports as the new site develops and to keep visitors up-to-date with our regular events.
Background to the Group
At the end of 2004 beginning of 2005, Age Concern in conjunction with Northamptonshire County Council’s Neighbourhood Learning Project set up an over 55s group which became the Cotton Go-Getters. This group met once a week with speakers on various topics of interest, keep-fit activities and a meal.
One of the speakers was Ruth Thomas, and her 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 set up a course entitled Reminiscences, where people could view slides and talk about their experiences growing up in Northampton. It was at this reminiscence course that the idea of the Far Cotton History Group to focus on the lives of everyday people of Far Cotton and Delapre was first mooted and eventually formed.
The formation of the Far Cotton History Group coincided with news that the 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 the Far Cotton History Group are from families that have lived and worked in the area for four generations or more. Their knowledge has been the driving force of this project. All members of the History group have contributed in some way, whether it is sharing knowledge, carrying out research or contributing photographs, books, documents and family memorabilia – it has all been put to good use.
Our thanks must also 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. We hope that our group’s work will provide a resource for future generations and that they will add their own experiences of growing up and living in Far Cotton. In other words, that it becomes a living History.