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​Researching Northamptonshire local history?

Whether you want to know more about your house, your village or a local industry, the collections held at Northamptonshire Archives are full of fascinating details and information. 

Our trained staff can help you navigate the catalogues and can give you new ideas as to where to look to maximise the time you spend.  We even have a researcher who you can hire to do some of the work for you, if that suits you better.

Not all documents survive for every location, but the kinds of records that we hold that you may consult include:

  • Directories and records from local businesses
  • Extensive records of the Northamptonshire shoe and boot industry
  • Maps going back as far as the 16th century
  • Records from family estates including Althorp
  • Personal letters and accounts from a broad range of people and organisations
  • Archaeological information within the Historic Environment Record (HER)
  • Photographs from all over the county
  • Local council minutes
  • And a great deal more

Evacuees arrive at Castle Station, 1941 

​It's free to visit and use the Archives, and with 11 miles of shelves full of documents, maps and photographs, there really isn't anywhere better to find out more about the places and industries of the county.

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