Northamp­ton­shire

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Con­spir­a­tors meet in a room above the Gate­house at the Ja­cobean manor house of Ashby St Ledgers to plan the gun­pow­der plot.

The Wash­ing­ton fam­ily, fore­bears of the first Pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica, mi­grate from Northamp­ton­shire across the At­lantic.

The Northamp­ton­shire Boot and Shoe-mak­ers Mu­tual Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety is formed to op­pose in­creased mech­a­ni­sa­tion of the trade. Mur­ray’s Hand­book for Trav­ellers writes: “The vis­i­tor to Northamp­ton will at once be re­minded by the leather aprons and grimy faces which haunt the streets that he is in the land of shoe­mak­ers.“

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