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Did you know that Northampton has the biggest market square in England? The original market, chartered in 1189, was held around All Saints’ Church there; then in 1235 Henry III took umbrage at sacred ground being used for commerce and ordered it moved to its present site. Northampton is also home of the British Shoe making industry; hence its football team is nicknamed The Cobblers.

Did you know that the first car chase in Britain involving the police occurred in Northampton in 1899? Sergeant Hector Macleod got his man with screaming tyres – well, maybe tyres that were grumbling a bit.

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Edmund Rubbra
Graeme Swann
James Rice
Jo Whiley
Malcolm Arnold
Matt Smith
Nanette Newman
Toby Anstis

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Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set. - Harold Macmillan
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On this day:
Battle of Poitiers - 1356, Great Plague of London at its Height - 1665, 'Lord Haw-Haw' sentenced to death - 1945, First Traffic Wardens in London - 1960, First Glastonbury - 1970, First Episode of Fawlty Towers - 1975, Murder of Carl Bridgewater - 1978, Southall Train Crash - 1997
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