Posts By: curator

Rag rug

With some patience and a little skill, Daventry homes have been furnished using scrap materials. Rag rugs and patchwork quilts have been a traditional recycling craft for generations. Old clothes and bits of fabric were cut up into strips and pushed through canvas with wooden pegs to create cosy rugs such as this one. Perfect for a cold winter’s night by the coal… Read more »

Water pump picture

From pumps in the street to hot and cold running water in every house, the Daventry home has been transformed in the last 100 years. Technology and prosperity have turned what was once for the wealthy few into the norm. People would take their buckets along to the water pump − usually located somewhere central like the market square. It would no doubt… Read more »

Aerial photo

This aerial photo captures the growth of Daventry, which began to really expand as a town in the 1960s. Many people moved to live there, for work or as part of the Birmingham overspill. New housing estates were built and their names often give clues about what was there before: Timken Way, Middlemore Farm, Lang Farm and Ashby Fields are a few notable… Read more »

Shop receipt

Daventry’s High Street has been a defining feature for centuries, where locals and villagers could find the latest must-have and catch up on gossip. Many people have memories of their first experience of work starting a Saturday job in one the shops and cafes that make up the heart of the town. As a buyer, you could stock up on groceries by filling… Read more »

BBC tools

The BBC was a significant employer locally with skilled engineers ensuring that the masts on Borough Hill could broadcast the World Service to all corners of the globe. Here we have an old blowtorch, useful in applying heat to metalwork; and a brace and bit, which is a hand tool used to drill holes.

Stead and Simpson’s officer’s boot

This boot is one of the millions produced in the Stead and Simpson’s factory on New Street during WW2. Made especially for officers in the British Army, Navy and Air Force, the boots were designed to be practical, comfortable and, importantly for those serving at high altitudes, warm. Many local people have worked in this factory when it was Stead and Simpson and… Read more »