Daventry was ‘designed for growth’ by planners in the 1960s with orderly road networks and more than our fair share of roundabouts. A circular garden where one minds one’s manners, obeys the rules and takes one’s turn: it’s all very British.


There’s nothing very Daventry about a Hoover, but this one used to play the radio. There are not many places where the radio signal was so strong that you could pick up the World Service on your toaster or vacuum cleaner in the town, but for generations that’s just what happened in Daventry.