Ball from under mast

This small steel ball was at the base of one of the original masts erected in 1924 for the transmission of the longwave BBC radio service from Borough Hill. Placed between the base of the mast and a concrete block on the ground, the ball gave the mast the necessary flexibility to move with the wind. Incredibly, this little ball could support a… Read more »

BBC & Radar history

The information board describing the Daventry Experiment written by Curator Rod Viveash is one of the most popular exhibits in the museum’s permanent collection. No matter what the exhibition, we have to display this board somewhere because we are always asked about the information it describes. On the 26th of February 1935, in a field near Weedon an experiment was carried out to… Read more »

Train station

Daventry railway station opened in 1888 with much celebration and ceremony. To mark the occasion the Mayor and Corporation of Daventry traveled to Weedon in a special saloon attached to the 12.35pm train. It was reported that the Town Clerk took pride of place on top of the engine! The railway, no longer in existence, used to be located to the east of… Read more »

Coaching whip

Daventry is no stranger to traffic. Situated on one of the main coaching routes from London to Holyhead, it’s thought that as many as eighty long-distance coaches used to pass through the town each day. Many of the inns along the way were used for stabling the horses and refreshing the travelers. Daventry thus became a thriving coaching town in the 19th Century… Read more »