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 »