Welcome

to the web site of the Northamptonshire Record Society.

The Society exists to publish the records of the ancient county of Northamptonshire including the former Soke of Peterborough and to promote the study of the county's history. Its members receive the magazine Northamptonshire Past and Present published each year and a copy of its books as they are published.

Photo of Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire Past & Present now available on-line

 

The Society is pleased to offer the first six issues of its journal on-line. Volume 1, Numbers 1 to 6 have now been scanned. For further details see the NP & P page.

 

 

WW1 POW Camps in Northamptonshire

The Society's lecture on

Saturday, 18th October, 2014.

Full details can be found on the Events page.

'The Monstrous Regiment of Women' in Tudor and Stuart England

This lecture will follow the Society's Annual General Meeting on

Saturday 3rd May 2014.

Full details can be found on the Events page.

Photo of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Canons Ashby

Northamptonshire Past & Present

The latest issue is now available:

Number 66, 2013

For further details see the NP & P page.

Who let them in? Children in Hospitals before children’s Hospitals

The Society's lecture on

Saturday, 19th October, 2013.

Full details can be found on the Events page.

Library Bulletin No 7

A revised edition Rupert Gunnis's Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851 has been donated to the library. This and other dictionaries held by the library are discussed in the latest Library Bulletin.

image of the dust jacket of Estate letters from the time of John, 2nd Duke of Montagu 1709-39

Recently released!

The latest publication in the Record Society's General Series

 

See the publications page for a full description.

Members' Library Survey

Members are invited to complete a survey regarding their experience of using, or their reasons for not using, the Society's Library and suggestions for improvements. Click here for the questionnaire; print it out to complete it and return the completed form to the Secretary. Readers will require a copy of Adobe Acrobat reader, installed on most PCs, to be to able to read the file.

The Fall and Rise of Post Medieval Stained Glass

This lecture will follow the Society's Annual General Meeting on

Saturday 4th May 2013.

Full details can be found on the Events page.

Library Bulletin No 6

It is a remarkable fact that in a country where the classification and structure of its nobility has been so meticulous, there had been no satisfactory publication on the peerage by 1700, either contemporary or retrospective. Collins’s work was to hold sway from 1711 to the middle of the nineteenth century. This was achieved by the skill and dedication of three men. Read the details in the latest Library Bulletin.

Portrait of Lady Emily Isham (1824-1898) by Richard Buckner c.1589

Northamptonshire Past & Present

The latest issue is now available:

Number 65, 2012

For further details see the NP & P page.

Lax State of Affairs: King Stephen and the Empress Matilda revisited

The Society's Autumn Lecture on

Saturday 20th October 2012.

Full details can be found on the Events page.

Library Bulletin No 5

The Northampton Mortality Table was used by all major insurance companies when calculating life insurance policies; an article on the major histories of Northamptonshire; the Westmorland of Apethorpe archive to stay in the county; who really won the Battle of Waterloo? Read the details in the latest Library Bulletin.

Advance Notice of Autumn Lecture

The Society's Autumn Lecture 2012 will be:

20 October: King Stephen and Matilda Civil War given by Edmund King.

Details will be posted nearer the time.

Image of Northamptonshire Militia Lists 1777

Another Record Society publication available on-line

The Society is pleased to offer another of its many publications on-line:

Printed Maps of Northamptonshire 1576-1900

 

This volume provides a detailed description of 691 maps of the county of Northamptonshire.

For further details see the publications page or the e-Books page.

Meet the Library Committee

Members are invited to visit the Society's Library on Saturday 5th May between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm, before the AGM and Lecture, to meet members of the Library Committee.

There are discoveries to be made in the additions to ... for more see the full bulletin.

Writing Northamptonshire's History: the early VCH in the county

This lecture will follow the Society's Annual General Meeting on

Saturday 5th May 2012.

Full details can be found on the Events page.

image of the dust jacket of The Accounts of Godfrey of Crowland, Abbot of Peterborough 1299-1321Rockingham Forest

Recently released!

The latest publication in the Record Society's General Series

 

See the publications page for a full description.

Portrait of Sir Christopher Hatton as Lord Chancellor and Knight of the Garter c.1589

Northamptonshire Past & Present

The latest issue is now available:

Number 64, 2011

For further details see the NP & P page.

Meet the Library Committee

Members are invited to visit the Society's Library on Saturday 15th October between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm, before the Autumn Lecture, to meet members of the Library Committee.

There are discoveries to be made in the additions to ... for more see the full bulletin.

Revising the Northamptonshire volume in the
Pevsner Buildings of England series

The Society's Autumn Lecture on

Saturday 15th October 2011.

Full details can be found on the Events page.

Image of Northamptonshire Militia Lists 1777

Militia Lists now available on-line

The Society is pleased to offer two more of its many publications on-line; these will be particularly useful to family historians:

Northamptonshire Militia Lists 1777

A Northamptonshire Miscellany

The first of these gives the militia lists for the whole of the county except the Hundred of Nassaburgh, for which the militia lists for 1762 can be found in the second book.

For further details see the publications page or the e-Books page.

image of the cover of the Rev. John Jenkinson's Autobiography

Recently released!

The latest publication in the Record Society's Victor Hatley Series

 

See the publications page for a full description.

The Heralds' Visitations of Northamptonshire

This lecture will follow the Society's Annual General Meeting on

Saturday 21st May 2011.

Full details can be found on the Events page.

photograph of Sir Godfrey Kneller's painting of Sir Justinian Isham c.1684

Record Society publication available on-line

The Society is pleased to offer the first of its many publications on-line:

The Open Fields of Northamptonshire

 

For further details see the publications page or the e-Books page.

photograph of Sir Godfrey Kneller's painting of Sir Justinian Isham c.1684

Northamptonshire Past & Present

The latest issue is now available:

Number 63, 2010

For further details see the NP & P page.

Advance Notice of Spring Lecture

The Society's Spring Lecture 2011 will be:

21 May: The Heralds' Visitations of Northamptonshire given by Keith Lovell FHS

Keith is a Fellow of the Heraldry Society.

Details will be posted nearer the time.

Northamptonshire and the British Empire

The Society's Autumn Lecture on

Saturday 16th October 2010.

Full details can be found on the Events page.

Change of date for the Autumn lecture

The 2010 Autumn lecture will be held on:

16 October: Northamptonshire and the British Empire given by Dr Julia Bush

Details will be posted nearer the time.

Sir Christopher Hatton

This lecture will follow the Society's Annual General Meeting on

Saturday 22nd May 2010.

Full details can be found on the Events page.

Advance Notice of Lectures

The Society will be hosting two lectures in 2010:

22 May: Sir Christopher Hatton given by Malcolm Deacon

2 October: Northamptonshire and the British Empire given by Dr Julia Bush

Details will be posted nearer the time.

image of the dust jacket of Rockingham Forest

Just released!

The latest publication in the Record Society's General Series

 

See the publications page for a full description.

The Northampton Election in December 1830 by J.M.W. Turner (Tate Gallery)

Northamptonshire Past & Present

The latest issue is now available:

Number 62, 2009

For further details see the NP & P page.

The Library

New arrangements for accessing the Society's library announced.

Full details can be found on the Library page.

The Early Tanning Industry in Northampton

The Society's Autumn Lecture will be given on

Saturday 3rd October 2009.

Full details can be found on the Events page.

image of the dust jacket of The Pilsgate Manor of the Sacrist of Peterborough Abbey

Just released!

The latest publication in the Record Society's General Series as an Anthony Mellows Memorial Trust volume

 

See the publications page for a full description.

Enclosure and the Church of England

This lecture will follow the Society's Annual General Meeting on

Saturday 16th May 2009.

Full details can be found on the Events page.

Spring Lecture and Annual General Meeting

This meeting will be held on Saturday 16th May 2009.

Details will be published later.

Courteenhall House

Northamptonshire Past & Present

The latest issue is now available:

Number 61, 2008

For further details see the NP & P page.