Browsing town shops’ history

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AN EXHIBITION tracing the history of Daventry’s High Street opens its doors on Saturday.

The ‘Shop til you Drop’ display, put together by the Daventry Local History Group, will be on show at the Daventry Town Council Museum, in New Street, when it opens from 10am to 4pm.

In putting on the display the local history group has been helped by a number of groups and individuals, including the Daventry Express which provided several archive photos of the street.

Angela Adams, from the history society, said: “We started out looking at the shops and trying to take their story back in time.

“However, it was a big task so we setting up a display with photos of every building in the High Street now, and underneath will be its history.

“Often people don’t think about how much the High Street has changed. Some units have a great deal of continuity in use, while others have changed dramatically.

“It’s been very much a two-way process with people giving information.

“I hope that people who come along will come away with an appreciation for the history of the town, and maybe look up at the buildings when they walk down the High Street.

Also at the event local author Marcel Van Cleemput will be signing copies of his newly published book Sheaf Street Will Live Again, which traces the history of that other historic road at the heart of the town.

Admission is free, and there will also be free refreshments. A raffle will also take place.