Adnitts, The Drapery, Northampton

Looking back to Northampton's finest department store in its heyday - in pictures

As Debenhams closes in The Drapery, we look back at days gone by when the huge store was buzzing with customers

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 4:39 pm

It was a moment in history for the town after years of trading from the department store in The Drapery came to an end, leaving a huge gap in Northampton's high street shopping.

Stepping back 50 years, the prominent shop used to be at the centre of the town's of hustle and bustle, when it still traded as the long-gone "Adnitts".

The Northampton store has been in Debenhams hands since 1952 when it bought from the Adnitt Brothers, who had been a feature on the Drapery dating back to the late-1870s.The Chronicle & Echo has dug through its archives and unearthed these snaps of Adnitts in its heyday such as when in 1965 shoppers queued around the block to get at its New Year's Day deals.

Have a stroll down memory lane and see the history of Northampton's lost department store legacy here.

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