Legacy of Northampton's pubs: Which town centre pubs are still open at their original homes?

Some of Northampton's pubs have been lost to the ages, while some are still trading after 400 years.

Thursday, 18th July 2019, 5:52 pm

Take a look at 11 of Northampton's pubs from across the decades. Some are no longer standing and new businesses have taken their places, but others are still well-known town favourites.Source: "Last Orders: A History and Directory of Northampton Pubs" by Dave Knibb

One of Northampton's long lost pubs. The Admiral had entrances on both the Drapery and Market Square, but is now home to...
Commuter favourite cafe The Hub has made use of the Admiral's old double entrance, while Ace of Fadez has squeezed in as its own business.

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For decades, the landlord of the Belvedere lived in the basement but this had to stop in the 1920s because of frequent flooding. Today it is known as...
Belvedere has evolved in the 21st century into a night club and cocktails spot in St Giles Street.
This Northampton pub goes back to at least the 1820s and still survives today in the form of...
The Edge of Town has carried on the Bird in Hand's legacy on the same site. The fact a pub has traded here for 200 years without being on any known pub crawl is something of an oddity.
Once known as the Brittania, the British Banner clearly had competition in such close proximity to Shipmans, Admiral Rodney, The Rifle Drum, amongst others. Maybe that is why today it has become...
Barclay's Bank bought and redeveloped the site of the British Banner after the pub lost its license in 1913.
A pub or inn has operated at on the site of the Bull and Butcher in Bridge Street since 1706 - The Old Sun, Sun and Rave, Kings Arms, to name a few. Today it carries on as...
The old outline of the coach alley can still be seen out the outside of Monicas restaurant.
Another of Northampton's historic pubs, but not much of its history can be found on record. Nevermind - it's still going strong today...
Although the signs have come down recently ahead of some potential refurbishments, the Crown and Anchor is still trading at its home in Victoria Road.
The Gardeners Arms started life as the Milkmaid and dated back as far as 1837 and is still trading today.
'Last Orders' author Dave Knibb regrets he "cannot find any salacious gossip" about the Gardeners - much to its credit after 180 years in the business.
The Malt Shovel is one of the oldest pubs in Northampton and is around 400 years old under many different names - although its original site as knocked down in 1914. ..
The new home of the Malt Shovel was built further back and still trades today as one of Northampton's best known real ale havens.
Author Dave Knibb writes: "In its 140 years existence, I could find no murders, no major fires, no landlords stealing the Christmas club money... It's just a decent little local."
The Princess pub has outlived the princess it was named after by 90 years.
Pictured here with the original carved stone eagle watching over Wellingborough Road.
The Spread Eagle we know today has become a popular spot on the Welly Road bar crawl. The original Eagle closed in 1971 but reopened as nine years later... So, Spread Eagle Mk II?
Strictly speaking, the Wedgwood wasn't a pub before 1945, and was in fact the Wedgwood Tea Rooms when it opened in 1926 as part of the Oliver Adams dynasty.
The Wedgwood has only opened in the last two years after brief stints as Momos and nightclub Rhubarb. Now it is a thriving town centre bar and pub once again.
Northampton author Dave Knibb has compiled the history of the town's pubs in his book, Last Orders. For more information, call him on 07939 990790. RRP 17.99.