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This site is a compilation of archival and modern photographs recorded since c. 1880
and a continuing collection of articles on both  the heritage and the history of the village.
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Last Update was on 25 March 2014        RECENT ADDITIONS 

INDEXES OF HISTORICAL ITEMS

DETAILS

   THIS WAS THE ORIGINAL FOCUS OF THE WEBSITE
Many groups are in a slideshow format, with occasional comments, but click on one of the group links in the George Freeston Collection of images to find details about many of the images and some links to other parts of the website.

The large collection of articles covers a wide range of styles written on all aspects of village life, including people's memoirs.  Note that topics more recent than about 1980 are listed below on this homepage.
 

             NOT SO
        HISTORICAL

Topical items and some which go back 20 or 30 years are collected, for convenience, on this home page in the panel immediately below here. Either scroll down or click on  the link to the left.

This is a small collection of items of general interest that includes maps, panoramic photographs and some background articles.

Last Update was on 25 March 2014        RECENT ADDITIONS 

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RELATIVELY RECENT EVENTS INC. NEWS ITEMS

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Archeology of the 1800-5 Hill Railway   c. 1965

An Account of the Housing Expansion  1938 onwards

Audio Tapes of Stories by Geo. Freeston, 1950 - 1993
Collection of Village Posters 1950 - 1975

Village Traffic Calming  1993

The Northampton Rapid Transit Project,  1994 - 1999

Blisworth Tunnel Bicentenary Celebration  June 2005

Blisworth Walks and Legging Re-enactment  Sept 2005

The new Blisworth Marina   2006/7

Archaeological Dig near the Saltway   Aug 2007

Down to just one Shop, High Street  Feb 2008

Latest on new Affordable (Social) Housing  2009/10

Formation of new Village Canal Partnership  March 2009

The Future of the Royal Oak Pub ?  2009 -

Village Community Plan, Sept 2009 - Oct 2010

Canal-Side Improvements 2010 - 2013

Engineering Concerns about the Stoke Road

A New Scout Hall is established Nov 2011

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations  June 5th, 2012

Queen's Jubilee Scrapbook of Blisworth  Dec 2012/2014

Blisworth wins Best Northamptonshire Village  July 2012

New Gates and a Mural at the Tunnel Mouth   Oct 2013

Item on Woodland Conservation  Dec 2013 -

Blisworth By-pass - from the beginning  1810 to 1991

Repairs to Blisworth Tunnel 1982 - 1984

Proposed New Housing Estate  July 1988

Wheely Bin Advent  August 1999 

Restoration of the Church Bells  August 2004

Blisworth's Affordable Housing Project   2006/7

The Tapestry Project  2006 to February 2010

The Cherry Dairies Milk Bottle   Nov 2007

Village Fund Raising held annually in the summer -
August 2008 was a wonderful example.

Installation of a Safety Barrier, Stoke Road Nov 2008

New Sports and Play Equipment  June - Sept 2009

25th Anniv'y of the 1980s Tunnel Repairs  Aug 22, 2009

Update on the Sun, Moon & Stars building   2006/13

The Blisworth Festivals  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
                           2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. . .

Blisworth and the Planners  2009 - 2011

  "Localism" may alter Blisworth Planning, 2011 - 2012

Chapel Hill Farm. Development, 2013 - 
2001 & 2011 Census Data (SNC), 2013
Continuance of Lollipop lady requires local funding, 2013

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Website "Mission" - below

 

Rationale:   The first thing to make clear is that this website has no connection with Blisworth Parish Council.  The basic objective of the website is to maintain an on-line archive which combines the historical material from George Freeston's collection with more recent writings on the history of the village and with an on-going record of recent major developments in the village which in turn becomes history too.

How the aims shifted over time:   The original intention behind this website was to provide villagers with a knowledge of the historical pictures that we have, and at long last an opportunity to obtain copies, copyright permitting.  That was in 2005.  It rapidly became evident that a number of people, who were related to earlier residents of the village, wanted to have their "stories" added.  The material on the site then expanded considerably but by early 2010 the flow of new material had steadied to only a trickle.   By then the collection had amounted to what some might refer to as a substantial reference archive.  Now, with the emergence of a 'sudden rash' of diverse Blisworth based websites (please see the "dot org" home page on www.blisworth.org.uk), it seemed reasonable to emphasise the "on-line" archive attribute so that the pages here may concentrate on village history, including major recent events.  Some such events may be logged here in a narrative that has no connection what so ever with the Blisworth Parish Council.  This is an independent site and sometimes might carry opinions or interpretations of events that the council would not necessarily approve of.

To our readers we say:   Naturally, we are always open to suggestions for improving the presentation on this site and enhancing the quality of the material.  Some may have valuable ideas and we are keen to hear them.  By the way, we are never shy of linking to other sites in order to satisfy an assumed keenness of any browsing user to chase up anything related.  Our links are without prejudice - competition on the internet is to be abhorred.

The old-fashioned look to the site is going to be maintained so it will stand out from the 'sameness' of nearly all the others.  The simple, text-based, hyperlinks are the easiest to learn about for any future incoming webmaster or his "dog". No "Flash" is used because we do not want to loose any vital material in someone's browser, which works just fine but happens to not quite comply for Flash playing through no fault of the end-user. Flash is a current craze, especially for boy-webmasters.

Readers: thank you all for your time and your kindness in contributing views and historical detail.

 

NB:  The six small pictures on the home page are regarded as village icons,
clockwise:  Westley Flour Mill, the Canal Tunnel, the Church of St John, the
Elm Tree (no longer standing), the Railway Arch and the Baptist Church.
The view of the Church at the head of the page is titled "Morning Frost,
Blisworth". There is something cock-eyed with one of the pictures
but, in five years, no-one has noticed!