Northamptonshire Record Society offers two series of publications: the General Series and the Victor Hatley Memorial Volumes.

General Series

A long-running series of publications of local records have been produced. All are hard-bound. Recent volumes have included:

  • Vol 42: Ron Greenall, Early Northampton Wills
  • Vol 40: Peter Gordon, The Journals of Lady Knightley
  • Vol 39: Bruce Bailey, Northamptonshire in the Early Eighteenth Century: The Drawings of Peter Tillemans and Others
  • Vol 38: David Hall, Open Fields of Northamptonshire

Victor Hatley Memorial Volumes

This is a series of paperbacks published to commemorate the life and work of the late Victor Hatley, an active local historian and a great encourager of other people. Before his untimely death, for many years he was an active member of the Council of the Northamptonshire Record Society.

Hon. General Editor: D. Hall.


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Latest Publication

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"Useless Anachronisms?" a Study of the Country Houses and Landed Estates of Northamptonshire Since 1880

Neil Lyon, 2018.

At a Northamptonshire Record Society lecture in 1947, Sir Gyles Isham of Lamport Hall posed the question whether country houses were ‘useless anachronisms’. At that time the future certainly seemed bleak, and the wave of demolitions had begun. Subsequent commentators would add weight to the argument that it was all but over for the country house and the traditional landed estate.

The evidence in this book gives a very different picture. Researching in detail the fortunes of Northamptonshire’s principal houses and estates since 1880, the author argues that the picture of decline and fall is open to challenge and that the real story is the remarkable survival of the country house.

If the story in Northamptonshire is remotely typical of the national picture then this book may change the way that people interpret the leading literature on the fortunes of the country house and landed estates in the twentieth century.

Volume 5 in the Victor Hatley Memorial series.

ISBN: 978-0-901275-76-9.

The price of £10 is exclusive of postage and packing; these will be charged at the prevailing rates.

Please contact the Secretary before placing your order. Payment from abroad should be made in Sterling whereever possible.

Volumes Still in Print

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Catalogue of all publications

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