Jarrow March: Leicester To Northampton

All Saints Church Northhampton
All Saints Northampton

The marchers reached Northampton on the Saturday afternoon of October the 24th. While spirits were high, among the men, arrival in Northampton found them tired and exhausted from the constant up one hill and down the next for the last 17 mile to Northampton. The trek had taken in some wonderful views of the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire country-side.

Ever since the Norman Conquest in 1066 the position of Northampton was given national importance It is also know as the county of ‘squires and spires. A visit to the renowned Northampton Museum and Art Gallery celebrates Northamptons past. There is a fine market square a well preserved Norman church of the Holy Sepulchre, there’s a splendid Guildhall designed by the celebrated architect, Edward Godwin. The town has many attractive parks, gardens and riverside walks. Members of the royal family have visited the town on many occasions, from the time of Henry I right up to the the late Princess of Wales, whose family home was at nearby Athorp, and again I remind you this list is short and no way does justice to the many places to see and things to do.

This was their third weekend away from home and was spent in Northampton. As we have seen in other cities, towns and villages controversy was never far from the marchers. Here a letter from the Bishop of Durham appeared in The Times stating his disapproval of the Jarrow March. His letter to The Times read “Is the method of marches to London likely to illumine the intelligence of the Legislature or quicken the conscience of the nation” this appeared in The Times on the 24th October 1936. Ellen Wilkinson lost no time in her reply which appeared in the same newspaper a couple of days later explaining that all legal methods had been tried both in and out of Parliament.

Follow the Marchers: Northhampton to Luton.


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Attended state schools (St Peters & Paul's) Spent my last 4 years attending St Cuthbert Secondary. Worked as a warehouse manager 25 years plus. Spent 16+ years attending Newcastle Uni and North Tyneside College. (Humanistic approaches in Counselling). Now Qualified. Don’t have many dislikes apart from people who try to be something they’re not (conveniently forget where their roots are), and I do not suffer fools easily, or people that over talk others. I eat and drink to live, love all kinds of music, places of interest, photography, Singing, computing, reading (mostly supernatural/horror, James Herbert / Stephen King), and swimming.

One response to “Jarrow March: Leicester To Northampton

  1. Brenda Nicoll Williamson

    I found it helpful that you gave the dates for the stay of the marchers in Northampton but disappointing that you didn’t mention anything about local cobblers repairing boots and indeed replacing them where necessary. I know that authoritative figures, in the main, were against the marchers but know also that the general populace were in favour and sympathetic to their cause. Perhaps because it is ordinary folk who can identify with being poor, out of work and ignored.

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