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Agricultural show in the Corn Exchange, Market Square, Northampton. c.1890’s

Agricultural show in the Corn Exchange, Market Square, Northampton. c.1890's

Northampton began as a Saxon village. It was called Hamm tun, which means the village by the well-watered meadow. Later it was called North Hamm tun, probably to distinguish it from Southampton. Gradually the name changed to Northampton. When they occupied Eastern England in the late 9th century the Danes turned Northampton into a stronghold called a burh. They dug a ditch around the settlement and erected an earth rampart with a wooden palisade on top. However Northampton was not just a stronghold it was also a place of trade where craftsmen worked and where goods were bought and sold at a market.

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