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Other local heritage resources

Site Brief comments
Rugby Family History Group Parish register and other FHS transcriptions for Rugby and local villages
Rugby Local History Group Carries out community and other local historical research
Rugby Library A much under-used resource for sourcing and lending rare/expensive history books, unpublished theses, etc.!
Long Buckby Local History Society Incorporated into the Long Buckby Museum website
Towcester History Society A thriving and active society
Wellingborough History All kinds of helpful information for family-history and other research related to Wellingborough, neatly and attractively set out
Rushden & District History Society Over 5,000 pages of in-depth historical information about Rushden - an excellent site, produced with the assistance of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
Blisworth History Blisworth village history archive - a lively and well-documented archive with lots to explore
Kilsby Village website Kilsby's "heritage" is all covered on the West Northants Local History website
Crick Community website Crick Community website, with references to facilities and contacts.
Crick School website The website of Crick Primary School
Northamptonshire Record Office Northamptonshire's premier archive of historic data, and also home to the Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) of topological and archaeological data
Warwickshire Record Office Includes deeds and other documents for Northants among its archive
Leicestershire Record Office Includes deeds and other documents for Northants among its archive
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Record Office Includes deeds and other documents for Northants among its archive
Northamptonshire Record Society Publishes records of ancient Northamptonshire (incl. former Soke of Peterborough) and promotes study of the county's history. Members receive the society's magazine Northamptonshire Past and Present and a copy of its books as they are published.
Community Landscape & Archaeology Survey Project (CLASP) Northants-based group that carries out archaeological and topological studies and fieldwork in Northants, covers Bronze Age to medieval period.
Northamptonshire Artefact Recovery Club (NARC) The No.1 artefact recovery club in west Northamptonshire, working closely with CLASP and other organisations to carry out metal-detector and other surveys, to research, recover and accurately record historic artefacts.

National resources

Site Brief comments
The National Archives Holds tax returns and many wills for Northamptonshire
Access 2 Archives Subset of The National Archives - invaluable search aid!
St John's College Oxford
Holds the original manorial documents for Crick, plus some for Claycoton. Founded in 1555 by Sir Thomas White, who donated income from Crick manor to fund the college.  The college subsequently acquired 1/3 of the manor from a descendant of Sir Thomas's widow Joan.
Lincoln Cathedral Northamptonshire was in Lincoln diocese until the Dissolution (1539/40)
Lincolnshire Record Office Holds many original church records for Northants benefices
National Monument Record A useful source for house history detectives
Landscapes of Governance project A 3-year research project bringing archaeology, place-names and written sources together in a national study of early medieval assembly sites.
British History Online
Searchable sources for medieval and early modern British history, including Commons and Lords journals and Victoria County History.
Proceedings of the Old Bailey Full-text and digital images of more than 100,000 criminal trials at the London Old Bailey.
Archaeology Data Service A wealth of searchable archaeological data
E. Midlands Oral History Project Digital guide to oral history collections for Northamptonshire and the neighbouring counties.
UK Data Archive The UK's largest collection of digital data in social sciences & humanities.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Detailed biogs of 57,000 UK historical figures. Access limited to paid-up subscribers, but Rugby Library has a subscription, so enter barcode number from your library card to gain free access!
The Diary of Henry Machyn The Diary of Henry Machyn - Citizen and Merchant-Taylor of London (1550-1563); a searchable source of much useful information on the Tudor period
The Diary of Samuel Pepys Searchable online version of the full text of Pepys' diary, 1660-1668
Tips for metal detectorists A USA-based website with handy hints for metal detecting; however, UK practice differs in some key details, so UK readers should use with care
UK finds database UK finds database for metal detectorists
Roman pottery group Study Group for Roman pottery - useful photpographs and descriptions to help you identify your finds.