Explore Northampton’s past through your smartphone: new virtual trail ‘Snapshots in Time’ now available on app.

Posted 1st September 2023

The Explore Northampton app now features an exciting new virtual trail called “Snapshots in Time,” developed in collaboration between Northampton Town Council and AR Media. This innovative trail offers a glimpse into the architectural history of Northampton, showcasing how 10 key historic sites have transformed over the years. The digital journey is enhanced with vintage photographs, intriguing facts, and additional information.

Among the featured locations are long-gone civic landmarks like the Notre Dame Convent School, which was once situated on Abington Street. Though the school was demolished in 1979, remnants can still be discovered in the area.

Councillor Jane Birch, who chairs the Community Services Committee at Northampton Town Council, said, “Our town centre boasts a diverse architectural heritage. This virtual trail enables users to learn more about well-known, family-owned businesses that continue to operate today, while also delving into Northampton’s captivating history.”

The trail is straightforward to navigate, thanks to an integrated map on the app and floor stickers to indicate observation points for each building. Plans are underway to expand the trail by adding another five locations, which will be unveiled after the market square reopens in 2024.

The Explore Northampton app is free to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.