Old Town New Town

– Heritage Events

Our three Old Town New Town events will introduce you to many aspects of New Town development from urban planning, housing, parks and green infrastructure to wellbeing, community and public arts and culture. They are led by Sabine Coady Schäbitz and Bob Colenutt from the New Town Heritage Research Network.

Memories of Corby: New Town

Wednesday 24 November, 6pm – 8pm
Rooftop Gallery, Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby, NN17 1PD 

Join us at Rooftop Arts Centre to discuss how Corby became a New Town, what ambitions were connected to that and how these could be harnessed to shape the town today and in the future. 

The evening will include short films and recollections by Dougie Reid, Bob Douglas and Denise Westwood who lived and worked here in the formative years of Corby as a New Town. 

The event will be chaired by Sabine Coady Schäbitz of the New Towns Heritage Research Network and introduced by Billy Dalziel, Heritage Development Officer at Corby Council. 

The event is organised by 60 Miles by Road and Rail and the New Towns Heritage Research Network in partnership with Corby Council (North Northants Council). If you have any further questions about the event please contact andy@60milesbyroadorrail.co.uk 

The New Town Heritage Research Network
The event will be led by Sabine Coady Schäbitz and Bob Colenutt from the New Town Heritage Research Network, which provides an ongoing opportunity to get involved and contribute to the continuing sustainability of the New Towns. 

Sabine Coady Schäbitz is Associate Professor for Architecture at Coventry University. Sabine co-led the AHRC New Towns Heritage Research Network project. Her career spans many years in the UK and Germany, as architectural and urban design educator, researcher and practioner. Sabine studied architecture, art history and architectural conservation in Germany and Italy. Her professional engagement and research focus is on cultural heritage, architectural and urban history, with a particular interest in the public understanding of built environment heritage. Sabine is also a long-time resident of Northampton and Trustee at Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust.

Bob Colenutt has a background in urban planning and regeneration working for community groups and in local government and has also taught at Universities. He also had a short spell as a local government councillor. He worked in London at the GLC, LB Newham, LB Barking and Dagenham and LB Haringey, and was also involved as a researcher and community organiser in housing campaigns in the South Bank and in Docklands. In 2004, he became Head of Environmental and Planning services at Northamptonshire County Council, and later worked for the Institute for Urban Affairs at the University of Northampton. He is a founding member of the New Towns Heritage Research Network and is co-editor of ‘Lessons from the British and French New Towns’ published in 2021. He is currently an Assistant Lecturer in planning and housing policy at Oxford Brookes University.

Previous Events

The British New Town Story Thu 16 Sep 18.00 19.30 at Delapré Abbey

Upcoming Events

Northampton New Town Fri 17 Dec. Time and Venue TBC

Further Resources
Northampton 1960s
Looking Back: The shaping of Northampton New Town

In 1965, it was announced by Harold Wilson’s Labour Government that Northampton was to be one the new towns offering housing to people living in poor conditions in English cities.

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Fifty years since a plan that transformed Northampton

On February 3 1965, Minister for Housing Richard Crossman announced that Northampton was to be one of a number of new towns offering housing to people living in poor conditions in London. 

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Northampton Market Square
‘Mark 3’ New Town – Designated 14 Feb 1968

Historically a market town, Northampton was designated as a New Town to accommodate London overspill and provide for regional growth.

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‘Mark 1’ New Town – Designated 1 April 1950

Increased demand for iron and steel in the late 1940s led to the expansion of steelworks at Corby as a ‘matter of national importance’. 

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Garden Cities and New Towns

The TCPA New Towns Network brings together local authorities where the UK’s 32 New Towns are located to share experience through peer to peer learning and other activities.

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Early settlement in Corby dates back to the 8th century when a group of Danish invaders, with their leader, Kori, settled there. It thus became known as ‘Kori’s by’ – Kori’s settlement. 

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How the town of Corby dusted off the ashes of post-industrial decay

Northamptonshire town, one of UK’s fastest growing, is twinned with a Chinese megacity – and is doing its best to catch up.

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