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Emporium Arcade Tile

Tile from the entrance arch of the Emporium Arcade.

Doulton glazed faience

The Emporium Arcade was an iconic building on the Market Square that housed 50 independent shops, offices and stockrooms.

It was built in 1901 to a design by local architects Mosley and Scrivener. Its exterior was elaborately decorated with stone and ironwork and the arched entrance was covered in purple, green and white Doulton tiles. The building housed over 50 independent shops, offices and stockrooms. The clock was added around 1906 and is thought to have been made by nationally renowned clockmakers WF Evans.

When the arcade was demolished in 1972, the loss was greatly felt by the people of Northampton.

Black and White image of the Emporium Arcade, with cars parked in front on the Market Square

Image of the Emporium Arcade, courtesy of the Chronicle and Echo

Northampton Places, We Are Northampton Exhibition