Cultural Quarter, Northampton

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Northampton's Cultural Quarter, from the front of the Guildhall looking south down Guildhall Road
A sign marking the boundaries of the Cultural Quarter
A board detailing the main venues in the Cultural Quarter

The Cultural Quarter of the town Northampton, England, is in the centre of the town. It is sometimes referred to as Derngate, which was the name of a gate in the old town walls located there.

The quarter was officially launched by Northampton Borough Council in early 2013.[1] It is noted in particular for Northampton Museum, theatre complex Royal & Derngate, historic house 78 Derngate, Art Gallery NN and the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. It also has bars, restaurants, pubs, hair salons and fashion shops as well as housing and offices. Northampton High School for Girls was located here before moving to Hardingstone and the area developed for housing.

78 Derngate[edit]

78 Derngate is a Grade II* Listed Georgian house, noted for its interior, which was extensively redeveloped in 1916-7 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for local businessman and modelmaker, Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke. It has been open to the public since 2003.[2]

Errol Flynn Filmhouse[edit]

The Errol Flynn Filmhouse opened in June 2013, named after actor Errol Flynn, who worked at Northampton's Royal Theatre in his early career. The 90-seat venue, in Albion Place, is part of the Royal & Derngate theatre complex. It screens art-house, world films and documentaries alongside some mainstream films. The development was part of the Northampton Alive regeneration project.[3]

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery[edit]

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery dates back to 1884. It was refurbished in 2012.[4]

NN Contemporary Art Northampton[edit]

NN Arts Collective Gallery on Guildhall Road

NN is an art gallery owned by the Northampton Arts Collective, which moved in 2012 from the old Fishmarket, later demolished to make way for a new bus station. NN Cafe, a cafe and performance venue, opened upstairs in October 2013.[5]

Royal & Derngate[edit]

Royal & Derngate is a theatre complex which is formed of the Royal Theatre, a 583-seat producing house, and the Derngate Theatre, a 1,200-set multi-purpose performance space. The Royal opened in 1884; followed 99 year later by the Derngate in 1983, which was built on the site of Northampton's former Derngate bus station. The two theatres merged as one organisation in 1999, closed in 2005 to undergo an 18-month £14.5m redevelopment, and re-opened as Royal & Derngate in 2006. The Stage hailed Royal & Derngate as The Regional Theatre of the Year (2010) in its inaugural Stage 100 Awards for "its artistic quality and connections it has with local audiences."

Food and drink[edit]

  • Ask - Italian cuisine
  • Haycock and Tailbar Associates
  • The Mailcoach
  • Pizza Express
  • The Vineyard
  • The Wine Connection

Hair and fashion[edit]

  • Berties
  • Chaps
  • The Guild
  • Montague Jeffery
  • Outcast
  • Salon Forty-Six
  • Wedding Wardrobe


St John's Hall of Residences, a block of 462 student flats for the University of Northampton, opened in January 2014.[6] The building is on the site of a former open air car park and prior to that the Northampton St. John's Street railway station, part of the former Bedford to Northampton Line.

A Premier Inn Hotel is being built in Albion Place and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.[7]

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Coordinates: 52°14′11″N 0°53′35″W / 52.2365°N 0.8930°W / 52.2365; -0.8930