Wellingborough Civic Society presents an award each year for a building new or restored incorporating architectural integrity, a community project of benefit to the entire town or a combination of both. The award, for which nominations and votes are received from society members, can only be considered in respect of buildings or community projects completed within the twelve month period between each AGM.



Wellingborough Civic Society presents an award each year for building projects – new or restored – incorporating architectural integrity, or community projects of significant benefit to the Borough of Wellingborough or a combination of both. The award, for which nominations and votes are received solely from society members, can only be considered for buildings or projects completed within the twelve month period between each Civic Society AGM, held in May each year.
The Civic Award has been presented by Wellingborough Civic Society since 2009 with winner and presentation each year publicised through various means, including social media, newspapers and website.

Previous award recipients:
* Wellingborough Museum, Castle Way, renovation disused factory building.
* United Reformed Church, High Street, disabled access.
* Wellingborough Council, playground with wooden zoo animals in Wellingborough town centre, community.
* Harmony Care Home, 129, Midland Road, Wellingborough, renovation.
* Wellingborough Council, The Bandstand, Castle Fields, renovation.
* Laundry Close development, Westfield Road, Wellingborough, demolition of abandoned factory in the conservation area and subsequent redevelopment of mixed affordable housing using appropriate architecture.
* Glamis Hall, Goldsmith Road, Wellingborough, major community project.
* Freeman’s Academy, Westfield Road, Wellingborough, internal and external conservation of original Victorian features.

Wellingborough Civic Society would like to see the Town and Borough progress and prosper, however residents should not be obliged to live for years to come with developments and buildings that completely disregard the unique character of their area. We should maintain positive account of our valuable past, either through preservation of those heritage properties that still remain or where no alternative exists, encourage new buildings incorporating distinctive architectural features. Demolition and loss of green space in town and countryside should be a last resort! The unique qualities of our town and borough should be incorporated within development, renovation and conservation throughout the Borough of Wellingborough.

If you are involved in projects in our Borough which you feel meet our objectives and deserve publicity through this award please contact Wellingborough Civic Society, so that our members can be aware of them in choosing their annual award.

Thank you.

Shena Krupin, Chair, Wellingborough Civic Society


Wellingborough Civic Society Award, 2017:

The Little R’Ale House,
Former Ammo Room,
Platform 1 North,
Wellingborough Station

Runner-up to the Civic Award, 2017:
Tudor Cottages, Sheep Street, Wellingborough

Special Conservation Award, 2017:
The Poplars, The Avenue, Wellingborough

Annual Civic Award

The structure of our Civic Award has been updated:
Civic Award. Runner-up to the Civic Award. Special Conservation Award.
Awards are subject to member nominations and may or may not be presented each year.

Wellingborough Civic Society is pleased to announce:

The 2017 Civic Award will be presented to Mr. Martin Clarke, Proprietor of:
The Little R’Ale House, Former Ammo Room, Platform 1 North, Wellingborough Station.

The Little R'Ale House
The Little R'Ale House from the Platform

Wellingborough Station, with very good reason, holds a grade II listing from Historic England; it is of vital importance that heritage, structure and fabric are maintained with protection through the listing process but, of equal significance is a modern purpose for their being and this use of the former ammo room ensures both.

R'Ale House, Former Ammo Room
Inside The Little R'Ale House

The ethos of the Little R’Ale House is truly local in nature with wines, ciders, spirits and beers being sourced from brewers and wineries located throughout the county of Northamptonshire; supporting local business is important not only for the economy of Wellingborough but Northamptonshire as a whole and through this customers, who are drawn not only from rail users but also from the town itself, enjoy a truly local experience.

R'Ale House, Former Ammo Room
The Little R'Ale House from the Station Yard

Runner-up to the Civic Award:

Tudor Cottages, Sheep Street, Wellingborough for excellent conservation-renovation of building and thatch by owners, The Borough Council of Wellingborough.

Tudor Cottages, Sheep Street
Tudor Cottages, Sheep Street

The Tudor Cottages with very good reason hold a grade II listing from Historic England; they are an integral part of the street scene in addition to town character, a well-known familiar landmark to Wellingborough residents and a structure without which town heritage would be historically poorer.

Tudor Cottages, Sheep Street

Special Conservation Award:

The Poplars, The Avenue, Wellingborough, owned by Mr. Kevin Farrel and Mr. Andrew Hewertson.

The Poplers
Entrance to The Poplars

The Poplars, a majestic grade II listed house which has undergone an extremely careful, sympathetic, conservation-renovation both internally and externally from near derelict condition; a true jewel indeed in the remaining heritage buildings of our town and one in which not only the owners but the town itself should be justly proud.

Front View of The Poplars

Wellingborough Civic Society Award 2016:
Freeman's Endowed Academy

Freeman's Endowed
Freeman's Endowed. Thursday 14th July 2016

Wellingborough Civic Society is delighted to present the 2016 Civic Award to ‘Freeman’s Endowed’ for conservation restoration undertaken to windows and brickwork in the original Victorian school building of Westfield Board/Boys School.

Victorian windows have been replaced with equivalent crafted conservation substitutes; brickwork repointed and in some instances completely renewed with original Wellingborough brick sourced by project managers, Peter Smith Associates from Baston, Peterborough. Instances where enough authentic brick could not be found, bricks were individually removed and turned to allow the undamaged side to been seen. In future the school want to undertake further conservation to include additional brickwork, modern substitute Victorian windows to both side and front on Brickhill Road and the original Bell Tower.

Windows in the Freemans School Hall
Windows in the hall following conservation

The character of a building, in most cases determined through visual observation, is either reinforced or completely ruined by renovation carried out since construction. Examples of this can clearly be seen in structures which still exist in our town today; many have been altered beyond recognition through use of modern techniques, something that could have been avoided if conservation had been considered. The distinctive, original quality of a building could have been preserved without destruction of integrity.

window facing Bassetts park
Window facing Bassetts Park

Funding for this project has been difficult; work did not need to take place to this intensity as the building is not listed, but Headmaster and Staff are keen pupils should be immensely proud of their school building, value its Victorian architecture and rich past, to demonstrate conservation by example, whilst at the same time inviting collective realisation that their building with its associated architecture and history is a wider part of our town heritage to be valued and cherished.

Oriel Window
Oriel Window

Freeman's School has led through example with the same message pertinent to all, value local heritage, conserve, where possible, architectural features present in structures, demonstrate conservation by example and invite collective awareness that all town buildings contribute to the wider heritage. History should not be ‘photo-shopped’ and full recognition of its value should take us forward into the future.

Wellingborough Civic Society 2016 award to ‘Freeman’s Endowed’,

Thursday 14th July 2016.

The day dawned fine, sunny and warm as was the welcome society members received from staff and children during their 9am assembly. The sun streamed through the beautiful restored Victorian windows in the hall which really showed them to best effect; it was as if the building itself and not just the people in it was aware of the occasion.    

Shena Krupin, Chair, Wellingborough Civic Society, Paul Stuart, Chair of Governors
Freemans Endowed and Janis Zakis, Headmaster

Our short time spent at ‘Freeman’s Endowed’ was extremely special, the overall atmosphere of care and respect for everyone within was tangible and this, in conjunction with obvious enthusiasm combined and undeniable thirst for knowledge demonstrated by staff and pupils alike, created a lasting memory for our society.

Martin, a member of Wellingborough Civic Society showing the plaque during school assembly

Norhamptonshire Telegraph
This material also published by Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph

Freeman's Endowed

Wellingborough Civic Society Award 2015:
The Glamis Hall for All Group

We are delighted to announce that The Wellingborough Civic Award for 2015 is to be presented to Glamis Hall and their team of dedicated volunteers for the ethos ‘Glamis Hall for All’.
Past recipients of our awards have been diverse and varied, chosen either for architecture or a valued community project and have included, Wellingborough museum, bandstand in Castle Fields, wooden zoo animals in Croyland Abbey near to the Tithe Barn and last year the Old Sun Laundry Site on Westfield Road, Wellingborough. The award can only be considered by society members for a building or community project completed within the twelve month period between each AGM.

It was in this spirit that members voted at our May 2015 AGM for Glamis Hall, not in this case for any architectural merit associated with the building, but for a valuable community project destined to help all Wellingborough citizens for many years to come. The campaign to prevent closure of Glamis Hall was hard fought and our society watched, in company with many others the fraught path, initially paved with official scorn, taken by Heather and her intrepid volunteers which led to eventual success.

Wellingborough Civic Society would like to invite all face book friends and visitors to the award presentation which will take place on Sunday 16th August 2015, 2pm at Glamis Hall, Goldsmith Road, Wellingborough NN8 3RU, where Heather and her dedicated team will be on hand to receive our 2015 award plaque.
There is still much work to be done which will, we are certain span many years, but with each ‘brick’ secured firmly into place, the care and services provided by this essential community resource will continue to develop and grow, providing benefit to all residents of Wellingborough for many years to come.

Glamis Hall

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE TELEGRAPH article appeared on August 18th, 2015:
Award for the volunteers behind Wellingborough’s Glamis Hall.


Wellingborough Civic Society Award 2014:
Presented to Morton Wykes Kramer Architects

Laundry Close Development

Monday 4th August at 2.30pm, Wellingborough Civic Society presented the annual civic award for 2014 to Mr Dominic Kramer from Morton, Wykes and Kramer, architects of the housing development at the old Sun Laundry site, Sun Lane, Wellingborough.

Mr Kramer was pleased to receive the award and is to explore the placing of the plaque somewhere on the development in conjunction with Wellingborough Homes. The afternoon was warm and sunny, allowing the photographers present from the Herald and Post and Evening Telegraph to take, we hope, some super pictures.


Dominic Kramer, Architect, Morton Wykes and Kramer, receiving 2014 Civic Award