In Conclusion [part only]
Northamptonshire is rich in churches, country houses and pretty villages, but it cannot be said that the county is rich in impressive public houses. Certainly pubs abound but generally they are not the type which would feature in a county guide book, or which have a fascinating historical aspect similar to those to be found for example in Nottinghamshire.
Northamptonshire's pubs, however, have been the 'man in the street's' prime source of relaxation since the days of the Industrial Revolution, and indeed before.
It is not the object here to look at the history of the pubs mentioned in the previous chapters. Few date back for more than one hundred years, the Green Dragon, at Higham Ferrers being a notable exception. All of them however, new or old, have this common denominator of serving a need or of being a centre for a group activity. Man does not visit a pub just to drink; beer and spirits can be consumed in his own home. Man is by nature a 'herd' animal and it is this instinct which compels the average man to gather with his fellows and take part in some mutual interest. Obviously limited by the size of available rooms, these interests are usually of a minority appeal, Pigeon fancying, Skittles playing, darts matches and the like. Evidence of the Lodges of the Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes is present in many of Northamptonshire’s public houses. Rotarians, Traders, Wine makers, photographers, all make use of their particular favourite public house.
It is small wonder that the jazz musicians of Northamptonshire decided to take their music into the pubs rather than the village hall or the theatre stage. Here were 'club' rooms tailored to the correct dimensions, with, in some cases, the nucleus of a ready-made audience waiting to see what prospects of entertainment this comparatively new idea would provide, is mentioned in the opening chapter, jazz, anywhere else in the world other than Britain is an expensive commodity, and now the opportunity presented itself to listen and presumably enjoy jazz for the price of a pint.