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Northamptonshire
Image:EnglandNorthamptonshire.png
Geography
Status Ceremonial & Non-metropolitan county
Region East Midlands
Area
- Total
- Admin. council
Ranked 24th
2,364 km² (912.7 sq mi)
Ranked 22nd
Admin HQ Northampton
ISO 3166-2 GB-NTH
ONS code 34
NUTS 3 UKF23
Demographics
Population
- Total (2006 est.)
- Density
- Admin. council
Ranked 33rd
669,300
283/km² (733/sq mi)
Ranked 16th
Ethnicity 95.1% White
2.0% S.Asian
1.2% Black British.
Politics
Arms of Northamptonshire County Council
Northamptonshire County Council
http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/
Executive Conservative
Members of Parliament
Districts
  1. South Northamptonshire
  2. Northampton
  3. Daventry
  4. Wellingborough
  5. Kettering
  6. Corby
  7. East Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire (abbreviated Northants or N'hants) is a landlocked county in central England with a population of 629,676 (2001 census). It has borders with Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire (including the Borough of Milton Keynes), Oxfordshire, and Lincolnshire (England's shortest county boundary: 19 metres). The county town is Northampton. map of admin county File links The following pages link to this file: Northamptonshire Corby (UK Parliament constituency) Daventry (UK Parliament constituency) Kettering (UK Parliament constituency) Northampton South (UK Parliament constituency) Northampton North (UK Parliament constituency) Wellingborough (UK Parliament constituency) Categories: GFDL images ... The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ... Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are one of the four levels of English administrative division used for the purposes of local government. ... The region, also known as Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity of England in the United Kingdom. ... The East Midlands is one of the regions of England and consists of most of the eastern half of the traditional region of the Midlands. ... Area is the measure of how much exposed area any two dimensional object has. ... This is a List of Ceremonial counties of England by Area. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... This is a List of Administrative shire counties of England by Area, that is to say Administrative counties with a two-tier County council structure, not including Administrative counties which are Unitary Authorities. ... Northampton is a large market town and a local government district in the English East Midlands region. ... The ISO 3166-2 codes for the United Kingdom correspond to the nations administrative divisions. ... The Office for National Statistics coding system is a hierarchical code used in the United Kingdom for tabulating census and other statistical data. ... The Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) is a geocode standard for referencing the administrative division of countries for statistical purposes. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... This is a List of Ceremonial counties of England by Population - 2002 mid-year estimates from the Office for National Statistics, unrounded figures published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the Entitlement Notification Reports for Revenue Support Grants [1]. See also: List of Administrative shire counties of... This is a list of non-metropolitan counties of England by population. ... Image File history File links Northants_arms. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... This is a list of MPs elected in the UK general election, 2005 to the House of Commons for the Fifty-Fourth Parliament of the United Kingdom at the United Kingdom general election, 2005, arranged by constituency. ... Peter William Bone (born October 19, 1952) is a British Conservative Party politician, and MP for Wellingborough. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... Timothy Eric Boswell (born December 2, 1942) is an English politician, and Tory member of Parliament for Daventry since 1987. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... Brian Arthur Roland Binley (born 1 May 1942) is a United Kingdom Conservative Party politician. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... Philip Hollobone MP Philip Thomas Hollobone (born November 7, 1964) He is a British politician and is both a Conservative Member of Parliament for the Kettering constituency (since 2005) and a Conservative member of Kettering Borough Council for the Buccleuch ward (since 2003) Philip Hollobone was educated at Dulwich College... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... Philip Ian Hope (born 19 April 1955) is a politician in the United Kingdom, and Labour and Co-operative member of Parliament for Corby. ... The Labour Party is a political party in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the British political party. ... Sally Curtis Keeble (born 13 October 1951, Mrs Andrew Potter) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. ... The Labour Party is a political party in the United Kingdom. ... map File links The following pages link to this file: Northamptonshire User:Morwen/Allnumbered Categories: GFDL images ... South Northamptonshire is a local government district in Northamptonshire, England. ... Northampton is a large market town and a local government district in the English East Midlands region. ... The Daventry district is a large local government district of western Northamptonshire, England. ... Wellingborough is a local government district and borough in Northamptonshire, England. ... Kettering is a local government district and borough in Northamptonshire, England. ... For other uses, see Corby (disambiguation). ... East Northamptonshire is a local government district in Northamptonshire, England. ... The traditional counties as usually portrayed. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... A detailed map Stratford-upon-Avon Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire (pronounced // or //) is a landlocked non-metropolitan county in central England. ... Leicestershire ( IPA: (RP), IPA: (locally)), abbreviation Leics. ... Oakham Castle Rutland is traditionally Englands smallest county and is bounded on the west and north by Leicestershire, northeast by Lincolnshire, and southeast by Northamptonshire. ... Cambridgeshire (abbreviated Cambs) is a county in England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the northeast, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. ... Bedfordshire (abbreviated Beds) is a county in England that forms part of the East of England region. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... The Borough of Milton Keynes is a unitary authority and borough in south central England, at the northern tip of the South East England Region. ... Oxfordshire (abbreviated Oxon, from the Latinised form Oxonia) is a county in the South East of England, bordering on Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Warwickshire. ... For other places with the same name, see Lincolnshire (disambiguation). ... Northampton is a large market town and a local government district in the English East Midlands region. ...


Northamptonshire has often been called the county of "squires and spires" due to its wide variety of historic buildings and country houses. For other uses, see Squire (disambiguation). ... A modern spire on the Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre A spire is a tapering conical or pyramidal structure on the top of a building, particularly a church tower. ...


Northamptonshire's county flower is the Cowslip. A county flower is a flowering plant chosen to symbolise a county. ... Binomial name Primula veris L. Primula veris, commonly known as the Cowslip, is a low growing perennial herbaceous flowering plant with yellow flowers, in the genus Primula. ...

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Geography

By the standards of the English Midlands, Northamptonshire is an upland county. It includes the watershed between the Severn and The Wash. Several important rivers have their sources in the north west of the county, these include the River Nene (to The Wash) and the "Warwickshire Avon" (to the Severn). In the 1820s it was boasted that "not a single brook, however insignificant, flows into it from any other district". The highest point in the county is nevertheless the modest Arbury Hill at 225 m (738 ft). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Severn” redirects here. ... The Wash, as seen looking west from Heacham, Norfolk The Wash is also the name of a 2001 film. ... The River Nene is a river in the east of England. ... The River Avon or Avon is a river in or adjoining the counties of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire in the midlands of England. ... Arbury Hill, at 225 m (738 ft), is the highest point in the English county of Northamptonshire. ...


Northampton is the largest town in the county, with a population of 194,122. This is followed by Corby (53,500), Kettering (51,063), Wellingborough (46,959 ), Rushden (25,849) and Daventry (22,367). Most of the county's population is concentrated in a central north-south band which includes the four largest towns (corresponding to districts 2, 4, 5 & 6 on the map). The west (districts 1 & 3) and east (district 7) are predominantly rural with small towns and many villages. Northamptonshire is a long, thin county (more so with the Soke of Peterborough), running from south-west to north-east. Northampton is a large market town and a local government district in the English East Midlands region. ... For other uses, see Corby (disambiguation). ... This article is about Kettering in England. ... , Wellingborough is a town in Northamptonshire, England situated some eleven miles from the county town of Northampton. ... , Rushden is a town in England in the county of Northamptonshire, lying on the A6 mid-way between Bedford and Kettering. ... Holy Cross Church Daventry is a market town in Northamptonshire, England with a population of 22,367 (2001 census). ... The Soke of Peterborough is an historic area of England that is traditionally associated with the City of Peterborough and Diocese of Peterborough, but considered part of Northamptonshire. ...


Places

These are the main settlements in Northamptonshire with a town charter, a population over 5,000, or otherwise notable. For a complete list of settlements see List of places in Northamptonshire This is a list of places in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom: Contents: Top - A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A Althorp - Arthingworth - Ashby St Ledgers B Badby - Bannaventa - Barby - Boughton - Brackley...

Map sources for Brackley at grid reference SP5837 Brackley is a town in south Northamptonshire, England. ... The marina at Braunston Braunston is a village and civil parish in the county of Northamptonshire, England, It has a population of 1,675 (2001 census). ... Brixworth is a large village and civil parish in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire in England. ... For other uses, see Corby (disambiguation). ... Holy Cross Church Daventry is a market town in Northamptonshire, England with a population of 22,367 (2001 census). ... Desborough is a town in Northamptonshire, England. ... This article is about Kettering in England. ... Long Buckby is a village and civil parish in Northamptonshire England. ... For the place in Otago, New Zealand, see Naseby, New Zealand. ... Northampton is a large market town and a local government district in the English East Midlands region. ... Map sources for Oundle at grid reference TL0388 Oundle is an ancient market town on the River Nene in Northamptonshire, England, with a population of 5,345 (2001 census). ... Pitsford is a village in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire in England. ... Map sources for Raunds at grid reference SP9972 Raunds is a small market town situated in rural Northamptonshire, England. ... Rothwell is a town in Northamptonshire. ... , Rushden is a town in England in the county of Northamptonshire, lying on the A6 mid-way between Bedford and Kettering. ... Map sources for Silverstone at grid reference SP670440 Silverstone is a medium sized village in Northamptonshire, England. ... , Towcester (pronounced ) is a small town in Northamptonshire, England with a population of 8,856 (2001 census). ... Thrapston is a small town in Northamptonshire, England. ... Weedon Bec (usually called just Weedon) is a large village and parish in the Daventry district of Northamptonshire, England. ... , Wellingborough is a town in Northamptonshire, England situated some eleven miles from the county town of Northampton. ...

Peterborough

The Soke of Peterborough, including the City of Peterborough, was historically associated with Northamptonshire as the county diocese is focused upon the cathedral there. Under the Local Government Act 1972 Peterborough became a district of Cambridgeshire. The Soke of Peterborough is an historic area of England that is traditionally associated with the City of Peterborough and Diocese of Peterborough, but considered part of Northamptonshire. ... Peterborough is a city in the East of England. ... The Local Government Act 1972 (1972 c. ... Cambridgeshire (abbreviated Cambs) is a county in England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the northeast, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. ...


History

Main article History of Northamptonshire At some time in the 7th century the district which is now Northamptonshire suffered a simultaneous invasion by the West Saxons from the south and the Anglian tribes from the north, and relics discovered in the county testify to a mingling of races, at the same time showing that West...


Pre-Celtic and Celtic peoples settled in the region, and there are some traces of Roman settlements and roads. Most notably the Watling Street passed through the county, and there was an important Roman settlement called Lactodorum on the site of modern day Towcester. There were other Roman settlements at the site of Northampton, and along the Nene Valley near Raunds. This article is about the European people. ... For other uses, see Roman Empire (disambiguation). ... The modern Watling Street crossing the Medway at Rochester near the Roman and Celt crossings Watling Street is the name given to an ancient trackway in England and Wales that was first used by the Celts mainly between the modern cities of Canterbury and St Albans. ... , Towcester (pronounced ) is a small town in Northamptonshire, England with a population of 8,856 (2001 census). ... The River Nene is a river in the east of England. ... Map sources for Raunds at grid reference SP9972 Raunds is a small market town situated in rural Northamptonshire, England. ...


After the Romans left, the area became part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, and Northampton functioned as an administrative centre. The area was overrun by the Danes (Vikings) in the 9th century and briefly became part of the Danelaw, but was later re-claimed by the Saxons. Consequently, it is one of the few counties in England to have both Saxon and Danish town-names and settlements. For other uses, see Anglo-Saxon. ... The Kingdom of Mercia at its greatest extent (7th to 9th centuries) is shown in green, with the original core area (6th century) given a darker tint. ... For other uses, see Viking (disambiguation). ... As a means of recording the passage of time the 9th century was the century that lasted from 801 to 900. ... Green: Danelaw The Danelaw (from the Old English Dena lagu, Danish: Danelagen ) is an 11th century name for an area of northern and eastern England under the administrative control of the Vikings (or Danes, or Norsemen) from the late 9th century. ...


The county was first recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (1011), as Hamtunscire: the scire (shire) of Hamtun (the homestead). The "North" was added to distinguish Northampton from the other important Hamtun further south: Southampton. The initial page of the Peterborough Chronicle. ... Events Emperor Sanjo ascends to the throne of Japan. ... A shire is an administrative area of Great Britain and Australia. ...


Later, Rockingham Castle was built for William the Conqueror and was used as a Royal fortress until Elizabethan times. The now-ruined Fotheringhay castle was used to imprison Mary, Queen of Scots before her execution. In 1460, during the Wars of the Roses, the Battle of Northampton took place and King Henry VI was captured. Rockingham Castle is a former castle, now home, is in Rockingham Forest on the northern edge of the English county of Northamptonshire a mile to the north of Corby. ... William I ( 1027 – September 9, 1087), was King of England from 1066 to 1087. ... “Elizabethan” redirects here. ... Fotheringhay is a village in Northamptonshire, England. ... Mary I (popularly known as Mary, Queen of Scots: French: ); (December 8, 1542 – February 8, 1587) was Queen of Scots (the monarch of the Kingdom of Scotland) from December 14, 1542, to July 24, 1567. ... Events The first Portuguese navigators reach the coast of modern Sierra Leone. ... Lancaster York For other uses, see Wars of the Roses (disambiguation). ... Combatants House of York House of Lancaster Commanders Warwick Henry VI, Buckingham Strength 20,000-30,000 10,000-15,000 Casualties Unknown 300 The Battle of Northampton was a battle in the Wars of the Roses, which took place on 10 July 1460. ... Henry VI (December 6, 1421 – May 21, 1471) was King of England from 1422 to 1461 (though with a Regent until 1437) and then from 1470 to 1471, and King of France from 1422 to 1453. ...

John Speed's 17th century map of Northamptonshire.
John Speed's 17th century map of Northamptonshire.

During the English Civil War Northamptonshire strongly supported the Parliamentarian cause, and the Royalist forces suffered a crushing defeat at the Battle of Naseby in 1645 in the north of the county. King Charles I was later imprisoned at Holdenby House. Image File history File links Speed_Northampton. ... Image File history File links Speed_Northampton. ... John Speed (1542-1629) was a historian, now best remembered as the cartographer whose maps of English counties are often found framed in homes throughout the UK. He was born at Farndon in Cheshire, and went into his fathers tailoring business where he worked until he was about 50... For other uses, see English Civil War (disambiguation). ... The Roundheads was the nickname given to the supporters of Parliament during the English Civil War. ... Prince Rupert of the Rhine Cavaliers was the name used by Parliamentarians for the Royalist supporters of King Charles I during the English Civil War (1642–1651). ... Combatants Parliamentarians Royalists Commanders Sir Thomas Fairfax Oliver Cromwell King Charles I Prince Rupert of the Rhine Strength 6,000 horse 7,000 foot 4,100 horse 3,300 foot Casualties 150 total casualties[1] approximately 1,000 killed, 5,000 captured[1] The Battle of Naseby was the key... // Events January 10 - Archbishop Laud executed on Tower Hill, London. ... Charles I (19 November 1600 – 30 January 1649) was King of England, King of Scotland and King of Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his execution in 1649. ... Holdenby Palace before its demolition in the 17th century Holdenby House is a historic country house in Northamptonshire, completed 1583 by the Elizabethan Lord chancellor, Sir Christopher Hatton. ...


In the 18th and 19th centuries, parts of Northamptonshire became industrialized. Northampton and its surrounding areas, gained a sizeable shoe making and leather industry and by the end of the nineteenth century it was almost definitely the boot and shoe making capital of the world. And in the north of the county a large ironstone quarrying industry developed. In the 20th century, during the 1930s, the town of Corby was established as a major centre of the steel industry. Much of Northamptonshire nevertheless remains largely rural. (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... A shoe is an item of footwear worn on the foot or feet of a human, dog, cat, horse, or doll. ... Modern leather-working tools Leather is a material created through the tanning of hides and skins of animals, primarily cattlehide. ... Black-band ironstone, 2. ... For other uses, see Quarry (disambiguation). ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the World Depression. ... For other uses, see Corby (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Steel (disambiguation). ...


After the Second World War Northampton and Corby were designated as new towns. As of 2005 the government is encouraging development in the South Midlands area, including Kettering and Corby. Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... A new town, planned community or planned city is a city, town, or community that was designed from scratch, and grew up more or less following the plan. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The South Midlands and Milton Keynes area The South Midlands is an area of England. ...


Politics

National representation

Northamptonshire returns six members of Parliament. Following the 2005 general election, four MPs belong to the Conservative Party, while the other two represent the Labour Party. A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... It has been suggested that Marginal constituencies in the United Kingdom be merged into this article or section. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... The Labour Party is a political party in the United Kingdom. ...


Local government

Like most English shire counties, Northamptonshire has a two-tier structure of local government. The county has an elected county council based in Northampton, and is also divided into seven districts each with their own district councils. There is no single system of local government in the United Kingdom. ... In the British Isles, a county council is a council that governs a county. ... Northampton is a large market town and a local government district in the English East Midlands region. ... Non-metropolitan districts or commonly Shire districts are a type of local government district in England. ...


These districts are: Corby, Daventry district, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire, Wellingborough (see map). The district council offices for East Northamptonshire are based in Thrapston, and those for South Northamptonshire are based in Towcester. Northamptonshire also has a large number of civil parishes. For other uses, see Corby (disambiguation). ... The Daventry district is a large local government district of western Northamptonshire, England. ... East Northamptonshire is a local government district in Northamptonshire, England. ... Kettering is a local government district and borough in Northamptonshire, England. ... Northampton is a large market town and a local government district in the English East Midlands region. ... South Northamptonshire is a local government district in Northamptonshire, England. ... Wellingborough is a local government district and borough in Northamptonshire, England. ... Thrapston is a small town in Northamptonshire, England. ... , Towcester (pronounced ) is a small town in Northamptonshire, England with a population of 8,856 (2001 census). ... This is a list of civil parishes in Northamptonshire, England. ...


Until 2005, Northamptonshire County Council, for which each of the 73 electoral divisions in the county elects a single councillor, had been held by the Labour Party since 1993; before then it had been under no overall control since 1981. The councils of the rural districts — Daventry, East Northamptonshire, and South Northamptonshire — are strongly Conservative, whereas composition in the urban districts is more mixed. At the 2003 local elections, Labour lost control of Kettering, Northampton, and Wellingborough, retaining only Corby. Elections for the entire County Council are held every four years — the last were held on 5 May 2005 when control of the County Council changed from the Labour Party to the Conservatives. The County Council uses a leader and cabinet executive system and has recently (from April 2006) abolished its area committees. A constituency is any cohesive corporate unit or body bound by shared structures, goals or loyalty. ... NOC can refer to: National Olympic Committee, a group eligible to enter athletes and teams into an Olympic Games. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... // is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Many large British councils have a system of area committees, with responsibility for services in particular part of the area covered by the council. ...


Northampton itself is somewhat unusual in being the most populous urban district in England not to be administered as a unitary authority (even though several smaller districts are unitary). During the 1990s local government reform, Northampton Borough Council petitioned strongly for unitary status, which led to fractured relations with the County Council. A unitary authority is a type of local authority, which has a single tier and is responsible for all local government functions within its area. ... The structure of local government in the United Kingdom underwent large changes in the 1990s. ...


Northamptonshire is policed by Northamptonshire Police, and is covered by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service. Northamptonshire Police is the Home Office police force responsible for policing Northamptonshire in the East Midlands of England. ... The Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is the fire and rescue service covering the county of Northamptonshire in the English East Midlands. ...


Before 1974, the Soke of Peterborough was considered part of Northamptonshire for ceremonial purposes, although it had had a separate county council since the 19th century, and separate Quarter Sessions courts before then. The City of Peterborough is now part of the county of Cambridgeshire. Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... The Soke of Peterborough is an historic area of England that is traditionally associated with the City of Peterborough and Diocese of Peterborough, but considered part of Northamptonshire. ... The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Courts of Quarter Sessions or Quarter Sessions were periodic courts held in each county and county borough in England and Wales until 1972, when together with the Assize courts they were abolished by the Courts Act 1971 and replaced by a single permanent Crown Court of England and Wales. ... Peterborough is a city in the East of England. ... Cambridgeshire (abbreviated Cambs) is a county in England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the northeast, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. ...


Economy

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Northamptonshire at current basic prices published (pp.240-253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[1] Agriculture[2] Industry[3] Services[4]
1995 6,139 112 2,157 3,870
2000 9,743 79 3,035 6,630
2003 10,901 90 3,260 7,551
  1. ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
  2. ^ includes hunting and forestry
  3. ^ includes energy and construction
  4. ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

Northamptonshire has some nationally important companies. Historically, it is home to footwear manufacturing companies. The Dr. Martens company in the UK is based in Wollaston near Wellingborough, where the boots used to be made. Weetabix is made at Burton Latimer near Kettering. Carlsberg is brewed in Northampton. Daventry has many distribution centres. Dr. Martens is a brand of shoe, often known as Doc Martens, Docs, or DMs. They have a characteristic air-cushioned sole, dubbed Bouncing Soles, developed by Dr. Klaus Maertens (note the different spelling). ... Wollaston is a village in Eastern Northamptonshire, England. ... Weetabix is a wheat-based breakfast cereal produced by Weetabix Limited. ... Map sources for Burton Latimer at grid reference SP8974 Burton Latimer is a town in Northamptonshire, England with a population of around 7,100. ... Note: Carling beer is not produced by the Carlsberg brewery. ...


Education

Northamptonshire operates a complete comprehensive system. There are no selective schools. However, selection by house price instead may be taking place. At GCSE, for those obtaining 5 GCSEs at grades A-C including Maths and English, the England average is 45.8%. The Northamptonshire average is 42.1% - below average. The best state school in Northamptonshire is Brooke Weston in Corby with 100% for the past 4years, followed by the Bishop Stopford School in Kettering with 81% and then the Northampton School For Boys with 80%. These are excellent results for comprehensive schools. For the Brooke Weston result, this is substantially (three times) better than other schools in Corby, and Brooke Weston is often in the top five comprehensives in England. It is almost like a selective system in Corby. The same could be said for Northampton, with only the Northampton schools for boys and girls producing good results. Wellingborough is also the same to a lesser extent, with only the Sir Christopher Hatton School producing good results. At A level, the best schools are the Campion School in Bugbrooke, South Northamptonshire; followed by the Ferrers Specialist Arts College in Higham Ferrers; then the Moulton Schools and Science College in Moulton, Daventry district; and then the Northampton School for Boys. The Brooke Weston CTC does not achieve particularly high results at A level, but above average. Bishop Stopford School is located in the Headlands, Kettering, England. ... Northampton School for Boys (NSB) is a secondary school in Northampton, England. ... Northampton School for Boys (NSB) is a secondary school in Northampton, England. ... Northampton School For Girls (NSG) is a girls-only comprehensive secondary school in Northampton, England. ... Christopher Hatton, c. ... Campion School, Bugbrooke, is located in a village close to Northampton, UK. It has been a Language College since September 1997. ... Bugbrooke is a large village in Northamptonshire, England. ... Moulton is a village in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire in England. ...


Northamptonshire boasts an extensive music and performing arts service that provides peripatetic music teaching to schools in the area. It also supports 15 local Saturday morning music and performing arts centres around the county as well as providing a range of county level music groups. Northamptonshire boasts an extensive music and performing arts service to provide peripatetic instrumental music lessons in local schools. ...


Average score at GCSE by council district (%)

  • 1. South Northamptonshire 51.5
  • 2. East Northamptonshire 48.4
  • 3. Kettering 47.8
  • 4. Daventry 44.0
  • 5. Northampton 37.5
  • 6. Corby 36.2
  • 7. Wellingborough 34.8

Transport

The gap in the hills at Watford Gap meant that many southeast to northwest routes passed through Northamptonshire. The Roman Road Watling Street (now part of the A5) passed through here, as did later canals, railways and major roads. Watford Gap and the small village of Watford in Northamptonshire, is the traditional crossing point on the old east-west coaching route across England. ... The modern Watling Street crossing the Medway at Rochester near the Roman and Celt crossings Watling Street is the name given to an ancient trackway in England and Wales that was first used by the Celts mainly between the modern cities of Canterbury and St Albans. ... The A5 is a major road in the United Kingdom. ...


Roads

Major roads such as the M1 motorway and the A14 provide Northamptonshire with valuable transport links, both north-south and east-west. The A43 joins the M1 to the M40, passing through the south of the county to the Junction west of Brackley. The former steelworks town of Corby is now home to large areas of warehousing and distribution companies. The M1 motorway heading south towards junction 37 at Barnsley, South Yorkshire. ... The A14 is a major road in England, running from the Port of Felixstowe to the junction of the M1 and M6 motorways near Rugby. ... Old warehouses in Amsterdam Inside Green Logistics Co. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing Distribution is one of the 4 aspects of marketing. ...


Rivers and Canals

The Grand Union Canal at Braunston
The Grand Union Canal at Braunston

See also: Rivers in Northamptonshire Download high resolution version (1000x616, 179 KB)The Grand Union Canal seen here at Braunston in Northamptonshire, at the top right of the picture can be seen the spire of Braunston village church. ... Download high resolution version (1000x616, 179 KB)The Grand Union Canal seen here at Braunston in Northamptonshire, at the top right of the picture can be seen the spire of Braunston village church. ...


Two major canals - the Oxford and the Grand Union — join in the county at Braunston. Notable features include a flight of 17 locks on the Grand Union at Rothersthorpe, the canal museum at Stoke Bruerne, and a tunnel at Blisworth which, at 3076 yards (2813 m), is the third-longest navigable canal tunnel on the UK canal network. The canal at Braunston The Grand Union Canal is a canal in England and part of the British canal system. ... The marina at Braunston Braunston is a village and civil parish in the county of Northamptonshire, England, It has a population of 1,675 (2001 census). ... Canal locks in England. ... Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum is a canal museum located next to the Grand Union Canal, near the village of Stoke Bruerne in Northamptonshire England. ... Categories: UK geography stubs | Villages in Northamptonshire | British visitor attractions ... Southern entrance to Blisworth Tunnel Blisworth Tunnel is a canal tunnel on the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire, England between the villages of Stoke Bruerne (southern end) and Blisworth (northern end). ... For canals of Northern Ireland see the Canals of Ireland article // History See History of the British canal system for a more detailed history. ...


A branch of the Grand Union Canal connects to the River Nene in Northampton and has been upgraded to a "wide canal" in places and is known as the Nene Navigation. It is famous for its guillotine locks. The River Nene is a river in the east of England. ...


For last five years Northamptonshire County Council is in partnership with WS Atkins, Europe's largest Engineering Consultants to manage and maintain all highways functions.


Railways

The West Coast Main Line running alongside the M1 motorway near Daventry
The West Coast Main Line running alongside the M1 motorway near Daventry

Two trunk railway routes, the West Coast Main Line and the Midland Main Line traverse the county. At its peak, Northamptonshire had 75 railway stations. It now has only five, at Northampton and Long Buckby (on the WCML), Kettering and Wellingborough (on the Midland Main Line), along with King's Sutton, which is a matter of yards from the boundary with Oxfordshire on the London-Banbury line. Download high resolution version (1000x557, 291 KB)A Virgin trains Pendolino running on the West Coast Main Line alongside the M1 motorway near Daventry in Northamptonshire, England. ... Download high resolution version (1000x557, 291 KB)A Virgin trains Pendolino running on the West Coast Main Line alongside the M1 motorway near Daventry in Northamptonshire, England. ... The M1 motorway heading south towards junction 37 at Barnsley, South Yorkshire. ... Holy Cross Church Daventry is a market town in Northamptonshire, England with a population of 22,367 (2001 census). ... The WCML running alongside the M1 motorway at Watford Gap in Northamptonshire A Virgin Pendolino and freight train on the WCML The West Coast Main Line (WCML) is one of the most important intercity railway lines in the United Kingdom, part of the British railway system. ... The Midland Main Line is a main railway line in the United Kingdom, part of the British railway system. ... Northampton (Castle) railway station is the railway station that serves Northampton and the south of Northamptonshire. ... Long Buckby railway station is a small railway station that serves the Daventry area of north-west Northamptonshire. ... Kettering railway station is to the south-west of the Kettering town centre in Northamptonshire, England. ... Wellingborough station building Wellingborough railway station serves the town of Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, England. ... Kings Sutton is a village in the west of Northamptonshire in England near to the River Cherwell that forms the boundary thereabouts with the county of Oxfordshire. ... The Chiltern Main Line is a name for the railway line between London Marylebone and Birmingham Snow Hill stations. ...


Corby is one of the largest towns in Britain without a railway station. A railway runs through the town (from Kettering to Oakham in Rutland), but is currently used only by freight traffic and occasional diverted passenger trains (which do not call). The line through Corby was once part of a main line to Nottingham via Melton Mowbray but the stretch between Melton and Nottingham was closed in 1968. In the 1980s, an experimental passenger shuttle service was tried between Corby and Kettering, but this was proved unsuccessful. A bus link operated by Midland Mainline provides access to Corby from Kettering station. As of 2005, there are plans to build a new station in Corby - one providing direct access to St Pancras in London and not just a branch line service to Kettering, but these are not yet off the ground. Arms of Rutland County Council Oakham is the county town of Rutland, England. ... Oakham Castle Rutland is traditionally Englands smallest county and is bounded on the west and north by Leicestershire, northeast by Lincolnshire, and southeast by Northamptonshire. ... For other uses, see Nottingham (disambiguation). ... , Melton Mowbray (known locally as Melton) is a town within the Melton borough of Leicestershire, England. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Midland Mainline (MML) is a British train operating company owned by the National Express Group, created after the privatisation of British Rail. ... St Pancras railway station is a railway station in the St Pancras area of central London, between the new British Library building to the west and Kings Cross station to the east. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Northamptonshire was hit hard by the Beeching Axe in the 1960s, with stations such as Towcester's being slowly left to rot. [1] One of the most notable closures was that of the line connecting Northampton to Peterborough by way of Wellingborough, Thrapston, and Oundle. Its closure left eastern Northamptonshire devoid of railways. Part of this route has been re-opened as the Nene Valley Railway, with a small section of line, and the station at Yarwell junction being within Northamptonshire. Many railway lines were closed as a result of the Beeching Axe The Beeching Axe is an informal name for the British Governments attempt in the 1960s to reduce the cost of running the British railway system. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... This article is about the city in the United Kingdom. ... Thrapston is a small town in Northamptonshire, England. ... Map sources for Oundle at grid reference TL0388 Oundle is an ancient market town on the River Nene in Northamptonshire, England, with a population of 5,345 (2001 census). ... Wansford station viewed from the road A view of the station at Peterborough Swedish B Class No. ... Yarwell is a village on the River Nene in the extreme East of the English county of Northamptonshire near the border with Cambridgeshire. ...


A section of one of the closed lines, the Northampton to Market Harborough line, is now the Northampton & Lamport heritage railway, while the route as a whole forms a part of the National Cycle Network, as the Brampton Valley Way. , The stilted Old Grammar School Market Harborough is a market town in Leicestershire, England. ... The Northampton & Lamport Railway is a standard gauge heritage railway in Northamptonshire, England. ... A scene on a heritage railway. ... The first section of the NCN to be built was the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, opened in 1984. ... The Brampton Valley Way was officially opened by Lady Hesketh on 8th April 1993 in a ceremony at Boughton Crossing. ...


As early as 1897 Northamptonshire had its own putative Channel Tunnel rail link with the creation of the Great Central Railway, which was intended to connect to a tunnel under the English Channel. Although the complete project never came to fruition, the rail link through Northamptonshire was constructed, and had stations at Charwelton, Woodford Halse, Helmdon, and Brackley. It became part of the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923 (and of British Railways in 1948) before its closure in 1966. 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The British terminal at Cheriton in west Folkestone, from the Pilgrims Way. ... The Great Central Railway (GCR) was a railway company in England which came into being when the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway changed its name in 1897 on the completion of its London Extension. ... Satellite view of the English Channel The English Channel (French: , the sleeve) is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates the island of Great Britain from northern France and joins the North Sea to the Atlantic. ... Charwelton is a village in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire in England. ... Woodford Halse is a village in the Daventry district of Northamptonshire in England, and is situated approximately 10 miles (16 km) south-west of Daventry and 15 miles (24 km) north-east of Banbury. ... Helmdon is a village that is in the district of South Northamptonshire in the English county of Northamptonshire. ... Map sources for Brackley at grid reference SP5837 Brackley is a town in south Northamptonshire, England. ... Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...


Before nationalization of the railways in 1948 and the creation of British Railways), Northamptonshire was home to three of the "Big Four" railway companies; the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, London and North Eastern Railway and Great Western Railway. Only the Southern Railway was not represented. Post nationalisation, it is served by Silverlink, Central Trains, Chiltern Railways and Midland Mainline. So from having 75 stations in 1948 and three operators it has 5 stations with four operators. Nationalization or nationalisation is the act of transferring assets into public ownership. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... British Railways (BR), later rebranded as British Rail, ran the British railway system, from the nationalisation of the Big Four British railway companies in 1948 until its privatisation in stages between 1994 and 1997. ... The London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS1) was a British railway company. ... LNER timetable for Autumn 1926 detailing the resumption of services after the General Strike. ... The original Bristol Temple Meads station, first terminus of the GWR, is the building to the left of this picture The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company, linking South West England, the West Country and South Wales with London. ... The Southern Railway in the United Kingdom was the smallest of the four railway systems created in the Grouping ordered by the Railways Act 1921. ... Silverlink Trains is a regional franchise in the British railway system with routes in suburban London and from London to Northampton. ... Central Trains rolling stock at Liverpool Lime Street railway station Central Trains is a train operating company in the United Kingdom, running local and long-distance services in central England. ... Chiltern Railways is a train operating company in England. ... Midland Mainline (MML) is a British train operating company owned by the National Express Group, created after the privatisation of British Rail. ...


Media

Northamptonshire has a local BBC radio station, BBC Radio Northampton, which broadcasts on two FM frequencies — 104.2 MHz for the south and west of the county (including Northampton and surrounding area) and 103.6 MHz for the north of the county (including Kettering and Corby). There are three commercial radio stations. Northants 96 (96.6 MHz FM) is part of GCap Media, whilst AM station Classic Gold (1557 kHz) also forms part of a national network. The former Kettering and Corby Broadcasting Company (KCBC) station originally broadcast on 1530 (later 1584) kHz AM before eventually moving to 107.4 MHz FM. Its studios and FM frequency are still in use following a merger with Wellingborough-based Connect FM which now broadcasts on 97.2 and 107.4 MHz. Broadcasting House in Abington Street, Northampton BBC Radio Northampton is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Northamptonshire. ... FM radio is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... Northampton is a large market town and a local government district in the English East Midlands region. ... This article is about Kettering in England. ... For other uses, see Corby (disambiguation). ... Northants 96 Categories: Station stubs | UK Radio Stations ... GCap Media plc is a British commercial radio company formed from the merger of the Capital Radio Group and GWR Group. ... AM broadcasting is radio broadcasting using Amplitude Modulation. ...


National digital radio is also available in Northamptonshire, though coverage is limited. As of 2005 a multiplex for local DAB stations had yet to be set up. Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB), also known as Eureka 147, is a technology for broadcasting of audio using digital radio transmission. ...


In regional radio and television terms, the county is not usually considered as part of the East Midlands; unusually, it is associated with East Anglia, being part of the BBC East region and the Anglia Television region of ITV, the latter having an office adjacent to BBC Radio Northampton in Abington Street, Northampton. These services are broadcast from the Sandy Heath transmitter. Norfolk and Suffolk, the core area of East Anglia. ... BBC East is the BBC English Region that produces local television and radio programming for Norfolk, Suffolk, northern Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, southern Northamptonshire andBuckinghamshire. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... Sandy Heath transmitter is a television broadcast station located between Sandy, Bedfordshire and Potton near the B1042. ...


Sport

Northamptonshire is home to a number of football teams, the most prominent being the professional sides Northampton Town F.C. of League One and Rushden & Diamonds F.C., who are in the Football Conference. Other teams include Kettering Town F.C., who play in the Conference North, though having been higher. Wellingborough Town F.C. claims to be the sixth oldest in the country. A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... Northampton Town Football Club is a football club based in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. ... Football League One (often referred to as League One for short or Coca-Cola Football League 1 for sponsorship reasons) is the second-highest division of The Football League and third-highest division overall in the English football league system. ... Rushden and Diamonds is an English professional football club who play in the Conference National. ... The Football Conference is a football league at the top of the National League System of non-League football in England. ... Kettering Town Football Club are an English football club based in Kettering, Northamptonshire. ... The Football Conferences logo Conference North (often referred to as Nationwide North for sponsorship reasons) is a division of the Football Conference in England, taking its place immediately below the Conference National. ... Wellingborough Town F.C. is a football club based in England. ...


Northamptonshire is more successful in rugby union, though Northampton Saints were relegated from the Guinness Premiership (the highest league) at the end of the 2006/2007 season. Northamptonshire County Cricket Club is presently in Division Two of the County Championship. For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... Official website www. ... The Guinness Premiership is a professional league competition for rugby union clubs in the top division of the English rugby system. ... Northamptonshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Northamptonshire. ... The County Championship is the domestic first class cricket competition in the United Kingdom, mainly in England. ...


Silverstone has a major motor racing circuit, notably used for the British Grand Prix. Map sources for Silverstone at grid reference SP670440 Silverstone is a medium sized village in Northamptonshire, England. ... Auto racing (also known as automobile racing or autosport) is a sport involving racing automobiles. ... Grand Prix motor racing has its roots in organised automobile racing that began in France as far back as 1894. ...


Rockingham Speedway in Corby is the largest stadium in the UK with 130,000 seats. It is a US-style elliptical racing circuit (the largest of its kind outside of the US), and is used extensively for all kinds of Motor Racing events. Rockingham Motor Speedways Main Grandstand, courtesy of flickr contributor This article is about Rockingham Motor Speedway, a race track in England. ... For other uses, see Corby (disambiguation). ... Auto racing (also known as automobile racing or autosport) is a sport involving racing automobiles. ...


Places of interest

see also Visitor attractions in Northamptonshire

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The last remaining radio mast on the hill Borough Hill is a hill to the east of the town of Daventry in the English county of Northamptonshire. ... Iron Age Axe found on Gotland This article is about the archaeological period known as the Iron Age, for the mythological Iron Age see Iron Age (mythology). ... Access Land icon for use on UK lists of places of interest, created by Joe D. File links The following pages link to this file: Cornwall Isle of Wight Bristol Somerset Buckinghamshire Northamptonshire Bedfordshire County Durham Template:EngPlacesKey Wikipedia:Counties of England List of places in Dorset Wikipedia talk:UK... Boughton House is a country house in the English country of Northamptonshire which belongs to the Duke of Buccleuch. ... The title of Duke of Buccleuch (IPA ) was created in the Peerage of Scotland on 20 April 1663 for the Duke of Monmouth, eldest illegitimate son of Charles II of England, who had married Anne Scott, 4th Countess of Buccleuch. ... Historic House icon For use with Template:EngPlacesKey or any other use. ... Southern entrance to Blisworth Tunnel Blisworth Tunnel is a canal tunnel on the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire, England between the villages of Stoke Bruerne (southern end) and Blisworth (northern end). ... Map sources for Brackley at grid reference SP5837 Brackley is a town in south Northamptonshire, England. ... The Brampton Valley Way was officially opened by Lady Hesketh on 8th April 1993 in a ceremony at Boughton Crossing. ... Access Land icon for use on UK lists of places of interest, created by Joe D. File links The following pages link to this file: Cornwall Isle of Wight Bristol Somerset Buckinghamshire Northamptonshire Bedfordshire County Durham Template:EngPlacesKey Wikipedia:Counties of England List of places in Dorset Wikipedia talk:UK... Burghley House Burghley House is a grand 16th-century English country house near the town of Stamford in Lincolnshire. ... Historic House icon For use with Template:EngPlacesKey or any other use. ... Canons Ashby House is an Elizabethan manor house located in Canons Ashby, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England owned by the National Trust. ... Small National Trust for England logo for use on UK lists of places of interest. ... Castle Ashby House - Northamptonshire Castle Ashby is the name of an estate village in rural Northamptonshire and also the country house of the same name in the village; historically the village was set up to service the needs of Castle Ashby house—the home of the Marquess of Northampton. ... The title of Marquess of Northampton was created in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1812 for the Earl of Northampton. ... Historic House icon For use with Template:EngPlacesKey or any other use. ... Coton is a hamlet in the English county of Northamptonshire. ... Historic House icon For use with Template:EngPlacesKey or any other use. ... Daventry Country Park is a country park located on the north-eastern outskirts of Daventry in Northamptonshire, England. ... Country park icon For use with Template:EngPlacesKey or any other use. ... Deene Park is a medieval country manor located 5 miles north-east of Corby in the county of Northamptonshire. ... Historic House icon For use with Template:EngPlacesKey or any other use. ... Delapré Abbey - the south front Delapré Abbey, Northampton, was one of only two Cluniac nunneries built in England (the other being at Arthington in Yorkshire); the Cluniac order was a branch of the Benedictines and fell under the rule of the great abbey at Cluny in Burgundy. ... Easton Neston is a country house near Towcester (pronounced Toaster) in Northamptonshire, England. ... Historic House icon For use with Template:EngPlacesKey or any other use. ... Historic House icon For use with Template:EngPlacesKey or any other use. ... Fotheringhay is a village in Northamptonshire, England. ... A village (pop. ... The Eleanor Cross at Charing Cross The Eleanor crosses are lavishly decorated stone monuments in the shape of a cross that Edward I of England erected in memory of his wife Eleanor of Castile. ... Holdenby Palace before its demolition in the 17th century Holdenby House is a historic country house in Northamptonshire, completed 1583 by the Elizabethan Lord chancellor, Sir Christopher Hatton. ... Historic House icon For use with Template:EngPlacesKey or any other use. ... Country park icon For use with Template:EngPlacesKey or any other use. ... The Jurassic Way is a designated and signed long-distance footpath that connects the Oxfordshire town of Banbury with the Lincolnshire town of Stamford in England. ... Long-distance trails (or long-distance tracks, paths, footpaths or greenways) are trails or footpaths covering large distances, typically 50 km or more, used for rambling (that is, hiking or backpacking). ... Kelmarsh Hall, Nottinghamshire is an elegant 18th century mansion. ... Historic House icon For use with Template:EngPlacesKey or any other use. ... Kirby Hall in 1829 Kirby Hall is an Elizabethan country house, located near Corby, Northamptonshire,England. ... English Heritage icon for use on UK lists of places of intrest. ... Historic House icon For use with Template:EngPlacesKey or any other use. ... Lamport Hall in Lamport, Northamptonshire, was the home of the Isham family from 1560 to 1976 and is a fine example of a Grade I Listed House. ... Historic House icon For use with Template:EngPlacesKey or any other use. ... Lyveden New Bield (sometimes called New Build) is an unfinished summer house in the parish of Aldwinkle St Peter in the county of Northamptonshire, England. ... Small National Trust for England logo for use on UK lists of places of interest. ... Pitsford Water is a reservoir in Northamptonshire, England, about 6 miles north of Northampton. ... Historic House icon For use with Template:EngPlacesKey or any other use. ... Naseby Field is the location of the Battle of Naseby it is located roughly 20 miles north of Northampton or roughly 7 miles southwest of the town of Market Harborough, and is just north of the A14 main road. ... Northampton Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Northampton, England. ... The Northampton & Lamport Railway is a standard gauge heritage railway in Northamptonshire, England. ... icon for use on UK lists of places of intrest, created by Joe D File links The following pages link to this file: Cornwall Isle of Wight Bristol Somerset Buckinghamshire Northamptonshire Bedfordshire County Durham Template:EngPlacesKey Wikipedia:Counties of England List of places in Dorset Wikipedia talk:UK Wikipedians notice... 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Whittlewood Forest is a former medieval hunting forest in the south of the county of Northamptonshire in England. ... Forrestry Commision logo for use on UK lists of places of intrest. ... Wicksteed Park is an amusement park in Kettering, England. ...

Annual events

Grand Prix motor racing has its roots in organised automobile racing that began in France as far back as 1894. ... Map sources for Silverstone at grid reference SP670440 Silverstone is a medium sized village in Northamptonshire, England. ... A competitor in the 2004 Horse Trials shows good form over one the early cross-country fences The Burghley Horse Trials is an annual three day event held at Burghley House near Stamford, Lincolnshire, England. ... The Crick Boat Show, organised by British Waterways, has quickly established itself as one of Englands most notable annual canal-based events. ... Hollowell is a village in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire in England. ... The Northampton Balloon Festival is an annual event held in the English town of Northampton, in the Racecourse park. ... Rothwell is a town in Northamptonshire. ... Rushden Cavalcade is a 3 day event run by the Rushden Historic Transport Society (RHTS). ... The St Crispin Street Fair is an annual fun fair held in town centre streets of Northampton, England. ...

Colleges

Moulton College is a primarily agricultural college in Northamptonshire, England. ... This article is about The University of Northampton in the present day; for the University in existence from 1261 to 1265, see University of Northampton (thirteenth century). ...

See also

  • People from Northamptonshire
  • History of Northamptonshire

At some time in the 7th century the district which is now Northamptonshire suffered a simultaneous invasion by the West Saxons from the south and the Anglian tribes from the north, and relics discovered in the county testify to a mingling of races, at the same time showing that West...

External links

  • 1894/5 description
  • Northants Forum
  • Northamptonshire History Website
  • Northamptonshire Tourism Website

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