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Historic County of England.

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  • Administrative centre Northampton
  • County Flower - Cowslip
  • People from Northamptonshire are called - ?
  • Famous for:
  • Boot and Shoe Making
  • Iron and Steel industry
  • Landmarks and Places of Interest
  • Barnwell Manor - former home of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
  • Holdenby House
  • Kirby Hall is an Elizabethan country house, located near Gretton, Northamptonshire, England. (Nearest town being Corby). Kirby was owned by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I
  • Castle Ashby
  • Cottesbrooke Hall

Northamptonshire (abbreviated Northants.) archaicly the County of Narthamton, is a landlocked ceremonial county of historic origin in the East Midlands of England. It has boundaries with eight other ceremonial counties: Warwickshire to the west, Leicestershire and Rutland to the north, Cambridgeshire to the east, Bedfordshire to the south-east, Buckinghamshire to the south, Oxfordshire to the south-west and Lincolnshire to the north-east – England's shortest county boundary at 19 metres (21 yd).

Northamptonshire is a landlocked county located in the southern part of the East Midlands region which is sometimes known as the South Midlands. The county contains the watershed between the River Severn and The Wash while several important rivers have their sources in the north-west of the county, including the River Nene, which flows north-eastwards to The Wash, and the "Warwickshire Avon", which flows south-west to the Severn. The highest point in the county is Arbury Hill at 225 metres (738 ft).

Historically, Northamptonshire's main industry was the manufacture of boots and shoes. Although R Griggs and Co Ltd, the manufacturer of Dr. Martens, still has its UK base in Wollaston near Wellingborough, the shoe industry in the county is now nearly gone.

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 2,813 metres (3,076 yd), is the third-longest navigable canal tunnel on the UK canal network.

The Districts of Northamptonshire


  1. South Northamptonshire
  2. Northampton
  3. Daventry
  4. Wellingborough
  5. Kettering
  6. Corby
  7. East Northamptonshire

Towns with 2011 population figures

  • Northampton 212,100
  • Kettering 93,500
  • Corby 61,300
  • Wellingborough
  • Rushden 29,265
  • Daventry 25,026
  • Brackley 13,018

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from The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers 1984.

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