Located in the area known in England as the South Midlands, Northamptonshire covers an area of 915 square miles and has a population of 570,000.
The county town of Northampton is known worldwide for it's footwear production and indeed the nickname of Northampton Town Football Club is 'The Cobblers'.
Along with Kettering, Corby and Wellinborough, Northampton is a community which is a fine mix of industry and agriculture. The town of Corby, not so long ago famed for it's steel production, has a high percentage of inhabitants with Scottish ancestry and indeed holds a 'Highland Games' each year in honour of this.
The main physical feature of the county is the river Nene. The county has cereal production and cattle farming as it's main commercial activity.
Origin of name: Comes from the Old English North Hamtune meaning northern home town or farm.
Places to Visit
Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire
Deene Park, Corby, Northamptonshire
Holdenby House, Holdenby, Northamptonshire
Lamport Hall, Northampton, Northamptonshire
Rockingham Castle, Nr Corby, Northamptonshire
Coton Manor, Guilsbrough, Northamptonshire
Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire