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Northamptonshire, also known as the County of Northampton, is a historic and ceremonial county in England’s East Midlands. It had a population of 723,000 people in 2015. The county is divided into two unitary authorities: North and West Northamptonshire. It is referred to as “The Rose of the Shires.”
Northamptonshire is landlocked between eight other counties, including 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 administrative county boundary at 20 yards (19 metres), though this was not the case with the historic county boundary.
Northamptonshire is the region’s southernmost county in the East Midlands.
Other major population centers, in addition to Northampton, include Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Rushden, and Daventry. The cowslip is the county flower of Northamptonshire. The Soke of Peterborough is located within the county’s historic boundaries, but it has been part of the ceremonial county of Cambridgeshire since 1974.
Much of Northamptonshire’s countryside appears to have remained resistant to early human occupation, resulting in a sparse population and few finds from the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic periods.
Around 500 BC, a continental people known as the Hallstatt culture introduced the Iron Age into the area, and over the next century a series of hill-forts were built at Arbury Camp, Rainsborough Camp, Borough Hill, Castle Dykes, Guilsborough, Irthlingborough, and, most notably, Hunsbury Hill. Arbury Hill (Badby) and Thenford are two other possible hill-forts.
The majority of what is now Northamptonshire was part of the territory of the Catuvellauni, a Belgic tribe, in the first century BC, with Northamptonshire being their most northerly possession.
In 43 AD, the Catuvellauni were conquered by the Romans.
The Watling Street Roman road ran through the county, and Lactodurum, an important Roman settlement, stood on the site of modern-day Towcester. Other Roman settlements could be found in Northampton, Kettering, and along the Nene Valley near Raunds. Longthorpe was the site of a large fortification.
Following the departure of the Romans, the area became part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, with Northampton serving as an administrative center. With the death of the pagan king Penda in 654 AD, the Mercians converted to Christianity.  Beginning around 889, the area was conquered by the Danes (as almost all of England was at one point, with the exception of Athelney marsh in Somerset) and became part of the Danelaw – with Watling Street serving as the boundary – until it was recaptured by the English in 917 under the Wessex king Edward the Elder, son of Alfred the Great. Northamptonshire was conquered once more in 940, this time by the Vikings of York, who devastated the area, only for the English to retake it in 942. As a result, it is one of the few English counties with both Saxon and Danish town names and settlements.
The county was first mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (1011) as Hamtunscire: Hamtun’s scire (shire) (the homestead). The “North” was added to distinguish Northampton from another important Hamtun further south: Southampton – despite the fact that the origins of the two names are in fact different.
Rockingham Castle was constructed for William the Conqueror and served as a Royal fortress until the Elizabethan period. During the Wars of the Roses in 1460, the Battle of Northampton occurred, and King Henry VI was captured. Fotheringhay Castle, which is now in ruins, was used to imprison Mary, Queen of Scots before her execution.
George Washington, the first President of the United States of America, was born into the Washington family, who came to America from Northamptonshire in 1656. Lawrence Washington, George Washington’s ancestor, was Mayor of Northampton on several occasions, and it was he who purchased Sulgrave Manor from Henry VIII in 1539. John Washington, George Washington’s great-grandfather, emigrated from Northants to Virginia in 1656. Washington’s ancestors lived in Warton, Lancashire, before relocating to Sulgrave.
During the English Civil War, Northamptonshire strongly supported the Parliamentarian cause, and Royalist forces suffered a crushing defeat in the north of the county at the Battle of Naseby in 1645. In 1647, King Charles I was imprisoned at Holdenby House.
Because of its dryness and distance from the sea, Northamptonshire was said to have “a very pure and wholesome air” in 1823. Its livestock was praised: “Horned cattle and other animals are fed to extraordinary sizes, and many horses of the large black breed are reared.”
With the exception of Peterborough and Northampton, the county was described nine years later as “a county enjoying the reputation of being one of the healthiest and pleasantest parts of England.” The county hosted “a large number of wealthy families… country seats and villas can be seen at every step” during the summer. Because of the number of stately homes and ancient churches, Northamptonshire is still known as the county of “spires and squires.”
Parts of Northamptonshire and the surrounding area became industrialized in the 18th and 19th centuries. The local specialization was shoemaking and the leather industry, and by the nineteenth century, it had become one of Britain’s major centers for these crafts. From 1850, a large ironstone quarrying industry developed in the county’s north.
Prior to 1901, the ancient hundreds were no longer in use. Northamptonshire was divided into four administrative divisions: Northern, Eastern, Mid, and Southern. Corby established itself as a major steel industry center during the 1930s. Despite this, much of Northamptonshire remains rural.
Corby became a new town in 1950, and Northampton followed suit in 1968.
The government is encouraging development in the South Midlands, including Northamptonshire, as of 2005.
Northamptonshire is a landlocked county in the southern part of the East Midlands region, also known as the South Midlands. The county contains the watershed between the River Severn and The Wash, and several important rivers, including the River Nene, which flows north-eastwards to The Wash, and the “Warwickshire Avon,” which flows south-west to the Severn, have their origins in the county’s north-west. It was boasted in 1830 that “not a single brook, however minor, flows into it from any other district.” Arbury Hill, at 225 metres, is the county’s highest point (738 ft).
The county contains several towns, the largest and most populous of which is Northampton. The county had a population of 691,952 people at the time of the 2011 census, with Northampton having a population of 212,069 people. The table below lists all towns with populations greater than 10,000 people.
Northamptonshire’s main industry was historically the manufacture of boots and shoes.
During the Thatcher era, many manufacturers closed down, leaving many county residents unemployed.
[Citation required] Although R Griggs and Co Ltd, the Dr. Martens manufacturer, still has a UK base in Wollaston near Wellingborough, the county’s shoe industry is now nearly extinct. Weetabix, a breakfast cereal manufacturer, is based in Burton Latimer, as is the Carlsberg brewery in Northampton, as are Avon Products, Siemens, Barclaycard, Saxby Bros Ltd, and Golden Wonder. The Daventry International Railfreight Terminal is a major rail freight terminal located on the West Coast Main Line near Rugby in the county’s west. Nelisons sidings is a smaller railfreight depot on Finedon Road in Wellingborough.
The Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, and South Midlands region has been dubbed “Motorsport Valley… a global hub” for the motorsport industry.
The Formula One teams Mercedes GP and Force India have bases in the county at Brackley and Silverstone, respectively, while Cosworth and Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines have bases in Northampton and Brixworth.
Silverstone Circuit and Rockingham Motor Speedway host international motor racing; Santa Pod Raceway is just over the border in Bedfordshire but has a Northants postcode.
According to a study commissioned by Northamptonshire Enterprise Ltd (NEL), Northamptonshire’s motorsport sites attract more than 2.1 million visitors per year who spend more than £131 million in the county.