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Northampton is a large market town situated 67 miles north of London with a population of over 200,000 and an urban population of 189,000.  Traditionally, Northampton was a major centre of shoemaking and still boasts some of the finest brands including Church’s located in St. James.  Centrally placed with excellent road and rail networks, including the M1 motorway some three miles distant and eight miles to the north of the county the A14 gives access to the South East and the North.  Northampton Castle Station provides mainline rail links to London Euston to the South and Birmingham to the North.  The town itself boasts a range of shopping facilities and restaurants and there are several out of town shopping precincts within very close proximity.  There are Churches of many denominations within the town, two tier schooling system and University.

The population grew to 100,000 by 1961, and 130,000 by 1971. When NDC wound up after 20 years, another 40,000 residents and 20,000 houses had been added. The borough boundaries changed in 1974 with the abolition of Northampton county borough and its reconstitution as a non-metropolitan district also covering areas outside the former borough boundaries but inside the designated New Town.

The University of Northampton

The University of Northampton is situated in the heart of England and offers various subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The University is globally renowned in subject specialisms such as Wastes Management, Leather Technology and Fashion.
Northampton College

Northampton College has become one of the larger general Further Education Colleges in the region, with approximately 10,000 students, a turnover of almost £28 million and over 600 full time members of staff and around 400 ‘visiting lecturers’. It offers a broad range of full-time and part-time Skills Funding Agency (SFA) funded courses. In addition, it provides Higher Education courses funded through The University of Northampton; and support for other organisations including the voluntary sector.

Northampton Town Football Club

The Football league awards nominations included a nomination for customer service and as a club we are proud of our excellent standards and we want to continue to improve our service yet further.

Northampton Saints are a professional rugby union club from Northampton, England. The Northampton Saints were formed in 1880. They play in green, black and gold colours. They play their home games at Franklin's Gardens, which has a capacity of 13,591.


The club won their first major trophy when they defeated Munster in the 1999–2000 Heineken Cup final. Recent success has involved winning the 2008–09 European Challenge Cup, The 2009–10 LV Cup and consistently maintaining a playoff position in the Aviva Premiership. The Saints also reached the final of the 2010–11 Heineken Cup and the 2011-12 LV Cup.

Their biggest rivals are Leicester Tigers. "The East Midland Derby" is one of the fiercest rivalries in English Rugby Union.

Northampton is a local government district in Northamptonshire, a large market town in the east midlands region in central England.

The district has a population of 205,000, making it the UK’s fourth largest town without official city status, after reading, Dudley and Warrington.

Northampton, traditionally known for its shoemaking and other leather related industries, has now developed into an important regional business centre for many of Britain’s top companies.

Royal & Derngate


Royal & Derngate is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northampton. Recently the subject of a £15 million redevelopment project, the theatre offers two auditoria and Underground, a creativity centre that’s home to the Youth Theatre and a wide range of workshops and projects for the local community.

Royal & Derngate offers a diverse programme of work with everything from drama to dance, stand-up comedy to classical music, children’s shows to opera on its stages. Some of the biggest names and shows on tour can be found here, alongside a programme of widely acclaimed in-house produced work. The theatre also offers a programme of Creative Projects that gives people the chance to get involved in performing, writing or to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes.

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