Northampton, draped in History dates back to the Bronze age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon period. Simon de Senlis, the first Earl of Northampton built Northampton Castle in 1084. All that remains of the castle nowadays is a postern (gate) which is by Northampton Railway Station.
The arrival of the Railway station in the 19th century meant the destruction of the castle. With a population of just under 227 Thousand people, Northampton is known as one of the largest towns in the country.
The population has doubled in the last 40 years because of the growth in businesses and housing in the outer areas of Northampton.One thing that Northampton is famous for is show making. With over 900 years of making from the plentiful supply of oak bark and water for tanning, all leather was supplied from local cattle markets, and with Northampton being in the centre of the UK, it made the perfect place for shoe production.
Over 40 million pairs of boots have been produced for the 1st World War all from Northampton. Northampton is still renowned for shoes, with deep heritage with the likes of Dr Martens, Jeffrey West and Church & Co.
With many sporting aspects in the local area such as Northampton Town FC (known locally as Cobblers), Northampton Saints, Northampton Steelbacks Cricket Team. Also, you would find Silverstone and Rockingham race courses which are very nearby. One of the biggest features which is in the town is the Express Lift Tower which was built in 1982 and at an impressive 418ft, Terry Wogan once named this on the radio as the Northampton Lighthouse. (a Silverstone fact)Many famous celebrities have decided to call Northampton and surrounding villages and towns there family homes such as Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean), Les Ferdinand (Ex Pro Footballer), and Lesley Joseph (Actress) and Jo Wiley (Radio Presenter).
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