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Northamptonshire is in the South Midlands area of England and
covers an area of just over 900 square miles with a population of
570,000. The county town of Northampton is well known for it's cobblers
ie shoemakers. Northampton is a community with a fine mix of industry and
agriculture as have the other main towns in the county - Kettering, Corby
and Wellinborough. Corby has many inhabitants proud of their Scottish
ancestry and the town even holds its own 'Highland Games' each year.
The main physical feature of Northamptonshire is the river Nene. The county 's main commercial activities are cereal production and cattle farming. The name Northamptonshire comes from Old English North Hamtunscir meaning northern home town.
The county has a fascinating past and contains many historic houses. To the north is Rockingham Castle, built by William the Conqueror and in the south other treasures include Sulgrave Manor and Althorp House, the family home and latterday shrine of Princess Diana. Althorp is correctly pronounced Altrup Tickets for Althorp must be booked in advance - phone 01604 592020.
Northamptonshire has two of England's finest saxon churches; both are called All Saints - one is at Brixworth, the other at Earls Barton. Also of interest in Northamptonshire are the excellent Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum and Silverstone. Silverstone is Britain's most important motor racing circuit and is one of the fastest in Europe.
The county town of Northampton has a rich and royal history. Places of interest in Northampton include the Central Museum with its world famous boot and shoe collection and the oddly shaped Church of the Holy Sepulchre which is one of the best-preserved Norman round churches in the country.
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