Northampton is one of the biggest towns in England, with an enormous populace of over 200, 000 people. The town has been around since the Iron Age, that being said, it didn’t gain much note until medieval times. It became a Norman Stronghold in the 11th century, with the Normans building an array of protective walls around the town – if you look at the patterns on the streets of modern day Northampton you can still see the remnants. One particular stunning feature of Northampton was the castle the Normans built, in which the King held his Royal Court during the 12th Century.
Northampton also fell victim to two battles in medieval times, unfortunately in the 1300’s there was an expulsion and execution of its large Jewish population.
The town was also the victim of a fire in the 1500’s, and the Great Fire of Northampton occurred in 1675, leading to many deaths, but also the rebuilding of the town.
It was at this time Northampton gained notability for the production of shoe wear, which led to a great increase in the towns economy and prosperity.
Thanks to the invention of the railroad, Northampton’s growth was even more accelerated after the Industrial Revolution, there were many rail lines were built through Northampton, providing easy access to the town.
Fast forward to modern times and Northampton has a thriving community. Even though the early part of the 20th century saw a slow down in growth, there was another population boom in the 1960’s, and the population is currently expected to expand to over 300, 000.
Northampton unsuccessfully requested city status at the dawn of the new millennium. However , in 2006 the town became a government expansion zone, and thirty-six thousand new homes are anticipated to be built (which means there will be a huge need for northampton house removals!). It is also the governments plan to turn Northampton into a major regional center.
Northampton has lots of tourist attractions, including the Northampton Art Museum and Gallery, the Royal Theatre, and the Fishmarket Gallery.
Got some free time? spend a weekend in this lovely english town.