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Living And Working In Northampton

Northampton, in the county of Northamptonshire is a historic market town which is situated in the East Midlands about halfway between London and Birmingham. It is one of the largest towns in England and is approximately seventy miles from London. The county is often described as the Rose of the Shires or County of Squires and Spires - a nickname that highlights the town's rich history of nobility and of the stunning architectural heritage.
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Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
February 17, 2024

Northampton, in the county of Northamptonshire is a historic market town which is situated in the East Midlands about halfway between London and Birmingham. It is one of the largest towns in England and is approximately seventy miles from London. The county is often described as the Rose of the Shires or County of Squires and Spires - a nickname that highlights the town's rich history of nobility and of the stunning architectural heritage.

The River Nene flows through some of Northampton and is popular with boaters. The river is a hundred miles long and is the eighth longest river in the UK.

The 18th and 19th centuries saw Northampton evolve into an industrial town particularly known for its leather and shoe industry and the town soon became a prominent centre for these industries. Several of the finest shoemakers are still enjoying a good trade with skills having been passed through the generations. Northampton is renowned worldwide for its tradition of high quality shoe making and has earned it the esteemed title of being the ‘shoe capital of the world’.

Northampton’s dynamism is shown in several major industry sectors which include financial services, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, logistics and distribution and retail. Recent research has shown that Northampton has been identified as being among the best places in the UK to start up a successful new business with numerous well established and major leading companies having their headquarters based in Northampton. A significant amount of investment has been put into Northampton and its strong and forward thinking plan is focused on transforming the city and to further strengthen the economy. The town is committed to achieving net zero and actively promotes interventions that support this among its businesses, infrastructures and of course, its residents.

The popular University of Northampton is a prominent and modern university situated in the town which is firmly committed to inspiring students to make a difference and to achieve their goals. The university greatly contributes towards the local economy through its education and research.

There are many things to see and do here and Northampton's award winning Cultural Quarter offers a compelling variety of art galleries, theatres, cinemas and all manner of exciting attractions. Northampton Museum and Art Gallery has recently undergone a multi million pound redevelopment making it an unmissable experience while the original site of the historic Northampton Castle. Delapre Abbey is where you can learn about 900 years of history, 78 Derngate which was designed and remodelled by Charles by Mackintosh in 1916 and there’s a hands-on falconry experience, a climbing centre and a popular theatre with so many more attractions within and near to the town.

Northampton is a market town and its fascinating market square is one of the oldest and largest in Britain, dating from medieval times. The town offers an exciting selection of shopping centres and shops including independent retailers as well as major high street names. There is a diverse culinary scene here with a wide range of dining options with dishes influenced from all around the world.

Northampton’s unique blend of historical charm, cultural vibrancy and economic dynamism makes it a town of great appeal. Its rich history is evident in the medieval architecture  and cultural landmarks while the diverse economy paves the way for innovation and opportunity. The area with its rural charm, appeals to those who wish for a more peaceful and relaxed lifestyle in the heart of England where both history and modern life sit side by side.

The next event being hosted by the UK Careers Fair is on February 23rd between 10am - 2pm. The venue is The Guildhall, St Giles’ Square, NN1 1DE. This truly magnificent Grade 2 listed building is steeped in history, having been built in the mid nineteenth century.

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