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History of Northampton

  • council: Northampton
  • population: 210,500
  • phone code: 01604
  • postcode area: NN
  • county: Northamptonshire
  • twin Towns: Marburg, Germany

Northampton is the fastest growing town in the UK and has a fitting position as being in the heart of England. The town has had many royal visits dating back from Henry I to Richard II right through to the present day providing a fascinating past.

One of Englandís largest and most impressive historic market squares can be found in Northampton. Top high street names and modern outlets will more than fulfil all your shopping needs.

All tastes are catered for from performance and visual arts to Northamptonís nightlife. Northampton is also the home of the annual British Formula One Grand Prix and hosts many Heritage open days.

This contrast between traditional and modern within the town makes Northampton well worth a visit.

Click here to read about Northampton - Heritage at its heart

Out and About in Northampton

Here is a selection of just some of the many great places to visit in Northampton:

Heritage Walks
Northampton has a number of interesting heritage walks, visiting places of interest throughout Northampton.

All Saints' Church
A magnificent Grade 1 listed church which was re-built in 1680 after the Great Fire, fine plaster work ceilings by Edward Goudge, Sir Christopher Wren's Chief Plasterer and 'Inigo Jones' portico. The two organs were built by J S Walker & Sons c1980. All Saints has a glorious choral tradion which visitors are invited to enjoy.

Market Square
Dating back to 1235 the Market Square has provided a focus for shoppers for centuries. Today, still at the heart of the town, it boasts 130 stalls selling a wide variety of goods, great value and a friendly welcome.

Open: Tuesday - Saturday.

The Grosvenor Centre
The Grosvenor Centre has been Northampton's premier Shopping Centre for more than 25 years. With 60 stores and restaurants, it provides a wide selecion of attractive goods, to cater for the whole family, in a pleasant climate controlled environment. Open 7 days a week.

The Guildhall
A gem of Victorian architecture the Guildhall is Northampton's most prestigious building. Built in 1864 by the celebrated 19th century architect Edward Godwin, and later extended by Matthew Holding and Arnold Jeffrey. Tours may be booked at the Guildhall and will usually include a visit to the old prison cells, the Mayor's Parlour, the Great Hall, the Godwin Room and Council Chambers. There is also an opportunity to view items of Guildhall memorabilia. Most rooms are available for hire at very competitive rates.

Booking Office: 0300 330 7000

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