Northampton is a market town in Northamptonshire in the East Midlands region of England. 60 miles north-west of London and 50 miles south-east of Birmingham, it had a population of 212,100 at the 2011 census.
Archaeological evidence of settlement in the area dates to the Bronze Age, Romans and Anglo-Saxons. In the Middle Ages, the town rose to national significance with the establishment of Northampton Castle, an occasional royal residence which regularly hosted the Parliament of England. Growth was limited until it was designated as a New Town in 1968, accelerating development in the town.
The town is now seeing some of the most major regeneration is its history, including a multi-million pound facelift of its main Castle train station, a bright new bus terminal, the building of new council offices and a hotel, and The Waterside Enterprise Zone (total redevelopment of the stretch of waterside).
Many of the town's streets are lined with sturdy and imposing Georgian and Victorian terraces, while a short drive out to the surrounding small villages uncovers a raft of thatched cottages dating back centuries.
Post-war semi detached homes are also common in Northampton, while the closing of many industrial sites during the 70s and 80s left some factories and warehouses later converted to residential.
The latest round of regeneration has resulted in many new-build homes – the Upton development has been dedicated to eco homes.
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