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North Northamptonshire
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Kettering, the most-populous settlement in North Northamptonshire.
North Northamptonshire UK locator map.svg
North Northamptonshire within Northamptonshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East Midlands
Ceremonial county Northamptonshire
Established1 April 2021
  Type Unitary authority
  Total380.9 sq mi (987 km2)
Time zone UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
ONS code E06000061 (GSS) [1]
Corby, the administrative centre and second-largest settlement in North Northamptonshire Corby skyline.JPG
Corby, the administrative centre and second-largest settlement in North Northamptonshire

North Northamptonshire is one of two local authority areas in Northamptonshire, England. It is a unitary authority area forming about one half of the ceremonial county of Northamptonshire. It was created in 2021. [2] Its notable towns are Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Rushden, Raunds, Desborough, Rothwell, Irthlingborough, Thrapston and Oundle. The council is based at the Corby Cube in Corby. [3]


Wellingborough, the third-largest settlement in North Northamptonshire. 43054 Wellingborough station.jpg
Wellingborough, the third-largest settlement in North Northamptonshire.

It has a string of lakes along the Nene Valley Conservation Park, associated heritage railway, the village of Fotheringhay which has tombs of the House of York as well as a towering church supported by flying buttresses. This division has a well-preserved medieval castle in private hands next to Corby Rockingham Castle and about 20 other notable country houses, many of which have visitor gardens or days.

Rushden, the fourth-largest settlement in North Northamptonshire. Rushden.JPG
Rushden, the fourth-largest settlement in North Northamptonshire.


North Northamptonshire was created on 1 April 2021 by the merger of the four non-metropolitan districts of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, and Wellingborough. It absorbed the functions of these districts, plus those of the abolished Northamptonshire County Council.

In March 2018, following financial and cultural mismanagement by the cabinet and officers at Northamptonshire County Council, the then Secretary of State for Local Government, Sajid Javid, sent commissioner Max Caller into the council, who recommended the county council and all-district and borough councils in the county be abolished, and replaced by two unitary authorities, one covering the West, and one the North of the county. [4] These proposals were approved in April 2019. It meant that the districts of Daventry, Northampton, and South Northamptonshire were merged to form a new unitary authority called West Northamptonshire, whilst the second unitary authority North Northamptonshire consists of the former Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, and Wellingborough districts. [5] [6]

Population pyramid of North Northamptonshire North Northamptonshire population pyramid 2020.svg
Population pyramid of North Northamptonshire


North Northamptonshire Council
North Northamptonshire Council.svg
Jason Smithers, Conservative
since 26 May 2021 [7]
Chief Executive
Robert Bridge
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Political groups
Administration (59)
  Conservative (59)

Opposition (19)

  Labour (14)
  Green (3)
  Liberal Democrats (1)
  Independent (1)
Last election
6 May 2021
Meeting place
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The Cube, George Street, Corby, NN17 1QG [3]

Elections for a shadow authority were due to be held on Thursday 7 May 2020, but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These elections were instead held on 6 May 2021 and the Conservatives won a majority of seats. The Council comprises 78 councillors elected across 26 wards.

The Council logo depicts Rockingham Castle, the River Welland and a Red kite - a bird of prey that has become strongly associated with the county of Northamptonshire and is particularly commonplace in the north-eastern parts of the county around Corby and Rockingham Forest. [8]

Settlements and parishes

See also

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Northamptonshire</span> County of England

Northamptonshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. In 2015, it had a population of 723,000. The county is administered by two unitary authorities: North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire. It is known as "The Rose of the Shires".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wellingborough</span> Market town in Northamptonshire, England

Wellingborough is a large market and commuter town in the unitary authority area of North Northamptonshire in the ceremonial county of Northamptonshire, England, 65 miles from London and 11 miles (18 km) from Northampton on the north side of the River Nene.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Raunds</span> Human settlement in England

Raunds is a market town in North Northamptonshire, England. It had a population of 9,379 at the 2021 census.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rushden</span> Human settlement in England

Rushden is a market town and civil parish in North Northamptonshire, England, around 13 miles (21 km) east of Northampton. The parish is on the border with Bedfordshire, 18 miles (29 km) north of Bedford.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kettering</span> Town in England

Kettering is a market and industrial town in North Northamptonshire, England. It is located 83 miles (134 km) north of London and 15 miles (24 km) north-east of Northampton, west of the River Ise, a tributary of the River Nene. The name means "the place of Ketter's people ".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">East Northamptonshire</span> Non-metropolitan district in England

East Northamptonshire was from 1974 to 2021 a local government district in Northamptonshire, England. Its council was based in Thrapston and Rushden. Other towns include Oundle, Raunds, Irthlingborough and Higham Ferrers. The town of Rushden was by far the largest settlement in the district. The population of the district at the 2011 Census was 86,765.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Borough of Kettering</span> Borough in England

The Borough of Kettering was from 1974 to 2021 a local government district and borough in Northamptonshire, England. It was named after its main town Kettering where the council was based. It bordered onto the district of Harborough in the neighbouring county of Leicestershire, the borough of Corby, the district of East Northamptonshire, the district of Daventry and the borough of Wellingborough.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Borough of Wellingborough</span> Borough in England

The Borough of Wellingborough was from 1974 to 2021 a non-metropolitan district and borough in Northamptonshire, England. It was named after Wellingborough, its main town, but also included surrounding rural areas.

The history of Northamptonshire spans the same period as English history.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Corby (UK Parliament constituency)</span> UK Parliament constituency since 1983

Corby is a constituency in Northamptonshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since May 2015 by Tom Pursglove of the Conservative Party.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wellingborough (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1918 onwards

Wellingborough is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Peter Bone, a Conservative.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Northamptonshire Combination Football League</span> Association football league in England

The Northamptonshire Combination Football League is a football competition based in England. It has a total of five divisions with many reserve teams competing in the bottom three. The most senior league is the Premier Division, which sits at step 7 of the National League System.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Northamptonshire Football Association</span> Governing body of association football in Northamptonshire

The Northamptonshire Football Association, also simply known as the Northamptonshire FA, is the governing body of football in the English county of Northamptonshire.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">AFC Rushden & Diamonds</span> Association football club in England

A.F.C. Rushden & Diamonds is an English football club based in Rushden in Northamptonshire. They played their opening season at Kiln Park, the home of Raunds Town, in 2011–12 and subsequently shared the Dog & Duck ground with Wellingborough Town from July 2012 to the summer of 2017. A groundshare agreement with Rushden & Higham United was agreed for the 2017–18 season. The club was formed by supporters in July 2011, after Rushden & Diamonds, a former Football League club, were expelled from the Football Conference and liquidated.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2021 North Northamptonshire Council election</span>

The 2021 North Northamptonshire Council election took place alongside nationwide local elections. The election was originally due to take place in May 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Higham Ferrers branch line was a short railway branch built in Northamptonshire, England, by the Midland Railway to serve the industrial towns of Rushden and Higham Ferrers. It was originally intended to continue the line to Raunds, but that was frustrated by the refusal of a landowner to release his land.


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