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Northampton is the county town of Northamptonshire in the East Midlands of England. It lies on the River Nene, about 67 miles (108 km) north-west of London and 50 miles (80 km) south-east of Birmingham. The county is home to the famous Silverstone race track famous for hosting the first British Grand Prix as well as being home to the famous inland lighthouse the Express Lift Tower, Weetabix cereals, the international boot and shoe brand Doc Martens and probably the best lager in the world Carlsberg. The famous Great Fire of Northampton of 1675, destroyed the majority of the town caused by a spark from an open fire on St Mary’s Street. “More furious and more destructive” than the Great Fire of London was how witnesses described the fire.
Palaeolithic artifacts have been found in Northamptonshire, showing human activity in the county over 800,000 years ago. In the lower parts of the Nene Valley as Mesolithic (middle of the Stone Age around 10,000 BC to 4,000 BC) tools were found showing there was human activity in Northamptonshire
- The population of Northampton is just over 725,000.
- Northampton’s main private-sector employers are now in distribution and finance rather than manufacturing
- Engineering became a major employer in Northampton during the post war years following the establishment of the British Timken tapered roller bearing factory at Duston in 1941. I worked at British Timken from 1978 to 1983 completing a mechanical technician apprenticeship. The factory which closed in 2002 employed over 4,000 employees at its peak and was a major engineering apprentice training employer