NORTHAMPTON - facts and figures


In the Saxon Chronicle Northampton is recorded as "Hamtune"


In the Domesday Book Northampton is recorded as "Northantone"


In the reign of Edward The Elder Northampton was held by the Danes, and in the year 1010, after suffering severely from

the desolating struggles between these invaders and the English it was almost ruined by Saxon troops who burnt the town.


In 1675 Northampton was nearly destroyed by fire which was first discovered at noon when a strong west wind arose which

blew the flames to some thatched buildings in St. Mary Street and being carried back to Horsemarket, spread its ravages to

Derngate. By four 'o' clock upwards of 600 houses wherein dwelt 700 families had been consumed by the fire.


The King (Charles II) constituted a thousand tons of timber and seven years chimney money, (collected within the town),

to help rebuild the town.


Northampton has had a great reputation for it's boots and shoes and also it's breweries.


The branch canal was constructed in 1815 from the River Nene to the Grand Junction Canal.


In 1881 tramways of about 5 and a half miles in extant were laid down from St. James End, (west of the town), to beyond

the racecourse on the east, and from the Drapery to Kingsthorpe (north) and Far Cotton (south). Tramlines also ran from

Abington Square to Abington Park.


The borough was extended on Nov 9th, 1900 to include parts of the Urban District of Far Cotton, Kingsthorpe, St. James

and parts of Abington and Dallington.


Population and Houses from the Census Returns

Year - Population - Occupied Dwellings

1831 - 15,351 - 3,091

1841 - 21,242 - 4,138

1851 - 26,657 - 4,886

1861 - 32,813 - 6,150

1871 - 41,168 - 7,804

1881 - 51,881 - 9,658

1891 - 61,012 - 11,488

1901 - 87,021 - 17,602

1911 - 90,064 - 18,950

1921 - 90,895 - 19,893

1931 - 92,341 - 23,141

1941 - No Census Taken

1951 - 104,432 - 30,677

1961 - 105,421 - 35,045

1971 - 133,800 - 45,885

1981 - 157,217 - 61,083

The borough boundaries were extended in 1901, 1931, 1965 and 1974.

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