A new home in Northamptonshire
If you are looking for a new home in the East Midlands, then buying a house in Northamptonshire is an option well worth looking at.
It is a well-settled area with a number of good-sized towns including Northampton, Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Rushden and Daventry. The county also has several smaller towns; Brackley, Burton Latimer, Desborough, Higham Ferrers, Oundle, Raunds and Towcester among them.
There is new house building taking place in many places across the county with a mixture of different types of development, from small groups of new homes through to relatively large new estates. So, whether you are a first-time buyer, a family looking for a home with space to grow or seeking an executive home, Northamptonshire will have a new property to meet your needs.
The rolling countryside of the county forms the watershed between the River Severn and The Wash. Several rivers rise in Northamptonshire including the Nene, which flows to The Wash, and the Warwickshire Avon which flows into the Severn. There are also a few man-made waterways including the Grand Junction Canal, the last of the major canals to be built and an arm of the Grand Union Canal.
Corby and Northampton are growing towns providing a wealth of new housing developments and employment opportunities.
Northampton is traditionally associated with boot and shoe manufacture – and several firms in this industry still thrive there – while Corby has more recently been better-known for heavy manufacturing, including producing steel. Both now are home to a wide range of business in both manufacturing and service sectors.
House prices in Northamptonshire
A new house in Northamptonshire will probably cost you a little more than the average for the East Midlands but still less than the average for England as a whole. However, house prices in the county vary a great deal between town and rural areas. Anyone looking for a new house in Northamptonshire will have a choice of price points to suit them, whatever their budget.
If you are looking for value for money with a blend of rural and urban living, new housing developments on the outskirts of Corby are well worth considering.
Things to do and see in Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire is chock full of museums, family attractions, historic sites and houses and breath-taking countryside. There will never be a dull moment if you buy a new home in Northamptonshire!
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy theatre and the arts, music, shopping and sport. The Royal and Derngate theatre venues and the Corby Cube host world-class entertainment.
Major towns, market towns and villages offer a wide variety of national chain and independent shops and eateries to choose from. St Giles Street in Northampton has been voted Britain’s Best High Street.
With Silverstone, Santa Pod and Rockingham Speedway on the doorstep, Northamptonshire is home to motorsport in the UK. If you prefer something a little more sedate, why not go for a walk in the beautiful Nene Valley countryside or enjoy one of the many country parks that Northamptonshire has to offer?
Transport in Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire enjoys excellent road links north/south via the M1 (London to Leeds) and east/west via the A14 (Rugby to Felixstowe) – currently being upgraded with a £1 billion-plus investment.
The A43 joins the M1 to the M40 in the south of the county while the A45 links Northampton with Wellingborough and Peterborough to the north-east.
Two major rail routes run through Northamptonshire, the Midland Mainline and the West Coast Mainline. The station at Northampton on the West Coast Mainline hosts services to London Euston and Birmingham New Street stations. There are hourly services between Corby and Kettering on the Midland Mainline with most services continuing to London St Pancras. There are local services to Oakham and Melton Mowbray.
All the major towns have bus services which operate in urban areas and connect smaller towns and villages in the rest of the county.
Education in Northamptonshire
Families looking for a new home in Northamptonshire have a wide range of education options for primary and secondary school children from which to choose.
All the towns in Northamptonshire provide a choice of academies, schools and college. There is also a range of further and higher education options available in Corby, Kettering, Northampton and Wellingborough.
Health services and amenities in Northamptonshire
Anyone buying a new home in Northamptonshire will be well-served by healthcare professionals.
Acute care in Northamptonshire is delivered via NHS hospitals in Northampton, Kettering and Daventry. Towns in the south of the county are served by the hospital in Banbury, Oxfordshire, while North East Northamptonshire is served by Peterborough City Hospital.
Health services including doctors’ surgeries and dental practices are provided in towns and villages throughout Northamptonshire.
A brief history of Northamptonshire
Iron Age settlement dating from 500 BC has been found in the form of hill forts across Northamptonshire, most notably at Hunsbury Hill, close to Northampton.
The area was then settled by a Celtic tribe, the Catuvellauni, who were later conquered by the invading Romans, who settled much of the county, particularly along the Nene Valley.
After the Romans left the area became part of the Saxon kingdom of Mercia before it was conquered by the Danes, who came into Northamptonshire up the Nene.
During the English Civil War Northamptonshire was strongly Parliamentarian. Royalist forces were soundly defeated at the Battle of Naseby in 1645. The modern A14 passes close to the site.
Although predominantly an agricultural county, parts of Northamptonshire became industrialised in the 18th and 19th centuries. Northampton became famous for leather and shoemaking while ironstone deposits around Corby meant that it became a centre for steelmaking.
The region has seen significant development since the 1970s with Corby being designated as a ‘new town’ and subsequently becoming one of the fastest-growing towns in the UK.
Current new housing developments in Northamptonshire