The Borough of Wellingborough consists of the market town of Wellingborough and nineteen small to medium sized parishes, ranging in size from 25 to 5000 people. The Borough was formed in 1974 with the amalgamation of the Urban and District Councils and is twinned with Niort in France and the German town of Wittlich.
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Wellingborough offers excellent road links to the rest of the Country and is able to service the majority of population centres in the UK and return within a working day. The Borough has excellent rail links and is served by the Midland Mainline which connects Sheffield through the East Midlands to St Pancras, London which is set to become the hub for high speed rail links to the Continent.
Wellingborough boasts an excellent road network, with the M1, A1, A45 and A14 accessible to give companies unlimited links to all parts of the country. The A14 road provides the major east-west route between the east coast ports of Felixstowe and Harwich and the Midlands conurbation, while the M1 and A1 run North to South, linking into the national network.
Companies based in the Borough of Wellingborough can access the Channel Tunnel, Dover, Southampton, Felixstowe and northerly to Newcastle upon Tyne within the European legislation of four and a half hours driving time, which allows a return journey within the same day.
Midland Mainline offers a regular service from Leeds to London St Pancras station, with 50 minute journey times from Wellingborough on most trains. This line is set to be a crucial arterial link for the East Midlands when St Pancras becomes the hub for the new high speed rail connection to the Channel Tunnel. For more information see www.midlandmainline.com.
Wellingborough is within a 60 mile radius of four international airports as well as Sywell Aerodrome, a private airfield with facilities for executive flights and helicopter links, just 3 miles from the town
The Borough is well served with schools, with most villages still retaining their own primary schools. There are a number of nursery units available within Wellingborough, some attached to infant/primary schools. Secondary schools in the Borough follow a two-tier system.
Although there is evidence of pre-historic and Roman occupation in the area, Wellingborough is essentially Anglo-Saxon in origin, occupied by an Anglo-Saxon war band in the early 6th Century.
The Domesday Book of 1086 shows that 250 people lived in “Wendleburie” at that time.
In 1201, Wellingborough was granted its market charter and markets are still held on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with a bric-a-brac market on Tuesdays.
The town was most noted for its Wells – 5 of these appearing on the Borough’s Coat of Arms. The waters were popular with the early Stuart nobility, with reputed visits by Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria.
Notable buildings include the 13th and 14th Century All Hallows Church, an ironstone Tithe Barn from the 15th Century, 17th Century Croyland Abbey and Hind Hotel, St Mary’s Church, described by Sir John Betjeman as the “finest modern parish church in England” and the unique circular construction of the Congregational Church built in 1875.
Traditional trades included the spinning, weaving and dyeing of wool, pillowlace making, leather tanning and shoe-making. The first shoe factory opened in 1851 and this remained the town’s most important industry well into the 20th Century.
Since the Second World War, there have been dramatic changes in the size and make-up of the population, with an influx of people from London and other cities. Wellingborough is now very much a multi-cultural town, being the home to a wide number of ethnic minority groups – of Afro-Caribbean and Asian origin, Irish, Polish, Italian, Ukrainian, Chinese and Vietnamese. This is reflected in some of the more recent buildings – the Hindu Centre and the Muslim Mosque.