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Northampton is a large market town and local government district in the East Midlands region of England. Situated about 67 miles (108 km) north-west of London and around 50 miles (80 km) south-east of Birmingham, Northampton lies on the River Nene and is the county town of Northamptonshire.

Original settlements in Northampton date back to the 6th century. Its modern development is largely due to its rapid population increase since the 1960s after a planned expansion occurred under the New Towns Commission in the early 1970s. In 2001, its urban area population was 197,199 while its town population was 189,474, making Northampton the 27th largest settlement in England, and the UK's 3rd largest town without official city status after Reading and Dudley. Northampton is the most populous district in England that is not a unitary authority, a status it failed to obtain in the 1990s local government reform.

Northampton has a history of the manufacture of boots and shoes yet engineering has taken over as a modern key industry; other industries include food processing, brewing, and the manufacture of shoe machinery, cosmetics, leather goods, and car accessories. At present, the major employers are public administration, financial services, and the distribution trade.

During the early part of Queen Victoria's reign it became apparent that the Town Hall which had served Northampton since the 14th Century (located on the corner of Abington Street Wood Hill) was inadequate to meet the needs of the growing town. A competition was therefore held to find a design for a new building in St Giles Square, the winning entry being submitted by a young Bristol architect, E. W. Godwin. This building, now forming the eastern part of the present Guildhall, was finished in 1864.

Northampton Carnival is a spectacular event, taking place over several days from late May to June each year. You can find out more about the Carnival at

Highly acclaimed theatre, stand-up comedy, grand opera, dance, music and pantomime can be enjoyed at Theatres across the county providing entertainment for all ages. Visit the BBC Northamptonshire website for details of all local theatres and comedy venues


The Northampton curry scene continues to grow and even though Trip Advisor only list 233 restaurants in the city, 36 are Indian and Yell list 53 Indian. MemSaab is probably the best know award-winning restaurant in the city but good choices include Indian Brasserie, Cafe Saffron, Rahuls, LaZeez, Cinnamon and Spice.


Four restaurants have been chosen with the help of your votes to represent Northampton for judging purposes. :

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The team chosen to represent Northampton 2016 is :

Lasaan Once Upon a Time in India 8 Whitehills Crescent NN2 8EP Tel 01602 844244
Lazeez 39 Barrack Road Northampton Tel : 01604 622228
Indian Ignite 18 Abington Square Northampton NN1 4AA Tel 01604 456979
Tamarind 151-153 Wellingborough Road Northampton Tel : 01604 231194