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Northampton is a large market town and a local government district in the English East Midlands region.
Northampton is situated 67 miles (108 km) north of London on the River Nene, and is the county town
The district has a population of 200,100, whilst the urban area has a population of 189,474.
By this measurement, it is the 21st largest settlement in England and is the UK's third largest town
without official city status after Reading and Dudley.
Northampton is the most populous district in England not to be a unitary authority.
Northampton's population has increased greatly since the 1960s, largely due to planned expansion
under the New Towns Commission in the early-1960s.
Traditionally Northampton was a major centre of shoemaking and other leather related industries.
Shoemaking has almost ceased though the back streets of the town still retain the pattern of
small shoe factories surrounded by terraced houses for outworkers.
Northampton's main industries now include distribution and finance, and major employers
include Barclaycard, Euro Building & Maintenance, Panasonic, Travis Perkins,
Coca Cola Schweppes Beverages Ltd, and Carlsberg
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