Although a predominantly rural area, Northamptonshire is a county of contrasts, known as a landscape of “spires and squires”, in reference to the number of churches and stately homes.
Transport links have played an important part of Northamptonshire's history; the ancient Roman Road of Watling Street runs across the county; it has two major canals; and its towns and villages were, at one stage, particularly well-served by the railways.
Today, Northamptonshire is part of what is sometimes described as motorsport valley, with a number of racing teams and specialists based in the county.
Places of interest
With thanks to the following for the images of Northamptonshire:
Blisworth Tunnel © Mat Fascione
Northampton, 1956 © Dr Ben Brooksbank
Corby Station © Alex McGregor
Sulgrave Manor © Christina Burford