East Northamptonshire

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District of East Northamptonshire
Non-metropolitan district
East Northamptonshire shown within Northamptonshire
East Northamptonshire shown within Northamptonshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East Midlands
Non-metropolitan county Northamptonshire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Thrapston
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body East Northamptonshire Council
 • Leadership Alternative - Sec.31 (Conservative)
 • MPs Tom Pursglove Conservative
Peter Bone Conservative
 • Total 196.8 sq mi (509.8 km2)
Area rank 90th (of 326)
Population (mid-2016 est.)
 • Total 91,000
 • Rank 264th (of 326)
 • Density 460/sq mi (180/km2)
 • Ethnicity 98.3% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 34UD (ONS)
E07000152 (GSS)
OS grid reference TL0192784659
Website www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk
East Northamptonshire District. (Shaded area is the county of Northamptonshire)

East Northamptonshire (officially "The District of East Northamptonshire") is a local government district in Northamptonshire, England. Its council is based in Thrapston and Rushden. Other towns include Oundle, Raunds, Irthlingborough and Higham Ferrers. The town of Rushden is the largest settlement in the district and the smallest settlement is the hamlet of Shotley. The population of the District Council at the 2011 Census was 86,765.[1]

The district borders onto the Borough of Corby, the Borough of Kettering, the Borough of Wellingborough, the Borough of Bedford, the City of Peterborough, the District of Huntingdonshire, South Kesteven District and the unitary authority county of Rutland.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the municipal borough of Higham Ferrers, with the urban districts of Irthlingborough, Oundle, Raunds and Rushden, along with Oundle and Thrapston Rural District, and Newton Bromswold from Wellingborough Rural District.

Much of the district is home to Rockingham Forest, once a Royal hunting forest which takes its name from the village of Rockingham where William I built a castle.

The district is home to several of Northamptonshire's airfields including Spanhoe, King's Cliffe, Deenethorpe, Polebrook, Chelveston and Lyveden.


There are six towns in the district. Rushden is by far the largest with a population of 29,272. It is situated in the very south of the district and forms a single urban area with the neighbouring town of Higham Ferrers which has a population of 7,145. The second largest town in the district is Raunds, population 8,641 followed closely by Irthlingborough, population 8,535. The smallest town in the district is Thrapston where the HQ of the East Northamptonshire council is located. Oundle is a historical market town with many ancient buildings, including St Peter's parish church with the tallest spire in the county and a large Public School. Higham Ferrers, which is part of Rushden's urban area, was the birthplace for Henry Chichele and chichele college. Irthlingborough was home to Rushden & Diamonds Football Club before it went into liquidation.

There are no railway stations in East Northamptonshire. There is one College in East Northamptonshire.

Election results

2015 (total 40 seats)

Conservative - 37 seats (+2) Labour - 1 seats (-1) Independent - 2 seats (-1)

2011 (total 40 seats)

Conservative - 35 seats (-4) Labour - 2 seats (+2) Independent - 3 seats (+2)

2007 (total 40 seats)

Conservative - 39 seats (+ 6) Labour - 0 seats ( - 3) Independent - 1 seat

2004 (total 36 seats)

Conservative - 33 seats (+ 12) Labour - 3 seats (- 12)

Settlements and parishes

East Northamptonshire council offices in Thrapston

See also


  1. ^ "District population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 

External links

  • Nene Valley News community newspaper
  • Extra Local newspaper

Coordinates: 52°27′N 0°30′W / 52.45°N 0.50°W / 52.45; -0.50

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