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Mini guide to Corby


Centrally located in Northamptonshire, East Midlands, Corby was a quaint sleepy rural village until the booming of its steel industry in the early 20th century. Despite some industrialization, the town has maintained its charming atmosphere and, with its interesting historical heritage, is a great base from which to explore the county.

Rising above the town is the beautiful old church of St. John the Baptist which dates back to around 1200 and is very much a Corby landmark. The church features an attractive spire and some excellent windows and artwork. One of the earliest human relics ever to be unearthed in Northamptonshire was found in the parish - a skeleton together with a knife or dagger, which both dated to the Bronze Age. The skeleton was subsequently re-interred in the local churchyard, and the weapon taken to the museum at Northampton.

The original stone-built village district still remains and is pleasant to stroll around. Every 20 years Corby celebrates a Pole Fair, the most recent being in 2002. This ancient custom transforms the original village area into a colourful spectacle, with a carnival, fair, barbeque, bonfire, tug of war, celebration ball, shows, games and displays. Central to the occasion is the reading of the Royal Charter at the specially-placed toll gate positions. People failing to pay the toll for entry are carried off to the stocks - the men on a pole, the women in chairs. Nature lovers will want to visit Rockingham Forest, the home of the re-introduced eagle-like Red Kite that had been extinct in Britain since the 19th century.

There is a range of accommodation in the town, and the most interesting shopping and dining areas are in the old village area, whose main street is lined with cottages and shops, intermingled with several old-fashioned pubs.

The slice of easy countryside that comprises west Northamptonshire falls to the west of the A508 and is dotted with stately homes.

Northamptonshire is one of the East Midlands region's most diverse counties and touted as the 'County of Spires and Squires.' There is an abundance of stately homes and historic churches, as well as a scattering of charming villages. Key attractions are Althorp, the last resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Sulgrave Manor, the ancestral home of the first president of the United States, George Washington. Of the rural villages, Oundle and Fotheringhay are the most diverting.

Corby is on the A427 and you'll either need your own car or connect to the town by bus from one of the larger cities in the region. The nearest airport is East Midlands.

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