Northamptonshire is a landlocked county in the East Midlands. The county town is Northampton which lies on the River Nene. The county is famous for its boot and shoe industry and has been since the 15th century. The trade was known as \'cordwain\' which is a medieval name for shoemaker. The Shoe collection at Northampton\'s museum is the largest collection in the world, and has a range of shoes from Egyptian styles to contemporary designs.
Althorp is the birthplace of Diana, Princess of Wales. The Spencer family have lived here for over 20 generations. The house is open to visitors as well as the island in the Round Oval where Princess Diana is laid to rest.
Cottesbrooke Hall, a wonderful Queen Anne house, contains collections of furniture and fine porcelain. It has beautiful gardens, with huge 300 year old cedar trees. The house and gardens are open to the public.
Peterborough is a cathedral city, set in the Fens. The cathedral has three enormous Gothic arches at the front, making it a most imposing building. it is known for housing two queens, buried beneath the paving - Katherine of Aragon and Mary Queen of Scots. The Nene Valley railway is a preserved railway, there is a museum located beside the railway station.
Corby is an industrial town. Many Scottish people moved to Corby and it has strong links with Scotland. An annual \'Highland Gathering\' of music and dancing is held in the town. Corby is the only place in England (apart from London) with two Church of Scotland churches.
Towcester is a small town and the oldest in the county, with evidence of stone age and iron age settlements. It was a busy coaching town. Towcester is famous for its racecourse and hosts 19 National Hunt race meetings each year. Silverstone, near Towcester is the motor racing circuit, famous for being the home of the British Grand Prix, which it first hosted in 1948.