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Corby Travel Guide

Although the local existence of huge deposits of iron ore had been common knowledge for centuries, it was the advent of the railways in the mid 19th century that marked the end of the towns “sleepy village” era. By the late1920’s the town began to resemble a New World gold rush town, as impoverished workers from all over Britain poured in to work in the numerous steel mills and foundries being built in and around the town.

This relatively sudden population influx had the effect of spawning something of an accidental ‘new town’. A new community infrastructure developed rapidly after the 2nd World War and continued largely unabated until the devastating sudden closure of the last steelworks in the late 70’s, throwing thousands into unemployment. After a brief wound licking hiatus the town rallied successfully and today supports a wide range of businesses as diverse as Avon Cosmetics and The Oxford University Press.

Corby today has a population of around 55,000 living in a town achieving stability for the first time in 70 years. The town has a compact but well represented retail centre. Entertainment, perhaps echoing past ‘boomtown’ days, is varied in form and numerous in venues, with a host of good pubs, clubs and restaurants.

Within a short drive of Corby are a host of interesting places to visit. Althorp, home to the Spencer family and burial place of Diana, Princess of Wales is very popular during the summer months.

Rockingham Motor Speedway, a vast all seater sports and entertainment complex is worth a visit, as are the Medieval house and grounds of Deene Park.

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