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Irthlingborough, originally called Artleborough ( ), is a small town on the River Nenemarker in Northamptonshiremarker, Englandmarker with a population of around 9,000 people. It is the smallest town in England to have possessed a league association football team, Rushden & Diamonds F.C..


The parish church, St Peter, has a lantern tower which is unusual for Northamptonshire churches. This was built to guide travellers across the Nene valley in foggy weather. It also has doors at the four cardinal points; of note are the eight misericords in the chancel. Services still continue daily with the main service being at 10:00 am on Sunday mornings.


In the past, ironstone was mined near Irthlingborough, and as part of the local ironstone mine, a tunnel was bored between Irthlingborough and nearby Finedonmarker. The tunnel is still in existence although the Irthlingborough end has been landscaped over and the Finedon end sealed with concrete. Irthlingborough railway stationmarker closed in 1964 to passengers.

For the first time in 2007 Irthlingborough decided to elect a Town Mayor.


More recently the River Nenemarker floodplains located between the town and its neighbour, Higham Ferrersmarker, have been quarried for gravel. Quarrying in the area was extensive, stretching to Northamptonmarker in the West (upstream) and Thorpe Watervillemarker to the North-Northeast (downstream). The quarries were later left to fill with water creating man-made lakes.


The town can be divided quite easily into areas with Pine Trees to the south-west, Victoria and Allen roads in the centre running parallel to the High Street on either side, Knightlands to the North, Crow Hill to the extreme north-east (over a mile from the town centre) and the football ground and training facilities to the east.

The A6 used to pass through the town, but was bypassed in the 1930s to the north. The former route is the B5348. Irthlingborough Viaduct was built in 1936 and connects the town to Higham Ferrersmarker and the busy A45. The A45 (former A605) is a more dependable road than the A6, being less twisty and fewer tractors.

Local economy

Whitworths, the cookery products company, is based in the town, starting in 1886 and employs 310 people at the plant on the B571 (Wellingborough Road). Sonifex, a manufacturer of high-end radio broadcast products has been in the town since it's beginning in 1969 with it's research and manufacturing base on Station Road. Dr. Martens has a long history with the town; the manufacturer R Griggs, owned by Max Griggs, had its head office in the town until production moved to China in 2003, much to the displeasure of the National Union of Knitwear, Footwear & Apparel Trades. In 2003, the company made a loss of £60m, having lost £32m in 2002. The company's office is now in Wollastonmarker. The Wellingborough factory was the first to close in July 2002.


The East Northamptonshire Collegemarker has a sixth-form at the Huxlow Science College. The Huxlow school, on Finedon Road (B5348) gets results above average at GCSE, and especially at A-level. It used to be known as Irthlingborough Secondary Modern School until 1972. David Frost taught there for a term in 1958, before going to university.


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