Wellingborough is a market town and borough in Northamptonshire, England, situated some from the county town of Northampton. The town is situated on the north side of the River Nene,  most of the older town is sited on the flanks of the hills above the river's current flood plain. Due to frequent flooding by  the River Nene, the town was mostly built above the current level of the flood plain. Originally named "Wendelingburgh", the town was founded in the early 6th century Anglo-Saxons period by a Saxon leader called Waendel and is mentioned in the ''Domesday Book'' under the name of "Wendelburie". The town was granted a royal market Royal charter in 1201, by John of England.
 
As of the 2001 census it has a population of 72,519.  The town of Wellingborough is governed by The Wellingborough (borough), with their office located in the town centre.  The Borough Council of Wellingborough Location map Retrieved 28 January 2010 The town is twinned with Niort in France, and with Wittlich in Germany.
 
The town is predicted to grow by around 30 percent under the Milton Keynes South Midlands (MKSM) study, as the UK government has identified Wellingborough as one of several towns in Northamptonshire where growth will be directed over the next 30 years. The study allocates 12,800 additional homes mainly to the east of the town. The town has also a growing commuter population as it is located on the Midland Main Line railway, which has East Midlands Trains trains to St Pancras railway station station taking under an hour, giving an interchange with Eurostar services.

Why visit?

  • Wellingborough is home to a number of attractions, including the Wellingborough Museum, the Wellingborough Railway Museum, and the Wellingborough Zoo.
  • Wellingborough is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling, and horse riding. There are also several nature reserves in the area, including the Irchester Country Park and the Rushden Lakes Nature Reserve.
  • Wellingborough is a great place to shop, with a variety of independent shops, boutiques, and markets. There is also a large shopping centre, the Swansgate Shopping Centre, which has a variety of high street stores.