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Bank reinforcement at Wellingborough on the River Nene
Bank reinforcement at Wellingborough on the River Nene
Coordinates 52 ° 18 ′  N , 0 ° 42 ′  W Coordinates: 52 ° 18 ′  N , 0 ° 42 ′  W
OS National Grid SP8967
Wellingborough (England)
Residents 48,428 (as of 2001)
Population density ? Ew./km²
ZIP code section NN8 NN9
prefix 01933
Part of the country England
Shire county Northamptonshire
District Wellingborough
Website: www.wellingborough.gov.uk
Template: Infobox location in the UK / Pop-Den

Wellingborough is a town in Northamptonshire in England and is located around 20 km east of Northampton in the East Midlands . The population is 48,428 (as of 2001). Wellingborough has been the administrative seat of the borough of the same name since 1974 . It is on the north bank of the Nene .


Wellingborough is a 6th century Anglo-Saxon founding. In 1201 the place received market rights . Wellingborough has been the seat of a monastery since the Middle Ages, today's Croyland Abbey, a subsidiary of the Croyland Monastery near Peterborough . During the English Civil War , minor skirmishes took place in Wellingborough; the local pastor, Thomas Jones, was dragged off to Northampton by the parliamentary army. As a result, a stronghold of the so-called Diggers, a subgroup of the Levellers , formed here .

Wellingborough's city center was heavily redesigned in the 1960s and 1970s, such as the Arndale Center (today: Swansgate).


Wellingborough is located in the middle of an agricultural countryside. Important sectors of the economy are the production of shoes and boots. From the 1920s to the 1990s, the steel industry was also located in Wellingborough. Chemical company Scott Bader is one of the city's largest employers . Wellingborough also has a central storage yard for GB Railfreight .


The oldest school still standing today is the Wellingborough School, founded in 1595. There are also the Sir Christopher Hatton School, the Weavers School, the St. Columbus' School and the Wrenn School (formerly Wellingborough Grammar School).

Twin cities


  • Christopher Hatton , English Lord Chancellor (1540–1591), landowner in Wellingborough
  • Thom Yorke , singer in the Radiohead group (* 1968), was born in Wellingborough
  • Peter Ebdon , snooker player (* 1970), grew up in Wellingborough
  • Rory McLeod , snooker player (* 1971), born in Wellingborough

The band Gutworm also comes from Wellingborough .