Wellingborough is a Market Town, situated some 11 miles from the town of Northampton and on the north side of the River Nene. (Due to frequent flooding by the River Nene, the town was mostly built above the current level of the flood plain.) The town was granted a Royal Market Charter in 1201, by King John of England.
As of 2011, the census states the town has a population of 49,087 residents. Wellingborough alongside Irchester, Little Irchester, Wollaston, Earls Barton, Bozeat, Finedon, Isham, Wilby and Great Doddington creates a borough with a joint population of 75,400 residents. Wellingborough is predicted to grow by around 30 percent under the Milton Keynes South Midlands (MKSM) study. The study allocates 12,800 additional homes mainly to the east of the town. The town boasts its own Railway Station which has Inter City trains to London St Pancras International, taking under an hour and providing an interchange with Eurostar services.
It has approximately 2,500 registered businesses within its boundaries. The former traditional economic structure based on footwear and engineering is gradually diversifying with wholesale, logistics, and service sectors providing new opportunities for employment. Other businesses operating within the town include motorsport, high performance engineering, distribution, engineering, environmental technology, renewable energy, digital and creative media, financial and business services. These include such big name brands as Cummins UK located at Park Farm. There are several industrial estates in the town; these include Park Farm, Denington, Leyland and Finedon Road.
As a Market Town, Wellingborough has major high street chains mainly located in the town centre. The only shopping centre, Swansgate, was built in the late 1970’s. Supplementing the town centre shops are several out-of-town retail parks and supermarkets including a Sainsbury's, Tesco, an Aldi and a Morrisons store in the town centre. The town has a market three times a week and a weekly privately organised market.
The A45 dual carriageway skirts to the south and links the town with the A14 and M1 which also allows links to the east and west of the country. The A45 links Wellingborough with Northampton, Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Raunds, Thrapston, Oundle and Peterborough.
"THE TEAM AT BARKER & SMART HAVE BEEN FANTASTIC. THEY HELPED ME SELL MY PROPERTY IN A MATTER OF WEEKS AND ASSISTED ME THE ENTIRE WAY THROUGH THE SALE "
- JILL HALES