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


Wellingborough is a creation of the Anglo-Saxons in the 6th century. In 1201, the city was granted market rights. Wellingborough is since the Middle Ages seat of a monastery, today Croyland Abbey, a daughter of the Convention Croyland monastery at Peterborough. In the English Civil War small skirmishes took place in Wellingborough; the local priest, Thomas Jones, was abducted while on parliamentary army to Northampton. As a result, here formed a stronghold of the so-called Diggers, a subgroup of the Levellers.

The town center of Wellingborough was heavily remodeled in the 1960s and 1970s, so was at this time about the Arndale Centre (now Swansgate ).


Wellingborough is situated in a predominantly agricultural surrounding countryside. Important sectors of the economy, the production of shoes and boots. From the 1920s to the 1990s, the steel industry in Wellingborough was established. The largest employers in the town is the chemical company Scott Bader. In Wellingborough is also a central storage area of GB Railfreight.


The oldest still preserved, the school is founded in 1595 Wellingborough School. There are also the Sir Christopher Hatton School, 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 of Radiohead ( b. 1968 ), born in Wellingborough
  • , Grew up Peter Ebdon, snooker player ( b. 1970 ) in Wellingborough
  • Rory McLeod, snooker player ( b. 1971 ), born in Wellingborough

From Wellingborough and the belt comes Gutworm.

  • Place in Northamptonshire