Wellingborough is a market town and borough in Northamptonshire, England which includes the town itself along with Irchester, Little Irchester, Wollaston, Earls Barton, Bozeat, Finedon, Isham, Wilby and Great Doddington.
Situated some 11 miles (18 km) 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 Saxon 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 charter in 1201, by King John of England.
As of 2011 the census states the borough has a population of 75,400, which the town itself accounts for 49,087. The town of Wellingborough is governed by The Borough Council of Wellingborough, with their office located in the town centre. The town is twinned with Niort in France, and with Wittlich in Germany.
Fourteen government controlled primary schools feed the secondary schools that include: Wellingborough School, an independent, fee-paying school, and the state secondary schools of Sir Christopher Hatton School, Weavers School (formerly the Technical Grammar School), Wrenn School (formerly the Wellingborough Grammar School), and Friars School.
The Tresham College of Further and Higher Education has a main campus in Wellingborough, and outreach locations in Kettering, Oakham and Corby. It provides further education and offers vocational courses, GCSEs and A Levels. In collaboration with several universities the college also offers Higher Education options.
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The A45 dual carriageway skirting to the south, 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 town is served by a bus network.
East Midlands Trains operate direct trains to London St Pancras International from Wellingborough railway station, departing every 30 minutes, with an average journey time of around 55 minutes. The railway line also connects Wellingborough with Bedford, Luton, Kettering, Corby, Leicester,Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield and Leeds.
Several UK airports are within two hours' drive of the town, including London Luton, East Midlands, Birmingham International and London Stansted. Luton can be reached directly by train while East Midlands and Stansted can be reached by one change at Leicester. Sywell Aerodrome, located 5 miles northwest of Wellingborough, caters for private flying, flight training and corporate flights.
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