Welcome to Daventry District, well connected for business, living and leisure
About our District
Defined by its beautiful West Northamptonshire countryside setting and strategically placed at the centre of the national road network, Daventry District provides a rare and sought-after balance of urban and rural lifestyles.
The district covers more than 250 square miles and is made up of the historic market town of Daventry, and 78 villages, contributing to its distinctive character and rural charm. Latest figures give a district population of about 79,000, with approximately 25,000 living in Daventry town itself. The health of people in Daventry District is generally better than the England average and crime levels are low.
Daventry District is located in a place where the economic strength of London and the South East meets reasonable land and house prices. Daventry town is growing fast, with the current population expected to grow to 40,000 by 2026.
Daventry District has excellent transport links, proving itself to be a popular location in the centre of the UK for businesses seeking distribution bases, company headquarters and warehousing and manufacturing facilities.
By road - Strategically placed at the heart of the national road network, with easy access to the M1 motorway, the M6/ A14 interchange, the A5 and the A45. Regular bus services provide strong links to the local area and surrounding region, with a new bus interchange in Daventry town among further investment planned.
By rail - Home to the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal, the UK’s premier rail-linked logistics development on the West Coast Mainline, connecting businesses to continental Europe. London is just 78 minutes’ travel time from Daventry District’s train station at Long Buckby, while journeys to Birmingham take less than an hour.
By air - Five international airports within convenient reach – Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, East Midlands and Birmingham International.
A balanced economy
Daventry District benefits from a balanced economy, generated by a broad mix of employment, with growing sectors including logistics, high performance technology, motorsport, food and drink and creative and cultural industries.
Unemployment levels are significantly lower than the national and regional average, including for young people. By 2029 an additional 28,500 jobs are estimated for the West Northamptonshire area, including Daventry District National companies already based in the District include Ford Motor Company, Cummins, Tesco, DHL, Wincanton, Exova and Volvo Trucks.
Daventry is home to a high number of independent businesses, helping the area to withstand the recent economic downturn well.
Explore at your leisure
From picturesque villages to woodlands, canals, reservoirs, country parks and many elegant country houses and gardens, the District is full of treasures to discover.
It boasts some of the finest stately homes in the country, including Althorp House, Canons Ashby, Cottesbrooke Hall and Kelmarsh Hall, while its range of hotels, restaurants and fine country pubs offer the warmest of welcomes.
Reservoirs including Pitsford, Hollowell and Drayton offer superb opportunities for sailing, while running through the heart of the District is the picturesque Grand Union Canal, a popular route for pleasure cruises, walking, cycling and angling. There is canal heritage around every corner, ranging from the village of Braunston at the junction of the Grand Union and Oxford Canals through to tunnels, lock flights and bridges.
Alongside sailing, Drayton Reservoir in Daventry is also a premier location for angling and just a stone’s throw away is the Green Flag Award winning Daventry Country Park, offering tranquil picnic spots, an adventure playground, a nature trail around the reservoir and a wealth of wildlife. The District benefits from a wide range of sporting facilities including golf clubs, all-weather pitches, football and rugby clubs and a number of local gyms.
Daventry Leisure Centre, conveniently located in the heart of the town, features two swimming pools, a sports hall, state-of-the-art gym and squash courts, while a modern skate park in the town centre provides an ideal spot for people to practice their skills on skateboards, bikes and scooters. There is also karting at Whilton Mill near Daventry town which has Motor Sports Association registered circuits for advanced and novice drivers.
A rich history
Daventry District is an area rich in history. In 1925, Borough Hill in Daventry became home to the BBC’s world service transmitters, relaying radio signals around the world with the renowned radio call sign ‘Daventry Calling the World’. Borough Hill also has National Scheduled Ancient Monument status as it was the site of one of the largest Bronze Age hill forts in the country.
The District was also the focus for historic events such as the Civil War’s deciding battlefield at Naseby and the Gun Powder Plot at the village of Ashby St Ledgers, the Manor House being the plotters’ command centre and home of the lead plotter, Robert Catesby.
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