Welcome to Northamptonshire, known to some as “The Rose of the Shires”. This landlocked county finds itself in the East Midlands region of England. It shares borders with Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Additionally, there is a 20-yard boundary with Lincolnshire, the shortest of its kind in the entire country. The county town is Northampton, with other places of interest including Ketting, Corby, Rushden and Daventry. All are great locations for Afternoon Tea in Northamptonshire.
Historically, few people lived in present-day Northamptonshire throughout the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods. By the 1st century BCE, however, the Catuvellauni tribe inhabited the area – who were in turn conquered by the Romans in 43 CE.
After the Romans left, it became part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, which itself was conquered by the Danes in 889. The English returned in 917, with the iconic Rockingham Castle built during the Norman era.
Until 1656, Northamptonshire was home to the since famous Washington family – best known for George Washington, the first President of the United States of America.
Throughout the Industrial Revolution, the county had a reputation for shoemaking and leatherworks. Today, it boasts nearly countless Afternoon Tea Northamptonshire establishments.