Which counties surround Northamptonshire

Famously known as the “The Rose of the Shires”, Northamptonshire is situated in the midst of eight counties.It is a county located in the region of East Midlands in England.  

It is thriving with technological advancements and a rapid growth in population (723,000).  Northamptonshire covers a total of 913 square miles (2,364 square km).  Due to its coordinational inclination towards the south, Northamptonshire is also called the “Southernmost” county.  

In addition, it is often mentioned as “the county of spires and squires” because of several churches (can be referred to as spires) and landowners and lords (Squires) who were enthusiastic enough to lay the foundation of such magnificent country mansions.

The eight bordering counties include: Cambridgeshire located in the east, Bedfordshire to the southeast, Warwickshire situated in the west, Rutland and Leicestershire sited in the north, Lincolnshire bordered in the northeast, Buckinghamshire in the south, and Oxfordshire located in the southwest region of Northamptonshire.

  • Cambridgeshire – established in 1974 by combining the counties of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely. During the time of Anglo-Saxons, Cambridgeshire was reconciled by the bands of angels (English natives) in the 6th century. Settling the lands of Cam and Ouse which later known as Gyrwas (presently Cambridgeshire). The total population is 145,818 (in accordance with 2001 census).


  • Bedfordshire – One of the historical and ceremonial counties located in the East of England, Bedfordshire has quite an intriguing position amongst the most densely populated county in England. It is ranked 14th in the list.  The population of Bedfordshire is divided into two areas: Luton with the population of 236,000 and Bedford with 102,000.


  • Warwickshire – Covered in the spectacular English Midlands, Warwickshire is the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The historical distribution of lands in Warwickshire are pretty much the same as to the patterns mentioned in the Domesday Book; which included Sutton Coldfield, Coventry, Solihull, and small of a portion of Birmingham. However, Warwickshire got rid of most of the land due to the need of fuel required for industrialization.The current population of Warwickshire is 556,800.


  • Rutland – Initially represented as a separate county in 1159, Rutland was officially started to be recognized in 1703 when the Earl of Rutland was promoted to the status of duke (high ranks amongst noble families). It is also known to be one of the smallest county in the UK (ranked 4th) and smallest historic county in England. The total population of Rutland is 17,292 recorded in 2000.


  • Leicestershire – Located on the southeast belt of Northamptonshire, the name Leicestershire was derived from its extraordinary contribution to the one-third of greater Leicester. Up till 1974, Leicestershire, Rutland came under the geographical privileges of districts of Leicestershire, but this decision was revised in 1997 which resulted in the separation of these counties into separate ones. The population of Leicestershire is 609, 578 (in accordance with 2001 census).


  • Lincolnshire – also known to have the shortest county boundary in England, measured at 62 ft. (19 meters),it came into being by merging two of the famously recognized ancient territories of Stamford ( Kingdom of Lindsey and Danelaw Borough). According to Domesday, this land was called “Lindsey” until 1974, the three parts of Lindsey were merged under the name of Lincolnshire. Its total population is 736,700 (2015).


  • Buckinghamshire – Originated under the name of Bucca’s home during the Anglo-Saxon era, Buckinghamshire was named after a landowner that lived amongst the Anglo-Saxon natives. Buckinghamshire, unlike other surrounding counties, carries a unique political history that leads straight political influence including English Civil War.  The total population of this county is 799,200.


  • Oxfordshire – noted mostly for its foundation of education and attractive tourism industries, Oxfordshire is the only county in England to have the largest printing and publication press (Oxford University Press). The current population is 683,200.


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