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Written by Richard Irlam 12th March 2015

Five Reasons to Move to Northamptonshire

Mention the words ‘UK property hotspot’ and it's often the usual suspects that spring to mind. Like our capital city, with its professional opportunities, culture and architecture. Or Brighton, being ‘London by the sea’. Looking northward, it's Manchester and Edinburgh that invariably attract home movers and property investors.

As such, it's always refreshing to learn of new contenders to the property hotspot throne. Especially when those locations are on our doorstep – like Daventry, as Lloyds Bank has just revealed, following new research.

Reporting on the property market in the ten months to October 2014, the Bank found the Northamptonshire town had seen a 56 per cent increase in home sales, the biggest increase across the UK for the period.

Naturally there are market factors that contribute to this impressive growth, but with our strong Northamptonshire knowledge, Northampton and Towcester branches, and staff that live in the area, we believe there are other reasons why buyers are falling for the region…

  1. Rugby or cricket fan? Northamptonshire offers both at a significant level, with The Saints and the county cricket team in the first and second divisions of their respective leagues. And even if you are an ardent fan of your home team, you’ll find Northamptonshire people love rugby and cricket as much as the mighty Luther Burrell loves instilling fear into opposition defences.
  2. If historic culture is important to you then Northamptonshire's significant Roman heritage may be of interest. The Roman road Watling Street passes through the county, serving the charming town of Towcester, itself of Roman origin. Further to the west is Piddington's former Roman villa, and beyond that is the parish of Irchester, which was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  3. Northamptonshire's quaint towns and villages offer a unique beauty, with original properties built in the local warm-toned ironstone. In the east, for example, is Oundle – a charming market town with Iron Age origins. Eydon, in the west of the county, features a 17th-century pub that brims with cosy charm. And whatever direction one follows in Northamptonshire, picturesque buildings and communities are never far away.
  4. The county is far enough from the major cities to offer a genuine taste of rural life, but sufficiently close to remain within comfortable commuting distance. And with a new £20million railway station in Northampton itself, strong motorway links and positioning between East Midlands and London Luton airports, travelling in and out of the county is a true 21st century affair.
  5. Aside from its geography and history, Northamptonshire has its own personality, complete with historic sayings. One of them – ‘M'duck’ – even made its way to Hollywood, when Angelina Jolie gave it a Derbyshire twist to greet actor Jack O'Connell.

We currently have numerous other reasons for moving to Northamptonshire – and they’re all similarly attractive, but we can’t list them all in this blog. Instead, we want to know your thoughts: what do you love about the county? What would you recommend to anyone considering moving here? Let us know through our social channels…