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Far Cotton is a district in the town of Northampton, England and many years ago a village in its own right.
Far Cotton is due south of the town centre, beyond Cotton End - hence the 'Far' - and south of the River Nene. It is roughly rectangular in shape with the river and canal forming its northern boundary, the railway is western edge; with the A5076 ring road to its south and the A508 road and Delapré Abbey's park to its east. Administratively Far Cotton is in the Parish of St Mary and Delapre Ward of the Borough of Northampton.
Historically Far Cotton was a hamlet in the parish and urban district of Hardingstone. It expanded with the arrival of the Northampton and Peterborough Railway, opened in 1845. The original line, on which Northampton Bridge Street railway station was situated, was entirely south of the Nene while the medieval town was north of the river.
Far Cotton became a separate civil parish in 1895 and an urban district in 1896. The urban district was abolished in 1900 when the County Borough of Northampton was expanded to include Far Cotton; the civil parish continued to exist until 1932. Far Cotton is in the ecclesiastical parish of St Mary.
As part of the regeneration of the town, overseen by the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation, many brownfield sites in Far Cotton are undergoing redevelopment in the first decade of the twenty-first century including new housing estates Riverside Wharf, Cotton End and Southbridge.
Extensive development is to occur on former disused warehouses east of Far Cotton. Nunn Mills is currently under development to build over 3,000 new houses on a brownfield site. There will also be an improved Marina in and around Becket's Park and Midsummer Meadow.
The main shopping sector of Far Cotton is St Leonard's Road which connects Towcester Road and London Road. There are also shops on Gloucester Avenue. There is a Tesco Extra south of Far Cotton in Mereway and an Asda supermarket in Cotton End on Ransome Road.
As of 2010, Far Cotton is set to double in population in the next ten years with development of housing.[needs update]
In April 1998, many residents of Far Cotton had to leave their homes (albeit temporarily) and seek temporary accommodation elsewhere, after part of Far Cotton, along with another part of Northampton, St. James, suffered flooding. Flooding occurred on Good Friday 1998, a day which became known locally as "the long Good Friday".
- Brosnan, Anna (8 November 2010). "Snapshots from history of Far Cotton". Northampton Chronicle & Echo (Johnston Publishing). Retrieved 25 October 2013.
- "Far Cotton PA/CP through time: Relationships and changes". A vision of Britain through time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
- Sessional Papers, Volume 120. H.M. Stationery Office. 1902. p. 13. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
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