Billing, Northamptonshire

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Billing
St Andrews Church Tower, Great Billing - geograph.org.uk - 174025.jpg
St Andrew's Church
Billing is located in Northamptonshire
Billing
Billing
Location within Northamptonshire
Population8,457 (2001)
OS grid referenceSP8062
Civil parish
  • Billing
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNorthampton
Postcode districtNN3
Dialling code01604
PoliceNorthamptonshire
FireNorthamptonshire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Northamptonshire
52°15′28″N 0°49′20″W / 52.2577°N 0.8222°W / 52.2577; -0.8222Coordinates: 52°15′28″N 0°49′20″W / 52.2577°N 0.8222°W / 52.2577; -0.8222

Billing is a civil parish in eastern Northampton in England, covering the Great Billing, Little Billing, Ecton Brook and Bellinge areas. It is geographically the largest area of Northampton. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 8,642, decreasing at the 2011 census to 8,457.[1] Billing consists of four estates, with each estate constituting a ward of the parish. Great Billing and Little Billing were developed around the existing villages; Bellinge (or Middle Ward) and Ecton Brook were created as new communities.[2] Billing is accessible by the A45 westward to Northampton which runs along the south side of Billing and is accessed through the Lumbertubs Way Interchange.

Billing Aquadrome, a large leisure centre including lakes, a fair and also a caravan site which is home to over 2,000 people. Billing Aquadrome has recently taken over Northampton Balloon Festival which had previously for a number of years been situated at Racecourse Park in the Town Centre.

There is a contrast of housing within the Billing ward with large houses dotted around Great Billing and Little Billing keeping the traditional 'village feel' as when both were villages. On the other side there is Bellinge and Ecton Brook; estates built in the 1970s and 80s as new towns to house the overspill of London and other areas which are council estates. Bellinge in particular had suffered from serious problems in the 1990s and became one of the most crime ridden estates in England suffering from drug dealing and vandalism until the local council demolished a series of flats which stood on what is now Billingmead Square. The estate is now much improved and does not suffer the serious problems it had once encountered.[3]

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  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Billing Parish Council website". Billing Parish Council. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  3. ^ Geocities-Northampton Retrieved 23 May 2013
  4. ^  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Cawdry, Daniel". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

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