Cotton End, Northampton

Coordinates: 52°13′19″N 0°54′14″W / 52.222°N 0.904°W / 52.222; -0.904
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Cotton End
View from West Cotton Close, Cotton End looking east towards the White Hart pub on the road 'Cotton End'
Cotton End is located in Northamptonshire
Cotton End
Cotton End
Location within Northamptonshire
OS grid referenceSP750596
• London67 miles
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNN4 8B_ and NN4 8R_
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
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52°13′19″N 0°54′14″W / 52.222°N 0.904°W / 52.222; -0.904

Cotton End is a small district of the town of Northampton, England, about half a mile south of the town centre, north of the area known as Far Cotton and west of the road from South Bridge to Ransome Road known as Cotton End.[1] The district population is included in the Delapre and Briar Hill Ward of Northampton Council.


The area was established as a small industrial site in the late 19th century. On the 1899 1:2500 Ordnance Survey map the site is located to the west and south of South Bridge over the River Nene between the river and the former Bedford to Northampton railway line and north of the Old Towcester Road and the former Bridge Street railway station (opened 1845).[2] The area appears to have been entirely industrial in contrast to the area south of the railway line which is the residential area of Far Cotton.

In the 1990s the area was cleared and used for housing with the name of Old Towcester Road changed to West Cotton Close.

The area to the east of the original Cotton End is shown on the old Ordnance Survey map as having some industrial units close to the south bank of the river with a goods shed, other railway works and a pub and offices fronting the main road. This area was also referred to as Cotton End and became entirely industrial with removal of the railway sidings. During the 1990s part of this site fronting the river was also developed as housing off a new road called New South Bridge Road as the Old Towcester Road industrial development was out of date. Part of the site next to the river was occupied by a large iron foundry, Rice & Co, which was on the site from 1928-1997.[3]

The Northampton Branch of the Grand Union Canal from Blisworth runs adjacent to the north of the site, just south of the River Nene, joining with the river via a lock.

1998 floods[edit]

In April 1998, many residents of both Far Cotton and Cotton End had to leave their homes and seek temporary accommodation elsewhere, after part of the whole area, along with another part of Northampton, St. James, suffered flooding, when the River Nene broke its banks. Flooding occurred on Good Friday, 10 April 1998, a day which became known locally as "the long Good Friday". Since then river banks have been raised and flood mitigation lakes created west of the town.

Area maps and views[edit]


  1. ^ Brown, Cynthia (7 December 1990). Northampton 1835-1985. Phillimore & Co Ltd. ISBN 0-8503-3767-4.
  2. ^ Page, William (1930). A History of the County of Northampton. Vol. 3. Phillimore & Co Ltd. pp. 1–26. ISBN 0-8503-3767-4. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  3. ^ Rice's Foundry History on Far Cotton History site, Accessed 6 January 2014

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