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Northamptonshire (/nɔːrˈθæmptənʃər/ or /nɔːrθˈhæmptənʃɪər/), abbreviated Northants or N/hants, archaically County of Northampton, is a landlocked county in the English East Midlands, with a population of 629,676 as at the 2001 census. It has boundaries with Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire (including the city of Peterborough), Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire (including the borough of Milton Keynes), Oxfordshire, and Lincolnshire (England's shortest county boundary at 19 metres (21 yd)). The county town is Northampton. Other towns include Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby and Daventry.

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Left The Northampton & Lamport Railway is a standard gauge heritage railway in Northamptonshire, England. It is based at Pitsford and Brampton station, near the villages of Pitsford and Chapel Brampton, roughly 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Northampton.

The line between Northampton and Market Harborough finally closed on 16 August 1981, the intermediate stations on the route having been closed for many years.

In 1984 a group was formed with the intention of opening a section of the line as a heritage railway. The site opened to the public shortly afterwards. Following the granting of a Light Railway Order, the line carried its first fare-paying passengers in November 1995. The official Grand Opening Ceremony took place on 31 March 1996.

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Hugh Dennis (left) with Steve Punt on The Now Show

Peter Hugh Dennis (born 17 January 1962 in Kettering) is an English actor, comedian, writer, impressionist and voice-over artist, best known for his work with comedy partner Steve Punt. He uses his middle name Hugh as his stage name, because Equity already had a Peter Dennis, who was on the management panel.

Dennis has performed on various TV and radio shows, including Mock the Week, The Imaginatively Titled Punt and Dennis Show, New Tricks in the episode "Fresh Start", Outnumbered and sitcom Me, You and Him. He has guest hosted Have I Got News For You and played obnoxious GP Piers Crispin in BBC sitcom My Hero. He is friends with Chris Morris and has had cameos on Brass Eye.

Dennis lives in Farnham, Surrey, with his wife, Catherine ("Kate") Abbot-Anderson whom he married in 1996. They have two children, a son called Freddie (born March 28 1997) and a daughter called Meg (born July 2 1999).

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One of the few Canals in Northamptonshire is the Grand Union pictured above in Braunston.

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