The town was mentioned by William Shakespeare in Henry VI, Part I, which refers to "the red-nosed innkeeper of Daintree".

Daventry remained a small rural town until the 1950s; in 1950 it had a population of around 4,000. Real growth started in 1955 when the tapered roller bearing manufacturer British Timken located a large factory in the town (the factory closed in 1993 although the distribution Centre stayed open until 2000).[24]

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After the 2005 general election, Daventry incurred massive boundary changes following the creation of the new South Northamptonshire seat. The results of the 2010 general election are based on the notional results for the new boundaries.

In 1974, the old borough of Daventry was abolished and merged into the new Daventry district, which also included a large rural area and had a population of 71,838 in 2001, rising to 77,843 in 2011. In 2003, Daventry gained its own Town Council[27] when it became a civil parish. The mayor of Daventry is elected annually.

The main roads from London to Holyhead passed through Daventry and the town for centuries flourished as a coaching town. There were many coaching inns in the town of which only the Dun Cow, Saracens Head and the Coach and Horses remain as inns.

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In November 2012 it was announced by ITV studios that a series of the popular Channel 4 show "Come Dine With Me" will be filmed in Daventry and surrounding villages.[30]

The Moot Hall stands on the north side of the market square next to the Plume of Feathers inn. It was built in 1769[16] from ironstone and has had various uses over the years, including town council building, a women’s prison, the mayor's parlour, town museum and tourist information office, an Indian restaurant and an antiques centre.

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The town is also the administrative centre of the larger Daventry district, which has a population of 77,843 as of the 2011 census.[1]

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The seat, one of many created in 1918, was a narrower form of the oldest creation of South Northamptonshire and lasted 32 years until it reverted into "South Northamptonshire". Finally today's seat was recreated mostly from the north of the South Northants seat[n 2] in 1974. Since its recreation and during its first existence it has been served by Conservative MPs. As the 1997 majority was also not marginal, it has been to date an archetypal safe seat.

The nearest railway station is at Long Buckby where access is gained to London Midland services to Birmingham New Street, Northampton and London Euston via the Northampton loop of the West Coast Main Line. Inter-city services (Virgin Trains and London Midland) can be accessed from Rugby railway station and Banbury railway station (Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry and First Great Western).

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The town has two main public parks, Daventry Country Park, which features a large children's play area, fitness equipment, a range of marked walks, nature trail, and cafe, and Daventry reservoir. The smaller Daneholme park is quite close by and is bounded by the old railway cuttings, Daneholme Avenue, Ashby Road and Welton Road.

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Golfers can enjoy the course at Daventry and District Golf Club,[36] which is effectively on the side of Borough Hill, or head slightly out of town to Staverton Park Golf Club.[37]

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

Other nearby places include: Southam, Coventry and the villages of Ashby St Ledgers, Badby, Barby, Braunston, Byfield, Charwelton, Dodford, Dunchurch, Everdon, Fawsley, Hellidon, Kilsby, Long Buckby, Newnham, Norton, Staverton, Welton, Weedon, and Woodford Halse. The town is twinned with Westerburg, Germany.

There is a leisure centre [35] in the town centre which is well attended. It features swimming pool area, gym and a number of multi-sport areas. A children's soft play area and cafe provide non-sports-based facilities.

Daventry is largely White British, with little ethnic diversity; 96.5% described as 'White British' at the last census (2011), 'Indian' comprise the largest non-white ethnic group (0.7%).[13] As a result, Daventry does have a good deal of thriving Indian cuisine; being renowned for its papadum.

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Due to the proximity to the M1, Ford [31] opened a large national spare parts distribution warehouse on the Royal Oak Industrial Estate in 1972. The 130-acre (0.53 km2) building, took Taylor Woodrow a year to build at a cost of[citation needed]£2.25 m and was for many years considered the largest building in the United Kingdom.

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Have your say on Parliamentary boundary proposals People living in Daventry District are being encouraged to give their views on proposals for new Parliamentary Constituency boundaries.

From the 1980s to 1990s, the popular King's Quest series of adventure games was set in a fictional kingdom of Daventry, entirely unrelated to the real Daventry other than the name.

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2013 saw the opening of a purpose-built skate park[38] on New Street Recreation Ground, this was constructed in consultation with local youth groups and features challenges for boarders of all abilities.

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Daventry /ˈdævəntri/ (historically /ˈdeɪntri/) is a market town in Northamptonshire, England, with a population of 25,026 (2011 census).

Daventry has several housing estates, which include: Drayton, Middlemore Farm, Lang Farm, Ashby Fields, Royal Oak, Timken, Stefen Hill, The Grange, The Southbrook and The Headlands.

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