To counter exploitation by agents and employers, local men founded the Desborough Co-operative Society in 1863. Starting with local shops and then a corset and lingerie factory, the Desborough Co-op still has a department store, a bank, a supermarket, a travel agents, a ladies' shoe and clothing shop and a couple of corner stores.

On 7 September 1969 the Anglican (Church of England) and Methodist partnership was inaugurated in the presence of the Bishop of Peterborough and the Chairman of the Oxford District. Since that time a Methodist minister has been working in equal partnership with the Anglican vicar. St Giles is part of the United Benefice of Desborough and Brampton Ash with Braybrooke and Dingley.[5]

The Centre holds an extraordinary wealth of visual information about the town. Visitors will see how the townscape and town life have changed dramatically, even within living memory, with the demoltion of many of its 17th and 18th century ironstone buildings.

Located in the heart of Desborough we are a leisure centre offering a 25 station gym, sports hall, multi-purpose games area, skate park and BMX track. If you have any questions or need more information please don't hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to welcoming you to Desborough!

The Desborough Co-op was recently purchased by the larger East Midlands Co-op, which has since closed the bank branch and the ladies' shoe and clothing shop. It has also turned one of the corner shops into an undertaker's. The former RS Lawrence's shoe factory site on the High Street was sold to Kettering Borough Council.

The official website for the town of Desborough, Northamptonshire covering the history of Desborough and it's surrounding areas. Visit the centre which hold an holds an extraordinary wealth of visual information about Desborough Northants.

Several housing projects are currently taking place, such as "The Grange", a joint project by several house building companies, and Jelson Homes's "Carisbrooke Grange".

Domesday Book (1086) refers to Desborough as a "place of judgement". In fact, the name itself is thought to have derived from 'Disburg', which meant a sacred and fortified place. In the High Street, as a centrepiece of what is now the Market Square, stands a pillar that is called locally the Town Cross despite being a square column with a stone ball on top. It is thought to have been a gateway pillar from Harrington Hall.

Desborough comes under Northamptonshire County Council and Kettering Borough Council, as well as having its own Town Council.[8]

In July 2014, Tesco announced publicly that it was pulling out of the planned development of the former Lawrence site.As reported in local papers. Now the process begins again to find a suitable use for the site that both local residents and the councils can agree upon.[18]

To the north of the Town, on the Harborough Road, is Rigid Containers, which has just undergone a £4 million refurbishment.

The Desborough Community Development Trust campaigns for improvements to the town.

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Desborough is a town in Northamptonshire, England, located in the Ise Valley between Market Harborough and Kettering. The town was an industrial centre for weaving and shoe-making in the 19th century, and has a long association with the Co-operative movement.[1] Modern Desborough is a residential centre, with new homes and industry being developed to the north of the old town.

Desborough is 8 km (5.0 mi) south-east of Market Harborough, 8 km (5.0 mi) north-west of Kettering and 8 km (5.0 mi) south-west of Corby. The Kettering Leg of the Student cross pilgrimage leaves from near Desborough every year.

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In the 17th century the town developed as a spinning and weaving centre. Using local wool and flax, the town's factories produced fine cloth and linen until the mid 19th century. Silk weaving then developed in a Paddock Lane factory.

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St Giles has regular church festivals including one of the United Kingdom's longest running (since 1998) and largest (over 100 trees) Christmas Tree Festival. The trees are contributed by local organisations, companies, individuals and families.

There is one primary school and one infant/junior school in Desborough, Loatlands Primary School,[12] Havelock Infants,[13] and Havelock Junior[14] but no secondary school so children aged 11–16 mostly attend Montsaye Academy in Rothwell.[citation needed]

Notable buildings in the town include the 13th-century parish church of St Giles.

Plans have been submitted to Kettering to redevelop the town centre Lawrence Factory site with a new Tesco store. In September 2011, Kettering published a report recommending approval of the Tesco plans, but the Planning Committee due to consider the application on 13 September 2011 was cancelled. On 25 January 2012, Kettering Borough Council voted unanimously to approve the plans.[17]

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In addition to the parish church there is a Baptist church,[6] a United Reformed Church,[7] and the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity.

The former Co-op Corset Factory is now owned by Wacoal Eveden Ltd[11] making lingerie and swimwear. The site includes the original Victorian factory and, immediately opposite, Eveden's warehousing and UK factory shop.

Magnetic Park is a project to build a business park in Desborough, most construction has been completed.[15]

The Old Manor House in Gold Street retains many features of its late 17th-century origins. Ferdinando Poulton, a Roman Catholic lawyer was Lord of the Manor, reputedly one of the Gunpowder Plot conspirators.

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Desborough has been an important place of settlement for thousands of years. Remains have been found here from the stone age, 10,000 years ago.  Click here for more info!

Between 1857 and 1968, Desborough had a railway station, opened and operated by the Midland Railway, (later the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and, after nationalisation, British Rail), as part of the extension of a line from Leicester to Bedford and Hitchin. It was closed as part of the Beeching cuts.

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Desborough has a Non-League football team, Desborough Town F.C., which plays at Waterworks Field.


It is one of the founding 12 members of the Charter of European Rural Communities[9] and through this has links with 26 other EU member towns and villages. Through the Desborough and District Twinning Association[10] the town is twinned with Neuville de Poitou in the Vienne departement of France and with Bievre in Belgium.

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The former Co-operative Society Sports Ground with its football field and tennis courts is now the site of a major housing development called Desbeau Park. Desbeau was the name of one of the range of lingerie made at the Corset Factory.

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St Giles Church is the oldest surviving building in the town, having been built in about 1225. It is believed to stand on the site of an earlier Saxon church. Relics of the town's history include part of an Anglo-Saxon cross carved from stone, a Tudor rood screen, and reminders of the Civil War. Close by the church is the 18th-century Church House with its stucco and Doric pillars, which became Desborough House in the 19th century and is now the Services Club.

In the centre of the Town there is the Ritz Banqueting Suites which underwent a £1 million refurbishment and now there is a very successful adjoining Tapas Bar and Hotel called The R Inn owned by the same company. Between them, these businessese employ over 30 local staff.

Desborough developed around the spinning and weaving industries, by the 19th century specialising in silk. Many archaeological finds from the Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon periods have been made in the town, some of which are in the collections of the British Museum.