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Danish invaders settled here in the 8th century and gave it its name, Kori's by. By the time of the Domesday Book it had become Corbei. It’s charter which allowed two annual fairs and thus securing its prosperity was granted by Henry ll in 1226. The fair is still celebrated every 20 years in the Corby Pole Fair (next one 2022). Since Iron Age times the rich seams of iron ore here have been worked, the arrival of the Kettering to Manton railway line greatly increased the town's importance in the early 20th century leading to the building of vast steel works in the 1930’s. Not surprisingly the effect was transforming as Corby grew from a village population of around 1500 to a town population today of over 60,000. The old village still survives with its medieval church of St John ...

The town today is prosperous and busy. It’s radiating housing estate beyond the centre reflect different attitudes to domestic building in the 20th century: from the 1930’s Arts and Crafts garden suburb on the Rockingham Road by L.M. Gotch of Kettering to Frederick Gibberd and Donovan Lee’s prefabricated houses in Dovedale Road. The town also boasts excellent schools in Brooke Weston Academy, The Corby Business Academy and Tresham College. Beyond its confines to the north lies Rockingham Motor Speedway (2001): the first purpose built oval racetrack in Britain since Brooklands in 1907.

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