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Desborough

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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. Modern Desborough is a residential centre, with new homes and industry being developed to the north of the old town.HistoryDesborough's origins lie in the Bronze Age around 2000 BC. Urns from that period have been found in and around the town.Many archaeological finds from the Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon periods have been made in the town some of which, such as the 1st-century Desborough Mirror, and the Anglo-Saxon Desborough Necklace, are in the collections of the British Museum.Domesday Book (1086) refers to Desborough as a "place of judgement". 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.From the 17th century, Desborough developed around the spinning and weaving industries. 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, and shoe making also became important.
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