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A History of Wellingborough

Industrial Wellingborough

Traditional cottage industries began to decline and soon Wellingborough had a reputation for shoe making, this remaining its most important industry until the mid twentieth century.

With the Industrial Revolution came an expansion of the town and since the Second World War there has again been dramatic changes in the size and make-up of the population, with an influx of people mainly from London and other cities.

Wellingborough is now very much a multi-cultural town, being the home to a wide number of ethnic minority groups - of Afro-Caribbean and Asian origin, Irish, Polish, Italian, Ukrainian, Chinese and Vietnamese descent.  This is reflected in some of the more recent buildings - the Hindu Centre and Muslim Mosque.