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Desborough is a town in Northamptonshire, England. It is located in the Ise Valley, between Market Harborough and Kettering. In the 19th century, the town was an industrial centre for weaving and shoe making. It 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 centre.HistoryDesborough developed around the spinning and weaving industries, by the nineteenth 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.Desborough's origins lie in the Bronze Age some 2000 years BC. Urns from this period have been found in and around the town. The most important archaeological find was the 1st Century Desborough Mirror which is now in the British Museum, as is an Anglo-Saxon necklace known as the Desborough Necklace, found in the Paddock Lane area of the town which comprises gold beads, a gold cross and a red garnet. Other stone artefacts are on display in the parish church of St Giles.Middle AgesNotable buildings in the town include the thirteenth century parish church. The Domesday Book of 1086 refers to Desborough, in modern-day Northamptonshire, 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. Locals call it the Town Cross, despite it being a square column with a stone ball on top. It is perhaps better referred to as an obelisk. Its origins are thought to be a gateway pillar from Harrington Hall.
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