England's Kansas

Richard Coles sings up for his home county of overlooked and under loved Northamptonshire.

Nowadays it is more often driven through than lingered in but where is it in the hearts and minds of its residents, and what is it for? Northants is a curious county - neither north nor south, east nor west, it once made shoes for the world and had Stamford and Peterborough but managed to lose both and now has no cities and its shoe factories are derelict.

For many, it is a place to get away from, it is our Kansas, and yet it is a place full of stories and a microcosm of much of non-metropolitan England.

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Richard Coles sings up for his home county of overlooked and under loved Northamptonshire.

Nowadays it is more often driven through than lingered in but where is it in the hearts and minds of its residents, and what is it for? Northants is a curious county - neither north nor south, east nor west, it once made shoes for the world and had Stamford and Peterborough but managed to lose both and now has no cities and its shoe factories are derelict.

For many, it is a place to get away from, it is our Kansas, and yet it is a place full of stories and a microcosm of much of non-metropolitan England.