Although Corby is a new town, it centres on a village whose history goes back to Roman times. Locally mined iron-ore, from present day to Roman times and the Middle Ages, initially gave the town its importance. The town has a large shopping precinct, a civic centre and a number of large wooded parks and nature reserves. East Carlton Country Park, just to the west of the town, provides a pleasant place to relax and enjoy walks and other family activities.
The inhabitants of Corby originate from a wide mix of cultures, due to the draw of plentiful work in the blast furnaces and steel mills in the 60 and 70s, with workers arriving mainly from Scotland, Ireland and Eastern Europe. However, since the main mills closed in 1979 unemployment has been high in the town, especially among the younger generation. Recently the town has benefited from a number of key regeneration projects and new business developments. With London just over an hour away by train and extensive new housing developments in progress, Corby is starting to become a trendy and up-and-coming place to live.
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