St Andrew's Church
Billing shown within Northamptonshire
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Billing is a civil parish in eastern Northampton in England, covering the Great Billing, Little Billing, Ecton Brook and Bellinge areas. It is geographically the largest area of Northampton. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 8,642, but is now over 10,000. Billing consists of four estates, with each estate constituting a ward of the parish. Great Billing and Little Billing were developed around the existing villages; Bellinge (or Middle Ward) and Ecton Brook were created as new communities.
Billing is accessible by the A45 westward to Northampton which runs along the south side of Billing and is accessed through the Lumbertubs Way Interchange. There is a pungent smell when passing through the ward as 'Billing Tip' is situated nearby along with Billing Aquadrome, a large leisure centre including lakes, a fair and also a caravan site which is home to over 2,000 people. Billing Aquadrome has recently taken over Northampton Balloon Festival which had previously for a number of years been situated at Racecourse Park in the Town Centre.
There is a contrast of housing within the Billing ward with leafy large grand houses dotted around Great Billing and Little Billing keeping the traditional 'village feel' as when both were villages. On the other side there is Bellinge and Ecton Brook; estates built in the 1970s and 80s to house the overspill of London which are council estates. Bellinge in particular had suffered from serious problems in the 1990s and became one of the most crime ridden estates in England suffering from drug dealing and vandalism until local Council demolished a series of flats which stand on now Billingmead Square. The estate now is much improved and does not suffer the serious problems it had once encountered.
Caroline Chisholm is buried in Billing Road Cemetery.
- Billing Aquadrome
- ^ "Billing Parish Council website". Billing Parish Council. http://www.billingparish.co.uk/. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
- ^ "A Sense Of Place: Northamptonshire People: Caroline Chisholm". BBC Northamptonshire. BBC. January 2004. http://www.bbc.co.uk/northamptonshire/asop/people/caroline_chisholm.shtml. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
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