Daventry District

The Daventry District was from 1974 to 2021 a local government district in western Northamptonshire, England. The district was named after its main town of Daventry where the council was based.

Daventry District
Shown within Northamptonshire
Shown within Northamptonshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Administrative countyNorthamptonshire
Admin. HQDaventry
 • TypeDaventry District Council
 • Leadership:Alternative - Sec.31
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MP:Chris Heaton-Harris
 • Total255.8 sq mi (662.6 km2)
Area rank59th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total85,950
 • RankRanked 282nd
 • Density340/sq mi (130/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code34UC (ONS)
E07000151 (GSS)
Ethnicity98.0% White

The district was created on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the historic municipal borough of Daventry with the Daventry Rural District and most of the Brixworth Rural District. The town of Daventry became an unparished area with Charter Trustees and remained so until 2003 when a civil parish was created, roughly corresponding with the boundaries of the former borough, so allowing Daventry to have its own town council.[1]

At the 2011 Census, the district had a population of 77,843, a little under a third of whom (25,026) lived in the town of Daventry.[2] Other significant settlements included Brixworth, Long Buckby and Weedon Bec. The rest of the district was predominantly rural.

Abolition and replacementEdit

In March 2018, following suspension of the County Council arising from its becoming insolvent, due to financial and cultural mismanagement by the cabinet and officers, the then Secretary of State for Local Government, Sajid Javid, sent commissioner Max Caller into the council, who recommended the county council and all district and borough councils in the county be abolished, and replaced by two unitary authorities, one covering the West, and one the North of the county.[3] These proposals were approved in April 2019. It meant that the districts of Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire were merged to form a new unitary authority called West Northamptonshire, whilst the second unitary authority North Northamptonshire consists of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough districts. These new authorities came into being on 1 April 2021.[4] Elections for the new authorities were due to be held on 7 May 2020, but were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5] These elections are now set to be held on 6 May 2021.


Political controlEdit

Daventry Civic Centre, the headquarters of the former Daventry District Council. Built 1980s.

See Daventry District Council elections

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Daventry Town Council
  2. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Daventry". Office for National Statistics (Neighbourhood Statistics). Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Northamptonshire County Council: statement". Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Northamptonshire: Unitary authorities plan approved". BBC News. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  5. ^ "AT LAST! Northamptonshire's new unitary councils are made law by parliament". Northampton Chronicle. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 18 August 2020.

Coordinates: 52°18′N 1°03′W / 52.30°N 1.05°W / 52.30; -1.05