Its market charter was granted in 1255.
Daventry became an important coaching stop on the London to Holyhead road in the 18th century, while its main industry was the making of whips.
In the 20th century, Daventry became famous for its forest of radio masts, as it became an international communications centre for the BBC`s overseas service.
DIRFT (Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal) takes full advantage of the town`s position in the centre of the country and proximity to the M1 motorway.
The elegant Holy Cross Church dates from the 18th century, with a gallery in each aisle.
The Catholic Church of Our Lady of Charity was built in 1600, and previously acted as the Grammar School.
The town museum is housed in the 17th century Moot Hall.
Charles I made the Wheatsheaf Inn, dated 1610, his headquarters before the Battle of Naseby.
There was an Iron Age hillfort as well as a Roman camp on nearby Borough Hill, which rises to 650 feet above sea level..
Just outside the town is the source of the River Nene.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Daventry for groups.