"Come to Corby": a Scottish steel town in the heart of England

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Cross-border migration to England is a long-established feature of the Scottish diaspora. In the twentieth century, that phenomenon was demonstrated most visibly and persistently in the Northamptonshire steel-making centre of Corby, which from the 1930s to the 1960s was transformed from an English village into an outpost of Scotland in the heart of the Midlands. The migration, which helped to reconfigure the industrial landscape of inter-war and post-war Britain, offers an insight into the social, economic and cultural repercussions of large-scale relocation within both the donor and host communities. The article explores the causes, immediate consequences and long-term legacies of Corby's Scottish influx.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-47
Number of pages21
JournalImmigrants & Minorities
Issue number1
Early online date23 Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • migration
  • steel industry
  • Corby
  • Scotland


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