the banks of the River Ise, this one-time hub of
the woollen trade prospered even more in the 19th
century when it turned its attention to the
manufacture of footwear. Oddly, it also became
famous for supplying doctors with powdered stone
used to stop bleeding.|
The town is dominated by a magnificent 178ft spire on the Church of SS Peter and Paul. Other significant old buildings include the Manor House Museum and the Alfred East Art Gallery.
Boughton House – known as the ‘English Versailles’
- is just a few miles outside Kettering. Owned by
the family of the Duke of Buccleuth since 1528, it
contains numerous major art treasures.
Wicksteed Park, which was built here in 1921, was the United Kingdom’s first leisure park and remains a popular family attraction to this day. Among its many features are a lake and a narrow gauge railway.