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Kettering Town Information

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Lying on 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 - Photo © John Stolarski
Boughton House - Photo: John Stolarski CCL

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.