Kettering, Northamptonshire

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Coordinates 52 ° 24 ′  N , 0 ° 43 ′  W Coordinates: 52 ° 24 ′  N , 0 ° 43 ′  W
Kettering (England)
Residents 56,226 (as of 2011)
Part of the country England
Metropolitan county Northamptonshire
District Kettering

Kettering is a town in the borough of the same name in northern Northamptonshire in England . Kettering lies on the River Ise, a tributary of the Nene , and on the London - Leicester railway line . In 2011 it had 56,226 residents and the Borough of Kettering 93,475.


Traces of settlement can be traced back to Roman times, when kilns for ceramic production were operated in Barton Seagrave and Boughton. The ending -ing indicates that today's place was founded by Anglo-Saxon immigrants during the migration period. Kettering is mentioned for the first time in 956 in a document from King Eadwig , which also lists the district boundaries, some of which are still valid today. Aelfsige the goldsmith is named as the owner of the place, who apparently sold Kettering to Peterborough Abbey a little later , when their possession Kettering is documented in 972. The Domesday Book also counts the place as part of Peterborough Monastery. In 1227 King Henry III granted . the place the market privileges. In the 17th century the city is known as the center of wool textile production. In the course of industrialization in the 19th century, the manufacture of shoes and boots was added. The development was promoted by the connection to the railway (Midland Main Line, Kettering Ironstone Railway).

Kettering was also one of the centers of the nonconformists. One of their better-known representatives in the city was William Carey, who went to India in 1793 to do missionary work there; a street and a church building in Kettering are named after him. His colleague Andrew Fuller, founder of the Baptist Mission Society, is also honored by appropriate names. Middle of the 19th century continued William Knibb Carey's missionary work. A chapel for the nonconformists has existed since 1723. In 1887, Kettering is described as a small town with 11,095 inhabitants, a post and telegraph office, 3 banks, 2 newspapers and a weekly market on Friday.


Historic station building in Kettering

Kettering is connected to the English transport network by rail and the A14 motorway. The city's unemployment rate is among the lowest in the UK. Major employers include Weetabix Limited, the SATRA Technology Center, Pegasus Software and RCI Europe. Kettering is also known nationwide for the Wicksteed amusement park, which opened in 1921 and is the oldest of its kind in Great Britain. The city's hospital (Kettering General Hospital) serves all of northern Northamptonshire. With the Tresham Institute for Further and Higher Education, Kettering also has an education center with around 800 members and 5 locations; another is under construction.

In the north of the city, on the A43 and A6003, is the Kettering Business Park, a commercial center that houses office buildings and a hotel.


Sights in the old town include the Manor House Museum and the Alfred East Gallery. The country estate Boughton House, which today belongs to the Duke of Buccleuch, and the Triangular Lodge, which was built in 1597, are also known.


Kettering is home to the Kettering Town soccer club , which plays in the Conference National .


In the lower house, Kettering is represented by the Conservative MP Philip Hollobone. In terms of local government, Northampton County Council and Kettering Borough Council are responsible for the community. In the latter, the Conservatives have 20 seats, Labor 13 and independent candidates 2; Council chairman is Terry Freer.


Twin cities

Web links

Commons : Kettering  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica: Kettering ( English ) Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved May 31, 2017.