Seven Famous Landmarks in Kettering

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Meanwhile, if you are moving to Kettering and are looking for properties to rent, our team has put together some information about the area. For those who are interested in historic buildings, this article sheds light on seven of Kettering’s most famous landmarks, to help you become more familiar with the town.

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Chesham House – This Grade II listed 18th century Georgian house on Lower Street, in the town centre, has a varied history. It was once owned by the Gotch family, who launched the boot and shoe manufacturing industry in Kettering. The house was a hotel in the 1960s before it eventually became unoccupied and fell into disrepair. It was fully restored in the 1970s and turned into office buildings. In 2008 it was bought by Kettering Borough Council and turned into a Design and Technology Centre for new businesses.

Corn Exchange – The old Corn Exchange in Market Place has been a much photographed building through the centuries. It made history in 1910 when George V succeeded Edward VII on the throne and the Proclamation in Kettering was announced in front of the old Corn Exchange by the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire. It attracted a large gathering, and 35 years later thousands celebrated in the square on VE Day. The building is now the Kino Lounge café/bar.

Manor House – This grand building on Sheep Street is where you can find Kettering Museum and the Alfred East Art Gallery. The building has an 18th century façade and 17th century features, and was thought to have stood on the same site of an ancient monastic house. Entry is free, although you will have to pay to see certain exhibitions at the gallery.

Kettering Railway Station – The first train left Kettering Station in 1857 and gave a boost to the shoe trade and other industries. The whole town celebrated the following week with a day trip for 3,000 people. The current station, however, wasn’t built until 41 years later and remains more or less the same as it was in the 19th century. Today, commuters can travel direct to London St Pancras in an hour.

Corn Market Hall – This historic building on London Road, near St Peter and St Paul’s Church, used to be where the corn traders used to gather. The council-run venue has been a community hall for the past 25 years and is where conferences, dances, clubs and wedding receptions are held.

Kettering General Hospital – Kettering’s first hospital was built in the 19th century thanks to money raised over a five day event and land donated by the Duke of Buccleuch. The original hospital had 23 beds, with more than double the number at the turn of the century. It stood on the site of the current NHS Hospital, which covers the north of the county, and has 600 beds.

Wicksteed Park – Built in 1921, this is one of Britain’s oldest theme parks and now, nearly 100 years on, it still remains a popular family day out. It has 30 attractions amidst large grounds, which include thrill rides, a water splash zone and a lake for canoeing and turbo paddlers.

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