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King Henry III granted the town its market in 1227. The marketplace was in use until 1986 when the bus station was relocated to a modern shopping area. Shortly after that, the site was abandoned.
The Parish church was dedicated so saints Peter and Paul and boasts a Gothic spire rising 180 feet and adorned with distinctive decorative crockets. The Chancel dates back to around 1300 and was built in Early Decorated style. The main buildings were rebuilt halfway through the 15th century and are largely Perpendicular. Inside the church are two medieval wall paintings. One depicts a saint and the other two winged angels. Check with your Kettering hotels for more information on this.
The Midland Railway Company began servicing the town when a station opened in 1857. Until then, the local economy had been largely built on the shoemaking industry. With the railway's arrival, the clothing and engineering industries started to grow. Service and distribution industries have become predominant because of its central location.
Wicksteed Park is recognized as the second oldest amusement park in Britain. It went into business adjacent to the southern perimeter of the town in 1921 and has been in operation since then.
Boughton House is located three miles north of Kettering. This grand estate is considered to be among the flagship properties of British heritage and is owned by the Duke of Buccleuch. The house was a monastery before it was purchased in by Edward Montagu in 1528. Montagu, who was King Henry VIII's Lord Chief Justice, had it converted to a mansion. The property remained in the possession of the Montagu family until 1790 when it was passed to the 3rd Duke of Buccleuch.
The house is known for its baroque state rooms and displayed collections of furniture, weapons, porcelain, paintings and textiles. Some pieces were commissioned by members of the French Royal Family. The landscaping is the focus of a major restoration project that the current Duke hopes to have completed by 2028. The home is open for tours by appointment and open to the public at certain times of the year. Kettering hotels will have details of the dates and times.
The large village of Broughton is two miles southwest of Kettering. The Jacobean houses there are notable as is the Church of St. Andrew. The majority of the church dates to the early 14th century except for the portions incorporated from a 12th century Norman structure. The Tin Can Band is an ancient ritual the townspeople participate in each December to scare away evil spirits. On a selected night at midnight, people parade through the streets banging on anything that will make a lot of noise.
The northern region of Northamptonshire consists of pastures, fields and some surviving portions of Rockingham Forest. Rockingham Castle is located in the forest and served as a former hunting lodge and royal residence. William II ordered a stone castle built to replace the wooden motte and bailey structure erected by William the Conqueror during the 11th century. The motte received the addition of a stone keep and a curtain wall was built to enclose the outer bailey. The forest provided hunting grounds for deer and wild boar.
Henry II added the gatehouse in 1270 and Edward III became the final member of the monarchy to use the grounds. Henry VIII sold the property Edward Watson who turned it into a hunting lodge used by nobility. In modern times, the castle is privately owned and open to the public certain days of the week.
Northampton is just a short drive from Kettering hotels and is home to Althorp Estates, the childhood home of Lady Diana Spencer. The grounds are open to the public on certain days during the summer. An avenue lined with trees leads to the house with its decorative gardens. Guests are welcome to tour several rooms containing collections of photos, paintings, ceramics and furniture. One exhibit is completely devoted to Diana and her legacy. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a picnic among the gardens or grab a bite to eat at the cafe located on the property. There is also a visitor shop with selected souvenirs for sale.
Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens can be found 10 miles north of Northampton and is open to the public for guided tours. This home was built in the Queen Anne style between 1702 and 1713. The gardens are 20th century design featuring a pergola, pool and sunken courtyard garden. The statue walk is lined with yew hedges. The sculptures were created by Peter Scheemakers for the Temple of Ancient Virtue in Stowe.
Most of the furnishings in Cottesbrooke Hall are French and 18th century English. The porcelain collection contains pieces from China and England and is displayed in the library, drawing room, dining room and china corridor. Sporting pictures are seen throughout the house and together comprise the Woolavington Collection. It is considered by many to be the finest collection of its kind in Europe and one of the most important in the world.
Just north of Kettering near Corby is Deene Park. The Brudenell family has owned this home since 1514. What started out as a medieval manor built around a courtyard, is now a Tudor and Georgian manor with rooms maintained in different periods.
The paneling, roof and fireplace in the Great Hall date back to 1571. The Bow Room was added during the Georgian era and now houses an extensive 16th century library collection amassed by Sir Thomas Brudenell and his father-in-law, Sir Thomas Tresham. The most famous member of the family was the 7th Earl of Cardigan. He is depicted in a portrait hanging over the fireplace in the dining room. In it, he is seen leading the Light Brigade charge at Balaklava.
Kettering hotels offer comfortable and convenient accommodations for people who want to explore fine British heritage homes and everything else the Northamptonshire area has to offer.