Facts About Kettering, Northamptonshire:
Kettering, also mentioned Kyteringas, Keteiringan, and Cytingan in the history books is a heart of Kettering with so much to offer. Whether you’re on a business visit, vacation or just a local who loves to explore more about Cotton town, Kettering, Northants has never disappointed admirers.
However, there’s still a bucket of amenities that people need to know and admire for, things that may not hold physical value but it definitely has historical Significance. So, if you’re a true Kettering devotee, then you must know these below-mentioned Kettering Northamptonshire facts.
- Aelfsige the Goldsmith – The Monastery of Peterborough
Kettering was first mentioned in the Domesday Book, tax survey in 1080-86, as ‘Cateringe’. Interestingly, King Edwy’s charter awarded ’10-Cassati’ land to a man named Aelfsige the Goldsmith, which he further donated to the monastery of Peterborough. This land was later known as Kettering and no one really knows who this man was or why he was awarded.
- Oldest Anglo-Saxon Rooted Town
Kettering, Northamptonshire is not an Anglo-Saxon town but it has also been studied that the Kettering land has roots to pre-Anglo-Saxon time, that also beats the Roman Civilization during 43 AD. According to historians and archaeologists, the Anglo-Saxon incursions has massively contributed in the English countryside and had it not been for them, Kettering, Northamptonshire would not be on the UK’s map today.
- The Christian Kingdom of Mercia
Kettering and religions, especially Christianity, have been together for an unimaginable time. The Kingdom of Mercia (Religion in Mercia) was once a land full of religious conflicts based on ideologies. Historians suggest, in the 7th century, Kettering became the part of Christian Kingdom of Mercia, which means of all those religions, Christianity prevailed in the Kettering, Northamptonshire. Trace of this kingdom was found along with Saxon burial site at Stamford Road.
- The Kettering Industries
During the 17th century, Kettering, Northamptonshire was capable of manufacturing clothes and held biggest shoemaking industry (19th century) in the Northamptonshire. In fact, Kettering was flourishingly known as ‘Foremost Manufacturer of Woollen Cloth’. From Manor House, Memorials, Cathedrals, Abbey, Library, Churches, Kettering Market Town and much more, the thing had finally begun to change for Kettering. Before the end of 19th century, Kettering, Northamptonshire enlisted in top 5 market towns in the UK.
- Non-Conformist Religion – Free Churchman
The word ‘Nonconformist’ is affiliated with Protestant Christianity who were said to be Baptists, Presbyterians, Unitarians, Congregationalists, and people belonged to Anglicanism. These people denied education and doctrine from any churches, including mainly the Church of England. The 19th century of Kettering, Northamptonshire was flooded with people like William Carey, Andrew Fuller who established Baptist Missionary Society in 1793 Indo-Pak Subcontinent. William Knibb was also famous to fight for slaves and their liberation. The William Knibb Centre was built in honour of William.