By definition, the actual meaning of Kettering is ‘the place Katter’s people’ but its naming history goes all the way back to the 10th century when the town was called by various names such as ‘Kyteringas Cytringan’, and ‘Keteiringan’.
Here’s the list of top 5 historical places to visit in Kettering, so let’s take a historic glimpse over its remarkable history and buildings that define its utmost significance.
- The Alfred East Gallery
A house filled with a rich collection of mystique arts and paintings from 19th century – The Alfred East Gallery showcases fine artistic contributions of Sir Alfred East and Thomas Cooper Gotch. It holds around 20 different exhibitions every year to display notable and never-seen-before work. Followed by paintings are the magnificent collection of sculpture, ceramics, embroidery, and photography of sorts.
- Boughton House
Prior few years to a 19th century, we can find the exquisite relevance of Duke of Buccleuch and his Montagu ancestors with Kettering, Northamptonshire. Boughton House is a 500 years old building (also called Tudor Monastic building) when purchased by the Montagu family in 1528.
Today, Boughton House has become the main course of travelling in Northamptonshire as it houses melodious unification of the splendid collections of furniture, carpets, paintings, needlework, tapestries, arms and Silver, and Porcelain.
In 2014, several musical festivals were held to promote its historic worth to everyone. Boughton has also appeared in the famous movie ‘Les Misérables’ in 2013.
- Rushton Triangular Lodge
One of the most interesting places to visit in Kettering – The Foundation of Rushton Triangular Lodge was laid by Sir Thomas Tresham. In fact, this antique marvel was designed and constructed by himself between 1593 and 1597.
The intriguing fact about it is, it relates everything to ‘threes’, especially the three-triangular looking attic in front that many people find mysterious and quirkily. It has become a widely-known English Heritage site.
Catholic Christians find this site a holy site as Tresham, the founder was a devoted Catholic and he was imprisoned for fifteen years just for refusing to convert to a Protestant.
- Rothwell Marketplace
Another constructional marvel of Sir Thomas Tresham – Market place was built in 1577. It is located on Market Hill, and it was designed by William Grumbold. Due to magnificent construction skills, Tresham was known as ‘Thomas the Builder’ for its unusual building construction. Since he was a devoted Catholic Christian, you can see a unique sign above it and strange edges of the building that makes you wonder what Thomas was thinking while laboring it. Tresham gifted this building as a gift to the town and no one really knows why.
- Wicksteed Park
Established in 1921 – Wicksteed Park is one of the foremost leisure and relaxation park of the UK. It is a magnificent park, surrounded by gardens and offers traditional family fun. The park is honored with the title of ‘largest free playgrounds in the UK’, offering more than 35 rides that guarantee family relish. Most played traditional courses by children include Rockin’ Tug, Jumping Tower, and double pirate ship. Wicksteed Park serves more than half a million visitors everywhere with great exciting jam-packed enjoyment.