NN15 (Kettering) area guide

The NN15 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Barton, Barton Seagrave, Buccleuch, Burton Latimer, Kettering, Kettering Business Park, Kettering Venture Park, Latimer, Millbrook, Northamptonshire, Pipers Hill, Plessy, Slade, Spinney, St Mary's, St Michael's, St Peter's, Warkton, Wicksteed.
As with most of the area of what is now Northamptonshire, Kettering was a territory of the Catuvellauni, a tribe that was eventually conquered by the Romans in 43 A.D. Under Roman rule, the area was one of the three great centres for iron-working in all of Britain. The rural origins of Kettering evolved from it being one of the manors of the Great Abbey of Peterborough. It grew into a market town and would draw trade from serving wayfarers due to its location en route from London to the Midlands.

Kettering was a centre for industrialisation, beginning with its wool-combing and worsted-weaving production. Later on, boot and shoe manufacture would become Kettering’s signature industry, which lead to rapid urban growth from the mid 19th century until the Great War. The arrival of cheap foreign imports of shoes during the latter half of the late 20th century has lead to the destruction of Kettering’s shoe industry.
The town’s economy is now based on the distribution and service industries, primarily because of its transportation links and central location. The unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the UK, and several companies maintain their headquarters in Kettering. A few of these companies include Weetabix, Pegasus Software, and Timsons Ltd. The construction of several large distribution warehouses have created thousands of jobs and boosted the local economy. Kettering Business Park is a recent and newly developed commercial property development that includes office buildings, a leisure sector, and a new hotel.

The population of Kettering is around 81,000, 31,000 of whom reside in postcode district NN15. The most common type of housing within this area is semi-detached properties, which make up around 43 per cent of the housing stock. The average house price is well below the national average, but is subject to change.

The Drive offers some of the most expensive property in the area, where detached homes sell for around £360,000. Other high-priced property includes detached homes on Warkton Lane that are worth approximately £360,000. Cheaper property can be found on the south side of the town, where one bedroom flats on Yarwell Court are valued at around £60,000. Northumberland Close offers similar types of property for sale at around £63,000.
Wicksteed Park, located on Barton Road, offers 147 acres of lakes and parkland with rides and attractions that are open from April to September. An intriguing landmark in the area includes the Boughton House, a grand Tudor Monastic building that is the home of Duke of Buccleuch. In the Heritage Quarter of the town are two local attractions: the Manor House Museum and the Alfred East Art Gallery.

For sports fans, Kettering is home to the Kettering Town Football Club and the Kettering Rugby Club. Several sports facilities are available in Kettering, including LA Fitness on Pytchley Road. Golfers can play at the local Kettering Golf Club, located on Headlands.

Transportation options in and around Kettering include the local bus system, as well as the rail services that provide direct trains to London every thirty minutes. The good railway links has lead to a large commuter population that take advantage of the town being located on the Midland Main Line railway.

A few of the local pubs in Kettering include The Piper on Windmill Avenue, Wayfarers on London Road, and The Trading Post on Bignal Court.