Kettering is firmly at the crossroads of England, claiming access by road to three-quarters of the UK population within two hours. Centuries ago, it was the lush green fields that made the town prosperous.
From footwear to posh frocks. Four-hundred years ago, woollen cloth was made in Kettering; later, silk and a velvety-fabric called plush, were woven here. By Victorian times, the main industry was leather. Boot and shoemaking is still important but long-gone are the days when most people worked in the industry. With the arrival of railways in the 19th Century, other industries grew, such as engineering and clothing.
The luxury clothing manufacturers Aquascutum built their first factory here in 1909. The holiday time-share company RCI, also has its European heaquarters in the town. Kettering is now a successful commuter town with easy links to London and the north of England.
The Corn Market Hall was originally used for trading in corn, but is now used as a central meeting point for the local community to hold meetings, concerts and wedding receptions.