The Northamptonshire town of Kettering lies on the banks of the River Ise and has become an important commuter town for people working in the capital due to its excellent road and direct rail links to London.
With one of the highest employment rates in the country, Kettering is home to a wide range of major companies, from food manufacturers to software development businesses.
From a historical perspective the town also has much to offer, much of which is centred around its Heritage Quarter. Local history is extensively documented at the Manor House Museum, covering Kettering's Roman origins, growth as a centre for cloth production during the Industrial Revolution and the town's pivotal role in the shoe-making industry after the arrival of the railways in the nineteenth century.
Another fascinating local attraction is the Alfred East Gallery which celebrates the work of painter Sir Alfred East, one of Kettering's most famous sons.
Read more about Kettering in the About Kettering section.