How Kettering town centre has changed

Gold Street, Kettering, 16/02/78
Gold Street, Kettering, 16/02/78
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Plans for the latest overhaul of Kettering town centre were made public for the first time last week.

Kettering Council wants to reduce traffic and improve the street scene and is asking people for their views on the plans – which include the removal of the town centre clock and a new water feature.

Gold Street, Kettering, 10/02/73

Gold Street, Kettering, 10/02/73

The plans are only the latest in a number of regeneration schemes which have seen large changes to Kettering town centre which make some of our streets almost unrecognisable from the images on this page.

Pedestrianisation and the building of bypasses have contributed to the present appearance of the town centre, as these photographs from the Telegraph’s archives demonstrate.

One of our photos, from 1973, shows the town centre when the number of cars on the roads must have been far fewer than today, as the A6 and A43 passed just yards away from the doors of town centre shops.

Other shots show Kettering’s High Street before it was pedestrianised, when traffic was allowed to flow freely.

Lower Street, Kettering, 23/12/59

Lower Street, Kettering, 23/12/59

One, sadly undated, photograph taken from the corner of Gold Street and Lower Street (below) shows the shopping area prior to work to landscape the area outside the present day Newlands Shopping Centre.

See pages 46 and 47 for a reaction to Kettering Council’s plans, revealed last week, to the latest changes proposed in Kettering town centre.

High Street, Kettering, 13/07/71

High Street, Kettering, 13/07/71

High Street, Kettering, 13/06/74

High Street, Kettering, 13/06/74

High Street, Kettering, 01/10/71

High Street, Kettering, 01/10/71

Gold Street, Kettering, no date

Gold Street, Kettering, no date

Gold Street, Kettering, taken 31/12/77

Gold Street, Kettering, taken 31/12/77

Gold Street, Kettering, taken 16/02/78

Gold Street, Kettering, taken 16/02/78