Kettering historian seeks images of former football ground for new book

Kettering Park Wanderers pictured at the Pytchley Road football fields in the late 1960s

Kettering Park Wanderers pictured at the Pytchley Road football fields in the late 1960s

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A Kettering historian who published a book about the development of some of Kettering’s playing fields and parks is looking for images of the former Pytchley Road Sewage Works recreation ground for his follow-up.

Ian Addis’s first volume of Out to Play in Kettering was published in 2013.

He is carrying out extensive research for the second volume, but is struggling to find images of the former Pytchley Road venue.

Mr Addis said: “The Sewage Works in Pytchley Road were converted into playing fields and widely used from 1959 until the site was transformed into the industrial estate, in the late 1980s.

“Players changed in the old farm house where conditions were pretty primitive.”

The new book will include the histories of a number of Kettering’s open spaces, including Kettering Cricket Club, Kettering Rugby Club, the Weekley Glebe Road site, the former Kettering Gas Company ground in Northfield Avenue and various sites in Lewis Road among others.

Mr Addis said: “A lot of my research material has come from old copies of the Evening Telegraph and in Kettering Library.

Mr Addis’s first book, which has been re-printed twice, included details about the creation of North Park, the Rockingham Road Pleasure Park and Wicksteed Park.

Anyone who can help with images of the Pytchley Road site is asked to phone 01858 467713 or email ianaddis@btinternet.com