NGRef: SP8780
OSMap: LR141
Type: Minor Settlement


Roads
None identified

Situated on the River Ise, a tributary of the Nene in Northamptonshire, the Roman settlement at Kettering underlies the northern suburbs of the modern town. The local Roman industry is represented by the nearby pottery kilns at Barton Seagrave (SP8878) and Boughton (SP8881).

Although there are no known Roman roads at Kettering, the road between the settlements at Medbourne and Thrapston lay just five miles to the north-east near Corby. If we extrapolate the known Roman road from Irchester, which lies nine miles to the south, we find that the road would join up with the main Ratae (Leicester) to Durobrivae (Godmanchester) road somewhere beneath the town of Corby, and also that the settlement at Kettering lies just a few hundred yards off this line to the west. This is no indication that a Roman road ever existed here, but the possibility should not be ruled out.

See: Historical Map and Guide - Roman Britain by the Ordnance Survey (3rd, 4th & 5th eds., 1956, 1994 & 2001);
Roman Roads in Britain : Volume I South of the Foss Way - Bristol Channel by Ivan D. Margary (London 1955).