The town continued to attract manufacturers including William Ball who came from Ireland and founded his company, William Ball & Son Limited, in 1809. The firm made agricultural implements and soon won a reputation of some note.
On display in Kettering’s Manor House Museum is one of William Ball’s ploughs, the ‘Criterion’ made in the early 20th Century. The firm William founded continued (latterly as part of the Burgess Company) until the 1970s.
A legacy of its early importance can be found in the wealth of lovely buildings in this attractive small market town. Those with time to spare to take a leisurely stroll around it are well rewarded by the architectural gems to be discovered.