BRICKS THAT BUILT BRITAIN

Oxford clay has been prized for building since Roman times, and the Hamptons was once a centre of a thriving brickmaking industry. In 1850, the opening of the Great Northern Railway mainline through Peterborough made it possible to distribute the local Fletton bricks nationwide, and the area was the UK’s leading producer of bricks for much of the 20th century.

A NATURAL HABITAT WITH A DIFFERENCE

The brick industry’s unique legacy is embedded in the Hamptons’ landscape. Elsewhere, brick companies dug down to extract clay. But around the Hamptons, where clay was close to the surface, they scooped it out in a series of strips, creating a landscape of ridges and furrows. These have filled with water to create shallow ponds which are now ideal habitats for a wide range of rare and unusual wildlife and plants.

HERITAGE PRESERVED

Rather than simply levelling out the reclaimed land, O&H Hampton has worked closely with landscape architects and wildlife organisations to preserve a priceless historical and environmental legacy for everyone to enjoy. This includes country parks and numerous lakes across the development.

PETERBOROUGH CITY HISTORY

The Hamptons are located within the Peterborough urban area and share its integrated transport system. All the amenities of this historic, yet dynamic city are on your doorstep. Peterborough is both a historic medieval city and a dynamic city growing for the future. It currently has a diverse population of over 190,000 but has ambitions to grow to well over 230,000. Peterborough Cathedral has magnificent Norman architecture. O&H Hampton was among a host of organisations and individuals supporting the Cathedral’s 900th anniversary campaign in 2018.

Peterborough declared a climate emergency back in 2019 and is working towards becoming the UK’s Environmental Capital - making it a cleaner, greener and healthier city to live and work in. In 2017, the city adopted an Environment Action Plan through the Peterborough
Environmental City Trust (PECT) to keep things moving forward.