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Some Landmarks & Buildings in Raunds

Milennium Gates Millennium gate centrepiece Council offices
Gates to the grounds of the Council offices & plaque
The centrepiece of the gates
The Council Building

Raunds Bootmakers March to London 1905-2005


On Monday 8th May 1905, 115 striking army boot makers left Raunds to march to London to present their case of poor wages to the Secretary of State for War, Mr Arnold Forster. The march was organised and led by Councillor James Gribble. They marched through Bedford, Luton, Harpenden, St Albans and Watford reaching London on Friday 12th May but the War Minister refused to meet them. However, a small party was allowed into the Houses of Parliament. On Sunday 14th May a mass rally was held in Trafalgar Square attended by 10,000 sympathisers. On Monday 15th May 1905 the marchers started back to Raunds.

Most notably the strike and march won the principle which had been sought – a standard rate of pay accepted and enforced by the War Office. [text from the plaque - left]

The old Wesleyan School Park Street School Co-op grocery store in 2010
The old Wesleyan School behind the
Methodist Church is now converted into homes
The Wesleyan school was closed when Park Street School (above) was built close by, behind the Church
Above - The Co-op Grocery Store retains its old features above, with the large windows now displaying adverts
The Friendly Society established 1851 Stone over the doorway The new Fire Station
Above is an engraved stone from the doorway of the building (left). The Friendly Society started in 1851 and closed in 1939.

Right- the new Fire Station

Previously the Coffee Tavern
The blue plaque on this building commemorates that it was originally the Temperance Society's Coffee Tavern, and hotel.

Over the years it has been used by several businesses by was lately taken over by Cookies, and is now a coffee shop and bakery. They began their trading from a small shop further along Brook Street in 1995.

The library Twinning memorial stone Stone on the green
Raunds Library near the Square
The green with memorial to the twinning with Kamp Bonrehofen 31st August 1991
The wall seen behind the green was built aroun the old Church School - now demolished

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