UP AND DOWN, ROUND THE TOWN
The dear old gentleman with the long white beard, whom we all love, is about to pay us his annual visit, and this year venerable Father Christmas will be as welcome as ever. Grand preparations are being made in Rushden for his reception, and the principal shops are presenting an enticing appearance in their festive garb. Below will be found a description of the display at the leading establishments in the town, alphabetical order having been observed.
Mr. N. R. Allen’s High-street window is stocked with silk blouses, evening blouses, corsets, furs, evening dress materials, ribbons, fans, and fancy goods, a marked feature being a handsome sewing machine. Other windows are devoted to outfitting, quilts, and table cloths.
Mr. Anthony has a fine display of Christmas cards.
Mr. Ashby, tailor, has a very striking exhibition of ties and silk squares, great taste having been shown in the arrangement of the colours. Furs and mantles occupy one window.
Mr. J. B. Bailey, of Commerce House, has devoted one of his windows to a splendid array of ties and silk handkerchiefs and other articles belonging to the outfitting department. Winter curtains and table covers occupy the chief portion of the second window, whilst the third - which is prettily embellished with a quantity of dried grasses, coloured - contains a good show of fancy aprons.
Messrs. Busby & Co. have a most useful lot of boots and shoes, their specialities including dancing and bedroom slippers. The splendid presentation plates have attracted a good deal of interest.
Mr. Blackwell, grocer, has a most seasonable show of edibles, nicely set out.
Messrs. Burtons tea stores (late Lloyds) have made ample provision for their customers, including an abundant supply of hams, bacon, lard, cheese, their noted fresh cream butter, Danish butter, &c., the window being filled in with lunch tongues, pickles, sauces and sundry potted goods. In the grocery section are candied goods, Christmas specialities, Burton's mince meat, jams, and marmalade; all kinds of fruit, including currants, raisins, sultanas, prunes, and dates; muscatels and almonds; pears, peaches, pineapples, apricots, and other tinned fruit; their noted teas; and a huge display of cakes provided as gifts to customers.
Misses Brown and Tester (the Bazaar) have provided almost everything imaginable in the way of toys, and we fancy Santa Claus will have to pay many visits to this establishment.
Mr. W.S. Brown, confectioner, has a dainty lot of sweets, cakes, &c.The Co-operative Society have a splendid assortment in each department and have evidently catered most fully for their members. The grocery department especially is filled with seasonable goods.
Mrs. Carter's shop is replete with jewellery, cutlery &c., suitable for presents.
Messrs. Cowell, Wyatt and Co., clothiers, have treated their windows most artistically. They have a grand show of ties, gentlemen's dressing cases, silk handkerchiefs, umbrellas, hosiery and mufflers. They also show one of their presentation pictures.
Mr. Cartwright, toy dealer, &c., has almost excelled himself in his catering for the juveniles, who look upon him almost as a public benefactor.
Mr. Desborough's shop is replete with fruit and confectionery of choice quality.
Messrs. Denton and Son have, in their grocery department, provided a magnificent show of bonbons, cakes of all kinds, Christmas fruits, &c. The boot shop, too, is liberally supplied with black, brown, and white shoes, ladies satin slippers, and seasonable goods. Pictures and plants enliven the windows.
Messrs. Everingham and King have a choice show of umbrellas, gloves, curtains &c., arranged with great taste and skill.
Mr. G. Ellis has an extensive exhibition of furniture of all kinds.
Mr. Fisher has a big stock of toys of every description.
Messrs. Fuller and Stanton, grocers, have an attractive show, including a representation of a pool on which swans are swimming. Some elegant designs worked in butter evoked admiration. Among the Christmas fare shown are jams, figs, dried fruits, and fancy canisters of tea.
Messrs. Freeman, Hardy, and Willis have an effective exhibition of foot gear, including satin dress shoes, fancy slippers &c.
Mr. J. Green has good displays in both the pork butchery, greengrocery and confectionery departments. A mass of tinted paper, nicely arranged, set off the confectionery windows to great advantage.
Mr. Hames, chemist, has made a speciality of scents. The glass and china department is well stocked.
Mr. J. W. Higgins, draper, has an effective display of seasonable goods.
Mrs. Hewitt has a splendid assortment of Christmas cards and gift books, photo frames, dolls, games, and illuminated texts.
Mr. Hutchinson, draper, has some smart millinery and a good stock of dressed and undressed dolls, silk and Christmas motto handkerchiefs, wool wraps, children’s winter garments; a nice show of gloves, laces, and eider down quilts; and a splendid lot of pinafores and ladies’ white muslin aprons.
Mr. E. King, tailor, has a remarkably fine show of ties, including many new patterns and stiles, also gloves, handkerchiefs, mufflers, and a selection of scents, boxed handkerchiefs, &c. In his second window is displayed fancy stuff.
Mr. J. Knight, boot maker, has enlivened his windows with evergreens, plants, and coloured paper. On the women’s side we noticed a great variety of evening shoes, ladies’ gaiters, and children’s slippers in boxes for presents, a speciality being welted boots for ladies. In the men’s section - every boot being his own manufacture - were dress shoes, leggings and golfing gaiters, carpet and patent slippers &c.
Mr. Knight, draper, has a brilliant show of Christmas novelties, set forth in a very striking fashion.
Mr. Knight has an effective show both in the jewellery and furnishing departments.
Mr. G. Miller, ironmonger, has in stock a big variety of cruets, cutlery, and articles forming most acceptable presents.
Messrs. Moody and Luck have a smartly dressed window devoted to various branches of tailoring and outfitting.
Messrs. Marsden, grocers, have made good use of evergreens and flowers. They show tinned goods in abundance and have a nice collection of Christmas fruit.
Messrs. Melia, grocers, have provided quite an appetising display.
Mr. Nattrass’s specialities include cruets, dinner and tea services, cutlery, spoons, and electroplated goods, lamps, &c., suitable for Christmas gifts.
Mr. Powell’s photographs have attracted considerable attention.
Messrs. Phillips, drapers, have a substantial exhibition of table covers, curtains, quilts, aprons, and silk handkerchiefs, oil cloths, and carpet squares.
Messrs. Palmer and Battersby, grocers, show a special line of cakes, besides an abundance of Christmas fruits. The Queen-street window is devoted to provisions.
Messrs. J. and C. Robinson, boot dealers, have embellished their establishment with plants and flowers in pots, the saleable goods being nicely arranged.
Mr. Trusting, grocer, has a tempting array of edibles, well arranged.
Mr. Ward, grocer, has provided for his customers on a most liberal scale, his wares including every seasonable article. His windows are attractively dressed.
Messrs. Wooding, confectioners, have a grand array of iced and other cakes, bonbons, fancy boxes of chocolates, sweets, and every sort of toothsome delicacy, including a lot of novelties. Their windows are a great centre of attraction.
Messrs. Webb have the advantage of two very large windows of which they have made effective use. One is utilized for exhibiting ties, dress shirts, silk, embroidered, and initial handkerchiefs, &c., while the other is replete with gloves, mufflers, travelling rugs, Gladstone bags, hat cases, caps, boys’ silk blouses, and silk collars, velvet suits for juveniles, and other articles.
Mr. G. Willmott’s poultry show is a wonderful sight.
Mr. Yates has a nice collection of photographs.
Mr. Roberson, draper, &c., has made a most effective show throughout his large establishment. The first section includes pinafores and other articles for children’s wear; a second is utilised for fancy aprons, laces, silk and cambric initial handkerchiefs, a good assortment of needlecases and handkerchief boxes, fancy wraps for evening wear and ladies’ dress caps; a third contains a smart show of ladies’ jackets and capes, intermixed with millinery and furs. One of the Victoria-road windows is filled with nun’s veiling and other goods for evening wear, with a special show of fans and laces, whilst the top window contains kid gloves with silk linings, fancy handkerchiefs, and hosiery.
Mr. Scrivener, watchmaker &c., has made a nice display of timepieces, jewellery &c.
Mr. H. Sharpe has a good show of musical instruments.
Mr. Sargent, ironmonger, shows cruets, cutlery &c., for Christmas gifts.
Mr. Walpole Smith (late Hockney Bros.), confectioner, has a choice display of iced cakes, fancy baskets of sweets, bonbons, and dainties of every description.
The Singer Sewing Machine Company’s window looks very attractive.
Mr. W. H. Saint, confectioner, shows conspicuously a huge iced cake built in tiers, besides Christmas trees, sweets &c., wadding being freely used to represent snow.
Messrs. Seckington show a choice collection of plants, palms, and Christmas trees, besides abundance of holly, berry and variegated.
Mr. Sedgman, clothier, has an excellent display of ties of every conceivable colour and style, besides a good show of hats, hosiery, and silk handkerchiefs. A half-made collar, showing four folds of linen, attracted attention.
Mr. Staniland has on view useful presents in the form of gloves, children’s headgear, hosiery, and ladies’ millinery.
Mr. C. Smith, chemist, has a very attractive display, including a large Cologne bottle, a big show of Gosnell’s specialities including presentation cases of perfumery, soaps, &c., and Muhlen’s scents.
Messrs. Smeathers’ delicacies are daintily set forth.
Messrs. Thomas and Potter have an elegant display of furniture.
Messrs. Tailby and Putnam, grocers, have an appetising show including iced cakes, Metz fruit, figs, dates, prunes, and bottled fruits of every kind.
Mr. C. F. Tall, draper etc., has been complimented on every hand on his superb display. The hangings of one of the windows consist of evening dresses and trimmings, the centre being taken up with three garments - a ball dress, a dressing gown, and a smart blouse, each made in their own work rooms. A second window is utilized for children’s costumes etc., made on the premises. Fancy handkerchiefs, aprons and gloves, suitable for presents, fill up the third section; another is devoted principally to ladies’ mob caps and millinery; a fifth to eider down quilts; and a sixth to ladies’ mantles, jackets, furs and umbrellas.
Mr. G. Clayson has a large and tasteful selection of Christmas and New Year cards, besides seasonable gifts.
Mr. Darnell has made a speciality of fancy occasional chairs, in addition to which he has a good display of furniture of elegant design, crockery, dinner and tea services, bamboo and wicker goods, and pictures.
Mr. Oliver Cook shows a splendid collection of tobacconists’ ware suitable for presents.
Mr. Millbourn has a good display of green-grocery and evergreens.
Mr. F. Betts, florist, has an effective and seasonable display.
took place on Wednesday night, the butchers having shown considerable enterprise in getting prime quality, as will be seen from our advertising columns. Among the chief displays were :
Mr. C. E. Knight, High-street.
Mr. T. A. Knight, High-street South.
Mr. G. H. Skinner, the Green.
Mr. W. H. Skinner, Wellingborough-road.
Mr. Warren, Cromwell-road.
Mr. Williams, Cromwell-road.