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The Argus, 3rd February 1899, transcribed by Kay Collins, 2008
Market Plans 1899

During the last few years Rushden has made tremendous advances in many directions, but there has  been one department of progress which has hardly kept pace with the rapid growth of the town—we refer to the establishment of a sales and cattle market. 

Thanks, however, to the enterprise of some Rushden gentlemen, the town will shortly be in possession of a  market which, it is hoped, will quickly attain to the importance of those already established in  neighbouring towns.

The position which has been selected is one admirably suited for the purpose, being close to the Rushden Railway Station, at the rear of the New Hotel, and in easy proximity to Higham Ferrers.

Messrs. H. H. Bletsoe, John S. Mason, and C. W. Wing have the scheme in hand, and already the work of asphalting has been commenced and in about one month's time it is  expected that the market will be opened. Certainly it should meet with a large amount of patronage, for a market has been a long-felt want in Rushden.

The restrictions at present in force under the Swine Fever Regulation Order may limit the sale of pigs at first, as at Wellingborough, but when these restrictions are revoked a large sale should be effected in this district.

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