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Clipson Bros. & Co
Ironmongers and builders’ merchants

James Lindsey Clipson and Harold Clipson, sons of J S Clipson, engineer, took over the shop of R H Carter at 131 High Street. The shop was formerly kept by John Natrass until he returned to Nottingham.
An advert from 1930 - note the telephone number is No 1 Extension, their father being the owner of No 1.
Clipson Bros. 1917 Christmas advert
1917 advert

Courtesy of the late Colin Bryant's Collection
Shop at 131 High Street
Clipson Bros Shop at 131 High Street

Rushden Echo, 24th March 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden M.T. Man “Somewhere in Egypt”

Last week's "Autocar" gives a letter from eleven Motor Transport A.S.C. men, "somewhere in Egypt," Mr. H. A. Clipson, of Rushden, being one of the party. The writers, describing their experiences, state:

"We are driving Talbot Ambulances and are away up country on active service. It would astonish some of your home-seeping readers to see the scenes amidst which our work is carried on, and to see the "roads" over which our cars have to be driven. When the time comes for parting with the cars it will be like saying good-bye to tried and trusted old friends. In spite of all drawbacks we manage to keep up our spirits."

Rushden Echo, 26th May 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Motorist — Now Out of Hospital

Pte. Harold A Clipson (Rushden), of the Motor Transport, A.S.C., has been in hospital at Port Said, suffering from illness. He has now recovered and has been discharged from hospital, rejoining his old Company.

Rushden Echo, 18th May 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Ironmongerr's Appeal—The Northamptonshire County Appeals Tribunal on Monday were asked to reverse the decision of the Rushden Local Tribunal in refusing to grant further exemption in the case of J. Lindsey Clipson, a partner in the firm of Messrs. Clipson Bros., ironmongers and builders' merchants, Rushden. Applicant is 24 years of age, and single, carrying out, in addition to his business, the duties of organist of the Park-road Baptist Church, Rushden. It was stated that the other partner in the firm, Mr. Harold Clipson, joined the colours in 1915, and further, that there is now no other ironmongery business in the town—Exemption was granted until July 15th, final. Mr. Williams, solicitor, appeared to support the application.

Rushden Echo, 13th July 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Organist Enlists — Mr. J. Lindsey Clipson, A.R.C.O., organist of the Park-road Baptist Church, has joined the Honorable Artillery Company.

Rushden Echo, 13th July 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Presentation — A pleasing ceremony took place in the choir vestry at the close of the evening service at the park-road Baptist Church on Sunday evening, when the organist, Mr. J. Lindsey Clipson, A.R.C.O., who is joining the Colours, was presented with a wristlet watch as a mark of the esteem in which he is held by the choir and congregation. The watch was subscribed for by the choir and friends and the presentation was made by Mr. W. B. Sanders (president of the choir), who wished Mr. Clipson a safe return.

Rushden Argus, 14th September 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

"Silver Badge" Wedding — Rushden Man Married at Bootle
A wedding of considerable local interest took place at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bootle, on Tuesday, the contracting parties being Miss Margaret Smith Palloway, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Kerr Palloway, of Bootle, and Mr. Harry Gordon Pitchford, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Pitchford, Prestatyn, North Wales. The bridegroom is manager of Messrs. Clipson, Son, and Co., Rushden, ironmongers, and has earned quite a reputation in the short time he has been in Rushden as an entertainer. He wears a "silver badge."

Invoice from 1917
Invoice from 1917

Rushden Echo, 15th June 1923, transcribed by Kay Collins

Broadcasting Truce—€”We understand, pending the Postmaster-General's decision on the report of the House of Commons Committee of Inquiry now sitting, the Post Office does not propose to interfere with anyone's use of a wireless receiving set. This means that amateurs may go ahead with the construction of their own sets. Messrs. Clipson Bros. & Co., 131 High-street, carry a stock of all requirements of the wireless constructor at rock-bottom prices, and are prepared, moreover, to offer advice and assistance to their clients. Our readers are invited to call in for a chat on the subject.

above: detail on the frame brace
left: Garden Roller found when clearing out a shed.
Pictures kindly sent in by Max Gibbs, 2020

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