|G C Townsend & Son were Haulage Contractors and Furniture Removers, at 54 High Street South.
The company started around 1930, first as carriers, and gradually expanded into vehicle repairs and sales. They took over the site where Lewis' blacksmiths once stood. By 1953 they were dealing in Ford & Fordson.
In 1953 the original building (demolished in 1954) is clearly seen behind the petrol pumps. In 1967 this area was again cleared and a new forecourt with covered area over the pumps was built.
In 1973 Townsend Carriers was sold off, but the garage business continued, until finally closing down in 2006. A sale of all plant, vehicles and equipment was held on November 21st 2006, when over 600 items were auctioned.
Two photographs, courtesy of Rushden Museum