|The Rushden Echo, 9th December 1898, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Accommodation for Police Cases
Important Discussion In Rushden “The Vaccination Craze”
A matter of some importance was raised at the meeting of the Rushden Urban Council on Wednesday by Mr. F. Knight, who asked if they as a Council could request the clerk to write to the County Council with regard to the prospective building in Rushden of a police-station. He understood that the land was purchased some months ago and that the plans had been approved. Under the new Vaccination Act a considerable amount of work devolved upon the magistrates. People from Rushden had had to go to Higham Ferrers and Wellingborough for their certificates, whereas, if the building of the police-station had been proceeded with
might have been heard there and thus save a great deal of time and money to the people who applied for the certificates, besides saving the manufacturers a great deal of inconvenience. Last Monday week several factories had to be closed owing to the number of workpeople who went over to Higham Ferrers. If there had been a police-station in Rushden the magistrates would in all probability have seen their way to deal with the applications in Rushden. Though in the future there might not be so many applications, yet there would be some, and he thought they should urge the County Council to proceed with the erection of
Mr. P. Cave said he thought the plans did not provide for a room large enough to be used for such a purpose.
Mr. Spencer said he hoped that in future the people would not apply for the exemption certificates. It was not on his advice that the people applied. He thought the Council might ask that a new petty session division should be formed. Altogether apart from this vaccination craze, he thought it would be better if all their police business could be done at Higham Ferrers rather than Wellingborough.
Mr. Wilkins suggested that they might ask for the Rushden Vestry-hall to be used as
An Occasional Court House
Mr. Cave thought the erection of the police-station at Rushden should be hurried on, but at the same time ought to ask that the Vestry Hall should be applied as a court-house so that police business could be done in Rushden.
The Chairman: They would not take all the Rushden cases here.
Mr. Wilkins: If there was an occasional court-house here they would probably take the vaccination exemption certificates here.
Mr. Wilkins embodied his suggestion into motion that the authorities should be asked to arrange for an occasional court-house in Rushden.
Mr. Cave seconded and the motion was carried.
Mr. Spencer said he did not see why Rushden should not have the privileges extended to smaller towns.