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Demolition 1920s & 1930s

Rushden Echo, 26th September 1919, “Peeps” at Old Rushden

Gone For Ever

A bit of Newton Road, near Ward’s Corner, pulled down some years ago, the site being now occupied by the shops of Mr F Atkins, hairdresser, Mr Cave &c.

Note: these would have been demolished after 1898 when Ward's corner was built but
"some years before" 1919, c1900/1910. Ward's is the tall building adjoining the cottages.

Newton Road c1898 cottages
In the foreground the roof of the vestry Hall
The cottages demolished before WWI

High-Street & Church-Street Corner

It was resolved to recommend the Council to purchase the stone from the house and shop now being razed by Messrs. Praed and Co. Ltd., at the price of 2/6 per cube yard.

The property occupied by Arthur Robinson and family.
This picture came to us in 2016, and shows the demolition of Robinson's beer house and newsagents in progress, and the other thatched properties behind.

Top right is "Ward's Corner".

Courtesy of the late Colin Bryant's Collection

The Rushden Echo and Argus, 27th October, 1933

Slum Clearance For Rushden
County M.O.’S Drastic Recommendations - Housing Shortage

A very serious shortage in Rushden of houses within the rental capacity of people employed in the town is referred to by Dr. J. M. Mackintosh, County Medical Officer of Health, in his special report on housing conditions in the county.

Presented at Thursday’s meeting of the Northamptonshire County Council, the report is described by the doctor as “a simple account of what I have seen with my own eyes.”

Dr. Mackintosh not only recommends the extension of housing enterprise, but condemns and suggests the demolition or repair of numerous existing properties.

“The Urban District of Rushden,” he writes, “has a great many serviceable houses of no great age, and the dwellings which are unfit for habitation are nearly all grouped in well-defined areas. The evidence which I have collected during my survey of the districts around Rushden points strongly to the conclusion that there is a very serious shortage in the town of houses within the rental capacity of people who are employed there. This evidence is supported by the overcrowding which exists in Rushden itself.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the provision of houses suitable for working people would very considerably increase the population of Rushden, and at the same time benefit the inhabitants of the surrounding villages by relieving congestion and reducing the abnormally high rents which are now being paid for bad property.”

There are 3,617 occupied dwellings in Rushden, and 3,954 private families.

The doctor inspected 124 houses and condemned 35, also scheduling 59 for reconditioning.

Albion-place is described as a congested and unhealthy area, and the clearance of the site is advised, involving the demolition of seven houses – Nos. 1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 13, and 15.

Other property classified in Group 1 (for demolition and site clearance) are:

32, 34, 36, 56, 77, High-street South.

12, 14, 16, 20, 24, and 26, Little-street.

Remaining house in Mannings-lane.

Numerous other houses are recommended for demolition as soon as the present tenancies expire, and Dr. Mackintosh points out the need of more or less drastic improvements to properties in Factory-place, Bedford-road, Dell-place, Woburn-place, Succoth-place, Park-road, and Duck-street.

The report for Higham Ferrers has already been published.

Newton Road c1900 Rushden Echo, 16th January 1925

Newton Road Improvement

The surveyor was instructed to seek tenders for pulling down ‘Clerk’s House’ in Newton-road for the purpose of improving the road.

Postcard c1900 - The 'Clerk's House' is behind the horse and cart centre of the picture, before the council buildings and library were built.

This photograph is undated, and must have been taken from the St Mary's Church tower. It is looking towards Rushden Hall, barely visible centre above the trees, the east elevation of which squarely faces the church.

The park keeper's cottage and the Coach and Horses Inn (left) were demolished in the 1930s and the row of cottages (right) were pulled down in the 1970s.

View from St Mary's tower

Rushden Echo and Argus, 26th October 1934

One of the most beautiful parts of old Rushden is being cleared in readiness for the builders and road makers. The newest road will skirt Rushden Hall on the western side and good-bye has been said to the graceful trees at the foot of Church-street. This picture, showing the Congregational Church in the background, was taken on Monday afternoon.


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