26th January 1961
'Reprieve' For Hall Lodge
An eleventh-hour attempt to save the lodge at the entrance to Rushden Hall succeeded at Rushden Urban Council meeting last night.
A month ago, the council had decided to demolish the building and accepted a tender. It was then reported that the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings had asked for reconsideration.
A motion submitted by Mr. R. H. S. Greenwood under standing orders and signed by nine other members was accepted by nine votes to eight last night.
Instructions will now be given to the contractor not to demolish the lodge, and the parks committee will be asked to make provision for the restoration of the building in their estimates.
Voting for the motion were the chairman (Mrs. G. Marriott), the ner), Mrs. A. Perkins. Mrs. W. M. vice-chairman (Mr. C. G. Faulk-Lean Mr. J. E. Wills, Mrs. D. E. Shrive, Mr. R. H. Marriott, Mr. E. F. Mawson, and Mr. Greenwood. Against were Mr. P. E. Brown Mr. C. Freeman, Mr A. H. Bailey. Mr. E. E. Newell, Mr. D. Dickens, Mrs. A. U. Muxlow, Mr. B. Gramshaw, and Mr. C. Ginns.
Mr. Greenwood said he thought the decision of the council had been wrong and many people in the town thought so, too. The lodge was part of a heritage which should be passed on future generations.
Seconding, Mrs. Perkins said the lodge would be put to good use.
Mrs. Muxlow said £400-£500 should not be spent on a sentimental whim. It was the first time in her 22 years’ experience that the standing order has been used and she thought the proceedings were dangerous and deplorable when the council had already made a decision.
Mr. Bailey asked what they had to show for thousands of pounds which had been spent on the hall? Much of the work was destroyed by vandalism. The council was faced with vast expenditure on essential schemes and the lodge was not vital
Mr. Freeman said the lodge had no historical value or special design. No-one was able to suggest a suitable use and it had been condemned as a dwelling. It would be in the way when a road improvement was made. In the hall he had counted 82 broken panes of glass and ironwork was being pulled from the mullions. If the hall could not be maintained in good order, how could they keep the lodge?
Waste of Money
Mr. F. E. Newell said: "It was my greatest mistake to vote in favour of retaining the hall. We have spent thousands, but it has been an absolute waste of money."
Mrs. Shrive pointed out that some nice flats had been provided at the hall.
Replying Mr. Greenwood said it would be impossible to improve the entrance without losing the lodge.