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Surveyed in April 2011
Church Street

 Plaques on buildings
Fern Dale Cottages
Cabinet Place
19 + 21 Fern Dale Cottages
25 + 27 Cabinet Place
19 - 27 Church Street were built in 1881 - in 2012 occupied by
Serve - Fratelli Bosco Ltd - Peter Crisp Kitchen & Bathroom Centre

built around 1885

No 10 Church Street - Oak Lodge - built about 1885


Extract from a 1951 newsclip: “In another two years the house in Church Street, Oak Lodge – with its staircase and porch made from the oak from the *Windmill mentioned in Domesdaye Book – was in the market, and father bought that and across the drive erected a retail shop with a workshop behind.

“From the house to the shop he had a telephone – absolutely the first telephone in Rushden.



Note: *probably the Windmill that once stood in Windmill Road


The first telephone was installed at 10 Church Street for John Clipson
Church Street c1905
c1905 looking up from the 'Lightstrung' - to Oak Lodge
The Congregational Church is mid row and Mr Clipson's blinds near the top
39 Church Street, the ivy covered house behind the three girls, was
demolished for road widening
Oak Lodge - 10 Church Street
A T Nichols - plumber and
Helen Buttling - ladies' hairdresser
once traded here.

Courtesy of the late Colin Bryant's Collection
Dr Baker's house and the Congregational Church
Far left is 20 Church Street, where Dr Baker lived
is now rebuilt as a Charity Shop for Salvation Army.

John Street entrance is here

In 1912, No. 22 Church Street was the home and music shop of J E Smith, organist/choirmaster at St Mary's Church from 1875-1930. Later it was Iliffe's Pork Butchers.

At No. 26 Mrs Whitby ran a knitting business and next door Mrs Tusting was a "costumier".

No. 30 was Arthur Okins' cycle works, by 1920 the first factory of John White shoemaker.

At 32 was the Lightstrung cycle works (below). Two cycle agents were at 13 and 19 in 1910.

22-30 Church Street c 1912

39 Church Street
Postcard of the 'Lightstrung' area
The villa residence (left) no 39 Church Street was demolished in the 1970s

For the Tour for Christmas
Decorated for the Women's Tour 2018
and at Christmas 2018
At the foot of Church Street on a piece of ground where No 39 once stood is a flower bed. In 2018 the Town Council decorated two cycles to announce the OVO Women's Cycle Tour that would start one leg from Rushden Hall Park.

The cycles have been redecorated several times.
In November 2018 they sported Poppies for the Armistice Day Centenary.

old well looking into the cellar coal shute
No 17 Church Street - left the old well,
above - looking into the cellar, - far right is the coal shute that was below the shop window.


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