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Water Supply - Introduction

07 March 1902 - Northampton Mercury

..…that the Rushden Water Bill has successfully negotiated all the obstacles which threatened, and now on the high road for becoming law. No doubt as soon as this is actually accomplished a start will made with the work, and ere long both Rushden and Higham .....

Water cart bought by Rushden Urban District Council in 1908

Sywell and later

Rushden Echo, 25th June 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Higham and Rushden Water Board on Monday decided to allow the Podington Parish Council to have access to the water mains in case of fire at Farndish, on conditions laid down by the Surveyor. It was resolved to make a charge of £1 per annum.

Rushden Echo 30th September 1921, transcribed by Susan Manton

A presentation was made last evening by the Rushden and Higham Ferrers Water Board to Mr. W. Sprott for 10 years engineer and manager of the Sywell Waterworks and now in a similar position at Great Yarmouth. The Chairman (Ald. T. Patenall J.P.) entertained the Board and officials to tea in the Board Room after which he handed to Mr. Sprott on behalf of the company a handsome inscribed aneroid barometer. Ald. Patenall thanked Mr. Sprott and expressed the Board’s appreciation of past services and good wishes for the future. Mr. J. Spencer J.P. and Mr. F. Knight J.P. also spoke. In response, Mr. Sprott offered his sincere thanks and wished Mr. W. Halford (the new manager) success, hoping Mr. Halford would have as happy relations with the Board as he had (Applause). Mr. Halford said he would do his best to carry on the work in the excellent manner that had characterised Mr. Sprott’s duties. (Applause.)

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