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Rae Drage 2007
Post Office Directory - 1864
Published by Kelly and Co., of Temple Bar, London

RUSHDEN may be considered as an appendage of Higham Ferrers, from which it is distant one mile, but it forms a distinct parish; it is in the union and county court district of Wellingborough, hundred and rural deanery of Higham Ferrers, archdeaconry of Northampton, and diocese of Peterborough. Rushden is a large place, and stands high: it is named in Doomsday Book, and was a seat of the Dukes of Lancaster. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in hoot and shoe making. The church, formerly colle¬giate, is named after the Virgin Mary, and consists of a nave, north and south aisles, north and south transepts, choir, and three porches; it has a fine tower, and crocketed spire nearly 200 feet high, and containing a peal of 6 bells; there is some carved screen work, three sedilia, stained glass, a carved seat, and other relics of ancient art; there are tombs of the families of Pemberton, Ekins, Fletcher and Williams. The living is a rectory, value £350 per annum, with residence, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor; the rector is the Rev. George Edward Downe, M.A., of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The land belonging to the living was valued four years since, to be let on a fourteen years' lease at £428. There is a small chapel for Wesleyans, and three for Baptists.

There are some peculiar customs as to ringing bells on Shrove Tuesday and at seed-time. There are several charities; May’s Charity of £25, the proceeds of a piece of land, distributed on May-day; Latham's Charity of £3, distributed in sums of 10s. each to six persons who have been unfortunate; and one called Bull money, of £3 per annum. F. U. Sartoris, Esq., Mrs. Hill, Nicholas Fisher, Esq., and Mr. Michael Mason are landowners. The Queen is lady of the manor. The population in 1861 was 1,748; the area is about 3,680. Parish Clerk, William Packwood

POST OFFICE—William Packwood, postmaster. Letters arrive by foot post from Higham Ferrers at 7.15 a.m. & 1.15 p.m.; dispatched at 5.30 p.m
INSURANCE AGENT — Royal, Rev. R. E. Bradfield (fire only)
Constabulary Station - James Hurst, constable in charge
PUBLIC SCHOOLS :— Village (mixed), Ebenezer Knight, master Infant, Mrs. Margaret Wagstaff, mistress
GENTRY COMMERCIAL Laughton Albert, plumber & glazier
Alderman George Arnold, esq Baker Henry, shopkeeper & beer retailer Leighton Thomas, farmer
Bradfield Rev Robert Emms [Baptist] Baxter Samuel, farm bailiff Lenton Henry, corn factor
Downe Rev. Geo. Edward, M.A. [rector] Baves Joseph, mason Lewis Charles, blacksmith
Liddell Hon. Henry George, M.P Burton Thomas, shopkeeper Lilly Thomas, wholesale boot & shoe manufacturer
Mason Mrs Butcher Robert Octavius, grocer & brick maker Linnitt John, farmer
Mitchell Charles Cecil, esq. J.P. Cave John, who. boot & shoe manufacturer Maddock Whitbread, boot & shoe maker
Radburn Mrs. William, The Hill Chapman Frederic, tailor MargettsThomas, mason & photographer
Stevens Mrs Chapman Thomas, beer retailer Mason Michael, farmer & maltster
Sturgess Miss Sophia Chettles Joseph, draper Moore Thomas, miller
Ward Mr. Joseph Clark Joseph, carpenter Packwood George Frederick, inspector of nuisances, relieving officer & deputy registrar of births & deaths forHigham Ferrers district
  Colson William, wholesale boot & shoe manufactory
  Crick James, shopkeeper Pasilow Richard, beer retailer & machine maker
  Crowley James, farm bailiff to Nicholas Fisher, esq Peck William, watch & clock maker
  Curtis John, wheelwright Perkins George, boot & shoe maker
  Darnell Frederick, butcher Radburne & Son, grocers & drapers
  Darnell James Sargeant, butcher Rice Daniel, Wheatsheaf
  Day George, farmer Robinson George, shopkeeper
  Dearlove John, farmer, Bencraft grange Robinson John, corn dealer & grazier
  Dearlove Ralph, farmer, Higham park Rootham James, baker
  Denton Benjamin, currier, wholesale boot & shoe manufacturer, baker, grocer & draper Rose Richard, farm bailiff to F. U. Sartoris, esq
  Sharp Daniel, leather cutter
  Dickens Daniel, farmer Sherwood Wm. boot & shoe maker
  Dickens Robert, baker Skinner George, butcher
  Elstow William, Coach & Horses Skinner Morris, grocer
  Feazey George, provision dealer & beer retailer Smith John, boot & shoe manufacturer
  Fisher Nicholas, farmer Smith William, tailor
  Flawn William, farmer Sykes Ebenezer, farmer
  Foskett William, builder Sykes Thomas, cattle dealer
  Green Joseph, miller Tailby George, farmer
  Gross John, farmer Tassell Emma, milliner
  Gross William, farmer Tirrell Adam, blacksmith
  Hewitt Charles, stationer Wagstaffe William Owen, beer retailer & shoe agent
  Hewitt James, watch & clock maker White John, book seller & stationer
  Higgins Joseph,Rose& Crown,&,baker Whitting Morris, Waggon & Horses
  Iliffe Francis, painter & stonecutter Wood James, carrier
  Knight John, broker Wright William, baker
  Knight Samuel, carpenter Wyldes Thompson, farmer

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