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The Rushden Echo, 20th November, 1908, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Messrs. James Hyde Ltd.

The Staple Trade at Rushden

  This firm, too, have extensive additions on hand.  At present they have two factories in Glassbrook-road – the main building, and further up the street the clickers’ and closers’ department, with eight cottages between the two buildings.  A large piece of land at the rear of the factories and cottages has been purchased, and plans have been prepared for erecting a large room, 330 feet in length, on the “American” (one-floor) system, with north lights in the roof.  These plans have been before the Urban Council and referred back for slight alterations.  It is expected that at the next meeting of the Council the plans will be finally passed, and then tenders will be invited.  The work may possibly be done in two or three sections, or it may be done all at once.

  The present output is over 5,000 pairs of boots a week, and when the enlargements are completed the capacity will be about 10,000 pairs a week.  Over 300 hands are employed at present, inside and out, and the additions to the premises will mean an extra 100 hands for a start.  It is hoped to turn out 7,000 or 8,000 pairs directly the extensions are completed.

James Hyde c1902
James Hyde c1902 - courtesy of Clive Wood

Rushden Echo, 19th April 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Employees of the closing-room at Messrs J Hyde Ltd.’s factory held a whist drive and dance in the Windmill Club yesterday week in aid of Miss Bryant, one of their shopmates, who had experienced severe domestic trouble. The M.C. for the whist was Mr T Clark, and for the dancing Mr S Denton officiated. The pianist was Mrs Payne. Several competitions were held, and the sum of £9 was raised by the effort.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 18th March 1932

AccidentMr. Ernest Jeffs, son of Councillor E. J. Jeffs, sustained an injured foot whilst working at Messrs. J. Hyde’s factory, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, yesterday. He was taken to his home by Dr. J. H. Gillespie, and the limb is to be examined at Northampton Hospital today (Friday).

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