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Messrs. Wm. Colson and Co.

25 April 1874 - Northampton Mercury

RUSHDEN, Northamptonshire. TO BUILDERS AND OTHERS. PERSONS desirous of TENDERING for the ERECTION and COMPLETION of RESIDENCE and OTHER WORKS, for Mr. W. COLSON, Wholesale Shoe manufacturer, may obtain all particulars on application to the Architect,

F T MERCER, Bedford
Offices—22 Mill-street

Wellingborough News, 14th June 1879, transcribed by Kay Collins


Valuable Copyhold and Freehold Dwelling Houses,
Shoe Factory,Currier's Shop, Machine Room,
Stables, Sheds, Paddock, and Building Land.


BY Charles Pollard

BY order of the Trustees acting under the will of the late Wm. Colson, deceased, at the Temperance Hall, Rushden, on Thursday Evening, June 26th, 1879, at Six for Seven o'clock precisely, subject to such conditions as will be then produced, in Two Lots.

LOT 1—All those two newly built DWELLING HOUSES, situate on the Wellingborough-road, in Rushden, and occupied by Mrs. Colson and Mr. Haydn Packwood. That in the occupation of Mr. Colson contains 5 bedrooms, pantry, kitchen, parlour, sitting and dining rooms, with the garden and outhouses. That of Mr. Packwood contains 4 bedrooms, pantry, kitchen, sitting room, parlour, and outhouses.

Also the Shoe Manufactory, Machine Room, Currier's Shop, and Stables adjoining the same, and now in the occupation of Wm. Colson and Co., where an extensive and successful wholesale business has been carried on for many years.

This lot is copyhold of the Manor of Rushden, and has frontages to Wellingborough-road, and Duck-street. Possession can be given on the 11th October next.

LOT 2—All those newly built Stables, Harness Room (fitted with gas), Coach House, Cart Sheds, and Yard, together with the Paddock and Building Land adjoining the same, now in the occupation of the said Wm. Colson and Co., and containing with the site of the Buildings about 9904 square yards.

This lot is freehold, and has a frontage of about 54 yards to Church-street and the Wellingborough-road, in Rushden aforesaid.

To view, apply to Messrs. Wm. COLSON and Co. Rushden; and for further particulars to the

AUCTIONEER, High-street, Kettering, or to
Solicitor, Wellingborough.

Wellingborough News, 12th January 1884, transcribed by Kay Collins

WORKMENS' TREAT—On Tuesday last the employees of Messrs. W. Colson & Co., to the number of 200—the men and their wives, and the young men and their lasses—were invited to a substantial meat tea in the New Hall, which was well served by Mr. Martin, the manager of the Coffee Tavern. After the repast a hearty vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. J. T. Colson to Messrs. Colson & Co, for their kindness and generosity. Mr. Singlehurst, the manager of the Northampton branch, seconded the motion, in some well chosen remarks, wishing the firm a happy and prosperous New Year, and urging the importance of unity between employers and employees. The vote was accorded in a most enthusiastic manner, testifying to the good feeling existing between them. Mr. H. Packwood, in responding, said it gave him great pleasure to meet many of their workpeople on an occasion of that kind, and he thought such gatherings tendered to promote a good feeling between masters and men, whose interests were identical. He was sure the heads of the firm wished all the hands to feel that they were deeply interested in their welfare. He not only spoke thus for himself, but he was sure he was also expressing the feelings of Mr. Colson. The Rev. Mr. Henderson, as a friend of the firm, expressed the pleasure he felt in accepting their hospitality, and to see such good feeling manifested by both employers and employed. He had very rarely had the pleasure of attending such a democratic feast. The following programme was then given; Piano solo, J. Colson; song, Miss Ellis; recitation, Miss N. Perkins; song, Miss N. Vorley; reading, Mr. J. Sargent; duet, Misses T. Tye and E. Ellis; comic song, Mr. Berwick; song, Miss N. Vorley; recitation, Miss L. Clark; song, Mr. H. Chettle; recitation, Miss A. Wilmot; song, Mr. W. Underwood; reading, Mr. J. T. Colson; recitation, Miss N. Perkins; song, Mr. C. Stringer; recitation, Mr. Osborne. The rest of the evening was devoted to games, &c.

Wellingborough & Kettering News 13/12/1889, transcribed by Peter Brown

LOCAL FAILURE — We regret to report the suspension of Messrs Colson and Co., shoe manufacturers, who discharged their employees on Wednesday last. The liabilities of the firm are reported to be considerable.

Rushden Echo, 7th June 1901

Property Sale—On Monday, Mr. H. H. Bletsoe offered for sale several valuable properties in Rushden, consisting of two dwelling houses and a large shoe factory, blacksmith’s and currier’s shops, and store rooms in occupation of Mr. Wm. Colson, in Duck-street and Wellingborough-road. The properties were first offered in one lot, but withdrawn, and on being put up in separate lots sales were effected.

Apprenticeship 1870 - William Knight

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