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Rushden Lodge
Sometime known as Gross' Lodge

Sale 1860 Rushden Lodge + Bencroft

Northampton Mercury, 17 November 1860

Accident—A singular accident occurred on Monday evening at Wellingborough Bridge. Mr. Grose, farmer, Rushden Lodge, had hired a gig from the Crown and Anchor Inn, which adjoins the river Nene, but not being quite ready to go when the horse was put in, the ostler, thinking the horse would stand, left it and went into the house. When Mr. Grose was ready the horse and gig was nowhere to be found. Soon after a boatman came to say that a horse and gig was in the river. They immediately proceeded to the river, and found the poor animal plunging about in the water. Ropes were procured, and after some time they succeeded in getting it out in an exhausted condition. One of the shafts was broken, and the other had got across the horse’s neck.


Non payment of Toll 1860s

Northampton Mercury, November 7th 1863, transcribed by Susan Manton

Trespass - Rushden – John Cuthbert and Charles Vorley, two young men of Irthlingborough, were charged by Mr. John Gross, of Rushden Lodge, with trespassing on a meadow in his occupation in search of game. Smith Wilmer, a labourer, deposed to seeing the defendants about three o’clock in the afternoon of Sunday the 25th October, in the meadow. Cuthbert had a gun, and Vorley was beating the hedge with a stick. He went up to them, and told them they had no right to be there, when Vorley said “What is it to you, you ---“ and after some words had passed between them Vorley knocked him down and he was struck with a stick as he was on the ground. Both the defendants denied most positively that they were there, and produced several witnesses to prove that they were not from home at that particular time, but the witness swore positively to both of them as being the parties he had seen. He had known Vorley five or six years, and knew the other so as to be able to swear positively to his identity. As there was considerable discrepancy in the evidence brought to refute the charge, the Bench were of the opinion that the charge was fully proved and Vorley was fined 30s and costs and Cuthbert 15s and costs. They were committed to prison in default of payment, Vorley to six weeks and Cuthbert to three weeks, with hard labour.


Northampton Mercury, October 21st 1865, transcribed by Susan Manton

Edwin Chettle, horse dealer, was summoned by Mr. John Goss, farmer of Rushden Lodge, for having on several recent occasions permitted his horse to stray and graze roadside herbage over which he has the sole right. Complainant said the thing had happened so frequently of late that he felt compelled to put a stop to it. His horse had once shied, and he was very nearly thrown out of the gig through it taking fright at one of the defendant’s horses, as he was driving home at night. He had ordered them to be pounded several times, but the defendant swore so awfully at the pinner that the old man was in fear of him. Complainant withdrew on of the charges on defendant promising not to offend again and he was fined 5s and costs 13s. Paid.


07 September 1867 - Northampton Mercury 

RUSHDEN LODGE, Northamptonshire.

IMPORTANT SALE of LIVE STOCK, GRASS KEEPING, &c. Messrs. PENDERED & SON Have received instructions from Mr John Gross (the Farm being Sold) TO SELL ...


30 April 1870 - Northampton Mercury

….  must be a good Stacker and thrasher—without family. Apply, with References from last employer, to Mr. Tomlinson, Rushden Lodge.  

13 December 1873 - Northampton Mercury

WANTED, immediately, a good SHEPHERD, with good character. House, with garden provided. Apply, Mr. F. Tomlinson, Rushden Lodge.


1900 Sale - see lots 31-33

These pictures by Clive Wood, were taken following an anonymous telephone call to tell him that the Lodge was about to be demolished. Clive was well known as a conservationist; he was a leader in the campaign in the 1960s to save Rushden Hall from being demolished.

Mrs Lee, the last owner of Rushden Lodge was, by then, living in a care home.

The house front
This building had lately been the home of Mrs Rachel Lee
The kitchen was unmodernised
The kitchen had been little updated except for an electric cooker

Mrs Lee was a rather eccentric lady. She had been at Bletchley Park during the Second World War but never spoke of her work there. I visited her just once & was shocked to see, in the fireplace, a rather long piece of wood stretching out into the room. As it burned Mrs. Lee would push it further into the hearth. On the day I visited her in the 1970s, delivering an order fom the local shop, she had skeins of wool drying along the mantle piece. She told me she was in the practise of unpicking old hand knitted garments and re-using the wool to knit fingerless mittens for the local milkmen.


The old scullery
Almost the end!
The final stages of the demolition
The old scullery shows the many stages of change over
its life but it was just used as a store at the end

Rushden Lodge shortly before demolition - roof structure
Rushden Lodge shortly before demolition - interior corridor
Rushden Lodge - shortly before demolition

The demise of this building was recorded by Clive Wood following an anonymous phone call to him.


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