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Podington Notes

Extract from diary notes of Ebenezer Knight:

Very cold, then warm
1869 April 10th. Opened very cold, then very warm; a wonderful change, so much so it made people ill. Continued hot 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th; 15th thunder. April 11th I got lost at Podington, borrowed a lantern to light me home being very dark for 3 nights.

May 18th Whit Sunday. Rain & Shine.

May 19th. Rain, Hail & Thunder.

June 24th. So Dull, scarcely see to read at 3 o’clock.

July 13th. Showers in the morning. Made it very nice for the ‘Public Tea’ Meeting at Podington.

July 18th Sunday. Very hot for our ‘School Service’. The Glass stood at 98 in the sun at tea-time.

July 19th. Much cooler. East wind made it a nice day for our ‘Children’s Treat’.

July 21st. Very hot again. Glass stood at 98 at tea-time.

July 22nd. 98. As hot as Sunday. Very dry all the month.

August 26th, 27th, 28th. The last 3 days in Higham Feast Week. Glass stood at 96 to 106. (The Feast came this year as late as it possibly could, as it follows the 15th August and it came on Sunday, & the next Sunday, 22nd J. E. Smith)


Rushden Argus, 20th December 1889

Podington Anniversary—On Sunday last the anniversary sermons were preached in the Independent Wesleyan Chapel by Mrs Thomas Eaton, of Thrapston. There were large congregations. Special hymns were used. Mr W C Sargent of Rushden, presided at the harmonium. A good collection was realised at the close of each service. On Monday a public tea was provided by Mr J Norman, to which upwards of 50 sat down. In the evening a public meeting was held, Mr J Norman occupied the chair. The financial report proved satisfactory. Addresses were delivered by Mrs Eaton, Mr W Surridge (Bozeat), and Mr C Thew (Rushden).

Gifts to the Poor—During the past week Mrs Orlebar has been distributing very useful articles of clothing amongst the poor of the village from the Needlework Guild.

Rushden Argus, 27th December 1889

Podington—Christmas Gifts—On Tuesday Mrs Browning of Hinwick House, presented all the widows and widowers of the parish with a pound of tea and two pounds of sugar. On Christmas Eve, Mrs Partridge and Mrs Clark distributed tea, clothing, and half-crowns to the widows and large families of the village.

Wellingborough News, 19th December 1890, transcribed by Kay Collins

ANNIVERSARY—On Sunday last the anniversary sermons were preached in the Independent Wesleyan Chapel, by the Rev. J. Dennes, of Wellingborough. Special hymns were used arid a good collection was realised at the close of each service. On Monday a public tea was held, to which upwards of 50 sat down. In the evening a public meeting was held, the Rev. T. G. Harpur presiding. The financial statement was read by Mr. John Norman, which proved satisfactory. Addresses were delivered by the Rev. J. Dennes, of Wellingborough, the Rev. T. G. Harpur and Mr. C. Thew, of Rushden. A collection was taken in aid of the chapel fund.

SHOE FACTORY—During the past week the foundations have been laid for a new shoe factory. The building is being erected by Mr. E. Orlebar for Mr. Sargent, boot and shoe manufacturer, of Rushden and will be completed about the middle of January 1891.

Wellingborough News, 22nd January 1892, transcribed by Kay Collins

PODDINGTON - INFLUENZA — The epidemic of influenza has reached this village, nearly every house being visited. Whole families are down, but we are glad to state no case at present has proved fatal.

CHARITY—The Goosey Charity, consisting of 50 shillings, to be given, one shilling each to 50 young men not in receipt of parochial relief, has been disposed of during the past week by Mr. J. E. P. Evans.


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, 10th November 1911, transcribed by Kay Collins

Hinwick – An Awkward Predicament—Mr. Clayson, of Harrold, who was driving on Sunday afternoon last to Irchester to conduct services at the Baptist Chapel there had an unpleasant experience between Hinwick and Farndish. The gale had blown down a tree, which lay right across the road, so that the trap could not get past. There was no time for Mr. Clayson to drive to Irchester by way of Wymington and Rushden, so he sent his companion with the trap via Rushden while he himself walked to Irchester across country. Meanwhile word was sent to the Podington policeman, who took steps to have the tree removed.


Rushden Argus, 13th December 1912

Podington - Social—A tea and social arranged by Mr. and Mrs. Bond was held in the Schoolroom on Thursday. Songs and dancing followed. Mr H Warner, of Irchester, accompanied on the piano. The following contributed songs: Mr. Neal (Rushden), Mr Bailey (Hinwick), and Mr Warmwold, etc. Refreshments were served during the interval.

“Kattern”—The lacemakers of North Beds held their annual holiday to celebrate “Kattern” by “Wetting the candleblock,” on Friday, when the four oldest lacemakers (females) sat around the “candleblock” and worked on their “pillows” by the aid of light passed through flasks, which were filled with water. The candle was lighted by the flint and steel, as in former days. After working for some considerable time, they received visitors, and several joined together and had tea. Afterwards there was the general “Cut off” and “set up” and drink of “Meytheagle” to the good old days, when Queen Catherine of Aragon first introduced lacemaking into England, which was on December 6th 1642.


Rushden Echo, 23rd October 1914, transcribed by Kay Collins

Podington—Working Men’s Club—On Monday, the Vicar presiding, Mr T Colson was elected secretary vice Mr Woodbridge, who has left the village.

Rushden Echo, 4th February 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Case of scarlet fever and two of diphtheria at Podington were reported at the Rural District Council on Saturday.—Mr. H. H. Hobbs asked the cause of the cases at Podington.—The medical Officer said the two cases of diphtheria were in one house, just outside of which was a defective iron gulley trap, from which bad smells came. He would bring forward a scheme for scavenging the village.


Mr Knowlton
This 1921 Rushden picture comes with caption "at the opening of the
War Memorial" and is taken outside Mr Skinner's butcher's shop.
The cart is driven by Mr W C Knowlton, who kept a wood yard
at Podington, his wife Hannah and Mrs Kit Arnold Brown (Eliza).

Rushden Echo, 27th August 1926, transcribed by Kay Collins

Outing—Yesterday about 18 members and friends of the Podington and Hinwick Women’s Institute paid a visit to Sandy Show and enjoyed themselves thoroughly. Starting at 9.30a.m., they journeyed by road through Bedford in the safety coach of Mr. C. H. Scroxton, of Rushden, and were there soon after the opening of the show. They found a record crowd there—the weather being ideal—and those of the party who had been in previous years considered it the best show they had ever seen. The home journey was started at 6p.m., and the party stayed about an hour-and-a-half in Bedford, shopping or strolling by the river. Podington was reached at about 9.15p.m. The arrangements were made by Mrs. Tysoe (secretary) and Mrs. Wildman (vice-president).

Rushden Echo & Argus, 27th July 1934, transcribed by Kay Collins

PODINGTON - PENSIONERS' TREAT— Beautiful weather prevailed on Tuesday afternoon, when, at the kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Scott, the old age pensioners of Podington, Hinwick and Farndish, numbering 31, sat down to tea on the lawn at "The Cottage." Miss Scott and Miss Audrey Scott assisted with the arrangements.

After tea the guests were entertained by Mr. Tom Swann and his concert party, and sweets and tobacco were distributed. A vote of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Scott and their daughters was proposed by Mrs. F. French, and the evening concluded with the National Anthem.


Boot making in Podington by Ann Cooper, 2006

Messrs W Sargent & Co of Rushden started a workroom in the 1880s in premises (now the site of The United Services Club) in Gold Street, Podington. Later two other workrooms were opened; one at Gray’s Farm and the other at the bottom of Church Hill. One of these belonged to Messrs E Claridge & Sons.

Mr John Wykes was the manager of Sargent’s and when the scheme started he had to train for six months so that he could teach the others, having previously been a farm worker. He had to start out early in the morning, walk to Rushden and often not arrive home until midnight.

When the workroom started production, he had a horse and trap and each Friday drove to Rushden to deliver the finished shoes and collect the fresh materials.

The men bought their own grindery and heel ball, which Mr Wykes supplied. He died in 1912 and the work was, I believe, all transferred to the Rushden factory and the employees made their own way there daily.

In my lifetime, I remember several Podington men coming home from Rushden on the “dinner time bus” run by United Counties. They’d jump off as it passed their homes, run in and have their dinner and be outside again in time to catch the same bus when it came back from Bozeat to return to Rushden.



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