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Robert Octavius Butcher

05 September 1874 - Northampton Mercury 

W’boro Petty Sessions

A License to sell sweets was granted to Mr. R. Butcher, of Rushden. 

extract from the photo
Taken from the photo below:

Perhaps it is Mr Butcher and his wife or daughter-in-law outside the shop?

The board above the window reads: Butcher, Grocer &c.

He supplied Rushden Hall with groceries.

Robert Octavius Butcher and his wife Eliza were both born at Wellingborough, and came to Rushden in about 1852. His shop was at 22 High Street South, a thatched building, and his nephew, William, came from Wellingboro' to work as his assistant.

In 1861 Robert was listed as a grocer in Melville’s directory, in the census as a grocer, coal merchant and proprietor of brick and tile kilns, employing four men. In 1900 the shop was run by Fanny Butcher, widow of his son Robert Charles.

Robert Octavius Butcher was a successful candidate, for the church, in the first election for a School Board in 1877.

Robert died on October 1st 1897 aged 72 years. His wife Eliza died in 1904 aged 75 years and son Robert Charles died in 1900 aged just 38 years. [Cemetery Grave B877]

22 High Street South
c1895 - Rushden's last thatched building
Note: The property after WWI was the cafe business of Arthur Simpson and his daughter Florence's millinery business in 1920. Rethatched in 2019.

c1905 - 22 High Street South - later Simpson's

Note the Hall Park wall to the right, cottages and Ginns' smithy.
The village green far right. Left is the Wagon and Horses Inn.

left: Two large volumes of Brown's Bible

Pages photographed - as seen in a Family Bible at a book sale

Robert Octavius Butcher
Born Feby 28th 1825
Died Oct 1st 1897

Eliza Butcher
Born October 17th 1828

John Henry Butcher
Born Jany 12th 1854

Ellen Octavia Butcher
Born Nov 13th 1866

Mary Elizabeth Butcher
Born March 10th 1855

Arthur Alfred Butcher
Born Dec 11th 1867

Eliza Kate Butcher
Born Aug 24 1856

George Ernest Butcher
Born May 13th 1869

Annie Constance Butcher
Born Oct 21st 1858


Robert Charles Butcher
Born Jany 29th 1862
Died April 9 1900


William Herbert Butcher
Born Jany 29th 1863


Jany 29th 1864


Inside the front cover
Above: births and deaths noted inside the front cover of a family bible (transcribed left)

Robert Charles Butcher
Born Jany 29th 1862
Died April 9th 1900

Fanny Butcher
Born May 18th 1869
Died July 2 1940

Grace Ellen Butcher
Born April 4th 1888

Robert Charles Butcher
Born Dec 28 1899
Died July 15 1946

Dorothy Annie Butcher
Born July 26th 1889
Died January 17 1909


Leslie Robert Butcher
Born August 30th 1891
Died Dec 1st 1919


William Henry Butcher
Born Sept 17th 1894
Died May 1914


George Ernest Butcher
Born Jany 22nd 1897
Died Sept 8th 1898


A page inside

Above: births and deaths noted on a page at the front of a family bible (transcribed left)

Below: entries inside the back cover

John Butcher
Born Dec 17 1789

Nov 14 1809

Died Jany 1875

Mary Butcher
Born October 4th 1783

Nov 14 1809


The back cover

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