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M M Drabble

Rushden Echo & Argus 9th July 1937
Building in Hall Avenue : Houses for £495, £525, £560 or £575 paying £20 to £25 down, and
weekly payments of 12s to 14s - but it does not mention the term of repayment!

This firm was started by James Drabble in September 1931 and was much involved in the development of Hall Avenue and St Margaret's Avenue.

Council Plans – Between 1931-1933 Rushden Council passed plans for a total of 98 houses and bungalows and 1 garage.

1939 advert
1939 Advert
Northants Evening Telegraph

Northants Evening Telegraph - Thursday 09 February 1939 transcribed by Stuart Drabble

A substantial housing scheme providing for the erection of 18 houses and 24 bungalows in Hall Avenue, was submitted by Messrs M.M. Drabble Ltd and the plans were approved. Messrs Drabble also presented plans for the lay-out of part of Hall Avenue. And these, too, were passed.

After WWII the firm was engaged on building the Higham Road Estate of Council Houses.

In 1954 James Drabble was killed in car accident, and he is buried at Stanwick.

His wife, Margaret Drabble, the original M. M. Drabble, died in 2004, aged 92 years, leaving one son, two daughters and nine grand-children, bringing to a close the 40 year history of Building and Civil Engineering achievements by the Drabble family.

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