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David Nicholson - Motor Engineer

The business started in Wellingborough Road about 1902 and was at 127 High Street in 1908, moving to 36 Higham Road by 1914.

Rushden Echo, 17th April 1908

D. Nicholson, the motor man, has now removed into High-street, where he has a good display of up-to-date cycles, such as Humbers, Singers, Rudge Whitworths, and all the leading makes; accessories; motors and motor parts of every description. Machines exchanged.


The Higham Road garage The garage
36 Higham Road
The garage (right) and sign for Humber Cycles
Behind the window on the left a car with number plate RP 416 can just be seen. David is standing outside with his dog. He was sole district agent for German Schnieder cars.

A car was hired from here for a film "Love for Lydia", based on the book by H E Bates.

1917 receipt
Receipt dated 1917 signed by David Nicholson - from a bundle stored on a 'spike' (traditional way to keep receipts) - for a Schneider car to Mr Joseph Knight.

Rushden Echo, 29th January 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins

Pleasing PresentationMr George Swingler, of Duck-street, Rushden, who for the last 29 years has been employed with Messrs John Cave and Sons, mainly in the engineering department, has now left that firm to join Mr D Nicholson, of Higham-road, Rushden, who is branching out into the general engineering trade.


Note: D Nicholson also supplied the chassis for a new fire engine in 1922.

From Higham Road, looking into North Street
Nicholson's Garage left - taken in the 1930s

letterhead
Letterhead c1945

The property was taken with Crane's Bakery at number 38, as part of the Calor Gas complex,
and was where Netto is today (2009) in Peck Way.
[in 2010 taken-over by Asda, 2012 Home Discount Store]


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