Extract from diary notes of Ebenezer Knight: “New Room” - Corner stone laid by the Bishop of Peterborough 1870 October 11th. This would be Bishop Magee who made a speech at the ‘New Room’, (which became the ‘National School’) at the re-opening of the Parish Church after the Great Restoration on Tuesday, February 2nd, 1875. A beautiful day, when the Bishop said that Rushden was the blackest spot in the Diocese before Canon Barker came.
South End School was built in 1870/71 on a plot of land given by Mr F U Sartoris of Rushden Hall.
The school in 1963.
The building had changed little; the brook was now culverted, and the playground fenced.
1900 map of the school at the corner of High Street South/Wymington Road.
Next door was Lewis' blacksmiths yard, house and smithy. The Sydney brook
flowed along in front of both, then meandered behind the Conservative Club into Rushden Hall grounds. A bridge gave access into the school playground.
Aerial view - South End school left and Townsend's extensive property right
Note the entrances to the air raid shelters set in the bank behind the school