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Kay & John Collins 2006
Melville & Co 1861

Rushden is an extensive village and parish, distant about three-quarters of a mile from Higham Ferrers. The population in 1851 was 1,400, and the number of acres about 3,680. The manufacture of boots and shoes is carried on here to a considerable extent. Rushden Hall is an ancient mansion, pleasantly situated, and is in the Elizabethan style; here is shown the lantern supposed to belong to Guy Faux. The Church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Is a very fine structure, and consists of nave, transepts, aisles, choir, and three porches, with a tower, containing a peal of six bells, and a handsome spire, about 200 feet high; in the interior are several ancient monuments to the Ekins, Fletcher, and Pemberton families; the church was, at one time, collegiate. The living is a rectory, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor; the present incumbent is the Rev. George Edward Downe, M.A. The Wesleyans and Baptists have chapels here.

Post Office—Thomas Packwood, postmaster. Letters through Higham Ferrers.

BAKER Henry shopkeeper & beer retailer
BAYES Joseph mason
BUTCHER R O grocer
BURTON Thomas grocer
BRADFIELD Rev. Mr Baptist minister
CAVE John shoe manufacturer
CLARKE Joseph carpenter
CHAPMAN Thomas woolstapler & beer retailer
CHETTLE Joseph draper
COLSON William wholesale boot & shoe manufacturer
CURTIS John wheelwright
DARNELL Frederick butcher
DAY George farmer
DAY Joseph farmer & carrier
DEARLOVE John farmer
DENTON Benjamin leather seller, shoe manufacturer, grocer &c
DICKENS Daniel farmer
DOWNE George Rev, MA, Rector
FACER George inn keeper & tailor - Coach & Horses Inn
FACER William blacksmith
FOSKETT Mary Ann (Mrs)
FOSKETT William builder
FISHER Nicholas farmer
GODDING Henry Esquire
GREEN Joseph miller
GROSS John farmer
HEWITT James watch & clock maker
HIGGINS Joseph Rose & Crown Inn
KNIGHT John broker
KNIGHT Samuel carpenter
LAUGHTON William plumber
LAYTON Thomas farmer
LENTON Henry corn factor
LENTON William carrier & beer retailer
LEWIS Charles blacksmith
MADDOCK Whitbread boot & shoe maker
MARGETS Thomas mason
MASON Michael farmer & maltster
MOORE Thomas miller
PACKWOOD George relieving officer
PACKWOOD Joseph parish clerk
PACKWOOD Thomas postmaster
PASILOW Richard wheelwright & beer retailer
PERKINS George boot & shoe maker
RADBURN & Son   grocers & drapers
RICE Daniel Wheatsheaf Inn
ROBINSON George corn dealer & grazier
ROOTHAM James baker
SARTORIS Frederick U Esquire
SHARP Daniel leather cutter
SHERWOOD William boot & shoe maker
SKINNER Morris grocer
SKINNER George butcher
SMITH John boot & shoe manufacturer
SMITH Mary (Mrs)
SYKES Owen butcher
TAILBY George wheelwright
TAILBY Joseph farmer
TIRRELL Samuel blacksmith
WALKER John corn dealer
WAGSTAFF Owen beer retailer
WHITING Morris Waggon & Horses Inn
WHITE John stationer
WOOD James carrier
WRIGHT William baker

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