Click here to return to the main site entry page
Click here to return to the previous page
Janet Presland 2007
Post Office Directory - 1848
Published by Kelly and Co., of Temple Bar, London

RUSHDEN may be considered as an appendage to Higham Ferrers, from which it is distant 1 mile, but forms a distinct parish; its area is about 4,000 acres and its population, in 1841, was 1,311. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in boot and shoe making for the manufacturers at Higham Ferrers and Wellingborough. The living is a rectory, valued at £400 yearly, and in the gift of the Lord Chancellor; the rector is the Rev. George Edward Browne, M.A. Rushden is a large and rather handsome place, and stands high. It is named in Domesday Book, and was afterwards a seat of the Dukes of Lancaster. The church, formerly collegiate, is named after the Virgin Mary, and consists of a nave, north and south aisles, north and south transepts, choir, and three porches. It has a fine tower, and crocketed spire, nearly 200 feet high from the ground, and holding a peal of six bells. There is some carved screen work, three sedilia, stained glass, a carved seat, and other relics of ancient art. There are tombs to the families of Pemberton, Ekins, Fletcher and Williams. There is a small chapel for Wesleyans, and two for Baptists. Rushden hall is a very fine old mansion, in the Elizabethan style, formerly belonging to the Pembertons. An old lantern, called Guy Faux's lantern, is shown. There is a small collection of natural history. There are some peculiar customs as to ringing bells on pan-cake day and at seed-time.
Post Office Directory 1848  
Gentry Traders Traders
Bolton Mr. Thomas Adcock James, farmer Linnit William, grocer
Burgess Willam esq Aychurch Amos, miller Maddock Whitbread, boot & shoe maker
Downe Rev. George Edward, M.A Aychurch William, farmer Manning Alfred, farmer
Hancock Mrs. Admiral, Hall Baker Henry, shopkeeper & beer retailer Margets John, mason
Kidgel Mr. John Bayes Joseph, mason Margets Thomas, mason
Sargeant Charles, esq Bolton George, rush matting manufacturer Marshall William, farmer
Sartoris F. U. esq Hall Burgess John, boot & shoe maker Mason Michael, farmer & malster
Smith Mrs. Eliza Chapman Thos. woolstapler & beer retailer Miller William, farmer
Smith Mrs. Mary Chettles Joseph, draper Moore Mrs. Louisa, milliner & dressmaker
Spencer Mr. George Clark William, carpenter Moore Thomas, carpenter
  Clements John, carrier Packwood George, tailor & druggist
  Cooke John, farmer Packwood Joseph, parish clerk
  Corby John, beer retailer Packwood Thomas, post master
  Curtis John, wheelwright Parker Josiah, grocer
  Darnell Frederick, butcher Pasilow Richard, wheelwright & beer rtailer
  Darnell, James S. butcher Presland William, druggist
  Day George, farmer Radburne John, grocer & draper
  Denton Benjamin, leather cutter Rice Daniel, "Wheat Sheaf"
  Dickins Daniel, farmer Rice William, farmer
  Ellerd James, shopkeeper Robinson John, farmer
  Elstow Samuel, who. boot & shoe manuf'r Rooksby Walter, farmer
  Facey John, blacksmith Rootham James, baker
  Fisher Nicholas, farmer Sharp Daniel, leather cutter
  Foskett Mrs. Mary Ann, shopkeeper Sherwood William, boot & shoe maker
  Franklin George, farmer Skinner George, butcher
Churches & Chapels Green Joseph, miller Skinner Morris, grocer
Rev. George Downe, M.A. , rector
Gross John, farmer Smith John, boot & shoe maker
Hewitt James, watch & clock maker Smith William, tailor
Wesleyan Chapel
ministers various
Higgins Joseph, baker & beer retailer Sykes Owen, butcher
Knight James, clothier Sykes Thomas, cattle dealer
Baptist (Calvinistic)
Rev. Charles Drawbridge, minister
Knight John, boot & shoe maker Tailby George, wheelwright
Knight Joseph, grocer & baker Turrell Samuel, blacksmith
Baptist chapel
Rev. Jonathan Whittemore, minister
Knight Samuel, carpenter Whiting Morris, "Waggon & Horses"
Leete Mrs. Mary, "Coach & Horses" Whittemore Jonathan, printer
  Lenton Henry, cornfactor  
Post Office - Thomas Packwood, post master. Letters arrive by foot post from Higham Ferrers, morning 9, dispatched evening 5

Click here to return to the index of directories

Click here to return to the main index of features
Click here to return to the Genealogy index
Click here to e-mail us