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Rushden Echo, 18th January 1918, transcribed by Gill Hollis

1918 Snow

A WINTRY BLAST – During Tuesday night and Wednesday morning there was a heavy fall of snow, eight or nine inches deep, in the Rushden district.  The snow plough was, under the instructions of the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), used with excellent effect.  Everything was in readiness, and instructions had previously been given to have ready three horses used in the scavenging of the town.  At 8 a.m. on Wednesday the snow plough started out, and, drawn by the three horses, traversed High-street, High-street South, Park-road, Church-street, Wellingborough-road, Station-road, Kimbolton-road from Ditchford-lane to Higham Ferrers, then down the Higham-road back to High-street, Rushden.  Mr. Madin had made arrangements with Mr. W. G. Wilmott (contractor) for the loan of three horses in the afternoon, and they started out at about two o’clock, traversing Bedford-road to the boundary of the town, along the Court Estate, and back by the Newton-road to Rushden.  The horses which had drawn the plough in the morning were utilised in the afternoon in clearing away the snow in the streets in the town.  Yesterday six horses were at work, Mr. Madin’s chief object being to clear, as far as possible, all the principal roads leading into the town.  Considering the available materials, it is surprising what excellent work was done.  This is the second snow plough which Mr. Madin has designed for the town, and it is an improvement on the first one, which is now worn out.

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