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WEA Study Notes & Survey by P. Robinson, 1982
Workers Education Association

Survey 1982 - by P. Robinson

Industrial Archaeological Trail

Map drawn by Geoffrey Starmer, the tutor, to suggest what the pupils might research.
Victoria Hotel - note the style of the Chimneys. Also that the belvedere one end is of cast iron and the other is of wrought iron.

Marriott's - modern office block - quite differesnt (and an improvement?) from most of the buldings commented upon during the trail?

Although the railway bridge is demolished, the embankments either side show where the railway crossed the road.

Philip W Leeding - shoe repairer. How many shoe repairers are there now in Rushden?

The former factory of Jaques & Clark Ltd now for sale. Notice how use has been made of an awkward site, the decorative use of different coloured bricks and the 2 wall hoists.

Notice the terracotta decorative course between ground & first floor windows.

Totectors - a combination of old (the "house" at the end) with new building.

67 Midland Road - This house has a cast iron shoescraper. Why should this be the only one?

An example of 'corrugated iron' architecture. [Tin Tabernacle]

Outworkers shops behind the houses in Wentworth Road. [workshops]

The new houses on the site of an old shoe factory. Contrast them with the older houses in the street.

36 & 38 Moor Road - Note datestone and name of terrace. Contrast the houses in the row with the older houses opposite.

Between many of the older parts of houses there is a third doorway. Why was this?

Three storey factory of the older kind. Note the external wall hoist.

This factory has iron framed windows on one side and wooden framed ones on the other.

Note the position of No 23.

Stone Cottages with pantile roofs. Are those of the original style of Rushden building before brick and slate took over?

How does this terrace compare for age with most of the other houses seen on the trail?

Small workshops belonging to Lockie & Son. Notice two storey arrangement - what might have been their original use?

See the datestone and name - and the object depicted on the keystone over the doorway.

[The Duck Street properties are now demolished]

College Street still has most of its cast iro kerbs which carry the name of the foundry that made them. There at least 3 foundries represented in this street - what are their names? This wall is all that remains of Cave's shoe factory destroyed by fire many years ago. [1901]

Ritz Cinema - Can you date the cinema from its architechtural style? (look at the front doors)

Premises of R Tarry & Co Ltd. - There is a datestone on the corner with Duck Street. Notice how the brickwork is recessed in curved-topped bays to accentuate each pair of windows.

Eatons shoe factory. Who were the previous owners? (look at the monograms etched in the ground floor windows and repeated in stone in the pediments at each end).

Co-op - the tallest building is the oldest. Can you find a date - and for what do the initials stand? Note the very large first floor windows - do you get this feature in modern shopping buildings?

Midland Bank - what are the main architectural features? Date? Why should it be built in such a decorative style?

P W House - What is the reason for the stone lion over the shop? [not P W Hall as queried on the plan]

Factory for sale. Notice the difference in walling materials between the side next to the chapel and the side by the alley.

This large factory is for sale. From the corner of Queen Street, the nearest building, two storeys high, has a zig-zag roof with 'North lights' (so that no direct sunlight falls on the workplace and this avoids distracting long shadows).

Now called 'Embers', there is a cast iron shoescraper inside the first entrance. Why are there not more of these visible in Rushden?

DB Shoes - Note the Dutch gable containing brick diaper work. Also two doors quite close together but in very different decorative styles. Why should this be?

Boot & Shoe School - Recently this was the footwear section of Welingborough Technical College. Previously it had been an engineering works. Does it look different from a footwear factory?

This former shoe factory presents two gable ends to Rectory Road. Notice how different colour bricks are used above the windows in Victoria Road to those in Rectory Road. If those green gates are open, note the evidence of older brick openings where there are neow green double doors.

East Grove is a good example of the older practice of building factories & houses close together. Long row of outworkers shops behind houses in Rectory Road.

Through the gaps in the interwoven wooden fence on the path to Beaconsfield Place can be seen a fine row of outworkers shops backing onto Rectory Road. These were used for making shoes before all the workers were brought into factories .

Now used by Northamptonshire County Council Highways Dept., this was the railway goods shed (opened for freight 1st Sept 1893). Why should it be so large for the size of Rushden?

Former electricty works. Note the large central building. Why were the curved top doors so large?

Look into entrance of station and the number of steps up to the platform. What about baby carriages and handicapped people?

Rushden Railway Station - opened 1st May 1884, last passenger train 15th June 1959. Note number of doors onto platform - each to a separate room? If so, what could they all be for?

Now occupied by Space Foam. Note elaborate string course and the door at first floor level into the yard. What might this have been used for originally?

Note the smooth faced rectangular blocks set in this wall. Why should so much trouble have been taken in buildin this?

Former John White's Transport Garage. Note 'relief' inscription and the length of the title. Any clues to the date of this building?

Now the Ailey Truck Centre, this was formerly Birch's Bus Station. What do you think of the style of architecture? What date does this suggest it was built?

What's in a name?

As part of this study : tables showing the distribution of trades based on entries in various Trade Directories

Evening Telegraph, Wednesday, August 25, 1982

County Firms take Space
Nearly a third of the 120 firms which have sought space at next month's British Footwear Fair are county based.
The three-day fair, which runs from September 26-28 inclusive, has attracted bookings from 38 county firms.

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