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The Rushden Echo, 7th December, 1900, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday night, there were present Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), G. Denton (vice-chairman), J. S. Clipson, G. Miller, W. H. Wilkins, G. Fountain, T. Swindall, G. H. Skinner, W. Bazeley, and J. Spencer, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), and the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin).

Waterworks Committee

A meeting of the Waterworks Committee was held on Wednesday, 21st November 1900. Present, Messrs. Fred Knight (chairman), G. Denton, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, G. Fountain, G. Miller, G. H. Skinner, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and W. H. Wilkins.

Sharnbrook Trial Operations

The Surveyor reported progress of the trial operations at Sharnbrook, stating that No. 3 well had now been sunk through the sand which was found not to be quite so thick as at first estimated. The yield of water was about 90,000 gallons per 24 hours. Mr. Middleton had been requested to come down and inspect the work, and would be at Sharnbrook to-morrow. The Committee considered it useless to proceed with the scheme on their present information and resolved to ask Mr. Middleton to further consider the matter and particularly to visit the new gas tank at Irthlingborough, where a considerable quantity of water was found and is still being pumped daily.

The report was adopted.

Plans, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held on Friday, 21st November, 1900. Present :- Messrs. Fred Knight (chairman), William Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, and W. H. Wilkins.


were presented by:-

Messrs. Cave and Sons, Ltd., for lavatory at rear of shop in High-street and passed.

Mr. C. E. Bayes for office in Griffith-street and passed.

Mr. W. G. Willmott for five houses in Midland-road and passed.

Mr. Jeremiah Jones

The sub-committee appointed to visit and report upon the stable erected by Mr. Jere. Jones, on the Shirley Park Estate, stated that they had inspected the building and were of opinion that the same was not properly bonded and solidly put together as provided by bye-law No. 12. The Clerk was instructed to request Mr. Jones to remove the building forthwith and in default of compliance with this request the Committee recommend the Council to take summary proceedings against Mr. Jones for penalties for contravention of the bye-laws.

Fire Escape

The Chairman reported that he and the surveyor had visited the present fire engine station and on taking measurements found that a fire escape could conveniently be stored there, and it was thereupon resolved that a fire escape be purchased from Messrs. Shand, Mason, and Co., at the price of £48 in accordance with design and particulars provided by that firm to the brigade and approved by them.

Glass, Etc., on Highways

A circular letter from the Clerk to the County Council was received with reference to a communication from the Cyclist Touring Club calling attention to the deposit of thorns and glass on the Highways. The Surveyor was requested to give his attention to the matter and issue hand bills in the spring warning persons against this practice.

Main Roads

The County Surveyors annual report to the County Council as to the maintenance of main roads for the year ending 31st March, 1900, was submitted. The whole of the roads in the Rushden district being certified as satisfactory.

The Chairman in moving the adoption of the report, said the practice of depositing glass and thorns on the roads was a great nuisance, and Rushden appeared to be worse than many other places he had seen in this respect.

The report was adopted.

Finance, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1900. Present – Messrs. Fred Knight (chairman), Geo. Denton, J. Spencer, G. H. Skinner, and J. Claridge.


A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported as follows:-

I to-day visited the house 55, Sartoris-road, where a case of typhoid fever reported to-day resides. I carefully inspected the house, drains, closet, and premises, and tested both the house and closet drains, and found them satisfactory, and the place clean and well looked after. The town water is laid on, and only that used. There is nothing likely to cause typhoid on the premises, and I feel certain it was not contracted there nor at the factory where he works. These spasmodic cases are most difficult to trace and often impossible.

Yours truly,
F. H. Morris, M.D.

The Sanitary Inspector

also reported that he visited and carefully inspected the house in Sartoris-road and found everything in order. He had supplied disinfectants and adopted the usual precautions. He had also visited the factory where the patient worked and found both factory and sanitary conveniences in good order.

Victoria Estate

Mr. Marriott attended the meeting with reference to the amount of the charges made against him for the additional length of sewer required in carrying out an arrangement made between the Council and himself in 1897. Mr. Marriott said that he quite misunderstood the arrangement, never having any idea that the sewer on the Wellingborough-road would be measured as part of the additional length. The correspondence was read, and the Committee pointed out to Mr. Marriott that the arrangement made was perfectly clear, but promised to consider as to whether any abatement could be made. Mr. Marriott then retired. The committee, after further consideration, whilst expressing themselves quite satisfied as to the fairness and equity of the original arrangement, yet having regard to the greatly increased public utility of the sewer laid on the Wellingborough-road, consequent upon the development of the estate on the other side, resolved to recommend to the Council that one half the sum charged to Mr. Marriott be accepted from him in discharge of his liability.

The Chairman in moving the adoption of the report said the case of typhoid fever was progressing favourably.

The report was adopted.

Treasurer’s Balance

In hand on the general account was reported to be £2,575 17s. 8d.

The Next Meeting of The Council

Falling in the ordinary course in Christmas week, it was resolved to meet in the following week.

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