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The Rushden Echo, 15th February, 1901, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

Wednesday’s Meeting

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

The Late Queen

In reply to the resolution expressing the sorrow of the Council at the death of the Queen and conveying the Council’s sympathy, the following letter had been received by the Chairman :-

“Home Office,
6th February, 1901

SIR, - I am commanded by the King to convey to you hereby His Majesty’s thanks for the loyal and dutiful resolution of the Rushden Urban District Council expressing their sympathy with His Majesty and the Royal Family on the occasion of the lamented death of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria.

I am, Sir,
Your obedient servant,

The Clerk had drawn up, at the suggestion of the Chairman, a short account of the proclamation ceremony at the Vestry-hall, and the Council, after hearing it read, instructed the Clerk to enter it on the minutes.

Plans, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held on Wednesday, 30th January, 1901. Present :- Messrs. Fred Knight (chairman), William Bazeley, W. H. Wilkins, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, and T. Swindall.


Plans were presented by:-

Mr. Wm. Packwood for ten houses and shop in Oliver Cromwell-road and passed.

Mr. Wm. Packwood for two houses in Oliver Cromwell-road and passed.

The report was adopted.


Main Road Improvements. - The Clerk submitted the following copy order he had received from the Clerk to the County Council :-

“That the County Council agree to pay to the Rushden Urban District Council the whole cost of the construction of a storm water drain on the main road to Higham Ferrers estimated to cost £111/17/0, and also £236/11/5, being one half of the amount of £472/2/10 the estimated cost of improvements on main roads at Rushden, such latter payment to be spread over a period of two years.”

The Surveyor submitted prices he had obtained from several firms for the supply of materials for the above improvements and he was instructed to place the following orders, viz., for 12in. by 8in. Flat granite kerb, Enderby and Stony Stanton Granite Co. at 2/1 per lineal foot. For granite setts 3in. by 5in. and 4in. Cubes, Messrs. Fergusson and Starkey at 34/7 and 33/7 per ton respectively. For 2 inch indurate paving slabs Messrs. Fergusson and Starkey at 3/9 per superficial yard. For cast iron kerbs Messrs. J. Williamson and Co. at 2/3 ½ per lineal yard for straight kerbs and 2/7 per lineal yard for kerbs to radius.

North-street. - The Clerk reported that he had now received replies from the County Council, Messrs. P. Phipps and Co., and Messrs. Pendered and Clark, all agreeing to pay the apportioned charges for completing the continuation of North-street to the Railway. The estimated cost was £54/3/6 apportioned as follows:-

The County Council £12 8s. 10d
Messrs. P. Phipps & Co., Ltd £28 14s. 9d
Messrs. Pendered & Clark £12 19s. 11d

The Surveyor was instructed to proceed with the work forthwith.

The Council adopted the report.

Finance, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1901. Present - Messrs. Fred Knight (chairman), Geo. Denton, J. Spencer, G. Miller, and G. H. Skinner.


Accounts. - A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Sanitary Reports

Medical Officer’s. - The following report was received.

Two cases of diphtheria have been reported since the last meeting, one in Cromwell Road, the other in Station Road, which was fatal. I visited both houses and could discover nothing at all likely to cause the disease. The drains and closets were all in good order. I examined the school where the child attended and found the drains were blocked. I found several of the man holes in the street the gratings of which were completely blocked so as to totally prevent any ventilation and that the smell was very bad when they were open, if so, it points to insufficient supply of ventilating shafts. I would therefore suggest more shafts being erected to prevent any regurgitation of sewer gas into the houses, which is often a source of danger.


Inspector’s. - The Inspector reported that on notification of the two cases of diphtheria he at once visited and examined the drains, water closets, and sewers and found all in good order. The drains had been flushed and disinfected throughout. He had called attention to the drain at the Board School, which had been attended to. The Inspector also reported that the drainage of the houses in Queen’s Terrace had been completed.

Mr. E. Madin. - It was agreed to recommend to the Council that from this date Mr. Edwin Madin be paid a salary at the rate of 12/- per week for assistance rendered in the Surveyor’s office.

The report was adopted.

Waterworks Committee

A meeting of the Waterworks Committee was held on Wednesday, 6th February, 1901. Present, Messrs. Fred Knight (chairman), George Denton, William Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, G. Miller, G. H. Skinner, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and W. H. Wilkins.

Wymington Supply. - The report of Mr. Stone as to means of increasing the supply of water obtained from the Wymington district was received, and on his recommendation it was resolved to apply to Lady Wantage’s agent for permission to sink trial wells, in the field opposite No. 3 pumping station, with a view to further operations there in the event of such trials proving satisfactory.

Bedford-road Well. - The Surveyor reported that he still found great difficulty in getting the water to pass through the mains and was unable to utilize anything like the quantity of water available from the well. He pointed out that the source of supply would be very valuable for the next 3 years, and if the water could be carried direct into the reservoir would be used to best advantage. It was agreed that the Clerk should make enquiries from the intervening owners as to terms upon which they could allow the Council to carry a main through their land.

Sharnbrook Operations. - The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr. Whitworth and apply to him for an extension of time for completing their works on his land.

The report was adopted.

Plans, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held on Wednesday, 6th Feb., 1901. Present - Messrs. Fred Knight (chairman), Wm. Bazeley, W. H. Wilkins, J. S. Clipson, and Tom Swindall.

Mr. Jeremiah Jones. - The Clerk reported that having received no communication from Mr. Jones undertaking to remove the building on Shirley Park Estate he had as instructed taken out a summons. Mr. Jones had since written saying he had no intention of defying the Council or evading the bye laws and asking to be allowed until the 12th April to remove the building.

It was resolved that on Mr. Jones giving an undertaking to remove the building by 12th April next the Clerk be instructed to apply for the summons to stand adjourned to that date.

Robinson-road. - Tenders were received for the making of this road, and it was resolved to accept that of Mr. W. G. Willmott for £850.

The report was adopted.

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