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The Rushden Echo, 1st, 15th & 29th July 1898, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

The Rushden Echo, 1st July 1898

Mr. John Claridge presided on Wednesday evening, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Knight (vice-chairman), G. Denton, B. Mortimer, W. H. Wilkins, G. Fountain, and T. Swindall, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason) and the Surveyor (Mr. Madin).

Committee Reports

Pightles Estate – The Surveyor said that for the present he found great difficulty in procuring sufficient slag to complete the roads.

A Projection –A letter was received from Mr. Yates calling attention to the sloping projection outside his window in High-street and asking the council to remove the same and make good the footpath. The Clerk was instructed to inform Mr. Yates that if the owner would remove the projection, the council would make the footpath.

Plans – Plans were presented by the trustees of the Independent Wesleyan chapel, amended, showing additional exit to schoolroom adjoining and passed subject to the footings being made to the width required by the bye-laws; the Rushden Brick and Tile Co. for new brick works on the Wellingborough-road and passed subject to alterations; Mr. Jack Green for dwelling-house in Queen-street, passed; Mr. E. Brown for two houses in Franklins-street and passed subject to alteration; Mr. R. Marriott for new streets on the Victoria Estate and passed, alterations to be made; Mr. E. Farmer amended plan for houses in Pightles-terrace, and passed; Mr. H. Bates, four houses in Spencer-road, passed subject to the roof water being carried into the surface water sewer; Mr. Whitbread, plan varying one passed on Feb. 2nd. passed; Messrs. Allebone and Hyde, factory in Glassbrook-road, passed.

Street Naming – A Sub-committee consisting of the chairman and Mr. Wilkins was appointed to complete the naming and numbering of the streets in the town and authorised to incur any necessary expenditure.

Labour supervision – The cemetery sub-committee were requested to give their attention to the amount of labour expended in the cemetery.

Improvement Needed – A memorial was received from the owners and occupiers in Robinson-road asking the Council to complete the road. The clerk was instructed to reply to the memorialises that if they would arrange for the road leading from Newton-road to be set out at a width of 36 feet the Council would immediately proceed.

Pavement Light – An application was received from Mr. H. King on behalf of Mr. Ward to lay down a fixed pavement light projecting three inches on the public pavement. The request was acceded to. The work to be done to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.

Wellingborough-road – The sub-committee reported that they had visited the sites and recommended that a 6ft. path be constructed and asphalted from Windmill-road to the northern boundary of Mr. S. Skinner’s property from the southern boundary of Mr. Harris’s cottages in Sartoris-road; also that a footpath be constructed to Mr. Jaques’s house. The recommendations were adopted.

The Cemetery – Mrs. Burfield and her daughter attended the meeting with regard to the girl’s misbehaviour in stripping a may tree in the cemetery. An apology was tendered and a caution given.

The reports were adopted.

Finance Committee

This committee reported that they had considered a letter from the Local Government Board regarding the loan of £4,130 on the sewage disposal works. They sanctioned the loan but disapproved of the Council laying a 4 inch drain at the irrigation flats, and, deeming this to be unnecessary, deducted £120 from the amount of the loan. The Committee decided to postpone the application for the loan until the end of September.

The minutes were adopted.

The Assistant Surveyor

The Chairman stated that Mr. Randall had recovered from his recent illness.

New Rate

The Chairman said they would soon want some money. He moved that the collector be instructed to prepare a rate of 2s in the £.

Mr. Knight seconded the motion, which was carried.

Further Damage

at the cemetery was reported and the delinquent was ordered to attend before the Council.

The Rushden Echo, 15th July 1898

Mr. John Claridge presided at the meeting on Wednesday evening and there were also present:- Messrs. F. Knight (vice-chairman), Brawn, Denton, Miller, Spencer, Wilkins, Skinner, Mortimer, and Swindall, with the Deputy Clerk (Mr. Hayes), the Medical Officer (Dr. Owen), the Surveyor (Mr. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. Martin).

Steam Rolling

The following tenders were received: Oveling and Co., 26s per day; ¾d per yard for scarifying; Oxfordshire Steam Ploughing Co., 23s per day and 1d per yard for scarifying. The last tender was accepted.

Road Materials

The following tenders were received for 2¼, 1¾, and 1 inch chips (granite) respectively: Mountsorrel Granite Co. 8s 9d, 9s 3d, 8s, and 6s; Groby Granite Company. 9s, 9s 6d, 6s; Enderby and Stone Granite Co., 9s 7d, 9s 4d, 6s 7d; Charnwood Granite Co. 9s 3d, 9s 9d, 6s 9d; Ellis and Everard. 9s 3d, 9s 9d, 8s 9d.

The Surveyor was instructed to order the 2¼ and 1¾ granite from the Mountsorrel and Groby Granite Co. at the prices named and to give his orders in quantities as required.

The following tenders were received for slag for spoutings 2¼ inches, 1¾ inches, and 1 inch, respectively: Wellingborough Iron Co., 4s 4d, 4s 4d, and 3s 6d; Thos. Butlin and Co., 4s 6d, 4s 6d, and 4s 6d; Kettering Iron and Coal Co. 4s 6d, 4s 6d, and 4s 6d. (one inch).

The Surveyor was instructed to order the slag required for the year from Messrs. Butlin and Wellingborough Iron Co. at the prices named and to give his orders in quantities as required.


Plans were presented by the Windmill Club and Institute for additions to the club premises in Windmill-road and passed, the surveyor not to permit the bay window to project beyond similar windows in the same street; Messrs. Green and Son for addition to shoe factory in Cromwell-road and passed; Rushden Brick and Tile Co. for machine shed, and passed; Mr. Harry Knight for Villa Residence in Park-road, with workshop at rear and passed; Mr. G. W. Wilby for house in Sartoris-road, and passed subject to evidence of party wall.

Phipps’ Stores

The Surveyor reported he had sent in a bill to Messrs. Phipps and Co’s architects for the paving in front of the stores in High-street and in front of the board fencing to the north of the stores and had received in reply a letter from Messrs. Sharman and Archer enclosing a copy of a letter received from Messrs. Phipps and Co. stating that they had thrown the land into the street without compensation and if payment were insisted upon they would reserve the right of fencing in the land.

The Surveyor was instructed to reply that the Council would accept the dedication and pay the cost of the paving.

An Apology

Mrs. Partridge attended before the Council with reference to damage at the cemetery. Her apology was accepted.

On the motion of Mr. Denton, seconded by Mr. Mortimer, it resolved to put up a notice intimating that trespassers would be prosecuted.

Inspector of Nuisances

Mr. Knight moved the re-appointment of Mr. J. B. Martin as sanitary inspector.

In seconding, Mr. Swindall said that Mr. Martin was a very good man for the job. He went about in a quiet way and got much more done than a blustering man would do. (Hear, hear.)

The Chairman: We are all satisfied with the way in which Mr. Martin does his duty.

The motion was carried.

Letter Boxes

On the motion of Mr. Wilkins, it was decided to call the attention of the postal authorities to the fact that there were no plates on some of the letter boxes indicating the times of collection.

The Rushden Echo, 29th July 1898

Water Supply - The New Well

On Wednesday, Mr. John Claridge presided, and there were also present:- Messrs. F. Knight (vice-chairman), G. Miller, G. Denton, W. H. Brawn, Paul Cave, G. Fountain, T. Swindall, and W. H. Wilkins, with Mr. Hayes (deputy clerk) and Mr. Madin (surveyor).


The Surveyor recommended that the footpath in Crabb-street between Mrs. Margetts’ and Mr. J. Green’s be coated with gravel asphalt.

The recommendation was adopted.

The Surveyor was instructed to have the asphalted footpaths repaired whenever he considered it necessary.


Plans were presented by the Rushden W.M.C. for alterations and additions to club premises in Griffith-street, and passed subject to an additional staircase being arranged for; by Mr. G. H. Skinner for shop and dwelling house on Wellingborough-road, and rejected for evidence of party wall and proper cellar plan; by Mr. G. Wilmott for additions to house on Wellingborough-road and passed; by Mr. W. Barringer for stable at rear of his property in Cromwell-road and passed.


A letter was received from Mr. J. T. Goosey enclosing Mr. Bearn’s award for compensation in connection with the auxiliary supply, viz., £10 for use of land and damage to September 29th 1899; from that date, an annual rental of £3; cost of award, £2 2s. The award was considered satisfactory and accepted.

Building Line

The minutes of the Council in committee referred to the building of new premises to be erected by Mr. Northern in High-street, on the site of the cottages now being pulled down opposite Mr. C. G. Ward’s shop. the minutes stated:-

“The Chairman (Mr. J. Claridge) said that his attention had been drawn to the advisability of setting back Mr. Northern’s building line beyond that previously agreed upon by the Council and he had requested Mr. Northern to state the terms upon which he would be prepared to give up so much of the land as might be required for the purpose. Mr. Northern had forwarded three alternative suggestions but the prices were considered excessive and the matter was not entertained.”

Mr. Cave asked where the Council had decided the building line should be.

The Chairman explained where the line was originally fixed and said that since Mr. Northern had pulled the cottages down it was thought it would be better if they could get the line set back still further.

Mr. Cave said the arrangement come to previously in such cases was that they would not allow anyone to come in front of an adjacent building. He understood that some new premises were likely to be erected there, and, as this was a very important part of the town, he did not think they should depart from the rule they had already laid down. If they kept this property back they would be keeping the next property back as well, which would be a great gain.

The Chairman said the matter was in abeyance for the present. He dare say the matter would come up again.

Mr. Denton said they had practically fixed the building line before Mr. Northern commenced pulling down and they could not go back on their previous decision.

Mr. Cave said he had always been given to understand that no one could come in front of another building. If they now broke down that policy it would be unfair to some of the people who built a year or two back. He thought they were forming a very bad precedent in this case.

Mr. Knight explained that in the present case Mr. Northern would not have pulled down his cottages at all if the Council had insisted on his building a line with Mr. Wilkins’s property. The Council considered that by this arrangement they were gaining from 14 inches at one end of the property to 30 inches at the other.

Mr. Cave said he was not finding fault with the arrangement but when they heard those minutes read it did not seem to be in accordance with the policy they had hitherto pursued.

The mater then dropped.


Cheques were signed for three instalments due to the Atlas Insurance Co., principal and interest on the waterworks loan.

The New Well

With regard to the proposed trial well near Knuston spinney, the Chairman said he had obtained the necessary permission from Mr. Skinner and Mr. Sartoris. Mr. Skinner added a condition that the Council put a fence round the works so that the stock might not be endangered, and Mr. Sartoris thought they should indemnify the tenant against any damage that might be done. He (the chairman) thought that was reasonable.

Mr. Cave: Is the well to be near the path?

The Chairman: No, it is in the middle of the field.

Mr. Cave: Not close against the spinney?

The Chairman: No.

Two tenders had been received for sinking the new well, one from Mr. Wm. Spencer, Fitzwilliam-street, and the other from Mr. Thos. Bunn, Irchester.

The Chairman said that Mr. Willmott had also been asked to tender but declined, having a great deal of work in hand.

Mr. Fountain thought that Mr. Sparrow might have been asked to tender.

The Chairman: I did not know he went in for that sort of work.

Mr. Bunn undertook to get the work done within 12 weeks and Mr. Spencer within eight weeks.

The Council experienced some difficulty in deciding which was the lowest tender in consequence of extras.

Eventually it was considered that Mr. Bunn’s was the lowest and his was accepted.

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