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Duck Street
Sometime Water Lane, and Duke Street

The Sidney Brook ran close to many properties in Duck Street — it was culverted in 1970s.

c1900
A turn of the century view c1900

Photos courtesy of the late Colin Bryant's Collection

This series of photos show many of the old buildings,
and we have seen no other photos of some of them.

There is a slo a sketch by the late Arthur Mantle,
who was the Schools Attendance Office in the 1890s.

The corner of W'boro Rd - formerly Colson's, then Adult School
View back to Wellingborough Road junction - with entrance to these Cottages known as Farm Yard.
The back of the Almshouses in Wellingborough Road - built in 1883 - can just be seen, far right.
These cottages had corrugated tin roofs
and another view of the same cottages
The corner with Fitzwilliam Street
unidentified..... as yet! Please can you help?
Painting by Arthur Mantle showing the brook
before it was culverted
view from Fitzwilliam Street with Totectors in the distance
and shop (right) next to Hollis'

Workshops
stone cottages
Workshop properties at Wellingborough Road end c1969
2007 - old stone cottages - Hollis' right

M B Cave's workshop
M B Cave had used this building prior to its demolition

Walter Sargent's factory
In Duck Street between Wellingborough Road and College Street there were several cottages.

On the opposite corner to Sargent's a closing room for
Ralph Tarry's shoe factory
was built c1960.

If you have any photographs of this area, to share with us, we'd be pleased to take copies.
Sargent's factory on the corner of College Street, later George Warner's, and R W Norman's
James Sargent's carriage hire
was also in Duck Street

James Sargent's? cottages
Scanthorp
Three sketches by E G Wood
Top left: Duck Street - thought to be James Sargent's premises
Above: Cottages opposite Sargent's factory, facing College Street
Left: Scanthorp, a former Manor House

No 48 Duck Street Railway Inn
Right - 48 Duck Street - sometime Bert Wells' shop.
In the distance left - a former billiard hall - became the office of Bignells, and later Wilkins & Denton.
Junction with High Street - c1970 with the Duck Street road sign on the wall
of the Railway Inn

The Rushden Echo, 17th January 1969, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Damp Brings Health Risk for Families

Mrs Perry and her children
Mrs Perry & Michael 4, Joanne 6 weeks and John 3.
Last July’s floods in Rushden have left their mark – literally. Three houses in Duck Street are suffering damp which the residents claim is the result of the floods.
This week an “Echo” reporter visited the three houses and was told how wallpaper was dropping off the wallin one case, and how one resident, Mrs. Catherine Perry, of 89 Duck Street, has to wipe mildew off her living room wall every few days.

Mrs. Perry, who is 24, and her 27-year-old husband Brian, have almost completely redecorated the living room since the floodsin July. They have put new carpets, curtains and wall paper in the room, but now they say damp threatens even these.

She said: “The wallpaper is coming off and when the children (they have three youngsters) touch it, it just peels off.” Her youngest child is only six weeks old. “She has had a terrible cough ever since she came out of hospital,” said Mrs. Perry, “and the other children have had running noses.”

They spent £150 on new fittings after the floods, and Mrs. Perry added, the damp is not doing them any good.

Suffered

Mrs Robins
Mrs E Robins of 91 Duck Street, wipes damp off her front room wall.
Next door to Mrs. Perry live Mr. and Mrs. Hedley Robins, and Mrs. Robins’ father 89-year-old Mr. Albert Adams. Mrs. Robins said their house suffered badly in the floods with everything from their new car to their carpets being damaged.

Mrs. Robins said: “My father has lived here for 53 years and has never seen anything like this before. I have lived here all my life and I have never seen it like this.”

When asked whether the damp affected anyone’s health in the home, Mrs. Robins said that ever since the floods her father had had bronchitis.

Marks of damp are all over the ground floor of the house, slowly creeping up the walls. She said that they had spent over £200 on new fittings, and in the living room which had new wallpaper, the damp is just seeping through.

Mrs. Robins said: “The council are not interested. My husband has been to see them and has written to them.”

Nursery

At number 93 where Mrs. Anita Holyoak runs a nursery for young children, she said the skirting boards had to be removed because of the damp.

Wallpaper was taken off because, said Mrs Holyoak: “You no sooner touch the wall and the paper comes off.”

However her husband, Raymond, has taken advantage of the damage caused by the floods to clear out and redecorate some of the rooms. While doing so he has installed a damp course in the rooms.

Mr. H. W. Ellis, Rushden Urban Council Public Health Inspector, said that if residents had complaints about damp in their homes they should contact the council to put their case.

He added that he had given residents advice at the time of the floods as to how to deal with damp.


John Cave & Son, shoe manufacturers, had a sports ground on the corner of Duck Street, where it turns up to join the High Street (car park).

Opposite were Wilkins & Denton's offices and factory, demolished about 2000, and "Imperial Court", a sheltered housing complex was built on the site in 2001.


Imperial House Imperial Court
Previously a billiard hall, it was offices of Bignell's Ltd in the 1940s.
Imperial House, was the office block for Wilkins and Denton
until about 1992, making "Totectors" in the factory behind.
Imperial Court built in 2001 on the same site is a block of
retirement flats. The residents have a range of services
within the building, including assistance if/when required - 2008

Imperial Court was opened in March 2001 and offers assisted living for the residents.
It is supported by Extra Care Charitable Trust, who have a fund raising shop in High Street.


Eric Fowell, 2007

Imperial House in Duck Street had formerly been a billiard hall; it was built in the early 1930’s by Mr D. E. Mitchell (possibly from Kettering). It was bought by Bignells Ltd in 1937, who remained there until 1962. Wilson & Partners sold it in November 1963 for £7,000, when it became the offices of Wilkins & Denton and in 1974 they renamed it “Totector House”. Their two main factories were in Station Road, but there was an alleyway leading from the back of the offices, at the bottom of Carnegie Street, alongside one of the factories to its main entrance in Station Road. The black iron gate beyond the office was into Horrell’s shoe factory, and this was also taken over by Totectors later on.


This unit was built by R Tarry & Co. in 1962 at the Fitzwilliam Street corner, as an extension of works for their factory (opposite). It was used as a closing room.

After the decline in shoe making, it was next used as a retail centre for factory 'seconds' shoes, then by various retailers for discounted goods. In 2007 as 'Rockbottom Discount', and 2012 as a gym and fitness centre.

the new closing room
Built 1962 - picture taken in 2007


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