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High Street South
from the Church at the north end to Crabb Street and the Causeway

Marked pink: South End School, red: Old Meeting Baptist Church, blue: ground cleared and made into a garden

Colin Bryant Collection
A painting of the Church with the village green and Wheatsheaf
cottages next to the Wheatsheaf
c1905 Postcard view from the Green
and probably taken from Hall Park entrance wall

cottages precinct
A later view of the cottages next to the Wheatsheaf Inn
and what replaced them in the 1960s

No 2 High Street South - the top of Skinners Hill

Extract from the memories of Mr Henry Hobbs:

“I was born,” he said, “on the very spot where Skinner’s butcher’s shop stands now, in 1851.
It was butcher’s shop then but kept in a thatched house, and we lived in the house at the end.

4-10 High Street South

Ginns the Blacksmith traded at No 8

When Rushden Hall was sold in 1929, the Town Council purchased Rushden Hall and Grounds to create a Public Park, and William Norwood Ginns purchased No 8 by a mortgage on the 8th of February 1930. The purchase was "subject to the right of the owners of numbers 4 & 6 to use the common passage between number 6 & number 8 to the coal barns, W.C. and water tap, and the common pathway at the rear of them.

Coach and Horses c1880 before the road was improved

Old Coach and Horses new properties
Formerly the Swan and Dolphin, the old Coach and Horses was demolished c1934, and replaced by the flat roofed properties in
the next photograph.
l-r: Florence Simpson's, the last remaining thatched property in Rushden, the Hall Park entrance, Helen - ladies' hairdresser, George Robinson's garage, Ginns blacksmith's

Florence's shop 22 High Street South
No. 22 - c1970s - Photo by Vic Childs - courtesy of Rushden Museum - and shortly before closure in the 1990s

postcard junction with Griffith Street
From the Coach and Horses Inn looking south showing the park wall down to the only thatched property in Rushden today.
c1910 the junction with Griffith Street

The Hall Grounds wall and gate being moved back
Courtesy of the late Colin Bryant's Collection
In the 1950s
Centre picture is the Waggon & Horses

26 High Street South
26 High Street South - Jinny Wells' shop in early 1900s
and George Moore's greengrocery in the mid 1900s - the trees behind are in the Hall Park grounds
In 2008 Barry Miller's hairdressers at No. 40 and an Indian take-away at No. 38 formerly Bill Poole's vacuum cleaner shop, with 5 cottages in Robb's yard behind (28-36)

Left is the Conservative Club and right the Wagon & Horses

Mrs Perkins outside
51 High Street South

Crabb Street corner
The Co-op shop in High Street South and
row of houses to the corner of Crabb Street.

Behind the shop at right angles to the road there was a row of cottages, now partly demolished, was named Co-op Row.

A similar view in 2011 - buildings
gone and grassed.

(right) The block of flats built on ground behind the old buildings.

buildings gone flats

Crabb Street/High Causeway Commerce House
Commerce House at the corner of Crabb Street is the first of the properties on the High Causeway

Courtesy of the late Colin Bryant's Collection
c1897 The old South End School built in 1871 stands at the corner
of Wymington Road - now the premises of the Full Gospel Church

navvies laying a sewer
We have no date but the caption is "navvies laying first sewer in High Street South near Rushden high wall".

High St South & Wymington Road junction 2009
Demolition of Townsend's in 2009 gets underway

datestone from a barn
This datestone was rescued from an old barn - next to the School - later used by Townsend's Garages
Flats next to the Townsends site where Bow Windows used to be

Townsend's site
Townsend's site looking towards Crabb Street c1950 and a York Bros bus

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