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Rushden Echo,1st October 1915, transcribed by Gill Hollis

SERIOUS ACCIDENT - Mr. Robert Farrar, of Crabb-street, an employee of the Rushden and Higham Gas Company, met with a serious accident on Saturday afternoon last. Mr. Farrar and another employee of the Gas Company were attending to lamps in Higham-road, and they had just stepped off the path into the gutter by the side of the road when a motor car belonging to Mr. Lawrence, of Raunds, driven by a lady, came along. The splash-board caught Mr. Farrar, whose right arm was fractured, and who also sustained cuts on the left hand and other parts. Mr. Farrar, who is 62 years of age, had only just got over a surgical operation.

The Rushden Echo, 15th December 1967, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Gloom in Rushden High Street

The chairman of Rushden Urban Council, Mr. R. H. S. Greenwood, told members of Rushden Chamber of Trade this week that the street lights in the High Street were extremely poor. “I think they are a disgrace,” he said.

Mr. Greenwood continued: “they were wished on us by the Ministry and if shopkeepers switched their lights out you would not see anything at all. We are getting on to them for something better. We deserve something better.

In fact, at last month’s Rushden council meeting the Highways and Planning Committee decided that Northamptonshire County Council should be told of the urgent need for improvements to the High Street lighting.

It seems ironic that Rushden’s only comprehensive shopping street should be dimly lit when probably the ugliest street in town, Rectory Road should be brilliantly lit by comparison.

A survey showed that when all the lights are working there are 31 in the High Street – 17 on one side of the road and 14 on the other.

But there seems to be no regular pattern between the lights, some are separated by a few feet, others by several yards.

The lights are fixed on brackets high on walls consisting of one and two five feet tubes. Most small offices – and certainly most shops – have twice as many tubes of greater length to light much smaller areas.

The inefficiency of the present street lighting is not so obvious at the moment, due to the fact that Rushden and Higham Ferrers District Chamber of Trade’s Christmas street lighting scheme is working. But even with this addition the illuminations hardly come up to street lighting standards.

If local shopkeepers switched off their lights, driving on sidelights would be highly dangerous.

The Rushden Echo, 22nd August 1969, transcribed by Jim Hollis

New lights in High Street

Life will be very much easier for Rushden’s shoppers this winter. The High Street has got its new lights . . . at last. The news has been greeted with jubilation by the town’s traders.

“We’re thrilled,” said Mr. Graham Willey, president of the Rushden and Higham Ferrers Chamber of Trade. “Now people can come and shop here without a torch.”

Mr. Willey said he felt that the chamber’s pressure over the past three years had had some effect. “It was generally considered the High Street was poorly lit from the traffic and traders’ point of view. If it wasn’t for the traders lights the street would be one of the worst lit in the town.”

The new lights won’t be turned on for another month yet. They have got to be wired up and painted. They extend from the church to Station Road.

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