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The Rushden Echo and Argus, 6th February, 1948, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Mud Pile Cuts Off Residents
The muddy scene in Quorn Road
The muddy scene in Quorn Road

A small community at Rushden has been marooned in a muddy slough of despond since the New Year opened, but a machine navvy is now hastening to the rescue.

The mud victims are the residents of Quorn Road, who found that the penalty for asking the Council to lay a sewer was considerable inconvenience.

The pile of mud thrown up from trenches grew daily outside their front doors, cutting them off from Washbrook Road. Came the rains and the ‘road’ resembled a first-class quagmire.

But reward is due. Two houses have already been connected up and owners report “all satisfactory.” The others, from behind a sea of mud, are impatient and say harsh things about the Council, the workmen, and – needless to say – about the mud itself.


Mrs. M. Shrive, of the end house, “Mandeville,” was particularly emphatic, for when a reporter saw her she was standing on a little hillock of mud outside her front door and considering the prospect of shopping.

“I shall just have to go back,” she declared, when she decided that her bootees would not stand the strain. “Isn’t it dreadful? I’ve been unable to get out of the front door since Christmas.”

Like the other residents of Quorn Road, Mrs. Shrive has an emergency exit, through the hedge and along the railway bank.

As she led the way, she said: “I have to go along the railway bank, and it is pretty sticky along there now. I haven’t been out in the evening since New Year’s Eve. It’s terrible to grope your way about in the dark.

“We have waited all these years for a sewer, and, my goodness, they choose this time of the year to do it. I wouldn’t mind if they were doing the road as well, but they will just churn it up.”

Mr. E. Young, of 80, Washbrook Road, uses the route every day when he goes to feed his chickens.

The residents on the other side of the road make their escape along Woodland Road.

“It is a bit sticky,” he said, “but it’s getting better now. It has been awful. A man would be prepared to pay to have a different road, I should think.”

“We were glad to get a sewer, but we don’t like this mess,” said Mr. Butcher, of “Sunnyside,” as he surveyed his garden fence, now shored up with three pieces of wood as a bulwark against a mound of earth which runs right across the gate.

“It’s has been like this since Christmas. We have had to get out by Woodland Road. We couldn’t see the bungalow across the road from the downstairs window because of the pile of mud.”

Like the other residents in the road, Mr. Butcher had a garden in front of his fence, which is 13 feet from the centre of the road.

Now his garden has disappeared, though his transplanted spring cabbage “happen to be doing all right.” He does not complain about the loss of his plot. “We expected that,” he says.

Nearer the end of the road, Mr. H. Allen reported that he had been stranded a day or two, but was “pretty comfortable” now.

The foreman for Messrs. McMahon and Son, the contractors, said that the mud would be cleared in less than a week, and it would not be long before the rest of the sewers contracted for were completed.

The Rushden Echo, 3rd November 1967, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Council to make up Quorn Road

After pressure from residents over a number of years to improve the potholed, mud-bath of a road to their homes – some valued at about £4,500 – Rushden Urban Council has agreed to make up Quorn Road.

The cost per householder will work out at about £215 – the calculated cost for a frontage of 33 feet. However, the path to the improvements has, in two senses, been an extremely rough one.

During the week objections to making up the road were put forward by two other interested parties – Rushden Allotments and Smallholding Society, and Johnson’s Motors (Rushden) Ltd, which has its premises on the corner of Washbrook Road and Quorn Road.


At a court hearing at Wellingborough on Wednesday the garage claimed that Rushden Council’s estimated total cost for the road — £12,991 — was “excessive.”

The clerk to Rushden Urban Council, Mr. A. G. Crowdy, told the court that the road contained houses of substantial size and asked the objectors: “Is it fair that the people living in this road should have access to their nice housing estate through a garage yard?”

Mr. R. J. W. Welsford, a director of the garage, pointed out that the council had passed his firm’s applications for planning permission in the past.

The Allotment Society was not represented at the hearing.


The court’s decision to uphold Rushden Council’s plan to make up the road – which will provide a 24 foot wide carriageway and a six foot pavement on either side – will mean considerable changes for the garage itself.

At present the garage displays its cars for sale on the side of Quorn Road. Making up the road will mean that the present garage used for the firm’s coaches will have to be used for displaying the cars and a new coach garage will have to be erected.

The garage has also spent a considerable amount of money on improving its section of the road in the past, but this will have to be torn out before the council is able to construct the new road.


The council’s surveyor, Mr. G. D. Evelyn, told the “Echo” that the work on the road had yet to go out to tender, and it would probably be February or March before work would be able to start on the road.

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