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Copy of Sale Brochure, date unknown (probably c.1914), from the archive of Rowan Flack,
Former Chief Nurse Officer, Rushden Hospital, 1966-1990.
(Photographs are not as in original version)

Rushden House, Rushden, Northants
Rushden House from the drive
Rushden House from the drive


Sole Agents:
Messrs. Harrods, Ltd.,
Auctioneers and Estate Agents,
Brompton Road
London, S.W.


On the Bedfordshire Borders, about 12 miles from the County Town of Bedford, 15 from Northampton, and 4 from Wellingborough, with an excellent service of trains to London on the main Midland line in just over 1½ hours.


distinguished and known as


standing on a prominence well away and above the road, and containing Lofty Lounge and Staircase Hall, Handsomely-proportioned Drawing, Dining and Billiard Room, Study, Boudoir, Twenty-five Bed and Dressing Rooms, Two Bath Rooms and Complete Domestic Offices.  Stabling for six Horses & Motor House. Two Cottages, Lodge, beautifully Timbered Pleasure Grounds and Parklike Pasture Land, in all some 25 Acres.

Possession on Completion of the Purchase.

General Remarks & Notes of Interest.


Company’s Water is laid on to the house.  Gas is installed throughout and telephone is laid on.  Electric Light could be connected at a very small expense.

The Drainage is upon modern and approved principles and is connected with the Town mains.

The Tenant's Fixtures and Fittings are to be taken by Valuation in the usual way.

The whole Property is Copyhold of the Manor of Rushden, fine certain payable to the King is 12s.2½d. and fine payable £2.4s.6½d. which is considered practically equal to Freehold.

The Lodge, Rushden House
The Lodge

Particulars of the Very Important and Valuable Residential
Property distinguished as
Rushden, Northants.

Conveniently situated under a mile from Rushden Station, 2½ miles from Irchester Junction, and about 4 miles from Wellingborough (on the main Midland Line), from whence there is an excellent service of trains to the Metropolis in a little over 1½ hours.

Church, Post, Telegraph Office and Shops, all within a few minutes walk.

which is well and substantially built of solid stone with tiled roof, stands at an elevation of 230ft. above sea level, facing West and South, and commands delightful views over its own beautiful terraced garden and the woods and park of a well-known adjoining estate, and presenting with its many gables, imposing stone-mullioned and oriel windows a structure of good appearance, considerably mellowed by age and largely covered with ivy and creepers.  It is approached from a substantial stone-built Entrance Lodge with Garden in character, by a picturesque, well-timbered and shrubbed Carriage Drive under the shade of old elm, espalier, lime and other forest trees, and well-shrubbed banks rising on either flank, guarding the ascent to the front door, and terminating before the House in a broad sweep; the Stables also being approached by a branch off the same.



Tiled Porch Entrance, having double doors opening on to

Tiled Entrance Vestibule, communicating with

Lofty and Well-proportioned Partly-tiled


measuring about 33ft. by 16ft., the Inner Staircase portion with lofty panelled raised roof, Handsome Principal Staircase of pitch-pine, ascending under Gothic Arcade, supported by circular wood pillars to light Gallery Landing, parquet floor to the sitting portion, oak mantelpiece fitted well fire, tiled hearth and sides and marble jambs, and French windows opening to Lawn.  The Hall is heated by hot water radiator, and there is a large cupboard under the stairs and door to Domestic  Offices.  Both the Entrance Vestibule and Hall are papered throughout with lincrusta wall paper, forming a very pleasing effect.


measuring about 44ft. by 18ft., including South-East bay and exclusive of two bays with French windows opening to South-West Terrace.  Handsome carved wood Adam mantelpiece, fitted Adam style brass fitted grate, marble jambs and sides, tiled hearth, Lincrusta ceiling and moulded cornice, herringbone oak floor.  This room is approached from the Staircase Hall by a pair of double doors and is also entered by a door from the Sitting Hall, and is heated by radiators.


measuring about 26ft. by 21ft., and supported in the centre by two handsome fluted ionic columns.  Pretty South-East window overlooking the Gardens.  Lincrusta ceiling, carved wood mantelpiece and overmantel with fitted mirror back, well fire, tiled hearth and sides and stone curb.  Ther is a door leading to the Domestic Offices and also to a Small Conservatory, from whence access is obtained to the Garden and to the Smoking Room.


about 21ft. by 11ft. 9in., having wood dado, lincrusta wallpaper and French window opening to Conservatory with access to Garden and Dining Room.  Stone mantelpiece and curb, fitted well fire, tiled hearth and sides.


measuring about 27ft. 4in. by 22ft. 7in. and 11ft. high, having arched fireplace recess, wood mantelpiece and overmantel, fitted well fire, tiled hearth and sides, marble jambs.  There are two small windows each side of fireplace, and wide South-East bay window with raised platform taking settee.  This apartment is heated by radiator, and has door opening to the Garden.  Gentleman’s Lavatory with partly tiled walls and tiled floor, fitted lavatory basin (hot and cold supplies) and enclosed W.C. also  having partly tiled walls.


which are complete and well arranged, are quite shut off from the remainder of the House, and the Passages are heated and tiled throughout.  They comprise:

Large Butler’s Pantry, fitted sink (hot and cold supplies), excellent range of cupboards, fireplace, silver store, etc.

Housekeeper’s Room, with similar range of fitted cupboards, fireplace.

Butler’s Bed Room, with fitted fireplace and large cupboard.

Servants’ Hall, having tiled floor and fitted with excellent range of linen cupboards, marble mantelpiece and dog grate, and fitted cupboard left of fire.  There is a door from this Room leading to

Scullery, with tiled floor and fitted with two sinks (hot and cold supplies), plate rack and dresser.

Kitchen, about 20ft. by 18ft., with tiled floor, fitted double oven “Eagle” range, dresser.  Store Room.

Larder, having tiled floor and slate shelves, leading off.

Cylinder Boiler for supplying hot water to baths and lavatories.

Tradesmen’s Entrance, with door to Outhouses, comprising Knife and Wood House, Two Outside Larders, Servants’ W.C., etc.

Running underneath the House is a range of exceptionally dry Cellars.

Rushden House and Lawn (at a later date)
Rushden House and lawn (at a much later date)

ON THE UPPER FLOORS, approached by Principal and Secondary Staircases, are:

Bed Room No. 1, measuring about 15ft. 7in. by 14ft. 10in., with fitted iron mantelpiece, register stove, tiled hearth and sides, and communicating with

Bed Room No. 2, measuring about 20ft. by 15ft. 10in., with French windows opening to Small Balcony, stone mantelpiece and curb, fireplace, tiled hearth and sides.  There is a separate entrance to the Landing, and door communicating with

Bed Room No. 3, measuring about 20ft. by 16ft., including large bay, stone-mullioned window, fitted radiator, inlaid mahogany mantelpiece and overmantel with mirror back, well fireplace, marble jambs, tiled hearth and sides.  There is a separate entrance to the Landing.

Bed Room No.4, measuring about 16ft. 4in., fitted stone mantelpiece and curb, fireplace, tiled hearth and sides.  Separate entrance to Landing, and having door communicating with

Small Dressing Room, also having separate entrance to Landing.

Bed Room No. 5, measuring about 16ft. 2in. by 10ft. 8in., fitted stone mantelpiece and curb, fireplace, tiled hearth and sides, and having a large fitted hanging cupboard.

Bed Room No. 6, measuring about 14ft. 6in. by 12ft. 6in., fitted iron mantelpiece, tiled hearth and sides, and register stove.  There is a small window left of fireplace.

Bed Room No. 7, measuring about 18ft. 2in. by 14ft. 8in., similarly fitted, but having two small stone-mullioned windows each side of fire.

Bed Room No. 8, measuring about 13ft. by 11ft. with stone mantelpiece and hearth, tiled sides, recessed cupboard.

On the Landing (which is heated throughout) is a Large Linen Cupboard.

W.C. fitted “Capstan” pedestal apparatus.

Bath Room fitted porcelain enamelled bath (hot and cold supplied), lavatory basin (hot and cold supplies), heated towel rail.

Quite shut off from the Principal Bed Rooms, and reached by both Principal and Secondary Staircases (the passages being heated throughout by hot water pipes) is Housemaid’s Closet with sink (hot and cold supplies).

Bed Room No. 9, measuring about 16ft. 7in. by 12ft. 5in., with stone mantelpiece, fireplace, and recessed cupboard.

Bed Room No. 10, about 12ft. 2in. by 8ft. 8in., similarly fitted.

Bed Room No. 11, about 16ft. 10in. by 16ft. 2in., including small bay, iron mantelpiece, fitted register stove, tiled hearth and sides.

Bed Room No. 12, about 12ft. 7in. by 8ft. 8in., fitted stone mantelpiece and hearth, fireplace, and recessed cupboard.

Two Heated Linen Rooms.

Bed Room No. 13, about 15ft. 4in. by 10ft. 6in., fitted with iron mantelpiece, register stove and fitted angle cupboard.

Bed Room No. 14, about 18ft. 8in. by 10ft. 7in., similarly fitted .

Large Hanging Dress Cupboard.


Second Bath Room, having partly tiled walls and fitted porcelain enamelled bath (hot and cold supplies), lavatory basin (hot and cold supplies) and heated towel rail.

Boudoir, about 21ft. 6in. by 16ft., including large bay, having pretty oriel window.  Gothic stone mantelpiece and curb, old-fashioned fireplace, tiled hearth and sides.

There are

Four Large Servants’ Bed Rooms, two with fitted cupboards, all (with one exception) having fireplaces.

Large Work Room, having fireplace and fitted cupboard, and fitments of drawers and cupboards, large box loft.


which is substantially built in character with the house, is situated at a convenient distance therefrom, is in an enclosed partly brick paved yard, the accommodation comprising four stalls, two loose boxes, loft over, wash box, saddle and cleaning rooms with three bed rooms over, excellent garage with pit, coach house with loft over, petrol store, open cart shed, dog kennels, coke shed, well fitted laundry, completely fitted with drying room, wash room, tiled floor, water laid on, etc., granary, w.c., fruit room, wood, potato and potting sheds ; whilst the outhouses adjoining the Mansion comprise coal, wood, boot and boiler houses.

Plan of the Laundry Yard
Plan of the Laundry Yard

Capital Entrance Lodge of two bed rooms, one living room, small scullery, outside w.c., coal and wash houses, with a small garden in front of the house.

Two Excellent Brick and Tile Semi-detached Cottages, each containing three bed rooms, two living rooms, small scullery, larder, outside w.c. and wash house, and small gardens back and front ; whilst in an enclosed yard adjoining the cottages are four good loose boxes, cow house, cart shed, manure pit.

The Outhouses in the second kitchen garden comprise two pigsties, good bricked yard, two wood houses, long open barrow and cart shed.


enjoy the charm of a fine high natural position, overlooking the adjoining well-wooded parklands and the surrounding country.  They are laid out in a series of four or five terraces, are studded with old forest timber, and planted with a luxuriant growth of mixed shrubberies.  A wide gravel walk flanks the West fronts.  Steps lead to the second terrace studded with ash and elm trees, Irish yew, cypress, etc., and steps again lead to the third terrace, where are croquet lawns, surrounded by yew hedge, and excellent tennis court adjoining.  Summer house, nine rustic steps descend by ivy covered bank to sloping lawns, and beautiful mixed shrubberies, comprising limes, cupressus, thia, yew, Portugal laurel, etc., small ornamental pond and delightful pinetum walks, which extend through the home meadow.  Ascending by the sunk fence to the South front is the formal rose garden with central sundial and wide gravel walks, another excellent tennis court and a sheltered Dutch garden surrounded by shrubberies, and shaded by old elm trees.  There are valuable orchards planted with apple and pear trees, also walnut trees.  There are two excellent kitchen gardens, both walled and fully stocked, large orchard adjoining the main drive, stocked with walnut, apple and plum trees, smaller orchard of pyramid and standard trees, two vineries, fern  house, stove house, conservatory, bedding plant house and twelve pit light frames (heated), summer house, etc.

Rushden House Gardens

The Home Meadow adjoining of 18 Acres, which is separated from the pleasure grounds by a sunk wall and lying at a slightly lower level is studded with shrubbery clumps and mixed forest trees.  It consists of valuable old pastureland, which is let at £35 a year and has long frontage to a good main road, and overlooks the surrounding country for a considerable distance.

The total area of the Estate being about

25 Acres.

This attractive Property has been carefully inspected
by Messrs. Harrods, Ltd.,
who have no hesitation in favourably recommending it to anyone seeking a beautiful Country House, in an excellent Hunting Centre.

Orders to View, Price and further information may be obtained at their Estate Offices,

Brompton Road,
London, S.W.

Telephone: Western 1 (85 lines).
Telegrams: “Harrods, London, Estates.”

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