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Allotment Society - Land

The following have been noted from a bundle of deed kindly lent.

Plans are not always with the deeds, but where there was one we have taken a copy.


5th June 1893

Lease of 71 acres of arable land

From Herbert Sartoris

Rent £124.5s.0d. per annum from 29th Sept 1892

This Indenture made the fifth day of June one thousand eight hundred and ninety three Between Herbert Sartoris of Weekley in the County of Northampton Esquire (hereinafter called the Landlord) of the one part and The Rushden Permanent Allotment and Small Holdings Society Ltd a Society duly registered under the Industrial and Provident Soceties Act 1876 and having its Registered Office at Rushden in the said County of Northampton (hereinafter called the Tenant Society) of the other part Witnesseth and declares as follows.

1. In consideration of the rent and Tenant Society’s covenants hereinafter reserved and contained the Landlord hereby demises unto the Tenant Society All those several pieces of land situate in the Parish of Rushden aforesaid the particulars whereof are set forth in the Schedule hereunder written To hold the same unto the Tenant Society for the term of One whole year from the twenty ninth day of September one thousand eight hundred and ninety two at the yearly rent of One hundred and twenty four pounds five shilling to be paid half yearly on the twenty fifth day of March and twenty ninth day of September the first of such half yearly payments to be made on the twenty fifth day of March one thousand eight hundred and ninety three and subject to the provisions hereinafter contained.

2. All timber and timber like tree tellars pollards and saplings gravel and stones in and upon the said lands are excepted and reserved out of this demise and the Landlord shall be at liberty by himself his Agents and Stewards to enter into and upon the lands at all reasonable times for the purpose of making felling cutting digging and carrying away the same.

3. The right to hill and lake game and sport over the said lands is also reserved to the Landlord and all persons authorizes by him in that behalf.

4. And the Tenant Society covenants with the Landlord as follows:

The Tenant Society shall pay the rent hereby reserved at the times and in manner aforesaid and shall also pay all rates taxes and assessments whatsoever which shall during the tenancy be payable in respect of the demised premises (except the Land Tax and Landlords property tax) and shall on or before the execution hereof obtain four substantial persons to be approved by the Landlord to become guarantors for the due and punctual payment of the said rent.

23rd December 1902

Purchase of freehold land

From Messrs. F. Knight and C. L. Bradfield

11th October 1907 Lease for a Close of pasture

Between Thomas Lilley of Paddington Green, London, shoe manufacturer and William Banks Skinner of Paddington Green, shoe manufacturer and Arthur Sykes of 45 Finsbury Pavement

An Indenture copy

Dated 11th October 1907 – Lease for five years from 25th March 1908 at rent of £25 pounds by two equal payments on the 25th March and 25th September

Between Thomas Lilley of Paddington Green, London, shoe manufacturer and William Banks Skinner of Paddington Green, shoe manufacturer and Arthur Sykes of 45 Finsbury Pavement

12a. 3r. 21p. coloured pink

With a right of Horse Cart Carriage drift and footway over strip of land twelve feet wide lying between the Easternmost corner of the said land hereby demised & the Washbrook Road in the position indicated on the said plan by the words “Right of Way”

11th October 1908

Lease for part of the Home Farm for one year – rent £82.16.9.

Mrs Caroline Sartoris widow and Arthur Hugh Sartoris both of Weekley

Behind John Clark’s property

A field 13a 2r 7p

24th February 1913

Mrs Caroline Sartoris widow and Arthur Hugh Sartoris both of Weekley

Tenancy agreement
















These began as allotments but eventually people started to erect garages as well as the traditional sheds. By the late 1920s applications were being made to build houses on the plots. Quorn Road and Woodland Road.

Rushden Echo, 19th November 1920, transcribed by Kay Collins

New Allotments—Mr. C. F. Lawrence, F.R.H.S., horticultural expert under the Northants County Council, gave the allotment holders on the new Irchester-road ground much valuable advice on Saturday on breaking-up of the grassland. The field has been divided into about 100 plots, most have been purchased.




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