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From the Sale Catalogue
George Street Sale 1972


The Beaumont Property Trust Ltd.

Stanley L Hunt (Printers) Ltd.

M. A. Jordan, Esq., F.C.A.—Liquidator Of Arthur Sanders  Ltd

Rushden Northamptonshire

A Central Freehold Commercial Site

Occupied by

Fronting High Street, George Street, Rectory Road and Coffee Tavern Lane 

To be offered for sale by auction

(Unless previously sold privately)

at 3.30 p.m. on Friday 28th July 1972

at The Queen Victoria Hotel, High Street, Rushden

Vendors Solicitors:  

Lot 1 Messrs Wedlake Bell, 6 Stone Buildings Lincolns Inn London WC2

Lot 2 Messrs Wilson & Wilson, 135 High Street Rushden

Lot 3 Messrs Cameron Kemm Nordon & Co., Benlian House New Street Bishopsgate EC2

Joint Auctioneers

Messrs. Brown & Merry, 21  Bridge Street, Northampton,
Tel. Std 0604 30196

Messrs. Hamnett Raffety, 30 High Street, High Wycombe, Bucks.
Tel. Std 0494 21234

General Information


Rushden is a Northamptonshire manufacturing town with a population in excess of 18,500. The town is currently enjoying a period of expansion. It is situated approximately 15 miles east of Northampton, 10 miles south of Kettering and London is approximately 64 miles distant.


By Road: Rushden is situated on the A6—M1 Junctions 14,15 and 16 are

approximately within 25 miles.

By Rail:     From London (St. Pancras) to Wellingborough 68 minutes. By Bus:     Regular services to Northampton, Kettering, Bedford and regions. By Air:       Private facilities at Sywell about 10 miles.


These premises occupy a very important town centre position in the principle commercial area of Rushden. The properties are offered as a whole, making available premises with a site area of 2,763 sq. yds. which must be considered as a first class opportunity for central redevelopment on a comprehensive basis. Alternatively, in separate Lots, these premises offer excellent office, business and industrial accommodation with individual redevelopment prospects.

Approximate Site Area
Lot 1
Lot 2
438 sq. yds.
536 sq. yds.
1,789sq. yds.
2,763 sq. yds.

Tenure and Possession

All lots are FREEHOLD with the exception of part of Lot 2. See separate description of that Lot. Vacant possession will be given on completion, subject to the tenancies on part of Lots 1 and 2. See separate description of those Lots.


Local Authority:    Rushden Urban District Council,

Council Buildings, Rushden.    Tel: 4531
Drainage:                 Rushden Urban District Council

Water:                        Higham Ferrers and Rushden Water Board,

Council Buildings, Rushden.    Tel: 4531
Gas:                             East Midlands Gas Board,

Tanner Street, Northampton.    Tel: 34851
Electricity:                 East Midlands Electricity Board,

Rockingham Road, Kettering.    Tel: 82501 Roads

High Street, George Street, Rectory Road and Coffee Tavern Lane are public highways maintained by the Local Authority.

Town and Country Planning

All three properties are within the area shown on the Rushden Central Area Plan. Lots 1 and 2 are within an area zoned primarily for shopping use. Lot 3 enjoys an existing user for general industry.

Rating Assessments Lot 1 Cleavers Chambers:
Rateable Value £592
34a High Street: Rateable Value £186
34 High Street: Rateable Value £206
36 & 36a High Street  Rateable Value £763
Lot 2 George Street Rateable Value £597
Lot 3 Workshop, Warehouse & Premises Rateable Value £1,180
Club Room Rateable Value £42

Fixtures and Fittings

No items other than those usually denominated as Landlord's fittings will be included in the sale of any Lot.


(which shall be deemed part of the Conditions of Sale except where there is any inconsistency between them, in which case the latter shall prevail)

Order of Sale

Firstly Lots 1, 2 and 3 will be offered as a whole. If unsold, then Lots 1 and 2 will be offered together, and if sold, followed by Lot 3. If Lots 1 and 2 are not sold together they will be offered separately followed by Lot 3. The Vendors reserve the right, however, to sell the whole property or any Lot or part of it privately before the auction, to alter the order of Sale, to amalgamate Lots or withdraw the whole of any Lot or Lots without declaring the reserve price.


Present Rate "C" in the £—89p for 1972/1973. For assessments see 'general remarks'.

The Properties are sold subject to all other outgoings whether mentioned in these particulars or not.

Boundaries and Interpretations

Should any dispute arise as to the boundaries of any Lot or Lots, or any point arise on the Stipulations, Particulars or Plans, or the interpretation of any part of them, the question shall be referred to the decision of the Joint Auctioneers, whose decision shall be final and binding upon all parties, both as to the matter in dispute and the costs arising out of the adjudication. The Joint Auctioneers shall act as experts and not arbitrators.

Rights of Way

The various Lots are sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing rights of way, water, light, drainage, electricity, gas and other easements and all necessary rights of access as at present enjoyed and all customary rights of way, whether mentioned in the Particulars or not, unless expressly varied by the Particulars.

Sale Particulars and Plans                                                                                    ,

The property is sold with all faults and defects whether of condition or otherwise and neither the Vendors nor Hamnett Raffety or Brown & Merry the Agents of the Vendors or their Solicitors are responsible for any such faults or defects, or for any statements contained in the General Remarks, Summaries or Particulars of Sale of the property prepared by the said Agents. All dimensions and areas stated are approximate and for guidance only.


The Contract will be on the basis of the Particulars of Sale, and subject to the Conditions of Sale and the Revisionary Notices (if any) which may be issued before the sale and to any alterations announced at the Sale. In the case of any inconsistency between these General Remarks and the Conditions of Sale that latter shall prevail.

Lot1 (Coloured GREEN on plan) Lot 2 (Coloured PINK on Plan) Lot3 (Coloured BLUE on Plan)
By Order of The Beaumont Property Trust Limited
Cleavers Chambers, High Street, Rushden, Northants
By Order of Stanley L Hunt (Printers) Ltd.
George Street, Rushden, Northants
By Order of M. A. Jordan Esq., F.C.A.
Liquidator of Arthur Sanders Limited

A brick built property having a net floor area of some 5,200 sq. ft. and enjoying a frontage onto High Street of 73 feet and a return frontage onto George Street of 60 feet. The site extends to an area of about 438 square yards. The building provides accommodation on three floors with loft above and is divided as follows:

Ground Floor

Nos. 36 and 36a High Street, Rushden
Two former shop properties latterly combined and previously used as offices.
Main Floor Area: 36' x 34'with shop fronts and two street doors.
Rear Store 1—14' 6" x 10'. W.C. and washroom off.
Rear Store 2—15' x 9' 8'. W.C. and washroom off.

No. 34a High Street, Rushden
A lock up shop measuring 11' x 12' with rear store 4' 3" x 14'.

No. 34 High Street, Rushden
A lock up shop and a small yard to the rear with a W.C.

First Floor (approached by separate street entrance)

Divided to form 8 offices measuring 22'x 16'4", 13'8"x11' 7" washroom off; 18' 10' x 17' 6"; 18' 6"x7' 2"; 12'x 11' 9"; 8'8" x 11'; 9'9" x 11'.
Male and female toilets.

Second  Floor

Divided into4offices measuring 47'x33'6" (temporarily subdivided); 11' 10"x 17' 6*; 10' 3" x 16' 6"; 10' 3" x 17' 6". W.C. and Washroom.

Third  Floor

Attic Storage.

Note: Included in the sale of this property is the Freehold of the Rear Workshop referred to in Lot 2 under the heading of "Tenancy".

Services: The building is served by mains gas, water, electricity and drainage although not all services are connected to the Ground Floor shops Nos. 36 and 36a. Central Heating is provided throughout the building by a gas fired boiler situated on the 2nd floor.

No. 34a  High  Street—Let to J.  M. Whittington of 6  Haddon  Close,  Rushden, Northants., by a lease dated 1st March, 1971 at a present rent of £410 p.a. exclusive.
No. 34 High Street—Let to Mr. and Mrs. Corbett trading as Devonian Garden Services, 13 Queensway, Higham Ferrers, Northants., by a lease dated 29th January, 1971 at a current rent of £500 p.a. exclusive.
See Special Condition of Sale No. 10, 5.

Factory, Offices, Warehouse Factory, office and storage premises of approximately 8,500 sq. ft. at George Street, Rushden, formerly occupied as the printing works of the vendor. The premises adjoins the eastern boundary of Lot 1 and enjoys a frontage of some £6 feet to George Street and has a site area of some 536 square yards. The accommodation is offered as follows :

Ground Floor

Main Building
Constructed in brick under various types of roof, being mainly slate and corrugated asbestos.
Entrance Lobby, Reception Area 15' x 15' 3".
Main Workshop 52' x 50' plus 16' 6" x 16' 3" Pitched steel framed roof with north lights. Goods lift to first floor. Height to eaves 8' 3".
Lower Workshop 20' 6" x 18' 6". Eaves Height 7' 6".
Boiler room off with oil fired central heating boiler. Front loading Bay 21 ' 6" x 21' 6". Double Sliding doors for street loading. Washroom and W.C. off.


Workshop 32' 6" x 1 5' 6". A more recent addition with flat felt-covered roof with wired glass roof lights. Wood block floor. Note: See remarks under "Tenancy" below.

First Floor

Office (access from reception) 14' 6" x 6'. Fuel store off containing two 500 gallon oil tanks.
Storeroom 18' x 12' 9".
Store 1
(access from works) 22' x 16'. Washroom and W.C. off.
Store 2 30' x 21'. Goods lift from ground floor.
Store 3 17' 6" x 21'.
Mezzanine stores
12'x 18'6" and 29'x 18'6".

Second Floor

Two further store rooms with limited ceiling height.

Services: The ground floor of the premises are heated by an oil fired boiler. Hot water is provided by electric water heaters. All main services are connected—3 phase electricity is provided to the ground floor.

The rear workshop referred to above and cross-hatched black on plan is held on an 18 year lease dated 5th July, 1965 at £25 p.a. from 24th June, 1964 and made between K. & W. (Miller Fashions) Limited (1) and Stanley L. Hunt (Printers) Limited (2).

The Freeholders are The Beaumont Property Trust Limited who are the vendors of Lot 1.

The Factory and Office premises of approximately 18,000 sq. ft. at Rectory Road, Rushden, formerly the office, joinery shop and timber store of Arthur Sanders Limited. The premises adjoin the eastern boundary of Lot 2 and enjoy a frontage of approximately 160 feet to Rectory Road, 84 feet to Coffee Tavern Lane and 115 feet to George Street. The site area is about 1,789 square yards. Extensive accommodation is divided as follows:

Office Building

A brick built 2 storey building under a timber roof with slate covering and a 3 storey addition.

Ground  Floor

Reception Area 18' 9" x 11' 6". Stairs to first floor. Enquiry office 7' 9" x 7' 6".
Office 10' x 9'.
12' 4" x 9' 2" with store cupboard.
Delivery area/Store 15' x 21'.
Double outside doors.
Rear Office 15' x 16' 9" divided into two.

First  Floor Leading off main corridor

Director's Office 12' 6" x 9' 8".
12' 6" (max) x 11'.
Office 19' 4" x 11' divided into two.
Boardroom 17' x 17' 4" (max).
Office 7' 4" x 13' 5".
Office 7' 4" x 17'.
Female Toilet—2
W.C.s, 2 Basins.

Leading off secondary corridor

Office 9' x 12' 6" Office 8' x 12' 6". Office 8' 7" x 12' 4". Office 15' x 12' 5". Office 15' x25'.

Over Workshop and loading bay

Office 15' 6" x 21' 6" partitioned to two. Office 7' 8" x 12'. Male Toilets Single W.C., 2 Urinals, 2 Basins. Kitchenette. Office 10' x 9' 6". Office 10' x 10'.

Workshop and Ancillary Building.

Brick construction with a steel frame and corrugated clad pitched roof with roof lights.

Ground  Floor

Hardware Store 30' x 16'.
Woodwork Shop—Main Bay—83' x 46', clear span, 9' 9" to eaves, with dust extraction plant, roof lights and double loading doors to yard and timber store. Gents toilet. Side Bay—Joinery Shop 21' 6" (max) x 63', north light roof and loading doors.
Joinery Store 21' x 45' with access to George Street.

First  Floor

Timber Store/Saw Shop 25' x 37' including corridor.
Store 8' x 13'.
Canteen 34'7" x 13'5".
Kitchen 8'5"
(max) x9'5".

Second  Floor

Clubroom 25' x 39' with bar area. Fire escape door. Cold Store/Washroom 9' x 10'. Landing with Male Toilets off comprising 3 Urinals, 2 Washbasins.

Outside Open timber store with approximately 3,200 sq. ft. of racking.

Yard 46' x 49' (max) well surfaced with double gates to Coffee Tavern Lane.

Services: The premises are comprehensively heated by an oil-fired system and all main services are provided, including 3 phase electricity.

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