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Hazelwood House
Abraham Groome started shoemaking in 1850 at Higham Ferrers. In 1890 the company, now Abraham Groome and Sons, built a new one-floor sytem factory in Oak Street, off Higham Road, Rushden. Son George Henry Groome (b1856) and Sarah his wife (b1863) lived at Hazelwood from about 1897 until 1936. The house and land (about 4½ acres) was near the factory, with a long driveway off Hayway leading to the house.

Sarah Frances Groome, eldest daughter of George, married William Hamilton Carrick (Assistant Paymaster RNR - HMS Davina) at Higham Ferrers Methodist Church in 1916. Their daughter Dorothy (b Nov 1918) was baptised at the same church in September 1919.

In summer
The drawing ropom In winter

In the snow The vine leaves have fallen The gateway
Pictured in the snow
Hazelwood House
The entrance in Hayway

Rushden Echo, 2nd September 1910, transcribed by Peter Brown

HIGHAM FERRERS - SCHOLASTIC—Miss Frances Groome, daughter of Mr. G. H. Groome, of "Hazelwood," Rushden Hill, has been recommended by the School Managers for appointment as assistant mistress at the Council schools vice Miss Reed, resigned.


Rushden Argus, 25th May 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

As Nurse—We have to congratulate Miss Helen M. Groome, daughter of Mr. G. H. Groome, of Higham Hill, on her patriotic motive in volunteering for service in France with the Red Cross. She resigned her position as a school teacher at Newton-road School in order to go abroad.


Junior Brigade
Believed to be Higham Ferrers Junior Brigade c1930
taken at Hazelwood - Mr Groome was an ardent member of the Wesleyan Church at Higham Ferrers -
Photo by W Lacey

Mr G H Groome of Hazelwood, Oak Street, Rushden was a Trustee of Knotting Green
and Souldrop Methodist Churches - he died in 1941 aged 85

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