Mason's Farm cottages were demolished for the railway track
In 1851 Michael Mason was farming 188 acres, employing six men and three boys. In 1881 the farm was 170 acres and his son Stewart Mason employed five men and two boys. The farm stood at the north end of the High Street, just beyond the railway line. He and his wife Ann (born at newport Pagnell) are buried in Rushden cemetery, grave B679:
In memory of Stewart MASON born 2nd January 1832 died 20th August 1895. In memory of Ann MASON wife of Stewart MASON born 18th October 1834 died 16th January 1924.
A son of Stewart was George Mason, a solicitor, and the Town Clerk for many years.
28 February 1874 - Northampton Mercury
RUSHDEN-Sheep StealingOn Monday night or Tuesday morning last some person or persons killed a ewe sheep in field belonging to Mr. Mason, between Rushden and Ferrers, and dressed and took away one leg leaving the rest of the carcass in the pen..…...
Extract from Memories of the 1890s- Approaching Rushden from Higham Ferrers, 50 years ago, one passed a few cottages, known as "The Rookery," before coming to Mason's Farm, which was situated where the Victoria Hotel now stands.
The farm was demolished in the early 1900s, and became a bowling green for the Queen Victoria Hotel, built in 1900 near the railway station.