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Rushden Villa
Later called The Beeches

Originally built for Amos Cave in 1882, it was called Rushden Villa. He was married in February 1882 at Higham Ferrers Church to Miss Sarah Spong. The honeymoon was spent at Bournemouth with an overnight stop in London.

Bull invoice In February 1882 he paid to John Bull & Co, of Bedford as the "Balance on Wedding Ring" the sum of 15/-.
hotel invoice
The Midland Grand Hotel,
St Pancras Station, London

Feb 21 Apartments
5
0
Attendance Lights
3
0
1 Fire
1
0
2 Suppers
9
0
18
0
22
B'fsts
5
0
5
0
1
3
0

We are fortunate to have copied some invoices from 1882 to give us a sample of what he was buying.
It should be remembered that spelling was not standardised at this time,
and education was only just beginning for the ordinary children!


Rigby invoice
1 Half tester 194B 6.6 x 4.6 7 0 0
1 French   517B 6.6 x 4.6 8 15 0
Crate for Do. 2 6
The above sent on Jany 30th
3 Bales and 1 Crate per Mid Railway Comp. Paid
1 Doz E P Table Forks OE 65/- At 3 5 -
1 ..     ..  Dessert ..    .. 46/6  .. 2 6 6
1 ..    ..   ... Spoons  ..  46/6 .. 2 6 6
4 only   ..  Table  ..  ..  65/- 1 1 8
4 ..    ..   Salt ..  ..  26/- 8 8
1 ..  ..  Mustard  ..  .. 26/- 2 2
1 .. Pr .. Sugar Tongs .. 65/- 5 5
Engraving above in Old English
A. C. 7 2/3 Doz Letters 2/-
15 4
The above sent to day with Cutlery & Fire irons in one parcel per Mid. C paid 25% 26 6 3
6 11 6 19 14 9
Amount Carried over 19 17 3
Bought of J Rigby & Son, Aston Rd, Birmingham 14th Feb (above) & 27th Feb 1882 (below)
Feby 27 1882
11 Stair Rods 26" 7/8
Polishes 5633 1/3
2
8
9
36 Eyes for ditto 5633 4/6
13
6
3
2
3
15%
9
4
2
12
11
72 Screws 5/-
2
6
2
15
5
1 Parcel Mid Ry C Paid
This completes all your orders
Kindly return drawings of Hall Lamps when selected & oblige
Rigby invoice
H Butcher invoice
Bought of H S Butcher of Wellingborough Nov 10 1882
Mch 17 To pair E P Nut Cracks
5
0
1 Marmalade
3
6
½doz. E P. Tea Spoons
8
0
Mch 25 Engraving Tea Service Plate &c
5
0
1
1
6
Paid
Nov 10/82
H Butcher

Bought of Oetzmann & Co., Hampstead Road, London NW - the first dated Jany 26th 1882
1
Walnut Inlaid Oval top table
3
10
0
1
 .. 2.6 E E Octag top table
2
18
6
1
 .. Lady's chair mounted in needlework Ruby Plush border
3
10
0
1
Walnut ditto Blue Silk plush border
3
10
0
1
..  Ditton Black Satin border
3
10
0
6
Lath back Windsor chairs
1
5
6
2
Arm Lathbacks ditto ditto
1
1
0
Oak & Walnut Hat & Umbrella Stand also 3 Hall chairs to match
7
7
0
1
4ft Mah Pedestal dresing table & Washstand
15
6
6
Carried forward
38
18
6
Note: in addition the 3£ carried forward is not included??
The rest of the invoice is on plain paper:
Brought Forward
38
18
6
3
...et Mah E E Chair 1/9
1
1
3
1
Mah Towel Horse
10
6
1
Birch Bedroom suite complete
18
18
0
1
8ft x 4ft Mah E E Dining table
7
15
0
1
Blk & Gold E E Chimney Glass
4
4
0
1
Mah E E Dining room suite with upholstered back to small chairs & covered in morocco leather
34
13
0
24
yds Brussells Carpet Drawing room 3/11
4
14
0
20
 ..   ..  Border
2
5
0
15
 ..   ..  Dining 3/11
2
18
9
16
 ..   ..  Dining  2/3
1
16
0
75
 ..  Making do 2
12
6
1
Rmt of stair Carpet
1
11
6
yds  ..   ..       .. 3/9
5
20
  ..  Tapestry   .. Bed Room 2/5
2
8
4
23
  ..  Tapestry   ..   ..     .. 2/8
3
1
4
43
  .. Making 2
7
2
1
White Wool Rug
1
5
6
1
Axminster Rug
1
15
6
2
   ..           .. 11/9
1
17
1
14
yds Brussells 3/11
2
14
10
22
  ..  Border Landing 2/3
2
9
6
36
  .. Making 2
6
0
23
  .. Floorcloth 3/3
3
14
9
2
Willow Mats 2/6
5
0
Carried fwd
140
7
2
Hassock 1/-
2
0
2
pr B B dog 21/-
2
2
0
1
Walnut Coal Vase
1
5
6
2
Mah      ..     .. 25/6
2
11
0
1
Set Jap' Toilets
18
9
1
Set R S Desk Cover
1
1
0
Carriage & delivery of Goods by one of our Vans including mens time Railway fare & all expenses (except Horse hire to draw Van from Station to House) fixing & arranging furniture laying Carpets &c &c
5
10
0
153
17
2½ Discount special
3
17
150
0
0
further allowance
1
10
0
148
10
0
Feb 7/82 By cheque £148/10/0

Bought of Oetzmann & Co., Hampstead Road, London NW
February 1882

2
Brass Bay poles with Ends, Rings, and Brackets Complete 63/-
6
6
0
Toilet Set "Cleopatra"
17
6
6
Dessert Plates
4
11
Breakfast Service 24 pes.
14
6
Dinner Service 32 pes. Star
1
12
3
2
Bronzed Vases 3/11
7
10
1
Bronzed Vase
4
11
2
Optical Vases 1/6
3
0
1
Brass Fire Guard
10
6
11
1
5
Dep
5
5
10
16
0
Cheque in course of post will oblige
Bought of Oetzmann & Co., Hampstead Road, London NW
May 17 1882
2
Mahogany cornice poles 6ft long x 3in Dia with ends, 18 rings each Brackets & loop hooks
17/6
1
15
0
1
Birch ditto 7ft long x 3in Diam with ends 24 rings, Brackets & Loops & Hooks complete
1
2
0
1
Brass Do 6.6 long c 2¼in dia with Acorn ends, 18 rings, brackets, & hoop hooks complete
1
0
0
1
Maho' 4 tier whatnot 20  or 22 in wide
1
10
0
Deposit on Packages
2
6
5
9
6
"Soap Drawer belonging to Cleprato Toilet Set" promised to send with the above Deposit on packages will be refunded immediately on receipt of returned examples.

This invoice, on an ordinary lined foolscap sheet of paper is from Joseph Noble, dated March 10th 1882 to Mrs Cave, but gives no hint of where he traded from.
£
s
d
Coal hod
2
6
Foot tin
3
0
Bell Mettle sauspan
5
8
2 doz Paty Pans
1
6
Small ditto
3
6
Smorle tin Sauspan
5
Tin sauspan and Steamer
3
7
Coppe Kettle
7
6
Frying Pan
1
3
tin ditto
4
0
Tin dust Pan
10
Iron Biler
6
6
Iron dust Pan
8
Chamber Pail
3
8
Milk Can
1
0
Hanger
1
6
2 Cake Tins
1
3
Flour Tin
3
6
2 Baken tins
1
10
Flour druge and Gravey stranur
1
0
Culender
1
4
Tin Bowl
1
3
Iron rest and Meat stand
1
0
Toster Fork and Grater
10
Meat hoks and Screws
6
Barth
1
4
Water Can
3
6
3
8
9
Iron Pail
1
2
Paid March 21
3 Smothen irons
3
2
J Noble

Currall & Son, 18 Abington Street, Northamtpon - Lady Day 1882 [March 25th]
Best West of Engd Blue Venetian S B Frock Coat and D Vest
4
8
0
Fancy Light Angola Trousers 26/- at
1
5
0
Fancy Caslunere? Walking Coat and
Do Vest & Striped Do Trousers
4
15
0
½
White Dress Shirts 7/6 each
2
5
0
½
Cold Printed  Do 6/6  ..
1
19
0
½
Collars to match 1/-  ..
6
0
2
prs Pants 7/6  ..
15
0
4
prs Socks 1/4  ..
5
4
3
 ..     .. 2/-  ..
6
0
pr
Silk Webb Braces 4/-  ..
4
0
6
White Made Dress Ties 1/-  ..
6
0
1
pr White Kid Gloves 2/6  ..
2
6
1
pr Spring Top Calf Do 3/-  ..
3
0
2
pr Button Top   Do 3/9  ..
7
6
Silk Hat
16
6
£
18
3
10
Disc 5%
18
10
17
5
0
Rec'd thanks

 Invoice from H Checksfield receipted May 22nd 1882
[This was supplied by Herbert Checksfield father of Harry]
1882 invoice

March 9th

Repairing Ebonised Bracket

3

14th

18 Hooks for Blinds & putting them in

1

9

24th

3 fold Clothes Horse

5

3

May 2nd

Repairing dining? Brown Chair

1

0

May 6th

Making Covering 2 Corner Brackets with Crimson Cloth

11

0

10th

Repairing dining? Brown Chair

1

6

To Mantel shelf in Crimson Cloth

3

4

1½ yds gimp?

9

Brass nails for shelf

7

12 yds of Buff Cord

6

6 brass headed nails

3

Paid H Checksfield
May 22nd 1882

£1

6

2

Invoice from a bundle of photocopies that we copied - all made out to Amos Cave in 1882

certificate The house was certified for the Rural Sanitary Authority, on 21st June 1882, as having “an available supply of wholesome water” by the Inspector of Nuisances, Mr C Matthews.
Parker receipt In June 1882 A G Parker of Wellingborough supplied:

1 Fire Screen at 4s.9d
and for Feather Cleaning
he charged 1s.2d.
[possibly a feather bed]

Land receipt He paid £150 in July 1882 to John Cave & Sons for “4 Plots of land on Plan 12.13.27.28” and the receipt was signed by his father John Cave.

Amos & Sarah Cave
Amos & Sarah Cave outside The Shrubbery where his brother
Paul Cave lived. The coachman was Mr Ambridge.

Amos and Sarah brought up their two sons and three daughters at Rushden Villa.

In about 1910 Amos and his family left Rushden Villa, and Fred Corby moved here from his home - "Cliftonville" in Park Road. He renamed it "The Beeches."

In 1939 The Beeches was taken over (with the permission of Fred Corby's Executors) by Rushden District Council as a home for evacuees.


This window is from the Beeches, in Higham Road, formerly the home of
Mr Fred Corby, a currier.

It was rescued from the house, at the time of its demolition, by Clive Wood and he built it into his own house The Vyne, in 1989.

window from the Beeches detail from the panel
Window panel - right - the whole
window from The Beeches

The Rushden Echo, 31st December 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Staple Trade

Mr Amos Cave, of Rushden, is commencing business on his own account early in January. He has taken the premises lately vacated by Messrs. Hobbs and Co. (from Irthlingborough) in Sartoris-road, Rushden. Mr Cave will make principally Box calf and glace footwear.


aerial view c1970
c1970 Aerial View

The property left was built in 1882 for Amos Cave who called it Rushden Villa. When Fred Corby moved in he changed it to The Beeches. During WWI it was used as a home for evacuees. The last person to live there also had the large garden plot opposite was Mr W J Peck. The Beeches became a residental home for senior citizens, and the garden was sold as a bulding plot about 1980.

The property right was originally called the Shrubbery, later changed to Risdene when it became an old people's home, being the gift of Mr Peck to the town.

The road left is Washbrook Road, and across is Higham Road

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