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Rushden - People & Families

Amy Savage
William Sparkes - footman at Rushden House
Granny Hensman 100th birthday

The names of people and families appearing below are not intended to be part of an exclusive list. This page exists to record the stories of all Rushden people and families whose lives and experiences deserve to be shared with a wide audience. As well as the personal details, the stories also capture parts of the town's history, and reflect the age in which these people lived.

If the stories are not set down, they will only live on in the memory of friends and relatives and will ultimately be lost. We can only feature those on whom we have details, so please help us to preserve the precious memories. If you have friends and family who you feel could be included, please get in touch with us.

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People - Surnames A-J People - Surnames K-Z

An Evacuee

Henryka Karabin (formerly Koller)

Geoff Abbott

Ebenezer Knight 1811 - 1886

Pat Abbott

Fred Knight - Memorial Garden

William Abington - Poem

Geoff & May Knight
Arthur Allebone Marcia E Knight - Poet
A A "Gus" Allebone

William Cumberland Knight - Poem

Walter J Anker William Saby Knight
Ella Appleing (nee Cook) Herbert Lack
Charles Ashby Walter J Lack

Ernest Ashton's Birthday card

Mr B Ladds - Guardian

Fred Attley - Visits from Australia Samuel Ladds - benefit 1882

Basil Austin - To Klondike 1898

R Leach - Memories

Bill Bailey Cyril Leeding - Memories
Eileen Bailey - Memories of Rushden

Dr Oscar Lean

Mrs Joyce Bailey

Philip Leeding

John Baker J W Lloyd - surveyor
Baker and Burgess - Transported 1850 Dr Gilbert Lord
Steve Baldock Mr John T Lovell - retires 1927
Samuel Ball - 90th Birthday Richard & Michael Lumb - 1969
Frank Ballard Doreen Lumbers
Molly Maddams 1948
John Thomas Barker William B Madin

H E Bates

Arthur Mantle

Sue Manton - Memories

Christopher Magee - 100
George S Mason
Walter Bates

Veronica Wheatcroft-McGain

Albert Bayes - ex POW George Miller
Harriett Bayes Reg Moisey - Cemetery caretaker

Joseph Bayes

Edith Mole (nee Ingram)
Ralph Bayes, minister & Memories 1890s Rhoda Annie Mole

William Bazeley, J.P. & Retirement

Sarah Mole - lacemaker
P.S. Beale retires

Joyce Moore

Ron Benning - musician Jane Morris - lacemaker
Mr Bignell retires Alice Muxlow
Jesse and Peggy Bird - Pearly King and Queen Alfred Newell
Roy Blenco - Memories of Rushden Ernest E Newell
H A Newman - inventor
C L Bradfield Alfred G A Norman
George Brawn - council worker

R W Norman

W J Bridgeford - Bandsman J H Nunley
Annie Bright - pools winner John Orme
Harvey Britten & Reg Russell Jim Osborne

Thomas Britton - The Small-coal Man

Graham Pack - gas man
Thomas Britton (another biography) Herbert Packwood
Mr William Brown Dick Pantling - boxer
Stanley Brooks J H J Paragreen

Bull Family

Edith Parker
P.C. Keith Trevor Burdett Cliff Parker - clerk
Mr & Mrs Fred Butler - Visit Houston 1969

Geoff Partridge - Memories of Rushden

Peter Butler - A Rushden Apprenticeship

Bill Patenall
Thomas Patenall
Graham Penness
John Carrington Audrey Perkins - councillor
Christine Carter Doreen Perkins - Lacemaking
Joy Case Frances Perkins - 100th birthday

Bert Catlin (includes sound clip)

Mrs A Peters (nee Bryant)
John Cave

Mrs Eva May Potter

Emily Cherry

Mr F E Preston
Mrs Susanna Childs aged 95 Mr & Mrs Prickett
Alan Clark Stella Reynolds
Audrey Clark (nee Flanders) James W Reynolds

Charles Clark

Doris Roberts (nee Watts)

Daisy Clarke (nee Browning) - Evacuee

Arthur Robinson
Thomas Coleman Clarke - autobiography Frank Horace Robinson
Thomas Tobiah Clarke Dick (Roy) Rogers
Nicholas Claridge

Ada Sail (Holloway)

Charles Reginald Clayton

George Sail part 1 and Part 2

Walter Clayton - goes missing 1913 Molly Sadler (aged 10)
John S Clipson Thomas Sanders
J Lindsay Clipson Arthur Sargent
John Cole Evelyn Sayer - singer 1917
Anthony Corlan - actor George Sayer
Nathaniel Crick

J. Seckington - Postman

Peter Crisp

William Scholes

Mr C H Cunnington John Thomas Scott aged 90
Philip Cuthbert Mr F J Sharwood
Dentons of Eastfields William Sherwood
Arthur Desborough Mr W A E Sherwood
Cyril Desborough Fanny Shortland
Emily Dickens aged 102 Dennis Shouler
Fred Dickens Doris Shrive
Rose Dickerson Harry Edward Silburn marries 1916
George Dilley George Skinner 1911

A J Dobbs

William Skinner - Musician 1910 tributes
Mabel Olive Dunn & others Frank Skipper
Bill Elliott Betty Smith
Leonard V Elliott E B 'Ted' Smith
Dennis Howard Ellis L/Cpl Douglas Frank Stanley Smith - 21
Sam Elmer

J Enos Smith

Tommie Essam - Showman

Mollie Smith - Memories 1940s
Charles Ette

Sid Smith

Ken Eyles

Ted Smith

Frederick G Felce John Spencer, J.P.
Dr C R Fisher Linda Stapleton - memories
W T L Flood Mr & Mrs Sturgen
E E Fountain (nee Margetts)

Don Sturgess - 1920s & 30s

Percy Francis Jack Tear
Dorothy Franklin R C Tear, MBE
Raymond Fuller T R Thacker marries Miss A Beaumont 1944
Mr Abraham Gadsby - Guardian Sydney Tilley
Rev W Gadsby Station Officer Albert Timpson
W Gardam

Clifford Timpson

Arthur J George

Ralph Thompson - Memories

John George Bernard Tomkins
Mr Gilbert - old soldier

Mr Tomlin - Postman - Retires 1929

J W Goode

Walter Tull

Margaret Goodwin (nee Bugby) - Memories of Miss Bull's Class 1951

Buck Turner - Towncrier

Mr G R Turner

Claude Grahame-White

Mr Horace Valvona
Harry Graham MBE Doris Walding (includes audio clip)
Granny Green's Ice Cream Parlour Shani Wallis
Harry Green - the man who wore beads Grace Warboys and Her Poems
Walter Green - Memories of the 1860s George Ward
Walter Green - Memories George Warner
Kath Griffin - daughter of Reg Moisey

Mr H Warren

Grace Harbour Mr Jesse Warren
John Harley Tony Warren
Paul Harley Tom Watson - His model railways
Eveline Harlow Charlie Watts
Peter Harris - National Service Cynthia Watts - Memories of Gloucester Crescent 1950s
Jack Harrison Esther Webster

John Hearn

PC Webster 1911

Ellen Hensman

Peter Whelan

"Granny" Hensman

Claude Grahame-White

Connie Hobson

John White

Harold Holloway

Margaret Whiteman (nee Mepham)

Gladys Holt

Whitworth Family
Nancy Hopkins Bob Whitworth
Charles Horrell Miss Alice Williams

Hilda House - Poems

Helen Wills
Donald S Hunt

Ted Woollard - Memories of Rushden House, Sanatorium & Hospital

Eliza Houghton - lacemaker Clive Wood
Cliff Iliffe E G Wood - artist
Eileen Iliffe (nee Smith) Fred Wood - Cyclist
Ellen Inwood, MBE Harry Wood

Gordon Inwood

Rev. Jn Wood
Bob Jarvis - National Service Emma Wooding - 1898

Jenny Wynd

Thomas Young

Index of Birthday Celebrations Emigrants

Emigration - mainpage
Families GI Brides' Parents' Association
Index of Families Brides of U.S. & Canadian Soldiers

'Russians' meet in Australia 1947
Weddings & Anniversaries 'Rushdenites' meet in Bermuda 1928
Index of Wedding Reports
Index of Gold & Diamond Weddings Groups
Christmas Weddings Rushden Men in Canada 1912
Wedding Gift Lists Rushden Veterans 1906

Obituaries, Inquests, etc. House & Home & Fashion
Index of Obituaries
Silk Stocking Secrets
Inquests Index (N'pton Mercury reports) Gas Cooker Exhibition 1898
Deceased's Creditors & Debtors Home Hints 1930
Wills - newspaper reports House Transformed 1959

Memories Snippets
see History section - Life in Rushden
Snippets from the Newspapers

"Peeps" Into Other Days (photos)
Miscellaneous Treats for the Poor
Autograph Collection?
“Ole Tom” Has the Electric Light
Unidentified Photographs - help needed!

Even if you don't feel that the story of your family has much significance, or not enough to be featured here, but you have memories of Rushden as it was in the last century, please consider setting them down for us, or recording an interview. Maybe you can tell us the things you remember most about the town: the factories, the shops, the fairs, schools, sports, pubs and clubs, travelling by bus and train - to name but a few. To read what others have already contributed, look also at the memories in the History, Education and Shoe Trade sections.

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