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Messrs H Ingle and Sons

High Street c 1920
Messrs Henry Ingle and Sons (of Leicester) began trading in Rushden in about 1911, as leather factors, from a property in Park Road.

They took over the Sanders and Sanders factory in High Street, at the junction with Station Road, in 1916 when the former owners moved to a newly built factory in Spencer-road. They expanded the business by also dressing the leather, and continued until WWII.

The factory is occupied in 2008 by the Co-operative Funeral Service – the only Co-op in Rushden today.


The Shoe and Leather and Allied Trades – News, 26th October, 1916.
[extract] I have two budgets of congratulations to offer this week. The first is very heartily to Private Percy Raworth, of the "Tanks," who has received the Military Medal. The son of Councillor W. Raworth, of Harrogate, he was storekeeper with Messrs. Ingle at their branch in Leicester, and at the outbreak of war came to Rushden, and then enlisted in the Motor Machine Gun Section. He has been in action several times in the "Tanks," and had some very narrow escapes.
The Rushden Echo, 10th November, 1916, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Rushden Soldier Honoured - Military Medal for a “Tank” Hero

Percy RaworthPrivate Percy Raworth, son of Councillor Raworth, of Harrogate, has, as already reported in the “Rushden Echo,” been awarded the military medal for services in England’s great offensive machine the “Tank.” He is the brother-in-law of Mr. H. Ingle, of Rushden, and for some time after the war commenced was stock-keeper at Mr. Ingle’s leather warehouse at Rushden. Previous to coming to Rushden he was in the firm’s Leicester branch. He has been several times in action in the “Tanks.” Once he was four hours under fire digging the “Tank” out of a German “dug-out” into which it had sunk. On another occasion the “Tank” caught fire, and Pte Raworth and his driver got the military medal.


Rushden Echo, Friday 5th October 1917

Medallist Killed – Mr Percy Rayworth, Military Medallist, of the Tank Corps, only brother of Mrs Hubert Ingle, of Rushden, has been killed by an aerial bomb. He was for some time at Mr Ingle’s leather warehouse at Rushden.

Private Percy Raworth, M.M.
200786 D Battalion, Tank Corps.

Only son of Mr and Mrs Wm Raworth, Harrogate

Died 23rd September 1917

Aged 27 years

Commemorated at Gwalia Cemetery
Grave II C.3.


Extract from a Military Tribunal in May 1918

Arthur William Head, 31, director of the firm of Messrs. Ingle & Co., leather merchants – Military appeal dismissed, respondent being grade 3.


Extract from Golden Wedding report 1942
Mr. Darlow ........ was foreman for Walter Sargent and Co., of Crabb-street, then he travelled in turn for H. Ingle and Sons and Whittard Crisp and Co. Now he is again assisting Messrs. Ingle at their Rushden office.


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