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Coach and Horses
Sketch by an unknown artist dated at sometime later as being 1840
'The Swan & Dolphin'
As part of the Rushden Hall Estate, this thatched coaching innstood close
to the gates and gatehouse of the Hall, on the main road from London.
By 1832 it had dropped the Dolphin and was known as "The Swan".
By 1841 the inn had changed its name again and was now the Coach & Horses.
In 1881
Thomas Hulatt transferred the licence to the newly built Oakley Arms,
and it then became a lodging house for some of the Rushden Hall staff.

Northampton Mercury, 23rd October 1841

John Buck's Insolvency
Such of the Creditors of the said John Buck (late of the Coach and Horses, Rushden), whose signatures may attach to his Deed of Assignment in one month from the present date, may receive a composition of Twelve Shillings in the Pound, on application to Mr. Wm. Warren, Wine Merchant, Wellingborough, with whom the Deed lies.

Wellingborough, October 20th 1841.

Northampton Mercury, 10 May 1845

DeathMay 1, at Rushden, Robert Cole Leet, of the Coach and Horses Inn, aged 36 years, much respected.

Northampton Mercury, 4th October 1862 


Messrs. PENDERED & SON will SELL BY AUCTION, the excellent BREWING PLANT, CASKS, and part of HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, on Wednesday the 9th October, at Twelve o’clock, the property of Mr. Fazey, who is leaving the Inn.

Northampton Mercury, 13 December 1862 

Transfer of the license of the Coach and Horses, Rushden, from W. Feasey to G. Elstow.

Northampton Mercury, 13 June 1868

W. Elstow, landlord of the Coach and Horses Inn, was charged by Police-constable Fowler with a similar Offence, on Sunday......

In 1881, the licensee was Thomas Hulatt.

The gates to the Hall and grounds
The gates to the Hall and grounds, with the gate keeper's cottage
Coach and Horses c1888 before the road was improved
The Coach & Horses
Coach and Horses 1905
The Coach and Horses
1905 postcard
The gates far left led through the park to Rushden Hall. The cottage next to the gates was the Park keeper's home.

Thomas Hulatt applied for his licence to be transferred to a newly built inn on the road to Wellingborough, the Oakley Arms.

The property was rented to Mr Okins (Lot 4) at the time of the sale in 1929 of the Rushden Hall Estate, then belonging to the Sartoris family. The building was demolished in the early 1930s.

Wellingborough News, 7th June 1879, transcribed by Kay Collins

WHITSUNTIDE—There was only one club feast in this village, viz., the "Old Men's Club," which was held at the Coach and Horses Inn, and a capital spread was served up by Mrs. Wilmott; [part of a longer article]

Wellingborough News, 8th November 1879, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Star Cricket Club
On Tuesday evening, the 28th ult., the above club formally closed the cricketing season by a capital supper, well served by Mrs. Hulatt, at the Coach and Horses Inn. About 30 persons were present. [part of a longer article]

Wellingborough & Kettering News, April 10th, 1880, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Annual Meeting of the Rushden Cricket Club was held on Thursday week in the Club-room, at the Coach and Horses Inn, Mr. F. Knight presiding. [part of a longer article]

Wellingborough & Kettering News, August 6th, 1881, transcribed by Kay Collins

To the Overseers of the Poor of the Parish of Rushden, in the County of Northampton, and the Superintendent of Police for the Division of Wellingborough, in the said County of Northampton, and to all whom it may concern.

I THOMAS HULATT, now residing at the "Coach and Horses" Inn, Rushden in the Parish of Rushden in the County of Northampton, Licensed Victualler, do hereby give notice that it is my intention to apply at the General Annual Licensing Meeting to be holden at the Police Station in Wellingborough in the Division of Wellingborough in the said County on the 29th day of August next ensuing for an Order sanctioning the removal of the Licence for the sale by retail of Intoxicating Liquor, to be consumed either on or off the premises, now held by me, from the "Coach and Horses" Inn aforesaid to a new House situate on the North East side of the Road leading from Rushden to Wellingborough, and at the junction of such Road with the Road leading from Knuston to Higham Ferrers, the said new House being also in the Parish of Rushden in the County of Northampton and within the said division.

Given under my hand this twenty-ninth day of July, one thousand eight hundred and eighty one.


The licence was transferred to the Oakley Arms - see the full report in Liquor Licencing Sept 3rd.

a painting
c1890s from a painting

After Thomas Hulatt left the Coach and Horses, in 1881, it was used by Rushden Hall as a lodging for some members of staff. Following the death of Mr F U Sartoris in 1888 it was rented to Mr C Elstow at an annual rent of £36.

Rushden Echo, 6th September 1912
sale in 1912

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