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The Railway Hotel - Railway Inn

Formerly the New Inn

Colin Bryant Collection - Courtesy of Rushden Museum
c1894 - Thomas Perkins kept the New Inn 1891-1902, and was
succeeded by his wife Abigail in 1900
Rebuilt as the Railway Inn c1895
Stonehurst was built in 1896 replacing far thatched building.

From a postcard
The New Inn (left of centre) was renamed the Railway Inn when railway passenger service began in 1894.
The large building to the right is Stonehurst built in 1896 by the brewery as a wine store. During WWI Belgian Refugees
were housed there and it was known afterwards as the 'Belgian house'.
Note the thatched cottage next door has been re-roofed in the second picture, and the tree beyond it has grown
and only the chimney of the Capital & Counties Bank is visible.

Extract from 2006 memories of a bomb:

1940 Landlord: Mr Dickens lived with his parents Les and Ada, landlords of The Railway, now the Corner Flag pub in High Street.

He said: "My father and one of his barmen, Bill Lovell, were carrying out work in the cellar in preparation for the day ahead when the bomb landed.

Wellingborough News, 12th December 1902

PRAED'S CELEBRATED MINERAL WATERS can now be obtained at wholesale prices from their stores at the Railway Hotel, Rushden.

Colin Bryant Collection Courtesy of Rushden Museum
In the 1950s after the adjoining cottages had been demolished, to allow for the widening of Duck Street.

The Railway Inn - has had several name changes.

In the 1990s it was for a time called 'Arbuckles', then 'The Corner Flag'.

It is pictured here in 2007 as 'Lounge One'.

In 2011 it reverted to
'The Railway Inn'.

Starting work
In 2011 Wetherspoons took over the public house, re-roofed it, and built a large extension, at a cost over a million pounds. It was opened on 14th June 2011 and trade has been brisk.
The new extension on the Duck Street side
Early April Building in progress
The frontage in early April
23rd April as the extension rises (from the rear)

The plaque affixed to the Railway Inn, by
J D Wetherspoon to commemorate the inn's history and their 2011 refurbishment.

See picture right: the plaque is next to the downpipe
Above: The frontage to High Street, below left: the rear, and below: the new side extension.
Rear view New extension

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