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Cottage Hospital

The first 'cottage' hospital was in a house
in Griffith Street and had just two beds.

An Isolation Hospital on the Bedford Road
had two wards each cabable of holding 12 beds.
A resident caretaker kept it "at the ready" for use should the need arise. It was also known as the small-pox hospital.
17 & 19 Griffith Street
17 and 19 Griffith Street in 2012
No. 19 was sold by the County Council Health Committee to the Education Committee in 1960 - valued at £2,125
Rushden Echo, 23rd February 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Nasty Accident
On Friday evening last, after darkening-down time, Mrs. Barnes, and old lady of 70 years or more, whose home is in Co-operative-row, slipped down near the shoe factory of Mr. I. Cunnington in Crabb-street and sustained a broken leg. She was removed to her home by passers-by and afterwards was taken to the Cottage Hospital in Griffith-street by Corpl. Page and Pte. Abblett of the St. John Ambulance, Dr. Greenfield being called to attend her. On Wednesday she was removed to her home again and is now progressing as well as can be expected.

The Rushden Echo and Argus, 21st April, 1944, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Donor Revealed

  It became known yesterday that the large gift to Rushden Cottage Hospital which was announced at the winding-up meeting of the Rushden February Campaign was from Mr. Walter Tarry, of “Durlands,” Bedford-road, principal of the Tecnic Boot Company.

  The amount of the gift was £400.  A similar sum was given from the February Fund, making £800 available for the Cottage Hospital developments.

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