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Rushden Echo, 7th April 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins
In the Track of The Blizzard
Terrible Experiences – Some Remarkable Incidents

In our last issue we gave many thrilling details of the dire effects of the great blizzard of Monday night and Tuesday in last week. Since the postal and telegraphic services have improved we have received further accounts of the damage done by the fury of the elements.

On the Knuston Estate near Rushden over a score of oak trees were blown down.

Mannings’-lane, Rushden, was badly flooded on Friday afternoon last, the melting snow having swollen a usually insignificant stream.

Stanwick Streets were flooded on Friday afternoon when the thaw was at its height, and the water was running down like a river.

A baby at Stanwick had to be carried out of the house in a cradle, as the streams from the melting snow were running right through the rooms on the ground floor.

Irthlingborough boot manufacturers were seriously inconvenienced through the railway company being unable to collect or deliver goods.

For two days Stanwick was isolated from all outside communication. Almost every entrance to Stanwick was blocked by fallen trees.

The road from Irthlingborough to Finedon was blocked by snow drifts and a fallen tree, but the telegraph poles and wires were almost entirely undamaged.

A large elm tree in the Rectory gardens at Stanwick fell across the road near the church.

Some of the snowdrifts near Stanwick were exceedingly high.

Rushden Court Estate residents were unable to procure bread or groceries for two days.

Twenty men were at work on Friday afternoon clearing the Bedford-road, Rushden, of fallen telegraph poles and wire entanglements.

The mail train was the only one to reach Corby station on the Wednesday.

In Finedon Park fourteen elm trees were up-rooted.

No mails were received at Guilsborough between Monday morning and Thursday afternoon.

Rothwell was without newspapers for two days, and all telelgraphic communication was cut off.

Out of over 300 telephone subscribers in Kettering, 48 only retain communication with the exchange.

On the L and N-W railway, between Weedon and Daventry, the snow drifted 14ft. high.

Two large trees near Twywell Church were blown down, narrowly escaping smashing the windows in the chancel.

The people in Pytchley suffered from a shortage of food, as it was impossible to get bread and other things from Kettering.

Some calves in farm buildings at Great Doddington were badly injured by the falling of the roof, one of them being killed.

Mr Binder, a Weldon baker, attempted to take a cart load of bread to Corby. He twice had to dig himself out, and then failed to accomplish his task.

At Burton Latimer a telegraph post was suspended right across the street, being held up by a cable.

On Wednesday the 7a.m. train from Burton Latimer to Kettering left at 7.30. At 10.45 the train returned, not having reached Kettering. The passengers had their fares refunded.

The five fine cedar trees at Easton Maudit suffered severely. One was uprooted, another stripped of nearly all its branches, and branches have been torn from the others.

The Broughton postman could not get into Kettering on Tuesday night.

On the way from Pipewell to Kettering a postman was held up at Rushton, unable to go forward or backward.

The mail cart could not make the journey from Kettering to Thrapston.

Between the World’s End, Ecton, and Billing Brook 16 trees were down across the road.

Between the World’s End and Earls Barton Brook 23 trees were across the road, and all the 37 telegraph wires were down.

The road from Burton Latimer to the railway station had to be dug out before the home traffic could be resumed.

A motor lorry on the road to Cranford, near Burton Lodge, was embedded in snow.

Miss Marriott, a member of the Northampton Co-operative Choral Society, was injured by a falling coping stone as she was walking along the street.

Mrs. Ellingham, wife of Mr. Ellingham, grocer, Rushden, was out with her little daughter when a lot of snow fell from a house and knocked down the child, some from spouting narrowly missing her.

The Higham Ferrers to Irthlingborough road was blocked at the lower Stanwick turn by a huge tree falling across the highway.

At Higham Ferrers nearly every large telegraph pole from Kimbolton turn northwards was broken off or uprooted.

Near Chown’s Mill a number of telegraph poles were seen to be fallen in the Nene floods.

Nurse Sharp, of Blisworth, returning home to Gayton during the height of the storm, got fast in a drift, and was overcome, but was, fortunately, helped out by Mr. Hayes.

Miss West, of 29 King-street, Kettering, was sleeping in bed when a chimney pot, dislodged by wires, crashed into her room. Fortunately she escaped injury.

At Moulton bakers’ and milk carts got snowed up, and the inhabitants ran short of provisions.

Two employees of the Welllingborough Boot Co. were badly hurt by a fall of snow and spouting from the factory’s high roof.

The ironworks and furnaces at Corby were shut down as the workmen could not get there.

At Great Addington a fall of snow on Mr. Battle’s premises killed a calf and injured two others.

Four sheep were drowned at Wymington in the floods following the great fall of snow.

Several trees were blown down at Wymington in the blizzard.

At Raunds several conveyances were snow-bound from Tuesday until Wednesday.

All the telephone wires leading from Raunds were snapped, and only a few of the in-town wires were intact.

Between Weedon and Fathingstone a woman, walking, was overcome in the snow on Tuesday night. She was found by a man, but for whose aid she might have perished.

In Winwick a funeral had to be postponed till Thursday, as it was impossible to prepare the grave.

The motor car belonging to Mr. Harris, of Newton Bromswold, stranded on the Newton to Rushden road, was not extricated till Friday.

Communication on the M.R. line between Kettering and Market Harborough being stopped, many trains were brought to a standstill near Rushton, and there was a great demand for food from the village.

Over 100 miles of signalling and telegraphic apparatus was thrown down on the Midland Railway, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire being the worst part.

A tree in the drive of Rushden House was blown down in the gale.

Wymington main street was badly flooded in Friday’s thaw.

Geo. Bryan, shepherd, of Southorpe, Barnack, North Northants, was found dead in the snow.

In Kimbolton district all telegraphic and telephonic communication was stopped through the breaking of the wires.

Picture postcard of the view from the High Street looking down Station Road. 2017
Station Road in March 1916 and taken from a similar place on Dec 10th 2017 - sent in by Mervyn Wood

The 1916 Blizzard

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