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George Warner (Rushden) Ltd

The first factory in College Street
The College Street factory
was formerly the premises of Walter Sargent

George Warner was born at Molesworth in 1844. He came to Rushden in about 1880, from Ringstead, with his wife and six children. At first they lived in Little Street. By 1891 he had established his business in Duck Street and lived there. He had moved into this factory on the corner of Duck Street and College Street, with house adjoining in about 1903. Several members of the family were engaged in the business. Two sons Frank and Alec, worked with their father making up the boots and shoes, and also three daughters; Minnie was a fitter, Kate was a machinist, and Lily was the clerk.

In 1908 he moved to 70 Harborough Road, and remained there until WWII. The family lived at 1 Crabb Street.

His grandson Reginald Stanley was killed in action in 1917.

The company went into liquidation in 1936.

The Harborough Road factory
The Harborough Road factory c1970 as Clifford Collins

Nephew Killed - 211087 "B" Bty. 107th Bde. Royal Field Artillery Gunner George Warner, a nephew of George at Rushden, was killed in action aged 19 years on 24th Sept. 1917.
He had enlisted in 1915, and had previously been working for his uncle. He was buried in Godewaersvelde British Cemetery.

Outing to Cambridge 1920
This came to us as George Warner's factory outing to Cambridge in 1920. (possibly assembling alongside The Green) The lad has a grocer’s delivery cycle with the name Tailby & Putnam. The first vehicle in the row has the registration number BD4283;
the second has ‘Prince Albert’ under the windscreen, and some of the registration letters are: ?H 2?08; nothing can be seen on the third vehicle.

George Warner as a young man George in later life
George Warner as a young man
and in later life

George Warner with his family

Company Reg No 159149

George Warner (Rushden) Ltd
Extraordinary Resolution
Made 10th July 1936

“That the Company cannot by reason of its liabilities continue its business and that it is advisable to wind up the same and that accordingly the Company be wound up voluntarily. That Mr H Claude Palmer, Chartered Accountant, of Kingham Chambers, Abington Street, Northampton, be and he is hereby appointed Liquidator for the purpose of winding up the affairs and distributing the Assets of the Company”.

George Warner, Chairman.

George's obituary

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