Rushden Lakes (Retail Park) see section 5 (below)
Rushden's St Mary's Church
Rushden shown within Northamptonshire
29,272 (2011 Census)
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52°17′17″N 0°36′04″W / 52.288°N 0.601°W / 52.288;
-0.601Coordinates: 52°17′17″N 0°36′04″W / 52.288°N
0.601°W / 52.288; -0.601
Rushden is a town and civil parish located in the county of
The parish of
Rushden covers an area of some 9,000 acres
(36.42 km2), and is part of the district of East
Northamptonshire. The population of
Rushden is 29,272 (Census
2011), making it the fifth largest town in the county. The
Rushden-Higham urban area, which includes the adjoining town of Higham
Ferrers, has an estimated population of 36,410. The estimated
Rushden in 2015 was 30,282 .
4 Modern times
6 Sports and recreation
6.1 Leisure facilities
6.3 Rugby Union
Air Training Corps
Air Training Corps (Air Cadets)
10 Notable people
11 Nearby settlements
13 External links
Rushden lies on the A6 midway between
Bedford and Kettering. The
southern limits of the town border on the county of Bedfordshire, and
to its north lies the
River Nene (locally pronounced Nen) which flows
into The Wash.
Rushden lies in a small valley, with a stream or brook
known as Sidney Brook flowing through the centre of the town. During
the late 1960s and 70s this stream was culverted to prevent flash
flooding. From whichever way
Rushden is approached, the streets and
roads can be seen stretching out in the valley, with the spire of St
Mary's church prominent above its rooftops.
Peter Bone MP is the local MP representing Wellingborough. As a result
of recent electoral changes,
Rushden has been divided into five wards
for both District and Town Council purposes. With the following
Rushden Spencer (formerly North),
Rushden Bates (formerly South),
(formerly South) and
Rushden Pemberton (formerly West).
Signpost in Rushden
Rushden's growth has resulted from a number of industries, including
lacemaking and farming, and especially shoemaking and associated
trades. In the mid-1900s there were well over 100 boot and shoe
Rushden but today there are only four shoemaking
companies left in Rushden.
One of the most renowned is Sanders and Sanders, which makes boots for
the British Army and several other defence departments throughout the
world. Some of the redundant factories have been converted into flats,
and MPs support for government help has been limited. Today, as
with many towns in England, industry in the town is varied, and mostly
situated in an out-of-town industrial estate. As with the industry,
town centre shopping in
Rushden has changed considerably although
there are still many shops.
Rushden has the oldest toy shop in the
county. In 1893 a short branch line railway opened linking Rushden
Higham Ferrers with the Midland Main Line. The line was closed in
1959 and dismantled. In 1991 the trackbed was converted into a pocket
Hall Park with the spire of St Mary's Church in the far distance
Rushden railway station is now owned by the Rushden
Historical Transport Society, which operates a museum and real ale
bar. The society often holds special events, including an annual 3-day
transport cavalcade. The society aims to rebuild the branch line
Higham Ferrers to Wellingborough.
There is also a privately owned museum in
Rushden which is situated in
the town's Hall Park. It is open between the months of May and
Rushden Hall is the oldest domestic building in the town, once owned
by many families throughout the years including the Sartoris family
and the Pembertons family. The hall now functions as the head office
of the town council and some rooms are available for hiring. It lies
in 32 acres (13 ha) of land which now is a public park (Hall
The 1970s ITV Police Drama series Hunters Walk was filmed on location
Rushden and the surrounding villages.
Rushden Greenway, heading under Washbrook Road
In late 2010,
Rushden began to undergo a regeneration project, with
the aim to making the town centre a more spacious and attractive place
Rushden Splash Pool on Station Road and the Pemberton Centre,
slightly out of town were planned to move to a new site to make room
for in the town centre from the move of Splash and a knock on move of
Alfred Street School to the Site of the Pemberton Centre. Plans were
drawn up for a move to Manor Park, an open space out of town to the
south side of Rushden. This however was put on hold in 2010 due
widespread local opposition and the economic downturn.
In early 2011, improvements to the High Street began with regeneration
on the ‘southern gateway’ and a creation of a 'town square' in the
middle of the High Street.
Also a greenway cycle and foot path was created joining existing
footpaths with a new one along the old railway line through the town.
This linked Ferrers School to
Rushden town centre and then out of
Rushden to Crown Park, a small out of town retail/business park with a
DIY store and
Rushden has many supermarkets and convenience stores. Once
home to one of the five Safeway megastores in the country until they
were bought by Wm Morrison; the store was then bought by
turned into one of its five Food and Home stores which included a
selection of home products from John Lewis. In 2006,
they would build a new £40m superstore near the town centre. The
store opened in the autumn of 2006 and is now one of the biggest
supermarkets in the town. In May 2007
Budgens announced it would be
closing its store in the town because of the loss of trade to the new
Asda store  the former
Budgens site is now a Wilko store. Asda
added a new petrol filling station with a kiosk shop to the site in
the autumn of 2016.
A new £140 million out of town leisure and shopping centre known as
Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre opened in July 2017. The development
is situated near
Waitrose just off the A45, on the site of the former
Skew Bridge dry ski slope which had been derelict for some years.
The land was purchased by LXB Retail Properties for £4.5 million in
2011 and the development was later sold to The Crown Estate. When
finalised, the development will include a cinema, shops, hotels,
visitor centre, restaurants, a leisure centre and a marina, with Marks
& Spencer as its flagship store. A link to the
River Nene will
also be incorporated. The new 244-acre (99 ha) facility will
create around 2,000 jobs. Despite opposition from the local councils
of Corby, Northampton,
Bedford and Kettering, the
proposal was approved by East Northants Council in October 2012,
but the application was automatically referred to the Secretary of
State. The Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, approved the planning
application and gave the go-ahead for the
Rushden Lakes development on
Thursday 12 June 2014.
Sports and recreation
Rushden has two main leisure facilities, The Pemberton Centre and
Splash Pool. Both are managed by Freedom Leisure, as so membership
covers both venues. The Pemberton Centre is a large leisure and
conference centre including a large hall, conference rooms, sport
hall, gym, young person’s gym, squash courts and dance studio. The
Splash Pool is situated close to the town centre and includes a
25-metre-lane (82 ft) swimming pool with a learner area, beach
area and indoor slide.
The town's football club,
Rushden Town merged with nearby
Irthlingborough Diamonds in 1992 to become
Rushden & Diamonds. The
new club moved to Nene Park, on the outskirts of Irthlingborough, and
played there until going into liquidation in 2011.
A new club AFC
Rushden & Diamonds was set up in 2011 which has
Rushden & Higham United at their Hayden Road
ground from the 2017/18 season.
A smaller club,
Rushden & Higham United compete in the United
Counties League, and play at the Hayden Road ground where
played until 1992.
Junior Football is catered for by South
Rushden Junior Football Club,
who will offer football for boys and girls from 4 years of age.
Rugby Union is played at Manor Park, the home of
Rushden & Higham
RUFC. The club was created in October 1951. Over the years the club
has played at Chamberlain's Field, near the old Higham railway
station, Saffron Meadows, and the John White's ground in
now plays at Manor Park, Rushden, on pitches rented weekly from the
Rushden has two golf courses. A 9-hole course south of
John Whites also houses a driving range.
Rushden Golf Club is a
larger 18 hole course to the East of Rushden.
Air Training Corps
Air Training Corps (Air Cadets)
Rushden has its own
Air Training Corps
Air Training Corps Squadron, No 858 (Rushden)
Air Training Corps
Air Training Corps 858 (Rushden) Squadron. It is run by
civilian staff who are officers that are commissioned in the Royal Air
Force Volunteer Reserve (Training Branch), assisted by adult Senior
NCO’s and civilian instructors; all which are volunteers.[citation
Crime has been on the rise in
Rushden rapidly in the last few years.
Numerous murders and violent crimes have taken place. Most notably the
murder of 23 year old Steven Smith who was stabbed to death in an
act of 'pure aggression' on October 25th 2014. On Sunday January the
25th a 15 year old boy was stabbed in the back by a group of
youths. In December 2015 over 287 crimes were committed in Rushden
Higham Ferrers alone.
Before the single-sex senior schools were merged, the former girls
Rushden was named "Chichele Girls School" after Henry
Chichele who was born in the neighbouring town of Higham Ferrers.
Rushden is home to one secondary school,
Rushden Academy. It is part
of The East
Northamptonshire College together with The Ferrers
Specialist Arts College (Higham Ferrers) and Huxlow School
Rushden has 8 Primary Schools:
Denfield Park Primary School
Alfred Street Junior
Newton Road Primary (Risdene Academy)
Newton Road Infant
Tennyson Road Infants
Higham Ferrers Infant
Higham Ferrers Junior
Henry Chichele Primary
For adult education,
Rushden is served by a 'Learning Centre' which is
located in the town centre. The Learning Centre is operated by Bedford
College, and offers Information Technology,
English Language and
Rushden is one of the largest towns in the country without
an operational railway station. However, there are proposals by The
Association of Train Operating Companies
Association of Train Operating Companies to build a new railway
station on the
Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line (to the West of Rushden) to be known
Rushden Parkway. This is supported by local transport
campaigners. Currently, the nearest railway station is at
Wellingborough about five miles (6 km) away, on the Midland Main
Line, although no bus service currently links
Wellingborough station - the X46 bus service stops at Midland Road in
Wellingborough about half a mile from the station.
The heritage Rushden, Higham and
operate services from Rushden's station.
The main routes serving
Rushden are Stagecoach services 50/49 with
Bedford and the X46/47 providing links
with Raunds, Wellingborough,
Irchester and Northampton. There are also
services that connect
Rushden to the small villages in North
Bedfordshire and has its own bus service within the town, the
Rushden-Higham link. The Link runs 3 routes and are:
Washbrook Rd, Crown Park, Higham
Every Hour from 09.30-14.30.
Upper Queens St, Newton Rd, Barrington Rd
Every Hour from 09.30-14.30.
Masefield Rd, Melloway, Highfield,
Every Hour from 10.05-14.05.
Several major UK airports are only within 60 miles or 1 hour driving
distance of the town, including Luton, East Midlands, Birmingham and
In terms of roads,
Rushden is bypassed by the A6 which has connections
Kettering (Northbound) and
Bedford and Luton (Southbound). The A45
Rushden to the East coast as well as
Northampton and the M1
H E Bates
H E Bates (1905-1974. Author)
Bernard Vann (1887-1918, World War I Victoria Cross Recipient)
Walter Tull (1888-1918, professional footballer and possibly the first
black/mixed race regular infantry officer in the British Army in World
War I)
Joe Ekins (1923-2012, World War II Trooper Defeated German tank ace
Jim Walding (1937-2007, Canadian politician - in 1988 he brought down
the NDP government in Manitoba)
Sidney King (1885-1972, English cricketer)
Thomas Britton (1644-1714, concert promoter)
James Richardson (1974- : Darts Player)
Bedford, Burton Latimer, Chelveston, Corby, Finedon, Higham Ferrers,
Irchester, Irthlingborough, Kettering, Milton Keynes, Newton
Bromswold, Northampton, Oundle, Podington, Raunds, Riseley, St Neots,
Thrapston, Wellingborough, Wollaston, Wymington
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