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Rushden
shown within Northamptonshire

Population 29,272 (2011 Census)

OS grid reference SP955665

Civil parish

Rushden

District

East Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
District

Shire county

Northamptonshire

Region

East Midlands

Country England

Sovereign state United Kingdom

Post town RUSHDEN

Postcode district NN10

Dialling code 01933

Police Northamptonshire

Fire Northamptonshire

Ambulance East Midlands

EU Parliament East Midlands

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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
Rushden
is a town and civil parish located in the county of Northamptonshire, England. The parish of Rushden
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
Rushden
is 29,272 (Census 2011),[1] 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 population of Rushden
Rushden
in 2015 was 30,282 [2].

Contents

1 Location 2 Governance 3 History 4 Modern times 5 Retail

5.1 Rushden
Rushden
Lakes

6 Sports and recreation

6.1 Leisure facilities 6.2 Football 6.3 Rugby Union 6.4 Golf 6.5 Air Training Corps
Air Training Corps
(Air Cadets)

7 Crime 8 Education 9 Transport

9.1 Rail 9.2 Bus 9.3 Air 9.4 Road

10 Notable people 11 Nearby settlements 12 References 13 External links

Location[edit] Rushden
Rushden
lies on the A6 midway between Bedford
Bedford
and Kettering. The southern limits of the town border on the county of Bedfordshire, and to its north lies the River Nene
River Nene
(locally pronounced Nen) which flows into The Wash. Rushden
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.[2] From whichever way Rushden
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. Governance[edit] Peter Bone MP is the local MP representing Wellingborough. As a result of recent electoral changes, Rushden
Rushden
has been divided into five wards for both District and Town Council purposes. With the following re-classifications: Rushden
Rushden
Spencer (formerly North), Rushden
Rushden
Hayden (formerly East), Rushden
Rushden
Bates (formerly South), Rushden
Rushden
Sartoris (formerly South) and Rushden
Rushden
Pemberton (formerly West). History[edit]

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 factories in Rushden
Rushden
but today there are only four shoemaking companies left in Rushden.[3]

Historical population

Year Pop. ±%

1831 1,245 —    

1851 1,460 +17.3%

1861 1,748 +19.7%

1871 2,122 +21.4%

1881 3,657 +72.3%

1891 7,443 +103.5%

1901 12,453 +67.3%

1921 13,505 +8.4%

1931 14,248 +5.5%

1951 16,370 +14.9%

1961 17,357 +6.0%

1971 20,158 +16.1%

1981 22,199 +10.1%

1991 23,040 +3.8%

2001 25,849 +12.2%

2011 29,272 +13.2%

[4]

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.[5] 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
Rushden
has changed considerably although there are still many shops. Rushden
Rushden
has the oldest toy shop in the county.[6] In 1893 a short branch line railway opened linking Rushden and Higham Ferrers
Higham Ferrers
with the Midland Main Line. The line was closed in 1959 and dismantled. In 1991 the trackbed was converted into a pocket park.[7]

Hall Park with the spire of St Mary's Church in the far distance

The former Rushden railway station is now owned by the Rushden Historical Transport Society,[8] which operates a museum and real ale bar. The society often holds special events, including an annual 3-day transport cavalcade.[9] The society aims to rebuild the branch line from Higham Ferrers
Higham Ferrers
to Wellingborough. There is also a privately owned museum in Rushden
Rushden
which is situated in the town's Hall Park. It is open between the months of May and October. 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 Park). The 1970s ITV Police Drama series Hunters Walk was filmed on location in Rushden
Rushden
and the surrounding villages. Modern times[edit]

Section of Rushden
Rushden
Greenway, heading under Washbrook Road

In late 2010, Rushden
Rushden
began to undergo a regeneration project, with the aim to making the town centre a more spacious and attractive place to shop. Rushden
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.[10] 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.[11] 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
Rushden
town centre and then out of Rushden
Rushden
to Crown Park, a small out of town retail/business park with a DIY store and Waitrose
Waitrose
Supermarket. Retail[edit] Rushden
Rushden
has many supermarkets and convenience stores. Once Rushden
Rushden
was home to one of the five Safeway megastores in the country until they were bought by Wm Morrison; the store was then bought by Waitrose
Waitrose
and turned into one of its five Food and Home stores which included a selection of home products from John Lewis. In 2006, Asda
Asda
announced 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
Budgens
announced it would be closing its store in the town because of the loss of trade to the new Asda
Asda
store [12] the former Budgens
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. Rushden
Rushden
Lakes[edit] A new £140 million out of town leisure and shopping centre known as the Rushden
Rushden
Lakes Shopping Centre opened in July 2017. The development is situated near Waitrose
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
River Nene
will also be incorporated.[13] The new 244-acre (99 ha) facility will create around 2,000 jobs. Despite opposition from the local councils of Corby, Northampton, Bedford
Bedford
and Kettering, the Rushden
Rushden
Lakes proposal was approved by East Northants Council in October 2012,[14] 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
Rushden
Lakes development on Thursday 12 June 2014.[15] Sports and recreation[edit] Leisure facilities[edit] Rushden
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.[16] Football[edit] The town's football club, Rushden
Rushden
Town merged with nearby Irthlingborough
Irthlingborough
Diamonds in 1992 to become Rushden
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
Rushden
& Diamonds was set up in 2011 which has groundshared with Rushden
Rushden
& Higham United at their Hayden Road ground from the 2017/18 season. A smaller club, Rushden
Rushden
& Higham United compete in the United Counties League, and play at the Hayden Road ground where Rushden
Rushden
Town played until 1992.[17] Junior Football is catered for by South Rushden
Rushden
Junior Football Club, who will offer football for boys and girls from 4 years of age. Rugby Union[edit] Rugby Union is played at Manor Park, the home of Rushden
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 Rushden
Rushden
and now plays at Manor Park, Rushden, on pitches rented weekly from the town council. Golf[edit] Rushden
Rushden
has two golf courses. A 9-hole course south of Rushden
Rushden
called John Whites also houses a driving range.[18] Rushden
Rushden
Golf Club is a larger 18 hole course to the East of Rushden.[19] Air Training Corps
Air Training Corps
(Air Cadets)[edit] Rushden
Rushden
has its own Air Training Corps
Air Training Corps
Squadron, No 858 (Rushden) Squadron 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 needed] Crime[edit] Crime has been on the rise in Rushden
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[20] 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[21] was stabbed in the back by a group of youths. In December 2015 over 287[22] crimes were committed in Rushden and Higham Ferrers
Higham Ferrers
alone. Education[edit] Before the single-sex senior schools were merged, the former girls school in Rushden
Rushden
was named "Chichele Girls School" after Henry Chichele who was born in the neighbouring town of Higham Ferrers. Rushden
Rushden
is home to one secondary school, Rushden
Rushden
Academy. It is part of The East Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
College together with The Ferrers Specialist Arts College (Higham Ferrers) and Huxlow School (Irthlingborough). Rushden
Rushden
has 8 Primary Schools: South Rushden

Whitefriars Junior Whitefriars Infant Southend Infant Southend Junior

North Rushden

Denfield Park Primary School

Central Rushden

Alfred Street Junior

East Rushden

Newton Road Primary (Risdene Academy) Newton Road Infant

West Rushden

Tennyson Road Infants

Higham Ferrers

Higham Ferrers
Higham Ferrers
Infant Higham Ferrers
Higham Ferrers
Junior Henry Chichele Primary

For adult education, Rushden
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
English Language
and Mathematics
Mathematics
courses. Transport[edit] Rail[edit] At present, Rushden
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 as Rushden
Rushden
Parkway. This is supported by local transport campaigners.[23] Currently, the nearest railway station is at Wellingborough
Wellingborough
about five miles (6 km) away, on the Midland Main Line, although no bus service currently links Rushden
Rushden
to Wellingborough
Wellingborough
station - the X46 bus service stops at Midland Road in Wellingborough
Wellingborough
about half a mile from the station. The heritage Rushden, Higham and Wellingborough
Wellingborough
Railway
Railway
currently operate services from Rushden's station. Bus[edit] The main routes serving Rushden
Rushden
are Stagecoach services 50/49 with connections to Kettering
Kettering
and Bedford
Bedford
and the X46/47 providing links with Raunds, Wellingborough, Irchester
Irchester
and Northampton. There are also services that connect Rushden
Rushden
to the small villages in North Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
and has its own bus service within the town, the Rushden-Higham link. The Link runs 3 routes and are:

Route Destination Via Notes Operated by

1 Irthlingborough Washbrook Rd, Crown Park, Higham Every Hour from 09.30-14.30. Expressline

2 Kingsmead Park Upper Queens St, Newton Rd, Barrington Rd Every Hour from 09.30-14.30. Expressline

3 Park Ave Masefield Rd, Melloway, Highfield, Every Hour from 10.05-14.05. Expressline

Air[edit] Several major UK airports are only within 60 miles or 1 hour driving distance of the town, including Luton, East Midlands, Birmingham and Stansted. Road[edit] In terms of roads, Rushden
Rushden
is bypassed by the A6 which has connections to Kettering
Kettering
(Northbound) and Bedford
Bedford
and Luton (Southbound). The A45 connects Rushden
Rushden
to the East coast as well as Northampton
Northampton
and the M1 motorway westbound. Notable people[edit]

H E Bates
H E Bates
(1905-1974. Author) Bernard Vann
Bernard Vann
(1887-1918, World War I Victoria Cross Recipient) Walter Tull
Walter Tull
(1888-1918, professional footballer and possibly the first black/mixed race regular infantry officer in the British Army in World War I)[citation needed] Joe Ekins
Joe Ekins
(1923-2012, World War II Trooper Defeated German tank ace Michael Wittmann) Jim Walding (1937-2007, Canadian politician - in 1988 he brought down the NDP government in Manitoba) Sidney King (1885-1972, English cricketer) Thomas Britton
Thomas Britton
(1644-1714, concert promoter) James Richardson (1974- : Darts Player)

Nearby settlements[edit] 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 References[edit]

^ East Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
Council Archived 25 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine. retrieved 3 January 2010 ^ Rushden
Rushden
Heritage ^ Rushden
Rushden
Heritage ^ Rushden: Total Population ^ consultation re closed UK shoe factories - a Freedom of Information request to UK Trade and Investment. WhatDoTheyKnow. Retrieved on 2013-07-17. ^ http://www.prbc.ndo.co.uk/!where/prbcwhere01rush01.htm ^ Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
County Council. Pocket Parks (2013-04-08). Retrieved on 2013-07-17. ^ Rushden
Rushden
Historic Transport Society Homepage. Rhts.co.uk. Retrieved on 2013-07-17. ^ Cavalcade. Cavalcade (2013-05-21). Retrieved on 2013-07-17. ^ Wellingborough
Wellingborough
and Rushden
Rushden
News, 22 July 2010 ^ East Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
Council ^ Northants ET ^ BBC News, 4 November 2011 ^ BBC News - Rushden
Rushden
Lakes retail park: East Northants Council approves plans. Bbc.co.uk (2012-10-11). Retrieved on 2013-07-17. ^ Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
Telegraph, 12 June 2014 ^ Home. Culturalcommunitypartnerships.org.uk. Retrieved on 2013-07-17. ^ Ground of the week BBC London, 3 June 2008 ^ John White Golf Club and John White Golf Course. Theinternetgolfclub.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-17. ^ Rushden
Rushden
Golf Club and Rushden
Rushden
Golf Course. Theinternetgolfclub.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-17. ^ "MURDER TRIAL DAY ONE: Rushden
Rushden
man allegedly stabbed his friend to death in 'act of pure aggression'". www.northantstelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-02-11.  ^ " Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
Police". www.northants.police.uk. Retrieved 2016-02-11.  ^ UKcrimestats. "Crime in East Northants South". www.ukcrimestats.com. Retrieved 2016-02-11.  ^ [1] Archived 6 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine.

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