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Feathers Inn
The Feathers Inn c1928 - note the old lamp
It was built around 1878.

The Rushden Echo & Argus, 6th December 1929, transcribed by Gill Hollis

c1880 - extract - full article and picture

Notes sent in by Mr. E. G. Wood, 18, Higham Road, Rushden, are as follows:-
Your photograph in the “Rushden Echo & Argus” of November 29th is of Rushden’s old Volunteer Fire Brigade. It was taken near the lake at Knuston Park, about thirty-nine or forty years ago. The gentleman seated on the engine is the late Mr. Fred Ette, then the proprietor of the Feathers Inn, who used to supply the horses to the brigade. [Fred Eyte came to Rushden c1878 - see 1881 census]

Wellingborough & Kettering News, October 8th, 1881, transcribed by Kay Collins

THE FEASTTuesday week last was the day selected by the several innkeepers of the village to entertain their friends and patrons, and Mr. J. Herbert, of the Wheat Sheaf, laid a most sumptuous spread before his friends, and 90 honoured him with their presence. After doing justice to the substantial viands Mr. E. Lewis was appointed chairman, and was ably assisted by Mr. Ward, and a social and convivial afternoon was spent in harmony and goodfellowship. Mr. Wood, of the Wagon and Horses, very ably catered for about 50 of his friends who did ample justice to the good things provided.

After lunch Mr. T. Childs was called upon to preside, and a social afternoon was spent. Mr. Ette, of the Feathers, also entertained 60 of his friends at lunch at the Feathers, and Mr. T. White presided over a very social party. [extract from an article about the Feast]

Wellingborough News, 12th August 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

COX'S ELEVEN v. ETTE'S ELEVEN—On Saturday last a match was played in Mr. Skinner's Mill Close (kindly lent for the purpose), between eleven chosen by Mr. E. Cox, of the New Inn, and eleven by Mr. Ette, of the Feathers Inn. Cox's team won by 56 runs. Scores: Cox's team, first innings 55, second 42; Ette's, first innings 19, second 22.

Wellingborough News, 30th December 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

AUXILIARY BENEFIT CLUBS—The "Friend in Need," held at the Feathers Inn, celebrated their club feast on Tuesday, when 29 members sat down to a good dinner, provided by Mrs. Ette. This club had a drawback of 9s. 11d. each member.—The club held at the New Inn also had their feast on the same day, when 62 members sat down. The income for the year was £31 8s. 3d., £5 18s. had been paid away for sick pay, and a dividend of 10s. 3½d. each was declared.



Frederick Eyte Begs to announce that he has several Conveyances to Let out on Hire, including two Brakes, covered or open, to carry 15 or 20 passengers; Landau for single or pair horses; Traps at most reasonable charges.

Feathers Inn c1930 - Woolworth's & Maypole built 1926 is just beyond.
The gates to the yard where horses and conveyances had been kept.

Millard, Timpson, Ashby & Ellis
c1930 - note the old lamp post just beyond the gates

Opposite 84 - Millard's Fruit Shop, 86 - Timpson's Shoes,
82 - Ashby & Ellis tailors - now all gone!

The Feathers Inn was rebuilt in 1936.

The new Feathers Inn - now rebuilt - about 1940 with the sign

The Feathers Inn The sign of the Feathers Inn
The Feathers Inn in 2007 - it was opened around 1878,
and rebuilt in 1936 when the High Street was widened.
The sign of the Feathers Inn
now with a car park

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