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Ward's Corner
Thomas Ward was born at Belton in Rutland c1834, and was living there in 1861 with his brother Francis who was a baker. Later that year he married Elizabeth, and they soon moved to Higham Ferrers where they had two children Charles Godfrey and Annie Elizabeth, and Thomas traded as a grocer.

The family moved to Rushden sometime in the 1870s. In 1881 he was trading as a grocer, ironmonger and master druggist in the High Street, Rushden. In 1888 he moved to 112 High Street where there was a fire in 1890. Thomas died in 1890, and is buried in Rushden cemetery:

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In loving memory of Thomas WARD who died April 12th 1890 aged 57 years. "At rest". Also of Charles Godfrey WARD son of the above who died February 24th 1942 aged 78 years. Until the day dawn. Also of Emma Ann WARD beloved wife of the above C G WARD who died October 30th 1943 aged 76 years. Peace perfect peace.

before the new shop front
Possibly during construction in 1898

In 1898 Charles Godfrey Ward built a new property on the corner of High Street and Newton Road.

Wards, Busby & Co and C E Knight
c1900 (from the right) Wards, Busby & Co and C E Knight
Adverts for Hudson's Soap and Colman's Mustard
on the wall near the corner
C G Ward 1898
The plaque on the Newton Road part of the property declares C G Ward built it in 1898
2/4 High Street - corner of Newton Road

in about 1910, looking up Newton Road

Ward's Stores c1910 and the postbox on the corner

1914 Plan of this area.

In 1914 the business suffered bankruptcy, advertising as Ward & Hall, before changing to Ward's Stores.
[It continued trading into the 1930s]
1914 advert

Flagon of C G Ward grocer C G Ward flagon

C G Ward
Family Grocer
Wine & Spirit Merchant

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On parade day in the 1920's with the blinds down
The new frontage
Later with six large windows and double doors

Advert in Rushden Echo, Xmas 1922

The House for Quality
Ground Almonds 2/- lb.
Icing Sugar, Valentia Almonds
Spanish Nuts
Raisins from 6d. lb.
See windows: Ward’s Stores
(near the Church) Rushden

Postcard calendar 1931
Postcard calendar 1931

The Rushden Echo, 30th April, 1943

G.P.O. Obliges - Black-out Menace Removed at Rushden

A kindly but hitherto misguided G.P.O. has removed a Rushden menace.

When the pillar-box at Ward’s Corner was damaged and could not be used, the authorities wrapped it in canvas and left it – perfectly camouflaged for complete invisibility in the black-out. People stumbled into it and were bruised and battered. Complaints followed, but nothing came of them.

On a recent Friday, however, the G.P.O. and its derelict letter-box figured in “Talk of the Town.” The pillar now wears a broad white ring and stands on a d’oyley of white paint. All is well at Ward’s Corner.

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