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Mr. Benjamin Ladds

Extract: Northamptonshire Contemporary Biographies, by W T Pike, 1908

Benjamin Ladds—Bourneville, Rushden; son of John Ladds, of Rushden; born at Rushden, December 17th, 1868; educated at Rushden. Boot and shoe manufacturer; member of the Wellingborough District Board of Guardians. Married, in 1894, Ida E., daughter of the late James Selby, of Oakham, Rutland, and has issue two sons and three daughters.

Ben Ladds
outing in the family car
An outing in the family car c1914. Benjamin, Ida, Ethel, Muriel, Aunt Floss and Alan.

Benjamin was born in 1868, the second son of John and Mary. His wife, Ida Elizabeth (nee Selby) was born 1868 at Oakham RUT. They married in 1894. Daughter Ida Ethel was born 1895, Benjamin Hugh was born 1897, Alice Marjorie in 1901, Muriel May born 1905, and John Alan born 1908.

The family home was 33 Moor Road, next to the factory.

Alice died aged just 10 in 1912. She was buried in Rushden Cemetery and her parents were later buried alongside her, in Grave B736/7:

In ever loving memory of Marjorie the dearly loved daughter of Benjamin & Ida E. LADDS who passed peacefully away January 24th 1912 aged 10 years & 11 months. Peace, Perfect Peace.
In loving memory of Benjamin LADDS Dec 17 1868 - Nov 26 1938 "Until the morning dawns and the shadows flee away".
Also of Ida Elizabeth LADDS widow of the above born July 13 1868 died Jan 11 1953. In heavenly love abiding.

Rushden Echo, November 30th 1928



A unique honour has been conferred on Rushden in the appointment as chairman of the Wellingborough Board of Guardians of Mr. B. Ladds, of Rushden, this being the first time the position has been held by a Rushden member.

Mr. Ladds has served on the Guardians for about 37 years continuously. He has always expressed himself as greatly interested in the work, and he has preferred it to seeking election on other public bodies, though urged to do so on different occasions. Following the removal of Mr. C. S. R. Palmer, then of Higham Ferrers, to Bournemouth, Mr. Ladds was made deputy vice-chairman. He held the office of vice-chairman for some time under the chairmanship of Mr. C. Dunkley, whose death created the vacancy to which the Guardians appointed him at their usual meeting on Wednesday.

On the death of Mr. T. W. G. Linnitt Mr. Ladds was appointed an Overseer for Rushden, and on the death, of Mr. J. T. Colson he was elected chairman of the Overseers, which office he held until the offices of Overseers were abolished.

Mr. Ladds has been a member of the Council of the Northampton Chamber of Commerce for ten years and is also treasurer and on the Executive of the Rushden Liberal Association.

Mr. Ladds founded the boot manufacturing business of which he is head in 1891, and it was turned into a limited liability company in 1919.

In the position of chairman of the Board of Guardians Mr. Ladds follows some able men—Mr. Orlebar, Mr. N. P. Sharman, Mr. J. Brown, and Mr. C. Dunkley.

Rushden Echo, 16th January 1931, transcribed by Kay Collins

Mr Allen Ladds, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Ladds, of Moor-road, Rushden, has been successful in passing the final examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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