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ROTHWELL, in early times a town of some importance, is a parish, bounded on the north and north-west by the river Ise, 2 miles south from Desborough station and 2¼ south-west from Rushton station, both of which are on the main line of the Midland railway, and 4 north-west from Kettering, in the Mid division of the county, hundred of Rothwell, petty sessional division, union and county court district of Kettering, rural deanery of Rothwell (second portion), archdeaconry of Northampton and diocese of Peterborough. Under the provisions of the "Local Government Act. 1894" (56 and 57 Vict. c. 73), the town is governed by an Urban District Council of 12 members, in place of the Local Board established in 1891, and is lighted with gas by a company.

The church of the Holy Trinity is a fine structure in the Transition Norman, Early English and later styles, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of four bays, aisles, and a western tower with small pinnacles and a flat pyramidal roof with vane, containing a clock and 6 bells: under the south aisle of the church is a vault or charnel house, discovered about the year 1650, and containing the bones, stacked in order, of many thousand persons, some of which are of great size: the spire fell in the year 1657 and broke down two bays at the west end of the church: the south side of the chancel and the doorway leading to the tower are Transitional: the chancel has four sedilla and a picina with three drains; on the eastern gable of the nave is a sanctus bell turret: in the church are several interesting brasses; the earliest is the effigy of a priest vested in a cope, his head resting on a pillow, supported by angels; at his feet is a prayer in Latin, and an inscription in Norman-French to William de Rothwelle, archdeacon of Essex, ob. c. 1250; another has effigies of a man and his wife in civil costume, and is inscribed to Edward Saunders, of Haryngton, founder of a chantry in this church, ob. 1514, and Johanna, his wife; the third is affixed to the north wall of the south aisle of the chancel and displays the kneeling figure of a man in ruff and long robe, with a quartered shield of arms, crest and mantling, and above, an invocatory prayer; below is a large tomb, inscribed to Owen Ragsdale, founder, in 1593, of the hospital: the chancel was restored in 1848, and the church since 1893: there are sittings for 750 persons.

The register, including Orton, dates from July, 1708. The living is a vicarage, with that of Orton annexed, net yearly value £140, with 36 acres of glebe, and a residence, in the alternative gift of the Governors of Rothwell Hospital and of Miss Hall, and held since 1894 by the Rev. William Sackville Parker M.A. of St John's College, Oxford.

The Congregational chapel, first founded in 1662, was restored in 1893 at a cost of £400. The Wesleyan Methodist chapel was erected in 1833. The ancient market house, begun between 1575 and 1580 by Sir Thomas Tresham of Rushton kt. and designed by John Thorpe, architect, stands at one side of a large open space opening out from the main street of the town; the building, for many years roofless and in part ruinous, forms a parallelogram, with a rectangular projection on each face and a circular stair turret on the south angle, and was formerly used as a lock-up; the lower floor was intended as an open market hall, and the upper floor probably as a town hall; the main design consists of two superimposed orders, treated with considerable freedom and ingenuity, and highly picturesque in effect; the facing stone is of fine texture and great hardness, and the workmanship throughout excellent; the two features of the greatest interest in the building are the Latin inscription in the lower frieze, setting forth the reasons of Sir Thomas for erecting it, and the shields in the upper frieze and tympana of the arches; the latter, 90 in number, are well preserved, and include the arms of the families of Stanley, Russell, Mildmay, Hatton, Stafford, Throckmorton, Saunders, Ragsdale, Pulton and others; the idea of completing it by voluntary means having failed, it was restored in 1895 by the Urban Council for its purposes, as well as for that of a Free Library and Reading Room, Capt. Tibbits, the lord of the manor, having resigned his right to the market house, and handed it over to the Council, together with £50 towards the purchase of books.

A fair is held on Trinity Monday and the four following days for stock and peddlery.

Jesus Hospital was founded by Owen Ragsdale gent. in 1593, for 10 old widowers; the governors in 1833 enlarged the hospital, so that at the present time 26 widowers are received into the hospital, who are clothed and allowed 7s. per week; the income of the charity is £830 yearly, derived mostly from land.

Hunt's charity of about £30 yearly is for distribution amongst the widows and aged poor; Agnes Hill's charity, now (1898) of about £19 10s. yearly, is distributed to 6 poor widows; Ponder's charity of £6 10s. yearly is distributed in flannels and blankets; Turville's charity of £3 5s 10d. yearly is distributed in coals, and Cooper's charity of £3 is distributed in bread five times a year; Brown's charity consists of £500 invested in Consols, the interest of which is distributed annually in coals. By a decision of the Enclosure Commissioners in 1777, a piece of land of about 2½ acres was awarded to the minister, churchwardens and overseers of Rothwell, as a compensation for all their possessions and rights in the open field of Desborough parish; the rent, now £6 10s. is given in the form of coal to the poor annually. The Rev. Thomas Bentham's charity of 10s. yearly is distributed in 60 loaves of bread to 60 poor persons at different times of the year.

The Odd Fellows' Hall, in Bridge street, was erected in 1882, and will hold about 500 persons. Captain John Borlase Tibbits D.L., J.P. of Rothwell Grange, who is lord of the manor, and Richard C. Lane esq are the principal landowners. The soil is composed of red land, clay and ironstone; subsoil, ironstone. The chief crops are hay, wheat, barley and turnips. The parish contains 3,438 acres; rateable value, £15,505; the population in 1891 was 3,378.

Thorpe Underwood is a hamlet partly of this parish and partly of Harrington, 2 miles from Rothwell. The area is 360 acres; and the population in 1891 was 30. See Harrington.

Parish Clerk, Henry Willis.

POST, M. O. & T. O., S. B. & Annuity & Insurance Office.--Mrs. Mary Eleanor Ginns, postmistress. Letters through Kettering arrive at 7.25 a.m. & 3.25 & 6 p.m.; dispatched at 8.45 a.m. & 5.30 & 8 p.m.; sunday, arrive at 7.25 a.m.; dispatched at 10 a.m

WALL BOX, Rushton road, collected at 8.30 a.m. 5.15 & 7.40 p.m. week days only
WALL BOX, Kettering road, collected at 8.45 a.m. 5.30 & 8 p.m.; sunday 10 a.m


Board room & Surveyors offices, Market house
Meet every fourth Wednesday at 7 p.m.

  • Clerk, Frederick William Bull, solicitor, Kettering
  • Treasurer, Frank Berrill, Leicestershire Banking Co. Limited, Kettering
  • Medical Officer of Health, James More M.D. Kettering road
  • Surveyor & Sanitary Inspector, Wm. T. Pearson, Market ho
  • Collector, Arthur U Gray, Market place
  • Police Station, Samuel Markham, constable in charge


  • Assistant Overseer, Arthur U. Gray, Market place
  • Collector of Taxes, Charles Palmer, Orton
  • Medical Officer & Public Vaccinator, Rothwell District, Kettering Union & Certifying Factory Surgeon, James More M.D. Kettering road
  • Relieving Officer & Registrar of Births & Deaths, Rothwell District, James Burditt; deputy registrar, Joseph Whiteman


A School Board of 7 members was formed May 29, 1884; W. Thurnall, Kettering, clerk to the board; Isaac Sharman Needham, attendance office.

Board (mixed), Gladstone street, built in 1886 & enlarged in 1893, at a cost of about £200, for 200 children; average attendance, 180; A. F. Austin, master

Victoria Board (infants), School lane, erected 1898 at a cost of £2,000 for 300 infants; average attendance, about 150; Miss Coller, mistress

Free Grammar, Market hill, enlarged in 1585 by Owen Ragsdale, of Rothwell, & rebuilt, with house for master & mistress, in 1870, at a cost of £1,100, as a mixed school; a class room was added in 1893  at a cost of £180; & the buildings now hold 400 children; the endowment amounts to £30 yearly, & the school is managed by a body of trustees appointed by the Charity Commissioners; Joseph Whiteman, master; Mrs. Mary Jane Whiteman, mistress. Mixed, average attendance, 240; infants, 154.


William Palmer, to Market Harborough, tues. & sat
Samuel Arch, John Yeomans & Charles Ayres, to Kettering, daily


Baker, George William L.R.C.P 
Barlow, Frederick J.P.High street
Barlow, Mrs.Gas street
Bell, William Henry38 Kettering rd
Betts, Samuel 
Booth, MissSuffolk lodge
Buckby, John 
Butlin, John ThomasWest view, Kettering road
Butlin, Walter Isaac41 Kettering road
Chater, WillisDesborough road
Eaton, GeorgeTresham cottage
Hopkins, Mrs40 Kettering road
Lane, Richard C.Manor house
Lansberry, Charles Henry 
More, James M.D.Kettering road
More, JohnKettering road
Parker, Rev. Wm Sackville M.A.
(vicar of Holy Trinity)
Parker, HenryBank house
Pearson, William T.42 Kettering road
Tibbits, Captain John Borlase D.L., J.P.
& Mary Isabella, Viscountess Hood
Rothwell grange
Whiteman, Joseph (master)Grammar school
Wilson, Rev. Augustus C. H. (unattached)Spring villa, Kettering road


Adams, Wmshopkeeper 1 Evison rd
Ashby, Alfredsaddler High street
Ashby, Mary (Mrs)confectioner High street
Austin, Georgedairyman  
Austin, Thomasfarmer  
Bagshaw Mailhairdresser Bridge st
Baker, George Wm. L.R.C.P. & S.Edin., L.F.P. & S.Glas. surgeon  
Ball, William & Son Limitedagricultural implement manufacturers  
Ball, Hy. Geo.confectioner 28 High street
Barlow, Frederick

builder, brick & tile maker, contractor, carpenter & monumental mason;
steam joinery works: Timber stores, Rushton station
Lime kilns Rushton
Brickyards Rothwell
monumental works & branch office Clarence road, Kettering
Barton, retailer 4 Fox street
Bartram, Stephendairyman  
Bates, Jamesgrocer Glendon road
Bishop, Charles Fleminghair dresser 32 High street
Blackwell, Williamgrocer Glendon rd. & Bridge street
Bland, Geo. E.butcher 28 Market hill
Bradley, Owenblacksmith  
Brown, Alfredconfectioner Market place
Brown, Jessie (Mrs.)shopkeeper School lane
Buckby, Jn. jun.builder & contractor  
Burditt, Jamesrelieving officer & registrar of births & deaths for Rothwell district office hours 9 to 12 every tues. & sat. Bridge street
Buswell, M & Son,plumbers, painters &c. Bridge street
Buswell, Frederickplumber &c. 20 Bridge street
Butlin, John Thomas & Sonboot & shoe manufacturers Kettering road
Butlin, Walter Isaacboot & shoe manufacturer Gordon street
Capital & Counties' Bank Lim. (agency) (Charles A. Simmons, manager) open wed. & sat. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; draw on head office, London E C
Capp, Williamshopkeeper  
Carver, Emma (Mrs.)grocer 1 High street
Chamberlain, Carey Wmboot & shoe manufacturer Crispin street
Chamberlain, Edwardprinter 3 Market place
Chamberlain, Harryshopkeeper 4 Market place
Chater, Williamfarmer  
Chettle, Griffith RobertsRed Lion hotel  
Clayson, Wm. J.seedsman Bridge street
Clow, Johninsurance agent 12 Well street
Coltman, EbenezerThe Bull's Head P.H. 34 High street
Culpin, Johnbaker Rushton road
Dimbleby, Georgeprovision dealer & wheelwright 27 Well street
Dixon & Fishboot & shoe machinery manufacturers Market place
Dunkley, Ann (Mrs)shopkeeper  
Dunkley, W. Thomasbeer retailer & boot maker 22 Kettering road
Dyke & Sondrapers & tailors Bridge street
Fifield & Palmer (Misses)private school High street
Free Grammar School (Joseph Whiteman, master; Mrs. Mary Jane Whiteman, mistress) Market hill
Free Library & Reading Room (Miss Tebbutt, sec.)  
Gamble, Silas & Sonsboot & shoe manufacturers 31 High street
Gardner, Charles Williamtailor Rushton road
Ginns & Sonstationers & printers Post office, High street
Guildford, Thos. Othobutcher Bell hill
Gray, Arthur U.assistant overseer & collector to the urban district council Market place
Gray, William & Sonchemists & druggists Market place
Hall, Harry farm bailiff to
Richard C Lane esq.
37 high street
Hill, WmShopkeeper 16 Gladstone street
Hodge, Michael Pplumber Sun hill
Hooper & Sonsfishmongers High street
Hopkins, Georgesaddlers Bridge street
Hopkins, Tom Harrycattle salesman Wales street
Horden, Williamwatch maker branch, 28 Bridge street
Jesson, William WardThe Blue Bell P.H. Bell hill
Jesus Hospital  (Thos. Lovell, princ.)  
Johnson, Johngrocer Wales street
Jones, Davidboot & shoe maker 19 Market hill
Jones, Owenboot maker 22 Bridge street
Joyce & Songrocers & agents for
W & A Gilbey Lim. wine & spirit merchants
Market place
Lane, Richard Charlesyeoman & maltster Desborough road
Leake, Williamgrocer  
Leicestershire Banking Co. Limited (sub-branch from Kettering) (Frank Berrill, manager & treasurer of Rothwell urban district council); open wed. fri. & sat 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; draw on London & Westminster Bank Limited London E C
Liner, Chas.greengrocer Glendon road
Liner, Williambrick maker  
Loake, Georgefarm bailiff to Capt. John Borlase Tibbits D.L., J.P. Grange farm
Markham, Julia (Mrs.)pork butcher Bridge street
Marlow, Abrahamgrocer Wales street
Marriott, Maria (Miss)Crown inn High street
Mawby, Sarah (Mrs)Woolpack P.H. Market hill
Midland Grocery Stores (Wm. John Edmonds, manager) Market place
Miller, JosephBoot maker & photographer  
Moore, Harryshopkeeper Wales street
Moore, Johnblacksmith Glendon road
Moore, Jn.shopkeeper 63 Kettering road
Moore, Joseph (Mrs.)tripe dresser  
More, James M.D. surgeon, & medical officer & public vaccinator, Rothwell district, Kettering union & medical officer of health to the urban district council & certifying factory. Kettering road; & surgery at Desborough
Murdock, Richd. A.grocer Market place
Needham, Isaac Sharmanbuilder & undertaker & school attendance officer  
Nobles, Chas.shopkeeper 11 Bridge street
Page, Johnbaker Gas street
Palmer, Charles Johnbutcher 7 Bridge street
Palmer, Edith (Miss)dressmaker 60 Kettering road
Pearson, William T.surveyor & sanitary inspector to the urban district council, surveyor's office Market ho
Pentelow, Albttobacconist 4 High street
Perkins, ErnestHorse & Groom P.H.  
Pollard, Robertcoal dealer  
Randall, Serjeantshopkeeper Wales street
Ringrose, Harrybutcher 29 High street
Rothwell Boot & Shoe Co-operative Society (George Poulton, sec) Little Wood street
Rothwell Coffee House Co.  (Allen Jones, sec.) Market place
Rothwell Conservative Club (George Cleamus, sec.)  
Rothwell Co-operative Industrial Society Limited
(Charles Bosworth, sec.)
Bell hill, Bridge street
& Wales street
Rothwell Gas Light, Coke & Coal Co. Limited
(Frederick Barlow, sec.)
Rothwell Odd Fellows' Hall (William Asher, sec.) Bridge street
Rothwell Odd Fellows' Society (William Asher, sec.) Bridge street
Rothwell Working Men's Club & Institute Limited 
(Frederick Bosworth, sec; Chas. Issett, steward)
Bridge street
Sarjeant, Samuelboot & shoe manufacturers 23 High street
Slow, WilliamSun inn Sunn hill
Smith, Joseph Philemonironmongers 17 High street
Spendlove, Jamesgrocer High street
Stanley, JamesNew inn Kettering road
Stiles, Johnfarmer Grange
Sumpter, Eli ThomasChecquers inn Market place
Sumpter, Joseph (Mrs.)beer retailer 29 Glendon road
Symington, R. & W. H. & Co. Limited (branch)stay manufacturers
(Saml C Betts, manager)
Gladstone street
Taffs, Alfredbeer retailer Sun hill
Taylor, Johntailor 26 Bridge street
Thompson, Chas.farmer Rothwell lo
Truss, Williamfishmonger Market place
Tye, Matilda (Mrs.)general dealer 4 Glendon road
Wallis & Linnell (branch)wholesale clothing manufacturers  
Warrington, Wmshopkeeper Kettering road
Wells Bedford Brewery Co. Limited (Albert Pentelow, agent) 11 High street
Well, John & Sonwholesale & retail bread & flour dealers  
West, Fras. Thomasdraper Bridge street
Whiteman, Josephdeputy registrar of births & deaths  
Willis, Thomascoal dealer Bridge street
Willis, Wm AGreyhound P.H. High street
Yeomans, Austinbrush maker 16 High street
York, Allenbaker  
Young, Walterbutcher Sun hill


Hall, Miss 
Clow, Williamfarmer
Stokes, John Northernfarm bailiff to Miss Hall
Thompson, Frederickfarmer

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