Rushden history group to unveil plaque as part of 25th anniversary celebrations

Geoff Wiggins, Jean and Eric Fowell, Paul Stinchcombe with Pat and Eric Jenkins at Rushden Hall several years ago
Geoff Wiggins, Jean and Eric Fowell, Paul Stinchcombe with Pat and Eric Jenkins at Rushden Hall several years ago
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A plaque detailing the history of a hall dating back to the 13th century will be unveiled today (Saturday).

Rushden and District History Society is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and will be marking the occasion with a number of events.

Rushden Hall in Hall Park

Rushden Hall in Hall Park

This will include the unveiling of a plaque at Rushden Hall at 3pm today.

The plaque will give a history of the families that have lived at the hall as well as a history of its architecture.

Clive Wood, Rushden’s first mayor, will perform the unveiling and the town’s present mayor, Cllr Tracey Wood, will receive the plaque on behalf of Rushden Town Council.

Society chairman Geoff Wiggins said: “We are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year and we decided that we would organise some different events to mark it.

“We wanted to give something to the town so we decided that we would put a plaque outside the hall, which is quite a historic building but to a visitor there’s nothing to indicate that.

“On the plaque we have put a history of the families that have lived there and a history of its architecture.

“It’s a very attractive park that we have got there with the hall in the middle of it.

“Rushden Museum is there as well so there’s quite a lot of historical interest for people, but no detail of who lived there.

“The hall goes back to the 13th century.”

The Pemberton and Sartoris families, both of which are recognised in the town’s history with streets named after them, are among those who lived at the hall.

Members of the public are invited to attend the unveiling of the plaque and enjoy a cup of tea and slice of anniversary cake.

Mr Wiggins said: “It’s an open invitation for anyone to come along to see the unveiling.”

The group has about 230 members, including people from in and around Rushden as well as further afield such as Australia, New Zealand and America.

It was started by history fanatics Jean and Eric Fowell and Pat and Eric Jenkins in 1991.

Soon after formation the committee decided that a newsletter, in the form of a quarterly journal, would be ideal to keep members in touch with the town’s history and inform non-members by offering it for sale.

The journal was started in the Autumn of 1991 and was named The Risdene Echo, the production of which has continued throughout the 25 years.

An anniversary 24-page edition will be available at the group’s meeting on June 17 and includes eight pages of colour photographs.

New members are always welcome, and anyone wanting to join can call the membership secretary Marion Darnell on 01933 387991.