Take a look inside Rushden Goods Shed after £650,000 transformation

The former highways depot has been given a new lease of life after Rushden Historical Transport Society bought the building two years ago

Friday, 2nd October 2020, 6:00 am
Inside Rushden Goods Shed
Inside Rushden Goods Shed

This former highways depot has been given a new lease of life following a £650,000 makeover.

Rushden Historical Transport Society (RHTS) bought the goods shed opposite Rushden train station from Northants County Council in 2018.

Since then, the building has had a new roof and the old concrete floor has been replaced so it can be used for RHTS events but also hired out for functions including weddings, parties, classes and meetings.

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One of the old vehicles on show inside Rushden Goods Shed with members of Rushden Historical Transport Society

They have extended the bar and once the new cellar is completed, the goods shed will be able to serve real ales which are already available at the train station.

The walls are adorned with memorabilia from over the years and visitors will love seeing the old vehicles on show, including the 1960s bus which is being restored by society members and a car from the 1930s.

With the goods shed playing a vital role in Rushden's development at the end of the 19th Century by allowing the town to expand through the boot and shoe industry, RHTS felt it was important that the site and the building should be saved as part of Rushden's heritage.

Members are incredibly proud of the work they've already done on the goods shed, and RHTS chairman John Sugars said: "It's given us a whole new perspective."

The bus at Rushden Goods Shed used to take schoolchildren from Raunds to Wellingborough

Much of the transformation cost so far has been covered by the group, but they have also secured some grants and had great support from both East Northants Council and Rushden Town Council, which they say this wouldn't have been possible without.

While Covid-19 means there are restrictions on some events being held there, the goods shed is already being used by groups for band practice, dancing, keep fit classes and a forthcoming wreath making workshop which has already sold out.

The venue's first wedding is also set to take place in a few weeks' time, albeit with small numbers due to the current restrictions.

Catharine Young said: "It is more of a community building than a society building.

This bus from the 1960s is being restored by members of RHTS

"All the people we are having in now are community groups."

And once the coronavirus restrictions start to ease, RHTS is looking forward to getting back to its regular calendar of events, including its 1940s weekends.

For more information about RHTS, click here.

If you would like to hire the goods shed, which is one of Rushden's largest venues with a capacity for 240 people, call Amber Webb on 0300 3023150.

RHTS bought the goods shed in 2018 and have been working ever since to transform it into a venue which can be used by themselves as well as the community

Scroll down for more pictures from inside the goods shed

The walls are adorned with lots of memorabilia like this
The goods shed has capacity for 240 people
There's plenty of signs like these to look at
Stepping inside the goods shed is bound to bring back some memories for some
There's plenty to see inside the goods shed
...but you can hire out the goods shed for functions!
The bar has been extended and there are plans for a cellar so they can serve real ales
RHTS is incredibly proud of its work on the goods shed so far
There's plenty of memories to be had on the walls of the goods shed
Rushden Goods Shed is available for hire and has its first wedding in a few weeks' time