Book about town landmark launched during Rushden’s party week

The book launch at Rushden Hall
The book launch at Rushden Hall

A book charting the history of one of Rushden’s most treasured landmarks has been launched during the town’s annual party week.

Rushden Hall by Clive Wood had its official launch at the building which dates back hundreds of years yesterday (Wednesday).

Clive Wood (centre) with copies of the book

Clive Wood (centre) with copies of the book

Mr Wood was joined by Gill Hollis and Kay Collins, who helped with the book, and Peter Field who all dressed up for the special event.

Mr Field described it as ‘a wonderful book’ before thanking Mr Wood for his efforts to collect and compile all the information from years of research into the history of the building.

Mr Field added: “It’s got everything you need to know about Rushden Hall but were afraid to ask.”

The book covers the history of the building and the families who lived there, the threat of demolition and eventual restoration up until the present day.

It also includes an interview with Mrs Ripley, the daughter of the last family to live at the hall in Hall Park.

Mr Wood said: “I couldn’t have done this without Kay and Gill, without them it wouldn’t have happened.

“It’s been a very long process.”

He thanked everyone who had supported him while he was writing the book, and added: “The sales are phenomenal.

“We have printed 200 and sold about 130, although it may be more than that now as we have sold some today so it could be about 140.

“It’s been a great pleasure to do and I hope you like the finished product.

“And if someone wants to continue the story, I will look forward to seeing the next edition.”

The book was launched during Rushden’s party week, which started last Friday and runs until Sunday.

It is the fourth year that an extended week of events has been organised for the town, with Get To Know Rushden being the original event back in 2013 before it changed to Rushden party week last year.

All events are free to attend with Rushden Town Council providing the funding for events as part of its community service activity.

The annual event is organised by a committee of several town councillors who have been holding meetings attended by up to 30 other representatives from the town in the run-up to it.

As well as numerous events and activities put on during the week, Saturday (July 9) will see the ever-popular Party In The Park taking place between 1pm and 10pm at Hall Park.

Party week will then come to a close with a summer party concert by the Six Week Community Singers at 6.30pm on Sunday (July 10) at Heritage Chapel & Halls.

For more information about party week, call Rushden Town Council on 01933 316216.

The book costs £19 to buy and anyone who would like a copy can fill out one of the order forms available from Rushden Town Council, Rushden Museum, Osborne’s Sports and Toys, Rushden Library and P W House Jeweller.