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Cunnington Bros.

A Grade II Listed Building in Rushden, North Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.2876 / 52°17'15"N

Longitude: -0.5944 / 0°35'39"W

OS Eastings: 495969

OS Northings: 266423

OS Grid: SP959664

Mapcode National: GBR DYR.DKD

Mapcode Global: VHFPD.NR3Q

Plus Code: 9C4X7CQ4+26

Entry Name: Cunnington Bros.

Listing Date: 23 April 2004

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1391029

English Heritage Legacy ID: 492718

ID on this website: 101391029

Location: Rushden, North Northamptonshire, NN10

County: North Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Rushden

Built-Up Area: Rushden

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Rushden St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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1740/0/10017 CRABB STREET
23-APR-04 Cunnington Bros.

Boot and shoe factory. c.1882. For Cunnington Bros. Major extension of c.1890 and smaller additions early C20 to 1923. Red and buff brick in chequer pattern with hipped slate roof. 3 storeys. Long front to Crabb Street, the right hand part of 5 windows is the c.1882 build, the left hand part, 9 windows at first floor, of c.1890. Mostly multi-paned wooden windows. Brick segmental arches to ground and first floors and a painted narrow continuous lintel to top floor under a dentil frieze, the dentils being in buff brick. The 1890 part has 12 windows to top floor and 11 to ground floor with an entrance in a moulded stone doorcase to far left. On the first floor to right of this are 2 large tripartite sash windows with pediments lighting the office suite. The front to Park Road is similar with a projecting taking-in door bay to centre right which has a gable at the top and a door to each floor and crane hoist to right. The right end of this front has been slightly reduced at some period possibly to form a fire shield gap.
Cunnington Bros. occupied this factory until at least 1937. In 1973 it was described as disused but there had been no major additions since 1923. Presently it is in commercial use again.
EH Northamptonshire Boot and Shoe Industry Survey, Site Report No. 51.

This is a very good example of a purpose-built 3-storey boot and shoe factory in one of the important but smaller centres of the industry in Northamptonshire. It is little-altered and the chequer pattern brickwork is a striking feature and one which was carefully repeated when the major extension took place.

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