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WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Hackett the author 1843-1900

    An attempt to discover some of the early history of R.R.Hackett, author of "Wirksworth and five miles round", published in 1863. The webmaster has a copy of the second edition, printed by: Frank W Brooks, 27 North End, Wirksworth in 1899.
    My thanks to Stuart Flint for his very detailed biographies, he seems to be related to everyone in Wirksworth! ...And to Matlock Local Studies Library, who sent vital photocopies quickly and free. ...and to John Dobson and Ron Hackett (emails below)
    Also see John Dobson's HACKETT Genealogy page.

    See below for:
    Images (of cover and frontispiece of both editions)
    Printings (details of both editions)
    Contents (of the 2nd edition)
    Addenda (added by Brooks to the 2nd edition)
    Pedigree (of the Hackett (author) family)
    Pedigree (of the Brookes (printer) family)
    Pedigree (of the Buckley (printer) family)
    Subscribers (listed in the 1st edition)
    Subscribers (listed in the 2nd edition)
    Illustrator (of the 2nd edition - James Watterson)
    Printers (of the 1st and 2nd edition)
    Comments (on subscribers in 1st edition)
    Comments (on subscribers in 2nd edition)
    Emails (about this page)
    Death certificates (Richard 1862 and Richard 1900)
    Obituary (of Richard R Hackett, the author)

    If you have more information about the HACKETTs, please e-mail

Front cover (2nd edition, 1899)
Frontispiece (2nd edition, 1899)
Frontispiece (1st edition, 1863)


    1st edition: printed by J.Buckley, "Advertiser" Office, North Street, Wirksworth author Richard.R.Hackett dated 1 July 1863 Cromford 2nd edition: printed by F.W.Brooks, North end, Wirksworth dated 1899 "This Large Paper Edition is limited to 75 copies"

Contents in the 2nd edition

Addenda in the 2nd edition

    Traders' Tokens in Wirksworth

    The issuing of Traders' Tokens in Wirksworth during the seventeenth century is a very interesting branch of local history. It will be well at the outset to briefly note the coinage of our country at that time, and the circumstances which rendered the issue of Tokens absolutely necessary. We abstract the following from the Old Parish Magazine:-
    Pennies of silver were for several centuries, the general, and for a long time, indeed, the only coins in use in England. This gave rise to the issue, from time to time, of spurious, or rather base coins, to supply the deficiency; as it was found that the smaller pieces of halfpence and farthings, when made of silver, were so small as to be unfit for general use among the mass of the rough-handed labouring population, and the pennies when broken by the cross, into halves and quarters, were even worse than useless. In the reign of Edward VI, the issue of base metal, which had no intrinsic value, and consequently was a false monetary medium, gave rise to considerable disaffection; while in that of Mary, the most gross and cruel frauds were, by this means, practised on the poor people. Under Elizabeth, in 1561, coinage of pure silver, in pieces of the value of three-halfpence and three-farthings took place. These with the sixpence and threepence, were distinguished by a full blown rose behind the head on the field of the coin. Yet, despite the issue of these small pieces, the want of halfpence and farthings was so much felt, that the keepers of alehouses, and the chandlers, grocers, mercers, vintners, and other traders, were impelled to the issue of private tokens of lead, tin, latten, and even leather. These tokens were issued by the traders, and commodities could only be had of them in exchange, so that they were useless as a circulating medium, and caused no end of loss to their unfortunate holders.

    In 1649, some attempt was made to establish a national farthing, of which pattern pieces are now extant in some collections. Nothing however was done either then or during the Protectorates to supply the want of small coin, although patterns were prepared, and the tradesmen's tokens continued to increase to a prodigious extent. In 1671, however, the Government announced the intended issue of halfpence and farthings of copper, to supersede the tokens of private traders; and in 1672, a proclamation, prohibiting the making or use of any such pieces was issued, and stringent measure were taken to carry out this prohibition. From this period the issue of Tradesmen's Tokens declined, and they were ultimately suppressed.

    This brief sketch will show how Traders' Tokens took their rise, and it only remains to say, that at the end of the XVIII century, they again were issued in consequence of the scarcity of money during the protracted war; but with these Wirksworth had no connection at all.

    During the middle of the XVII century, we have record of seven distinct Tokens, most of them halfpence, which were issued by the following tradesmen of Wirksworth at that period, viz:-
    John Booth, mercer, Wirksworth
    John Buxton,* Dyer
    Eleazer Coates, ^ Merchant, Wirksworth & London
    Peter Coulborn, Mercer, Wirksworth
    Richard Heape, Mercer, Wirksworth
    Anthony Kempe, Innkeeper of the Kings Arms, Wirksworth (1666)
    Thomas Wigley, # Grocer, Wirksworth

    * The Buxtons of Wirksworth and Kirk Ireton, are of the same family as those of Bradbourne, and other places, and held lands in and around Wirksworth. Mr Henry Buxton, who lived at the Mill-house, Wirksworth, we presume was of this family. He was a prominent lay elder in the Wirksworth Presbyterian Classis, and appears to have been a regular attender at their monthly classical meetings.
    ^ The Rev Peter Coates, Vicar of South Wingfield, 1646-1675, was the father of Eleazer Coates, the merchant. He was often chosen Moderator at the Wirksworth Classis
    # The Wigleys were a very numerous family in and about Wirksworth in the XVII century. There was a family of Wigley, Mercers, in the Market Place, Wirksworth, about the time of the tokens, also another branch Curriers

    Wirksworth Presbyterian Classis in the Time of the Commonwealth

    During the time of the Commonwealth, the Presbyterians appear to have been a strong body in and around Wirksworth. It will be well to remember that "Presbyterianism prevailed far more widely throughout England than has been generally supposed". At one time Churchmanship was penal. The Directory which was drawn up by "The Westminster Assembly of Divines", which consisted of Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and Independents, called together by the two Houses of Parliament, in order to form a council for the nation, prohibited the use of the Common Prayer. This ordinance fixes the penalty for its use, either in public or private, for the first offence £5, for the second £10, and for the third "one whole yeares imprisonment without baile or mainprize".

    "The Presbytery, according to the Westminster Assembly, was controlled by three grades of officials:- (1) Ministers, who preached and rules; (2) lay elders, who ruled but did not preach; and (3) deacons, who ministered to the temporal necessities of the poor.

    "Each congregation or parish had its own officers, and was, as it were, a republic complete itself; for the ministers and elders constituted a body politic for the domestic government of the district".

    Next to the congregation or parish Presbytery, and superior to it, was the Classical Assembly", which we have here under note (i.e.,the Wirksworth Classis), which was formed of the delegates from the different parochial presbyteries.

    The business of the Classical Assembly, was as follows:- "To take cognizance of the conduct of ministers and elders; to admit candidates to office; to inquire into the state of congregations; to decide cases too difficult for settlement by the parochial elders, or from which there was appeal; to discharge such other legislative functions as did not clash with the authority of the higher courts."

    Evidence is not wanting that this Classis system prevailed throughout many counties of England. "So far as Derbyshire is concerned, we are able to state that the organization was very thorough and complete. The Classis for the Hundred of the Low Peak usually met at Wirksworth and was called after that town. It met as a rule on the second Thursday in each month, and was usually spoken of as the "Classicall fast", but sometimes as the "monthly lecture." Its secondary title was derived from the fact that part of the observances of the day always consisted in two long sermons or lectures." Each Classical Assembly, as before mentioned, had power to ordain candidates for the ministry, and we find the Wirksworth Classis constantly exercised these rights, and ordained men to serve cures in various parts of England.

    We quote the following brief Notes on divines who were prominent in the Wirksworth Presbyterian Classis, from Dr. Cox, in the Minute Book, 1651-1658:-
    "Martin Topham was minister of Wirksworth. We believe that he was episcopally instituted before the time of the Commonwealth, and was the son of the previous vicar, Robert Topham, who was instituted in 1633. He died in 1658.

    John Otefield (or Oldfield as his name is more usually spelt) held, we believe the rectory of Carsington prior to the Commonwealth, and then conformed to Presbyterianism. Calamy praises him warmly for personal piety and quiet disposition. 'The people among whom he laboured was very ticklish and capricious, very hard to be pleased in ministers, and yet they centred in him, and his name is precious amongst them'. He published several sermons and lectures. Readers of Mrs Gaskell's inimitable novel, "North and South", will recollect the quotation from his eloquent address on his ejection from carsington in 1662. After his ejection, Oldfield chiefly resided at Alfreton, where he died June 5th, 1682. He acted as Chairman to the Wirksworth Classis fifteen times, and appears to have been a very prominent member.

    Peter Watkinson was appointed minister of Kirk Ireton in 1647. In 1653, he was invited to the pastorate of Chesterfield, but eventually refused it, after the matter was submitted to the Classis. In 1658, on the death of Martin Topham, he succeeded to the Church of Wirksworth, but only held it for two years.

    Samuel Ogden was ordained by the Wirksworth Classis to the Chapel of Buxton in 1653, which he served with Fairfield up to 1657, when he accepted the position of Minister of Mackworth Church. On his ejection thence in 1662, he taught a private school in Derby; but in 1685 the Master of the Free School there proceeded against him in the Courts of Arches for teaching to the prejudice of that School, and won his case. Thereupon Sir John Gell, of Hopton, gave him the Free School of Wirksworth, and he taught there until his death in 1697. He was buried in the Church of Wirksworth.

    Dinah Morris

    Dinah Morris, the gentle Methody, immortalized as the heroine of Adam Bede, whose real name was Elizabeth Evans, passed a large portion of her active christian life in Wirksworth, where she died on November 9th, 1849. This noble woman led a pattern life of christian work and activity. Her love for Christ knew no bounds. She visited the sick, and consoled the dying; she reclaimed the backslider and brought him to Christ; she visited and brought to repentance the condemned; and was a prominent class leader and local preacher of the wesleyan Methodists, often walking fifteen miles on the Sabbath Day, and preaching twice with great acceptance.

    We give the following pen portrait of her, which seems remarkably correct, from Adam Bede:-
    She was of slim figure, with "a small oval face of a uniform transparent whiteness, with an egg-like line of cheek and chin, a full but firm mouth, a delicate nostril, and a low perpendicular brow, surmounted by a rising arch of parting between smooth locks of pale reddish hair. The hair was drawn straight back behind the ears. The eyebrows of the same colour as the hair, were perfectly horizontal and firmly pencilled; the eyelashes, though no darker, were long and abundant; nothing was left blurred or unfinished. It was one of those faces that make one think of white flowers with light touches of colour on their pure petals. The eyes had no peculiar beauty, beyond that of expression; they lookedso simple, so candid, so gravely loving, that no accusing scowl, no light sneer could help melting away before their glance."

    She was born at Newbold, in Leicestershire. On the death of her mother, she came to Derby to earn her own living at the early age of fourteen years. After seven years residence in Derby, she removed to Nottingham, finding employment in the lace industry. She appears here to have been associated with not very desirable companions, which made her unhappy. It was whilst here that she attended the Methodist Meetings, and laid the foundations for the glorious work which was in store for her. From this time we find her commencing christian work, preaching the glad tidings of the gospel in Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Readers of Adam Bede will remember the scene therein portrayed on her early preaching at Ashbourne, and the prayer is worth quoting as being characteristic of her:-
    "Saviour of sinners! when a poor woman, laden with sins, went out to the well to draw water, she found Thee sitting at the Well. She knew Thee not; she had not sought Thee; her mind was dark; her life was unholy. But Thou didst speak to her; Thou didst teach her, Thou didst show her that her life lay open before Thee, and yet Thou wast ready to give her that blessing which she had never sought. Jesus! Thou art in the middle of us, and Thou knowest all men; if there is any here like that poor woman - if their minds are dark, their lives unholy - if they have come out not seeking Thee, not desiring to be taught; deal with them according to the free mercy which Thou didst show to her. Speak to them, Lord; open their ears to my message; bring their sins to their minds, and make them thirst for that salvation which Thou art ready to give.....Amen"

    Whilst preaching at Ashbourne she became aquainted with her future husband, Samuel Evans (Seth Bede). At first she was not disposed to entertain any thought of marriage, on the ground that she wished to consecrate her life wholly to the service of God. Nevertheless, he pressed his suit, and after some time she consented. They were married at St Mary's Church, Nottingham, on August 20th, 1804, and took up their residence at Roston, on the Derbyshire bank of the Dove. From the first they entered hand-in-hand upon their evangelistic labours, and promulgated the doctrines of Wesley in Roston and the surrounding villages. Happy days these were, indeed, to the young couple, and great sorrow was expressed when matters compelled Mr and Mrs Evans to remove from Roston to Derby. Her enthusiasm had not abated, and whilst here her holy life and philantropic work became known to Mrs Elizabeth Fry, who stimulated her labours. Seven years later they left Derby for Wirksworth, and in their cottage beside the Haarlem tape-mill they were visited by George Eliot. Everyone, we presume, know the consequence of this visit, which resulted in the two real characters (the hero and heroine) of Adam Bede

    They lived in Wirksworth the rest of their days, where their christian activities were continued in many directions. She prached a many times in the wesleyan Chapel, Wirksworth, and also at the Arminiam Methodists, whose services were held in a room formed out of two cottages in Warmbrook, now a workshop. She was the first to leave for the Promised Land, her husband surviving her for seven years. Thus while George Eliot's famous story, which immortalized these two beautiful spirits, was being printed at Edinburgh, her uncle passed to the rest already enjoyed by his faithful partner. It is to such men and women as these, who have devoted their lives so unsparingly to the work of the gospel, that Methodism is peculiar for.

    Their earthly parts are interred at Wirksworth, and in the wesleyan Chapel may be seen the tablet to their memory with the following inscription:-

    Erected by the numerous friends to the memory of Elizabeth Evans, known to the world as 'Dinah Bede', who during many years proclaimed alike in the open air, the sanctuary, and from house to House, the love of Christ. She died in the Lord, Nov.9, 1840, aged 74 years. Also of Samuel Evans, her husband, who was also a faithful local preacher and a class leader in the Methodist Society. He finished his earthly course December 8, 1858, aged 81 years.

    Notes on Wirksworth

    The following paper is copied from Add.MSS.6670, 273, in the British Museum. It bears no date, but we believe it to have been issued about the middle of the XVIII century: "Whereas the inheritance of the Mannor of Wirksworth, with its Appurtences being now in the Crown, the same is divided and parcelled out in Branches to several persons, part of which (to wit) the Fairs and Markets with the Tolls therefrom arising are in Lease for a certain term of years, made and granted to Sir Peter Deavenport, deceased, and the same at his death descended and came to his legal Representatives, who now collect the same. And Whereas with an intent to discourage His Majesty's Free Subjects, who have been accustomed to resort to the said Fairs and Markets at Wirksworth aforesaid, and to affright them therefrom, it hath been maliciously, wickedly, and without Foundation reported and suggested, that by reason of the Disloyalty of the Inhabitants of the said Town of Wirksworth to His Majesty and Government, the said Fairs and Markets which from Time Immemorial have been held there, were took from them and would be disused; and that they were or would be removed unto the Town of Bonsall, and by these Means have terrified several ignorant Persons for some Time past, from resorting to the said Fairs and Markets at Wirksworth aforesaid, as before they have been accustomed to do, and have encouraged others weekly to resort to Bonsall aforesaid, with their commodities to vend there to the great prejudice in general of the town of Wirksworth aforesaid, and in particular to the Grantees of the Crown by a diminution of the Profits arising from the said Fairs and Markets of Wirksworth aforesaid and the Tolls thereof. These are therefore to give notice that the Fairs and Markets will for the Future be continued to be held and kept at Wirksworth aforesaid, in such Days and Times as have been accustomed, and that if any Person will give Information of the Authors or Publishers of such wicked or scandalous Reflections and Reports cast upon the said Inhabitants of said Town of Wirksworth, and of the Disusage of the Fairs and Markets, so as they may be prosecuted shall upon their Conviction receive One Guinea reward. And to persons hereafter offending ignorantly. These are therefore further to give notice, that all persons for the Future resorting to any Fair, Mart, Market, or Meeting, to be held, and kept at Bonsall aforesaid, shall have Informations moved for against them: or such other Proceedings in the Law as shall be adviseable." St Mary's Church, Wirksworth, was partially restored by Sir Gilbert Scott, in 1872. We quote the following from the Old Parish Magazine of that date:
    "The numerous architectural fragments discovered during the excavations consequent on this restoration, clearly prove that our ancestors freely and richly adorned their ecclesiastical edifices.
    "In the survey taken shortly after the Norman Conquest, Wirksworth is mentioned as containing a Church and a Priest; this would be the Saxon Church, of which nothing remains but some sculptured fragments of stone - but, though the evidence is small, it is sufficiently conclusive, and proves that our Saxon ancestors bestowed all their love and knowledge of art on the beauty and adornment of their Church.
    "Some few remains of very early Crosses have been found, but unfortunately no two of the pieces belong to the same design; that they are portions of Saxon crosses, the writer feels convinced, as in Yorkshire several whole Crosses, of a precisely similar character and design, were discovered during the restoration of a Church of undoubted Saxon date. A most interesting piece of sculptured stone, found at Wirksworth, represents the Temptation of Eve. It is carved in alto-relievo, in sandstone (in all probability the saxon Church would be of that material - a rather coarse grit, but close bedded and fine quality). In the centre is the Tree and Apple; on the left of the tree is a nude figure, with the hands crossed in front. On the right of the tree, a portion of the head only of the other figure remains - the rest has been cut away.
    "In excavating for the foundations of the new North Transept aisle, and buried in the 13th century foundations, a very fine piece of Saxon Sculpture was found. The stone is square, and appears to have been a piece of ashlar or face walling inside the Church. On the stone are two figures carved in bas-relief. The right hand figure is a crowned King, who seems to be playing a harp or lute, the left hand figure is that of a female, with the right hand pointing upward, and in the left an open book; on the front and nearly covering the whole body of this figure, is a carved heart. Very many other pieces of carved stone of about the same date have been found, but they are so fragmentary, that their meaning and import can only be conjectured.
    "After the Saxon came the Norman church, which would be built at the latter end of the 11th, or beginning of the 12th century. Several remarkably fine corbel heads, and arch mouldings with human figures, birds, oxen, foxes, and other ornaments carved after the grotesque manner of the period; portions of shafts, caps, and bases of a rich character have also been found, all of which point to the fact, that our Norman forefathers determined to outdo their Saxon predecessors, and lavishly bestowed their riches in the adornment of the Church. The town must have increased considerably in population and importance, for, at the latter end of the 12th, or early in the 13th century, the greater portion of the Church was again pulled down and rebuilt in the form prior to the 1821 deformation. The North Chancel aisle, known as the Gell Chapel being the only wall now existing of the Norman Church. The South Chancel aisle stands upon the Norman foundations, and latterly was discovered a piece of Norman foundation in line with the South aisle wall, which would indicate, that the transepts and transept aisles were added by the 13th century builders. Since that time, the Church has undergone many changes and malformations, each generation having added to, or altered the Church by insertion of windows, raising of roofs, and lowering them again, until this continued vandalism had afflicted the Church with fearful deformities and injuries other than incident to old age."

    Perhaps no town in England, for its size, is better represented with Nonconformist Churches than is Wirksworth. The Congregationalists or Independents, are the oldest body of Nonconformists in the town. The old Chapel which stood on the present site, was built in 1700, and had been a Presbyterian meeting-house. Some of the old members can remember shutters to the windows, and tradition states they had to worship with much secrecy, so turbulent were those days. But the prettiest is the Baptist Church, in Coldwell Street, which commands one of the best sites in the town. It was rebuilt in 1885. The Wesleyan Church is most interesting to lovers of literature, as being the scene of the ministry of Dinah Morris, the gentle Methody. The Primitive Methodists have a neat Chapel in the Dale. The United Methodists have also a pretty Church in St John Street, and praise is due to their struggles and perseverance in erecting so neat an edifice.

    The reminiscences connected with the building now occupied as the Wirksworth Cottage Hospital, are peculiarly interesting. Formerly, this building was occupied as a Workhouse to the town. The Waterworks at that period (about 1820) were of a very primitive type, and the supply of water for the Workhouse appears to have formed a large part of each day's duty, for it had to be fetched from the old reservoir on Washgreen, and was carried in barrels strapped to the back of a donkey.
    An artist friend was staying at that time, with the Rev G S Kelly, Vicar of Wirksworth, and seeing the primitive mode of supplying the Workhouse, on Greenhill, with water, took a sketch of the proceedings from the Vicarage wall, which is still extant in a few cases. The sketch which we have seen, shows the donkey with the two barrels strapped to its back. In the rear are two men, one behind the other, the first was named John Ludlam, the second James Tinsley, inmates of the Workhouse, who were detailed off for this special duty. There appears to be about two or three yards space between each man and the donkey; a curious spectacle, indeed, these two typical old world men present, they seem to be keeping step with its slow pace. The governor of the Workhouse at that time was Joseph Torr, he owned the Yard in the North End, now known as Torr's Yard.
    When the House of Correction on Washgreen was unoccupied, - a new one having been built in the North End, - it was converted into a Workhouse, and the old Workhouse on Greenhill, became a dwelling-house, and was occupied by the Maskrey family, descendants of whom are still living in Wirksworth. Eventually it was sold to Mr Joseph Stone, Solicitor, of Wirksworth, and afterwards Miss Georgina Hurt became the purchaser, and established the present Cottage Hospital. It has since that time met with many subscribers, and is now in a prosperous condition. It obtains a better supply of water than the old Workhouse did, for the waterworks were re-modelled and laid afresh with large mains in 1883, whereby, not only the Hospital, but all higher levels obtain a plentiful supply. On the front of the building may be seen an old sun dial.
    The Town Hall at Wirksworth is a large and imposing building; the cost of erection was £4,000. The foundation stone was laid on Wake-Tuesday, September 14th, 1871, by Brother A P Arkwright, R N, M P, of Ancient Free Accepted Masons. On the occasion was a grand Masonic Ceremony. With it being in Wakes-week the whole town gave itself up to gaiety. Flags waved from the ancient Church Tower and from the principal public buildings. The masonic brethren met in the Moot Hall, and from thence the long procession, headed by the Volunteer Band, consisting of Directors, Freemasons, Friendly Societies, Tradesmen of Wirksworth, Miners &c, proceeded to the Church for Divine Service; after which the procession was re-formed, and took its way to the site of the proposed Town Hall.
    The building is situated at the corner of the Market Place and Coldwell Street, and extends through to the Churchyard, to which it has a small frontage. The principal entrance is from Coldwell Street. The remainder of the frontage to the streets is occupied by shops. The site is very irregular in form, and was a matter of no little difficulty to adapt it to meet the various requirements.
    The Parish Room is a large and commodious building, for the use of Meetings, Lectures, Entertainments, &c, at which there is also a reading and Billiard Room.
    The Temperance Hall, in the Chapel Lane, was built in the year 1860. The salvation Army hold their meetings in it.
    The Midland railway from Wirksworth to Duffield, was constructed in the year 1865.Prior to this, excepting the old High Peak Line at Steeplehouse, the only communication with Wirksworth was by carrier. It was an eventful day for Wirksworth when the first sod of this new line was cut. The inhabitants testified their appreciation by a public holiday. The night previous preparations had been made, and early in the morning triumphal arches were erected, garlands, flags and banners overhung the streets, and by ten o'clock the town began to assume a lively appearance. We quote the following from the Wirksworth Advertiser, a paper which was published in Wirksworth at that date:- "The triumphal arch opposite the Red Lion Hotel, bore the following inscriptions - 'Success to the Wirksworth railway,' 'May the Line soon be Extended.'
    "At half-past eleven the splendid band of the Matlock Rifle Volunteers arrived and attracted a large number of eager listeners. Just about this time the wheelbarrow and spade by which the first sod was to be turned, made their appearance. They were placed on a light dray and drawn into the Market Place, to be viewed by spectators. Mr W.Tomlinson, Ironmonger, in the Market Place, supplied the spade, which was of the 'round nosed' shape, the blade being plated with silver. The wheelbarrow which was made by Mr George Frost, was larger in proportion than the spade; light and fanciful, and polished, the handles being covered with silk velvet.
    "About twelve o'clock the procession started for the Hannages in the following order -

    The Band of the Wirksworth Rifle Volunteers.
    The Wirksworth Rifle Volunteers.
    The Ladies.
    Directors and other Officials of the Midland Railway.
    Committee, Clergy, Gentry, and Contractors.
    A light truck, on which was placed the Wheelbarrow and Spade.
    The Matlock Rifle Band.
    The Hopton Stone Company's Workmen (about 60 in
    number) with models of their working implements.
    The Wirksworth Drum and Fife Band.
    The Wirksworth Lodge of Oddfellows, and other Wirksworth
    Friendly Societies, and a portion of the Middleton Clubs.

    "The public also, numbering some several thousands of persons, joined the procession, which was altogether a very formidable and imposing sight.
    "At one o'clock, the time appointed, the wheelbarrow and spade were placed on the ground. The spade having been handed to Mrs Wood, she proceeded at once to cut the sod, which she accomplished quite satisfactorily, and placed it in the barrow. She was then requested to cut another, which she did, and both having been loaded, she wheeled the barrow a distance of eight or ten yards, and then emptied its contents amidst enthusiastic cheers.
    "The Band then played 'God Save the Queen.'
    "After an address from Mrs Wood, and three cheers to the Midland Railway, the procession returned to the town for refreshments. Luncheon was provided at the Red Lion Hotel, to which a large number sat down. The remainder of the day's proceedings consisted mainly in amusements for the young people in the Hannages. The whole passed off very satisfactorily, and was a day of great rejoicing in the town."

    Bolehill was an important centre during the 18th century in the Wool Combing Industry, which was carried on by the spencer family. A row of workshops which they owned and carried on this trade, stood on the site of the residence of Mr T W Hunt. Most of the wool came from Nottinghamshire, the principal trade being done with Nottingham. Gingham weaving was also largely carried on.

    Since Gas and Water has been introduced into Bolehill and Steeplehouse, the neighbourhood has increased considerably. The Bolehill Institute was built in 1889, and has proved of lasting benefit to the village. The Primitive Methodists have a Chapel here.

    Some thirteen years ago, Bolehill was the quiet retreat of Miss Olive Schreiner, where she uninterruptedly pursued the literary labours of her popular book, The South African Farm, whilst residing with Mrs Job Walker.

    At Steeple Grange formerly stood an Hotel near the site of the present Railway Inn. The information comes down traditionally from a reliable source, and states that this hotel was flourishing in the days when the races were held on Middleton Moor, and was the resort of the company who visited there. It had a Bowling Green, and also a Cock-pit, which is now filled up, where cocks were trained for the brutal sport. A very small portion of the old cellaring may be seen.

    The old world town of Wirksworth has seen many changes, as each generation has past away. It presents a far different appearance at the close of the 19th century, to the days when Lead Mining was at its height. In those days there were twice as many alehouses in Wirksworth than at the present time; and many must have been the weird tales told by the fireside on winter evenings, when the clinking of mugs were heard - for the miner loved his beer. He revelled in the Miner's Holiday, which was celebrated on the 13th of May, when the coves were decked with garlands, the barrel of ale tapped, and all partook of the hearty repast; the scene being enlivened by old songs peculiar to the Miners. But all this has long since passed away. Many changes and improvements have been made during this century; the streets have been lighted with Gas, good roads have been made throughout the town, the waterworks have been re-modelled, and communication has been opened by railway. Civilization has dispensed its benefits, numerous and various, throughout Wirksworth. The Postal service has been thoroughly established, having three deliveries of letters per day, during six days of the week, and one on Sundays. The Telegraph system is also invaluable. There are three Banks in the town, and many other conveniences, for which praise is due to our worthy townsmen who in times gone by spared no pains in advocating many of these privileges we now enjoy. But although considerable improvement has been made in the erection of public buildings and modern dwellings, the town increases little in population, in fact it has deteriorated since the days of lead mining. But whatever Wirksworth may have yet in store to hand down to future generations, the past has been rich in historical associations.

    William Greatorex, of Stonebridge, in the parish of Wirksworth, by his will, bearing the date 25th June, 1734, and proved at Lichfield in the same year, gave the yearly sum of £3 out of a close of land in Wirksworth, called the Green Yard, adjoining to a place called Milne House Green, for the putting forth of a poor boy of the parish of Wirksworth, yearly, or once in two years, apprentice to some handicraft trade.

    Alfred Arkwright, of Wirksworth, Esquire, by Indenture dated the 16th day of January, 1887, and enrolled in Chancery, conveyed about 9 acres of land near Miller's Green in trust, to be used and enjoyed by the Inhabitants of the Township of Wirksworth as and for a Public Play and recreation Ground, to be called "The wirksworth Recreation Ground".

    Anne Wright, of Wirksworth, widow (ob.21 January, 1894), bequeathed to the Official trustees of Charitable Funds a sum of £1,000, to be invested in £3 per cent, Annuities, the dividends to be paid to local trustees, consisting of the heir at law of her late husband Charles Wright, deceased, and the Vicar and Churchwardens of Wirksworth, upon trust to be paid and distributed by them on the 5th day of March in each year, unto and among such poor persons residing in the Townships of Wirksworth, not receiving alms or parochial relief, as they should select as deserving objects of that Trust in sums of not less than 10s. for each poor person. The Testatrix declared she made the bequest in memory of her beloved husband, and desired that the Charity should be called "William and Anne Wright's Charity."

    Hannah Ogden, of Wirksworth, widow (ob.22 August, 1894), by her will directed her trustee to expend a sum not exceeding £240 in placing in the parish Church of Wirksworth a stained glass window in memory of her late son William and her late daughter Elizabeth Dean Ogden, and also to pay to the Governors of Wirksworth Grammar School and Almshouses the sum of £500 to be invested and applied to a Scholarship (to be called "The William Ogden" Scholarship), for the purpose of helping the holder to attend the derby Grammar School, or other public school.

    Charles Seeds, of Wirksworth (ob.coelebs 16 August, 1896), bequeathed a sum of £150 for placing in the parish Church of Wirksworth, one or more bells in memory of his late father George Seeds and himself. He also bequeathed the sum of £500 to the Wirksworth Cottage Hospital, and substantial legacies to the Schools and Nonconformist Bodies in Wirksworth. The testator also directed that his residue should be upon trust for such charitable objects in and for the parish of Wirksworth as his trustees should select.

    The Wirksworth Cottage Hospital has been endowed by several Testators, amongst whom may be mentioned - Mrs Peter Arkwright £25, J Walker, Esq. £50, A Arkwright, Esq. £100, J Nuttall, Esq. £50, Mrs Strange £25, Mrs A Wright £50, C Arkwright, Esq. £70, R Gillett, Esq. £50, J C Arkwright, Esq. £100, Mrs H Ogden £279, Mr C Seeds £500, Mr T Doxey £106.

    Note A. Bolehill, Wirksworth. Page 22.

    That Bolehill derives its name from the "Bole Hills" formerly situated there for the smelting of lead, is conclusive; and probably was a very busy and important centre in those early days in connection with the smelting of lead obtained in the neighbourhood. It is very interesting to note that the pigs of lead were conveyed on the backs of mules to Chesterfield, the regulating town. The probable route they would take, by these mule tracks, would be up Riber Hill and thence to Chesterfield.

    The late Mr William Hunt, of Bolehill, about the year 1850, discovered one of these ancient smelting hearths, whilst removing a fence on the highest westerly point of Mason Hill, Bolehill, - but unhappily it was destroyed. We are indebted to Mr Edward Marson, an old servant of the family, who assisted in its demolition, for the following information respecting it. Though had Mr T W Hunt been present at the discovery, we should undoubtedly have had a more minutes detail of it, knowing his deep interest on such points. The only remains, however, which he found, was the bottom rim of the refining pot.

    In endeavouring to lay before the Reader some idea of the Bole under notice, we do not vouch as to the correctness of the measurements here given, as no survey was taken of it. When found it was embedded in the earth, which seems to prove that it must have belonged to a remote period. It was built of stone, and much resembled a Wash-house copper, though in all probability it would only stand some 3 feet in height, it would cover a much larger area than an ordinary copper. It was constructed with two draught flues which were about 5 yards long, and 18 in deep by 10 in wide. Above these was the fire hole, about 10 in high by 1 ft 3 in wide, in which they usually burnt wood. And then built on the top was this large pot for smelting the lead in, and when found the inside was of a smooth surface, which had been rendered thus by the action of the molten lead. The pot would hold about 10 gallons of lead, and would be about 2 ft in depth, with a circumference of 12 to 13 feet. When the lead had been smelted, they would run it through the fining pot and then into the mold, hence it would become what is called "pigs of lead".

    Note B. Description of Chimney-piece. Page 49.

    We borrow the following description of the curious old Chimney Piece at Mrs Budworth's, the "Hope and Anchor" Inn, Wirksworth, from the OLD PARISH MAGAZINE:-

    "In the centre of the Chimney Piece is an an Ellipse, within which are four fleur-de-lis in cross, point to point. The form is somewhat unusual. It may be remembered that there is a difference of opinion as to the origin of the Fleur-de-lis, some believe it to be the lily, or gillyflower, others to be a form of the Cronel, or spear-head. On either side of the central elliptical panel is a square panel on which are carved the raised figures of two Unicorns rampant, holding between them a sceptre crowned with a fleur-de-lis, or perhaps a spear with a fleur-de-lis or cronel above. These are the supporters of the Royal Arms of the old Kingdom of Scotland, previous to the union with England in 1603. Perhaps this Chimney-piece was put up immediately after the union by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, or his deputy, out of compliment to the new Sovereign. The date seems certainly about 1600 to 1620.

    "On either side of the panels is the Tudor Rose. The central part of the chimney-piece is very bold and well carved, but the side pilasters appear to be an addition of later times. They seem intended for Ionic, though the capital is reversed, instead of being in the usual form, they are correlated, but appear to be of a different wood, of somewhat paler colour than the centre. The lowest tier of carving below the mantel-shelf seems certainly intended for Corinthian.

    "The ornaments which surmount the left hand Ionic columns are difficult to decipher, they might be a cock's wattles, a star, a hedge-hog's back, or two combs.

    "An ornament which occurs in the principal beam is formed of four trefoils joined together in a cross, with a kind of descending leg or limb, which may be meant for the stem of a tree from which they branch, the central ornament is formed of three trefoils."

Outline Pedigree of the HACKETT family

    Richard R HACKETT was the author of the 1st edition of "Wirksworth and five miles round" published in 1863 when he was 20 years old.
    Most of this information is taken from the excellent family history page by John Dobson of Winnipeg, Canada,
    and from Ron Hackett ["svh1946-rhgn AT yahoo.co.uk"].

    1746 1750 John 1772 Susannah James Ann HACKETT=====v=====RENSHAW SWINSCOE=====v=====HOLMES 1808? | 1834 | | | |---|----| | | | | 1795 | 1810 Richard John Mary | | | |-----------| | | | | 1791 1795 1810 Lydia 1813 Richard 1841 Mary FOGG=====v=====HACKETT=======v=====SWINSCOE 1839 | 1862 | >1868 | | | | | | | | |----------|------|--------|--------|-------|------|-|----|------| | | | | | | | | | | | 1814 1815 1817 1818 1821 1824 1825 1827 1829 1843 Elizabeth Maria William Charles George Anne Sarah Lydia John Richard m.1838 m.1843 | m.1846 1854 m.1846 m.1859 | James Mary Ann | Edward Joseph Mary | SWINSCOE SHELDON | SWINSCOE BELL WOOD | | | | | 1822 | 1841 Sheffield 1843 Hulme 1848 Lydia 1842 George Mary 1863 Richard 1876 Ann WOODWARD=====v=====HACKETT HAWLEY=====v=====HACKETT=====v====NIGHTINGALE | 1876 | 1900 | 1901 | | | |--------|------|--------|---|---|--|---| |--------|---|---| |---|--|--------| | | | | | | | | | | | | 1842 1844 1846 1847 1849 1851 1864 1871 1873 1877 1881 1885 Richard Emily Charles George James Lydia William Mary John Ellen Francis Edith Henry Dora M Thomas 1883 1866

Outline Pedigree of the BUCKLEY family

    Joseph BUCKLEY was the printer of the 1st edition of "Wirksworth and five miles round"
    published in 1863 when he was 34 years old.

    Joseph 1761 Anne BUCKLEY=====v=====DOXEY | 1809 | |--------|----------|--|--|-------|-------| | | | | | | 1762 1764 1766 1773 1776 1779 Anthony Elizabeth Ann Joseph Samuel Thomas | | | 1776 1774 Samuel 1799 Phoebe BUCKLEY=====v=====MARSON | | |-------|------|----------|-------|----------|---|----|--------|------|------| | | | | | | | | | | 1800 1802 1803 1805 1807 1812 1815 1820 1818 Joseph Betty Elizabeth Samuel Elizabeth Anthony William Sarah Alice James 1803 | | 1803 1808 Samuel 1828 Hannah BUCKLEY=====v=====SPENCER | | | 1829 1828 Joseph 1851 Sarah Ann BUCKLEY=====v=====KIRKLAND | | |----------|-------|-------|------|------|---|---| | | | | | | | 1853 1854 1856 1858 1860 1862 1864 Elizabeth Walter Louisa Annie Emily Joseph Edith

Outline Pedigree of the BROOKES family

    Frank W BROOKES was the printer of the 2nd edition of "Wirksworth and five miles round"
    published in 1899 when he was 22 years old.

    1809 John 1835 Mary BROOKS=====v=====KNIVETON | | |----|---|--------| | | | 1836 1840 1844 Charles William Mary | | 1836 1839 Charles Ann BROOKS=====v===== <1881 | | |------|-----|------|---|--| | | | | | 1859 1864 1867 1871 1877 Annie Emma Ellen Martha Frank | | Frank W Elizabeth BROOKES=====v===== | | 1894 Hilda

List of subscribers to 1st edition

These subscribers are for the 1863 1st edition. Subscribers located in the Census are linked.
93 subscribers, 36 out of study area, 53 located in Census, 32 from Wirksworth, 20 from other parts of study area.
Arkwright Alfred Esq; Gatehouse, Wirksworth
Allen, Mr George, Riber Hall
Alsop, Mr Anthony, Wensley [8]
Butt, Miss, Wirksworth
Butt W Esq, 56 Upper Seymour St, Portman Sq, London
Butt R Esq, 1 Raymond Buildings, Gray's Inn, London
Banks Esq, Coventry
Birch Mr E, organist, Wirksworth
Bemrose Mr H, Derby
Brooks Mr S, 38 Robert St, Manchester (2 copies)
Booth Mr H D, Cromford
Burton Miss, Cromford
Buckley Mr W, Middleton
Brace Miss, postmistress, Wirksworth [2]
Bradley T Esq
Barton Mr F, Wirksworth
Brown Mr Jonas, Matlock Bank
Cantrell William, Esq, M.D., Wirksworth
Campion Mr, Alderwasly
Eadson, Mr S, Wirksworth
Elce Mr T junr, Jersey Street, Manchester
Frost Mr Samuel, Wirksworth [7]
Frost Mr S C, Nichol's Croft, Manchester
Goodwin F G Esq, Wigwell Grange
Gratton Miss M, Wirksworth
Goodwin Mr, bookseller, Bakewell
Greaves Mrs, Wirksworth
Hurt Philip Esq, Bayonne, France (two copies)
Hurt A F Esq, Alderwasley Hall (two copies)
Hubbersty Philip Esq, Wirksworth (two copies)
Hubbersty Rev Nathan, Eastwell Hall, Melton Mowbry
Harward Arthur Esq, Wirksworth (two copies)
Hall Ebenezer Esq,Shrewsbury Works,Sheffield[4]
Hawley Mr W, Buxton
Hall Mr W L, Wirksworth [3]
Hindle Mr James, Wirksworth
Jones Rev R M, Cromford
Jepson Mr Peter, Wirksworth [12]
Kingdon J F Esq, Wirksworth
Kidd Mr Thomas, Cromford
Kidd Mr David, Cromford
Killer Mr Joseph, Middleton [1]
Leonard Mr John, London
Louch Mr, London
Mant Newton Esq, M.D., Wirksworth
Milnes Herbert Esq, Lichfield
Marsh Mr William, Wirksworth
Moore Mr, Ripley
Mechanics' Institution, Wirksworth
Outram Mr Thomas, Cromford
Ogden Mr Samuel, Wirksworth [9]
O'Sloin Mrs Henry, Cardiff
Peal Mr Marcellus, Wirksworth
Pickard Mr J W, Manchester
Parkin John Esq, Idridgehay
Pickard Mr James, Wirksworth
Percival Mrs H, Wirksworth
Pollard J P Esq, 55 Upper John Street,
            Fitzroy Square, London (two copies)
Rowland Mr Samuel, Wirksworth
Robinson Mr, Willersley
Spencer Mr Thomas, Manchester
Spencer Miss D, Willersley
Swift Mr Charles, Masson Mill

Comments on subscribers to 1st edition

    Subject: Hackett no 1 listings
    Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 13:50:34 +0000 (GMT)

    Hello John

    The following is information concerning persons named on Hacketts listings no.1

    [1] Joseph Killer of Middleton Main Street was a Master Carpenter in the family firm of Building Contractors..His son Samuel born 1851 married Martha Flint daughter of Samuel and Mary Flint nee Killer my Gr Gr Grandparents.. Samuel and Martha being cousins Martha's brother Henry Flint was my Grt Grandfather..Josephs wife Sarah was a Schoolmistress at Middleton School Samuels brother Isaac Killer I believe married a Doxey of Bonsall

    [2] Miss Mary Jane Brace born 1796 was Post Mistress at Wirksworth Post Office She was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Brace nee Shore of Bonsall .. Mary nee Shore daughter of Thomas Shore of Snitterton one of her fore bares being Robert Shore who was at one time Mining Agent to The Duke of Devonshire 1750s at Ecton Copper Mine replaced by my distant kinsman Cornelius Flint of Great Longstone.. Marys father Thomas Brace was son of William and Mary Brace nee Gell of Cromford. In 1870 on the demise of Miss Mary Jane Brace, Jasper Wager son of Jasper Wager Gent of Great Longstone took over the Post Office.. Jasper Wager was brother to Catherine Wager who married Samuel Hall of my kin see next name re the listings

    [3] William Lees Hall was son of Samuel and Catherine Hall nee Wager Catherine daughter of Jasper Wager of Grt Longstone.. Samuel Hall was son of Stephen and Ruth Hall nee Henstock they my 5XUncle and Aunt Ruth sister of Mary Henstock who married William Hawley they my 4XGrandparents..their daughter Mary marrying John Killer they my 3XGrandparents Ruth and Mary Henstock were daughters of Edward and Mary Henstock nee Frost of Slaley Hall Bonsall.. Stephen Hall Gent/Land Owner/Partner in lead mines was son of Thomas and Mary Hall nee Bagshaw, Mary daughter of Stephen Bagshaw Chief Barmaster Soke & Wapentake of Wirksworth..Stephens fore bares were both my wife's and my kin.. I have copies of documents re Stephen Hall when he was involved in purchasing property from the Simpson family of Bonsall and from Brittlebanks (Solicitors) he a friend of Henry Flint who married into the Simpson family Henry being left The Study Manor House Bonsall in Adam Simpson's will.. Adam brother in law to Richard Arkwright 2nd who married Mary Simpson dau of Adam and Elizabeth Simpson nee Oldham

    [4] Ebenezer Hall was son of Gilbert and Elizabeth Hall nee Slack of The Alley Middleton (my wifes Grt Aunts lived in their house early 1900s) Ebenezer born in the 1820s.. He attended Cromford C of E School funded and built by Richard Arkwright 2nd son of Sir Richard Arkwright.. Arkwright's friend was William Shore Head Master at the school.. Their joint friend was John Roberts who owned a Silver Smith factory at Shrewsbury Works Broad Street Sheffield..Roberts was childless and asked Arkwright and Shore to find him a bright lad to become his apprentice with a view to adopting him..Ebenezer was chosen and went to live with Roberts and his wife at Abbeydale Villa (later on extensions know as Abbeydale Hall) Dore near Sheffield..Ebenezer married Sarah Wilkinson John Roberts neice and by the 1870s was Managing Director of the firm known as Martin, Hall & Co with showrooms in Glasgow and London.. Ebenezer's brother Joseph Hall a Manager with the firm married Mary Longden sister to Jane Longdon who married my Gr Gr Uncle Samuel Joseph Sheldon. His sister Martha Sheldon married Joseph Walker as his 3rd wife Joseph and Martha my Grt Grandparents.. Mary and Janes sister Elizabeth Longdon married George Frost a Stonemason at Killer Bros Quarry Middleton Ebenezers relation was Peter Wragg of Middleton who became a Manager at Martin, Hall & Co he also named in the Hackett listings

    [5] Peter Wragg was son of Nathaniel and Anne Wragg nee Spencer of Middleton daughter of Peter and Hannah Spencer nee Porter. Nathaniel Wragg was brother to my wifes 4XGrandmother Hannah Wragg who married Robert Evans a lead miner at Middleton (family mine Springus Mine). Anne Wragg ne Spencers sister was Mary Spencer who married John Flint he son of Robert Flint my 4XUncle who along with William Allen Flint his brother and children then born emigrated as Latter Day Saints to Kaysville Utah U.S.A. in 1850. Peter Wragg was born in 1832 at Middleton and by his teens was sent to work at his father's friend Ebenezer Halls works which by the 1870s was known as Martin, Hall & Co..Peter married Sarah Bownes of Sheffield at Calver Street Methodist Church 4th April 1855. He started out with Roberts and Naylor the original name of the firm as a Wharehouseman then progressed to become an accountant with the firm and then a Director..By the 1860s he was a Trustee of Totley Methodist Church where Ebenezer was also involved as Ebenezer a benefactor to many churches both at Sheffield and at Middleton his home village.. (he donated the full expenses to extend Holy Trinity Church by the Vicars Vestry/Porch and Stained Glass Windows..Ebenezers portrait hangs on the wall at the rear of Middleton Holy Trinity Church.. Peters daughter Sarah Elizabeth Spencer Wragg married Rev James Hawkins Pawlyn of Cornwall a Methodist Minister On the demise of his first wife Peter married Eliza Pearson whose father was a Watch Maker Peter's brother John Phillip Wragg married Eizabeth Doxey of Middleton living at Houghton Road Woodseats My brother in law Rev Arthur Macgregor Brown my sisters husband was Methodist Minister at Woodseats Sheffield in the 1970s his Circuit Steward being Micheal Wragg..

    [6] Joseph Walker born 1815 at Castleton North Derbyshire son of William and Catherine Walker nee Wigley the Walkers and Wigleys originally from Cromford and Bonsall. The Walker family along with Wigley's of the 1700s were Blue John Miners at Castleton having married into the Hall family who co partnered at Blue John Cavern with John Kirk who some believe the stone was named after...Joseph Walker was my Grt Grandfather having married 3 times his first wife Anne Wright of Wrights Cottages Wigwell Wirksworth Moor, married 1836 she my blood kin via Wheatcrofts and Frosts of my Grand fore bare family 2nd wife Margaret Fletcher of Wrockwardine Wood Shropshire 3rd wife and my Gr Grandmother Martha Sheldon dau of Joseph and Elizabeth Sheldon nee Sheldon (2nd cousins) of Middleton and Bonsall respectivley. Joseph was a Master Stonemason who by the 1840s had founded a Building Contractors firm and by the 1850s had secured sub contracts to build property on the London North Western Railway Co line from Gloucester - Carlisle and into West Yorkshire...He also secured contracts to build part of The Wirksworth - Duffield railway line laying the drainage pipes along the track side and I believe building the gritstone road bridges from Wirksworth - Shottle. His firm also built Wirksworth Baptist Church Coldwell Street NatWest Bank Wirksworth (Compton & Evans) and rebuilt Maltby and Robinson Bank (also known as Nottingham Banking Co once owned by Richard Arkwright son of Sir Richard Arkwright) now Lloyds T.S.B. where Henry Beesley also named on the 2nd edition of Hacketts listings was one time Chief Clerk/Manager he of my Flint kin. After his demise his sons carried on the firm my Grandfather John Walker being the joiner with the firm when Mount Zion Methodist Church Middleton was built in 1905. Joseph Walker son of Joseph Walker and 1/2 brother to my Grandfather is named in the 2nd edtion of Hacketts listings

    [7] Samuel Frost was born in 1782 to John and Anne Frost nee Wright Anne daughter of Samuel Wright of Wrights Cottages Wigwell Wirksworth Moor he of my kin.. John Frost, Samuels father was son of Robert Frost who married Hannah Shaw daughter of my Grand fore bare Jethro Shaw of Oakerside Wensley Robert brother to my 5XGrandfather John Frost who married Esther Hill their daughter Mary Frost married John Flint they my 4XGrandparents..Samuel married Nanny Smith daughter of Richard Smith orignally from Tansley Richard partner for a time to Thomas Smedley of Steeplegrange at a Hosiery Workshop on North End Wirksworth .. Thomas father of John Smedley 1st partner for a time with Peter Nightingale whose name founded John Smedley Lea Mills.. his son John Smedley establishing the firm Thomas Smedleys wife was Mary Smith sister to Richard Smith..The Smiths via their allied family of Fowler and Bush were in laws to Micheal Hall Wigley my 4XUncle brother of Sarah Wigley my 3XGrandmother whose natural daughter Catherine married William Walker they my Gr Gr Grandparents Catherines sister also natural daughter of Sarah Wigley married John Sheldon of Slaley of my kin.. Samuel Frost was Manager at Wirksworth Savings Bank which opened every Tuesday only in the office now known as Andrew Macbeth Cash & Co Solicitors..Samuel was also a Maltster and Grocer on West End Wirksworth and a Rope Manufacturer at Hammonds Court (the lane alongside A Macbeth Cash & Co offices). His sons removed to Manchester Robert died in his early years another son Samuel C Frost owned a Grocery business at Manchester..I believe he is also on Hacketts listings.. A daughter of Samuel and Nanny Frost married into the Drake family of Ashbourne her father in law an Agent to a family of Blackwall

    [8] Anthony Alsop was born to John and Mary Alsop at Snitterton (on some records it has his mother as Catherine and place of birth Wensley) Anthony married Hannah Wright dau of Samuel and Silence Wright nee Cotterill of Wrights Cottages Wigwell Wirksworth Moor Samuel son of John and Ellen Wright nee Wheatcroft Ellen daughter of my 7XGrandfather William Wheatcroft. Anthony was a Lead Merchant brother to John Alsop of Lea Bridge who married Anne Ogden dau of William Ogden of Tansley.. Anthony was Barmaster to The Soke & Wapentake of Wirksworth late 1790s - Anthony and Hannah's son John Alsop married Elizabeth Louise Wass daughter of Rev Edward Miller Wass a Weslyan Minister from Sheffield whilst their daughter Lydia married her cousin Luke German Alsop Lead Merchant/Smelter of Lea Bridge.

    Anthony's brother John Alsop son Luke German Alsop married Anthony's daughter Lydia whilst his son John Alsop married Hannah Smedley sister of John Smedley 1st of Lea Mills Lydia Alsop another daughter married John Allen of Bonsall who with my Gr Gr Uncle John Crofts were Schoolmasters at The Study School Bonsall...Members of the Wass family attended the school Out of the joint marriages of the cousins came the firm which re opened Mill Close Lead Mine Darley Bridge in the 1850s trading under the Wass family name. 100 years before in the mid 1700s my Flint family worked for The London Lead Company at Mill Close Grove Mine and at others of their ownership throughout England.. but flooding closed down the seams at Darley Bridge until Wass bought in new pumping engines at Mill Close.. Members of my fore bare family of Flint were Mining Agents to the Alsop family who took over most of the working lead mines from the 1840s-1900. Anthony Alsops daughter Mary married John Thellwell of Gorsey Bank Wirksworth who owned a Hat Manufacturing factory.. When Mary died he remarried Anne Frost 1820 sister to Samuel Frost of my allied kin who married Nanny Smith a member of the Smedley family...Anne Thellwell nee Frost died in 1827..

    [9] Samuel Ogden son of Thomas and Anne Ogden nee Ryley..Anne daughter of Matthew Ryley Hatter.. Thomas Ogden an Innkeeper and Butcher...Samuel married Mary Anne ....his Butchers shop where up to more recent years Ian Coates Butchers shop was, now an outlet for specialist cheeses.. Thomas Ogden was son of Frances and Elizabeth Ogden nee Sims she my distant kin..Frances Ogden's brother John Ogden married Sarah Gibbons daughter of Micheal Gibbons Blacksmith.. Sarah's brother Thomas Gibbons a Blacksmith married Elizabeth Collinson dau of Joseph and Hannah Collinson nee Wright daughter of John Wright of Wrights Cottages Wirksworth Moor of my kin On Thomas's demise Elizabeth married my 4XUncle Joseph Flint Mining Agent at The Bage Lead Mine Bolehill and other mines at Rise End Middleton

    [10] William Walker born at Manchester came to Lea as Manager and then owner at the Hat Factory built by Peter Nightingale near Lea Mills which Nightingale built in the 1780s William Walker lived at Leawood The Hat Factory manufactured Military Caps and hats for the Gentry

    [11] Robert Wildgoose 1822 - 1900 was son of John and Fanny Wildgoose .. In his 30s he was a senior clerk at John Smedley Lea Mills and by the 1860s was Trustee Manager at the mill. He married 1st wife Anne Stoppard daughter of Aaron Stoppard of Lea married at Ashover Parish Church 1847 2nd wife Maria Elizabeth Painter dau of John and Emmie Painter of Clifton Bristol married 1891 When married to Anne they lived at The Poplars Holloway. Robert Wildgoose was also a Director of Matlock Tram Corporation donating the funds for the covered Tram Shelter in Matlock Crown Square

    [12] Peter Jepson born 1830 at Cromford he a Railway Manager son of Timothy and Elizabeth Jepson nee Burton of Scarthin Nick Cromford they married 1827 Timothy born 1799 son of Joseph and Anne Jepson nee Roper married 1786 Joseph son of cousins Joseph and Rebecca Jepson nee Jepson Josephs father was Jonathan Jepson who married Alice Edges and Rebecca daughter of John and Mary Jepson nee Flint.. John son of John and Anne Jepson nee Flint of Alderwasley... Peter Jepson married Matilda Marples of Stalybridge.. Peters sister Mary Anne Jepson married 1st husband Amos Barker Blacksmith at the Cromford & High Peak Railway at High Peak Junction Workshops.. When Amos obt.. Mary Anne remarried my wife's Gr Gr Grandfather George Fox Master Stonemason / Building Contractor he also mentioned in Hacketts book. Jepsons of this family in the early years married into my wifes Eaton family of Cromford and also married into my Killer family ie Samuel Killer Joiner/Builder brother to my 3XGrandfather John Killer married Sarah Jepson whilst Sarah's sister Mary married Josiah Slack of my wifes kin..Sarah and Mary's nephew Joseph Jepson married his cousin Sarah Killer..One of the more recent Jepson family was my Grandfather John Walker's apprentice joiner in the 1930s at Middleton...A present day member of the Jepson family born at Middleton is Musical Director of Matlock Brass Band which under his baton are Brass Band Festival winners..
    Peters children were:
    Thomas George Jepson Joiner married Elizabeth Benyon daughter of John Benyon Butler to Nicholas Price Wood at Wirksworth Hall... N Price Wood Esq. a Solicitor whose family were also involved in Banking also named on Hacketts listings, his wife Agnes nee Hubbersty her father Rev Nathan Hubbersty kinsman to Hurts of Alderwasley Hall.her Uncle a Solicitor .Agnes turned the first sod on the building of the Wirksworth - Duffield railway line.. John Benyon senior and his son John junior who married into the Harrison family both named in Hacketts book.. Timothy Marples Jepson married Mary Anne Watts daughter of James Watts Engraver / Monumental Mason Florence Anne Jepson married George Alcock of Staleybridge 1878

    Regards Stuart G Flint

List of subscribers to 2nd edition

These subscribers are for the 1899 2nd edition, limited to a run of 75. There were 119 subscribers, of whom 95 are located in the Census (79 in Wirksworth).

Comments on subscribers to 2nd edition

    Subject: Hacketts
    Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 01:30:21 +0000 (GMT)

    Hello John

    Again, at the risk of appearing to hog your site, you may be interested in the following information

    The writer of the book you have placed on your web pages Richard Hackett, I believe is a distant kin of my wife's family of Slack/Swinscoe kin.. Edward Swinscoe on your Hackett Pedigree married 1st wife Mary Potter 2nd wife Anne Hackett

    Edward and Anne's son Richard Swinscoe married Mary ..... Their daughter Sarah Anne Swinscoe married William Slack son of William Thomas Needham Slack of Brassington Quarry Manager at my kinsman' Thomas Brittains quarry Manystones Brassington William T.M.Slack was brother of my wifes Gr Grandmother Mary Slack who married Joseph Evans of Middleton.. R R Hackett was apprenticed to James Buckley of Hillside Middleton son of Samuel and Pheobe Buckley nee Marson..The Marsons of Bolehill my distant kin via Flints..

    William and Sarah Anne Slack nee Swinscoe's heir was J J Slack of Middleton a well known local councillor some years ago on Wirksworth UDC the who passed away nearing his 100th birthday in recent years whose sons live at Middleton and Higham today. One of the sons is a councillor for Middleton Ward on Derbyshire Dales District Council..

    Now regarding the names re contributers

    [1] Henry Beesley was a Bank Manager at Wirksworth at what today is Lloyds T.S.B. later removing to Manchester He my kin via Flints his son being Lawrence Beesley survivor of the Titanic disaster

    [2] Dr Broster in the 1950s put on a magnificent Pageant called Pitty Wood where he used the whole site of Pitty Wood and Wirksworth Recreation Ground to stage an out of this world show tracing the history of The British Empire..My mother was involved as one of the cast as was my sister Jennifer and brother John M Flint he along with his fellow school friends from Anthony Gell School was a Roman Soldier..I believe mother was a Nymph her situation up in the wood with spotlights tracing her movements..I as a young lad sat entranced at the scene being on seats in tiers on what today is the Football Ground..Dr Broster met an untimely demise at his own hands... I believe the Pageant was such a strain as to make him ill

    [3] John Richard Birley lived at Middleton he a Director of Birleys Quarry Middleton Moor just above Killer Bros Quarry..John Richard Birley's brother George Birley married Esther Slack my wifes Gr Gr Aunt sister to W.T.N Slack and Mary Evans nee Slack my wife's Grt Grandmother..Elizabeth Ellen Birley another sister married Sidney Flint Senior Railway Clerk son of Herbert Flint Mining Agent at The Bage Lead Mine Bolehill..Herbert of my kin John Richard Birley's son John Brookes Birley was a friend of my father Harry S Flint both Deacons at Middleton Congregational Church John B Birley's daughters Sarah and Milliicent Birley were friends of my family up to their demise in the 1980s both Matrons at Hospitals up to retirement..Birleys had a Monumental Works at Buckland Hollow and at Heage..Their family originated from Ashford In The Water..working I believe Ashford Black Marble. My family lived opposite the Birley home in my youth, (Axeholme previously known as South View owned by the Axe family (The Axe family my wife and my family via Killer Slack Jones and Flint) whilst I was born into a house owned by Birleys (Birleigh House Main Street MIddleton)

    The John Banyons were not so named their names were
    [4] John Benyon John senior was the first Labour Party Agent at Wirksworth he a Butler for the Price - Wood family of Wirksworth Hall.. Agnes Price Wood nee Hubbersty of this family dug out the first sod of the Wirksworth - Duffield Railway line 1860s some of the line built by my Grt Grandfather Joseph Walker's family firm.. Thomas Tomlinson of my distant kin gave the steel spade which still hangs in a cabinet at the Council Chamber Wirksworth Town Hall..or at least did when I served briefly on the Town Council..The Hubbersty's were part of the Hurt family of Alderwasley Hall. The Benyon family married into my Harrison and Flint family.. Robert Benyon of this family courted my mother for a time.

    [5] Solomon Fox was brother to George Fox both mentioned in the Hackett listings ..George Fox married Emma Blackham daughter of Ambrose and Harriett Blackham nee Street they my wifes 4XGrandparents.. George and Emma my wifes 3XGrandparents their daughter Emma married John Thomas Hall of Brassington a Platelayer on The Cromford & HPR Thomas and Emma's daughter Sarah Jane Hall married Herbert Evans of Middleton they my wifes Grandparents.. George Fox and brother Solomon owned a Building Contracting firm George living at Cavendish Cottages Wirksworth where in the 1970s my wife and I lived under the tenancy of my kinsman Joseph Flint a Blacksmith / Engineer at Bowne & Shaws Quarry whose wife was of the Benyon/Harrison family...George and Solomons brother Luke Fox was a Station Master .George Fox's 2nd wife was Mary Anne Barker widow of Amos Barker of Ilkeston a Blacksmith at High Peak Junction Cromford & HPR ..Mary Anns maiden name was Jepson her father Timothy Jepson a Railway Manager..

    [6] James Hatchett was a Bank Clerk at Compton & Evans Bank Wirksworth (NatWest today) the bank built by Joseph Walker & Sons.. Joseph my Grt Grandfgather James Hatchett's Step father (actually his Uncle who adopted him) was:
    [6a] John H Starkey also mentioned on the list Mr Starkey lived on Cromford Road he a School Master at Gells School one of his sons married into the Fritchley family of Wirksworth.. Mr Starkey a Congregationalist laid a foundation stone at Midleton Congregational Sunday School in the early 1900s when the school was added onto the church built in 1786 .. My sister in laws Grt Aunt Evelyn Brailsford nee Farnsworth as a 16 year old was house keeper for Mr Starkey

    My father along with John B Birley and Douglas Slack, Daniel Slack, Bertram Petts, Norman Harrison and the Claytons all followed on as Deacon at the Church my father being Sunday School Superintendent in the 1920s.

    [7] William John Harrison named was a Joiner/Builder at Steeplegrange.. His family of Land/Brookes were also of my kin.. In the 1930s he was Chairman of Wirksworth Urban District Council when the road named after him Harrison Drive was built, driven through the old quarry workings once owned by my kinsman George Colledge
    William J Harrison was also related to Benyons his son Norman marrying Lillian Petts daughter of John James Petts Monumental Mason whose wife was a Brookes of my family.. John James Petts's other daughter Ada married my Uncle John Samuel Flint, my father's brother Norman Harrison was a Labour Councillor on Wirksworth U.D.C. also a Deacon at Middleton Congregational Church..He and Uncle Jack Flint (a Steam Engine Driver living near Crewe) were an influence on me when I was in my youth..and in my adult life I spent many hours with them at Steeplegrange

    [8] Joseph Rowlands of Callow Hall Farm was fore bare of my wifes 2nd cousin's husband Alfred Rowlands deceased.. Way back in the late 1790s my wifes 5XGrandfather Zachariah Hall farmed at Callow Carr Farm next door to Callow Hall Farm

    [9] Andrew Macbeth was a Solicitor who founded the firm still known today as Andrew Macbeth Cash & Co but now under new managements of The Potter Company...Andrews Gr Grandfather was Isaac Hoades who was also my 5XGrandfather Isaac married Anne Shaw whose Grt Nephews were the Shaws named in Hacketts list William Shaw of South View Cromford Road Alfred Shaw of Rose Cottage West End and Frank Shaw who married Fanny Baggley.. A Playing Field still known as Fanny Shaws given to the town by Fanny Shaw William Alfred and Frank were son of John Shaw who with Peter Bowne General Manager of Crich Quarry (The Butterley Company) and Shaws brother in law John Wilde founded Bown & Shaws Quarry Middleton Road Wirksworth.. Their financiers were Francis Green Goodwin and his son William Goodwin of Wigwell Grange..Bowne Wilde and the Goodwins were bought out evenutally the Shaws having sole control up to larger quarrying firms taking over

    [10] Luke Hall jnr was a Baker at Bolehill. Frederick Flint of my kin worked for him as did my Grandfather John Walker on nights 10.00 p.m to 2.00 a.m. even though he was an Apprentice with his family firm of Joseph Walker & Sons in the day time..Grandfather Walker was born at a house built by his father at the rear of the Bakery ..His father Joseph born in 1815 married 3 times my Grandfather's mother Martha Sheldon his 3rd wife.. Joseph died in my Grandfathers early years..and so he had to be the bread winner and as an apprentrice, his wages were meagre ..he had to work at the bakery to make ends meet. Luke Hall's Uncle Thomas Hall who founded the Bakery married Mary Flint of my kin..Adam Killer who owned the Bakery on St Mary's Gate Wirksworth up to recent years was an Apprentice to Luke Hall..

    [11] Joseph Walker mentioned in the listings was 1/2 brother to my Grandfather John Walker. Joseph son of Joseph and Margaret Walker nee Fletcher his 2nd wife..John Walker my Grandfather being the son of Joseph seniors 3rd wife Martha Sheldon.. Joseph Walker jnr was a Building Contractor with the family firm and a Methodist Local Preacher..

    [12] Samuel Land named on the list was a Draper and Gents Outfitter in Market Place Wirksworth He was the son of John and Martha Land nee Greenhough.. Martha my kin as her parents were John and Millicent Greenhough nee Flint Millicent sister to my Gr Gr Grandfather Samuel Flint who married Mary Killer.. The Greenhoughs and my self share the same Grand fore bare family of Simpson and Colledge... Samuel Lands Grt Grandfather was George Land who married Betty Hoades they my 3XGrandparents on my mothers Cauldwell-Walker side of the family..George and Betty Lands son, Samuel's Grandfather was George Land who married Anne Brookes of Bolehill.. George was brother to my Gr Gr Grandmother Hannah Land who married James Smith of Carsington a Mining Agent their daughter Sarah Smith married Thomas Cauldwell of Alderwasley their daughter Annie Cauldwell married John Walker they my Grandparents..

    In the 1920s my father Harry S Flint had a Drapery Shop two doors away from where Samuel Land's shop had been up to the early 1900s

    [13] James Walker Stonemason born 1845 son of James and Elizabeth Walker nee Higton married Sarah Hall 1870 daughter of Job and Sarah Hall of Bolehill (Sarah from Collington Notts) Job a Stonemason son of John and Elizabeth Hall nee Blackwall of Middleton

    [14] Job Walker Master Stonemason born 1843 was the son of James and Elizabeth Walker nee Higton of Bolehill. James a Master Stonemason / Builder.. working under contract to Joseph Walker & Sons James was the son of Robert and Hannah Walker nee Hoades..Robert Walker's Grandmother was Ruth Frost my 6XAunt on Flint's who married John Walker a Butcher/Farmer originally from Ashbourne, whilst Hannahs Uncle was my 5XGrandfather Isaac Hoades on my mother's Walker family.. Robert Walkers family not of my mothers lineage of Walker.. ...Job's wife was Hannah Spencer of Middleton daughter of John Spencer Landlord of The Nelson's Arm Inn. The Higtons married into my Hoades family and also into my allied kin of Kniveton...One of their heirs is my near neighbour today...

    [15] Luke Hall senior born 1830 to Elizabeth Hall un married at the time of Luke's birth ..Elizabeth born 1808 daughter of Thomas and Mary Hall nee Gregory of Rise End Middleton Baker / Farmer Thomas and Mary's son Thomas Hall born 1801 married my 3XAunt Mary Flint in 1827 sister to Samuel Flint my Gr Gr Grandfather Thomas he founding the Bakery at Bolehill which continued as a Grocery Shop up to the 1950s still in Hall ownership.. This Hall family owned the land upon which The Bage Mine stands, which in more recent years has been owned and is still owned by the Killer family (Bakers Wirksworth. . Adam having served his apprenticeship as a Baker with Luke Hall jnr.) On Luke's birth Thomas and Mary Hall nee Flint took him in..Elizabeth then married Percy Bunting of Bonsall in 1837 son of Silas Bunting of Bonsall.. Luke became an apprentice Baker to Thomas his Uncle..

    [16] Luke Hall married Henritta Oliver possibly a widow as her brother Frederick Bond lived with Luke and herself... A family of Bond lived at Fox Clouds an area also known as Botany Bay Cromford Moor. whilst others of their kin lived at Bonsall .Luke and Henrietta's son was Luke jnr also a Baker in the family firm who married Elizabeth Anne Storer daughter of Aaron Storer Grocer.. This Hall family married into my allied kin of Brookes, Land, Holmes, Flint and Hoades..Luke senior married a lady by the name of Keturah (some records say Sarah) from Heage in his twilight years...his heirs still live in the Wirksworth area today..

    [17] John Slater born 1859 married Elizabeth Turner of Baslow daughter of ........ Turner Coal Merchant.. John Slater started out as a joiner on North End but in later life he took over his father in laws coal business his yard at the rear of The Swan Inn North End next to what became Bennetts Mill Cemetery Lane.. John was son of John and Sarah Slater nee Kniveton John in turn son of Joshua and Hannah Slater nee Flint Hannah my 4XAunt. The Swan Inn was owned by my distant kinsman John Waterfield who was also a Lime Burner and Stonemerchant at Stoneycroft Quarry now known as Stoneycroft Wood. Joshua Slater was killed at Masson Mill 1823 whilst oiling machines..The machines were all oiled on Sunday mornings when the workers were expected to attend Church services. John and Elizabeth had a son Joshua Frederick Slater known in my youth as Fred Slater who owned the Cycle Shop on St John Street, he a friend of my father both being Councillors on Wirksworth UDC and fellow Rotarians..

    [18] James Walker Stonemason born 1845 son of James and Elizabeth Walker nee Higton married Sarah Hall 1870 daughter of Job and Sarah Hall of Bolehill (Sarah from Collington Notts) Job a Stonemason son of John and Elizabeth Hall nee Blackwall of Middleton

    [19] John Benyon jnr born 1874 married Millicent Harrison 1896 Millicent daughter of James and Mahala Harrison nee Buckley of Steeplegrange, Mahala dau of George and Millicent Buckley nee Butler.. Butlers both my wife and my kin via Shaws of Wirksworth..John Benyon was a Chief Clerk on The Midland Railway..his sister Martha Emmie Benyon married Arthur Edward Chamberlain son of Frederick John Chamberlain of Worksop.. John Benyons other sister Elizabeth married Thomas George Jepson son of Peter Jepson of Cromford whose son Timothy was a Railway Manager on The Midland line..Peter Jepson also named on Hacketts listings.. James Harrison, father of Millicent.as his brother Herbert were born at Ockbrook nr Borrowash Derby Herbert married my Gr Gr Aunt Ellen Land daughter of George and Anne Land nee Brookes of Bolehill..whilst Norman Harrison Grandson of James married Lillian Petts her sister Ada having married my Uncle John Samuel Flint..The Benyons also married into my allied Flint family..

    Regards Stuart G Flint

Comments on illustrator to 2nd edition

    From BrettPayne's Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles: George and James Watterson

    George Watterson was born at Wirksworth and baptised there on 15 September 1844, second son of a dyer James Watterson (1812-1846) and his wife Elizabeth Roe (1815-1888). His father died in 1846, when George, an older brother and a younger sister were still very young, and their mother went to work in a tape manufacturing warehouse. George became a clerk to a grocer and spirit merchant in his teens, and continued working as a commercial clerk until 1891, when he described himself in the census of that year as an unemployed bookkeeper. George Watterson married Fanny Clarke at West Derby, Liverpool in early 1871. They eventually had five children, including a son James, who was born in early 1878. It was probably shortly after 1891 that George Watterson started working as a photographer, because the 1895 Kelly's trade directory shows him with a studio at Bailey Croft terrace in Wirksworth. In 1899 he was also proprietor of the Cheshire Cheese Public House at North end. However, by April 1901 his son
    James Watterson, then aged 23, appears to have taken over the photographic studio, while George was the caretaker of the Town Hall. Kelly's 1912 directory shows James as a musical instrument dealer on Coldwell street, Wirksworth, suggesting that by this time photography was no longer his primary occupation. However, a picture of Crich Cliff and Stand (built in 1923) by him on the Picture the Past web site shows that he was still operating at that time.


    Subject: James Watterson
    Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 17:52:15 +0000 (GMT)

    James Watterson the illustrator of the 2nd edition of Hacketts book printed by F.W. Brookes was nephew to Eliza Watterson who married William Walker of my kin 1870 son of William and Lydia Walker nee Hall of Bolehill.. Lydia Walker nee Hall's parents were Caleb and Hannah Hall nee Flint of Bolehill, Hannah my 3XAunt... William Walker father of William Walker who married Eliza was my Gr Grt Uncle, he brother to my Grt Grandfather Joseph Walker. William and Josephs parents being William and Catherine Walker nee Wigley they my Gr Gr Grandparents..who came to Steeplegrange from Castleton where his family had been Blue John Miners although Walkers originated from Bonsall in the early 1700s Eliza was sister to George Watterson who married Fanny Clarke they the children of James and Elizabeth Watterson of Tamworth James a Dyer

    James Watterson jnr. was son of George and Fanny Watterson.. George, James's father began the photographic business in the 1870s at Baileycroft Pingle Wirksworth James son of George married Alice Johnson of Darley Abbey near Derby on 23rd of January 1907 and died in 1953 at Vancouver British Columbia Canada

    Regards Stuart G Flint


    Hi John

    I have been conducting further research into Richard Hackett Author and think I have got some further information. I hope you will find it interesting.

    I have also sent the information to John Dobson and I hope he will include it in his web page.


    Ron Hackett ["svh1946-rhgn AT yahoo.co.uk"]
    RichardHackettJnr.doc (101Kb)
    RichardHackett.pdf (8Kb)
    MaryHawley.pdf (8kb)

    From: Ron Hackett ["svh1946-rhgn AT yahoo.co.uk"]
    Subject: FW: Hackett family
    Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2006 15:30:39 -0000

    Dear John

    I am writing to you because John Dobson has recently emailed me about his updated web site. I thought you might also be interested in the information below and the death certificates.

    I found your web site and his at about the same time and am very appreciative of the way that it eased my efforts to trace the Hackett family.

    If you wish I would be delighted to forward any further information I discover to you direct.

    Kind regards

    Ron Hackett

    From: Ron Hackett ["svh1946-rhgn AT yahoo.co.uk"]
    Sent: 29 December 2006 15:21
    To: 'John Dobson'
    Subject: RE: Hackett family

    Dear John,

    Thank you for your email which I actually first saw on a pre Christmas break in Jamaica, a location and technological feat that I am sure would have amazed my ancestors.

    Thank you also for the updated web pages and the kind acknowledgments to my efforts that you have put on the site. There is quite a bit of new information to digest and it has spurred me on to finalize some of my further efforts at research.

    Following your earlier suggestions about definite identification of the author of "Wirksworth and 5 miles around" I visited the British Library and found some copies of the "Wirksworth Advertiser and Matlock Advertiser" printed by J Buckley. The book was being advertised until at least Nov 2nd 1867 when copies were being sold for 2s 6d (at that time about 50 cents US).

    There were also a series of notices in early 1864 that Mr J Buckley was selling the business to Mr R Hackett but a notice was placed on June 16th 1864 that the sale had been cancelled by mutual consent.

    I also attach a death certificate for Mr R Hackett that confirms his death in West Kirby. It suggests that he died of a chronic kidney condition and I assume he was in a convalescent home there as it is some distance from his home address.

    I have also determined the date of death of his father, Richard Hackett, as 10th February 1862 (copy of death certificate attached) at Cromford. The death was attended by John Swinscoe. Unfortunately the British Library did not have the local newspaper for that date so there was no possibility of finding any obituary.

    If any of the images are unclear I can let you have them at a higher definition.

    I will contact you again when I have the further information I am gathering.

    In the meantime my best wishes for the New Year

    Kind regards

    Ron Hackett

    From: John Dobson
    Subject: Re: Richard HACKETT, Cromford 1843-, author
    Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2006 20:13:46 -0600

    Hi John,

    By a curious coincidence, I have just heard of this work from another correspondent; this occured so recently that I haven't yet had time to add the information to the page, although I shall certainly do it over Christmas. I'll give you both credit for reporting the discovery.

    Yes, I do think there's a very strong probability that the author of the booklet was Richard, son of Richard Hackett and Mary Swinscoe. The fact that he was a printer and compositor by trade suggests to me that he would have possessed the requisite education to have produced such a work. I should be very interested to learn more about it if you are able to obtain a copy.

    Yes, I have derived great benefit from your site, which I have often recommended to correspondents. I plan to keep the Hackett page at the same URL indefinitely, and you are most welcome to quote from it.

    Yours Sincerely,
    John Dobson

Death certificates

    Transcribed from scans sent by Ron Hackett ["svh1946-rhgn AT yahoo.co.uk"] ------------------------------------------------------------ Matlock, Co Derby, reg district of Bakewell WHEN 10 Feb 1862 Cromford NAME Richard HACKETT SEX Male AGE 67 OCCUPATION Accountant CAUSE Disease of the heart 3 months Dropsy Erysipelas certified INFORMANT John Swinscoe in attendance, Cromford REGISTERED 10 Feb 1862 REGISTRAR Joseph HALLOWS registrar ------------------------------------------------------------ Woodchurch, Co Chester, reg district of Wirral WHEN 25 Jul 1900 Old Village, West Kirby, Hoylake cum West Kirby, NR NAME Richard HACKETT SEX Male AGE 57 OCCUPATION Letterpress printer. Journeyman of Manchester CAUSE Chronic Nephritis 2 years. Cardiac Failure Syncope, certified by R Thacker King LRCP INFORMANT Ann HACKETT, widow of deceased, 14 Cliff Avenue, Lower Broughton Road, Manchester REGISTERED 26 Jul 1900 REGISTRAR J S OLLIVE, Registrar ------------------------------------------------------------


    From the "High Peak News, Saturday 28 July 1900, page 8 column 3


    The death is announced of Mr R Hackett at West Kirby, where he had gone owing to ill health, on Wednesday morning [25 July 1900]. Deceased was for many years employed in the printing business at Manchester, and he took a prominent part in the work of the Typographical Association, of which he was at one time president, and at the time of his death general secretary. Deceased was born in 1843, at Cromford, and served his apprenticeship to the printing business at the offices of Mr J Buckley, at Wirksworth, afterwards rmoving to Manchester. As a past president of the Typographical Association and also as its assistant secretary and general secretary he rendered excellent service to the trade, especially the operative section, and at the same time earned the respect and esteem of the employers throughout the country. In the discharge of his duties as a trade union official he brought to bear a keen intelligence and clear insight into the various questions affecting the interests of journeymen printers, and his untimely death is mourned by a wide circle of friends. Deceased leaves a widow, a son and three daughters.
    The funeral takes place at the Salford cemetery this (Saturday) afternoon, at 2.30


    Subject: Printers
    Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 21:28:37 +0000 (GMT)

    The following is information re the printers of R.R.Hacketts book

    Joseph Buckley

    Joseph Buckley was born in 1829 to Samuel and Hannah Buckley nee Spencer of The Fields Middleton (Samuel a lead miner). Samuel son of Samuel and Pheobe Buckley nee Marson . Samuel son of Joseph (of Matlock) and Anne Buckley nee Doxey (of Middleton) marr 1761

    Joseph Buckley married Sarah Anne Kirkland in 1851 He was a Printer and Newspaper Prop. R.R. Hackett was Josephs Apprentice I believe.. Richard Hackett must have written the book in his early years possibly no older than 19 years or 20 years of age

    Frank William Brookes (on some records known as Frederick W Brookes)

    Frank W Brookes was born to Charles and Anne Brookes in 1877 Charles a Tailor / Gents Outfitter on North End Wirksworth.. Strangely The Fields Middleton as with Buckleys is again the home of Charles Brookes, as it was to my Sheldon Killer and Walker family..and my own immediate family of Flint, I myself living at Highfields The Fields in my teens up to marriage..my mother born at Manor Fields The Fields, a property built by Sheldons next to where the Brookes and Buckley family once lived.. My allied Killer family built a house opposite to where the Brookes and Buckley family lived, this being where Horace Killer lived up to recent times, he Manager of Hopton Wood Quarry (once known as Killer Bros)1960 when Middleton Mine was begun. In my youth The Millward brothers who married two Spencer sisters lived in the house once inhabited by Buckley/Brookes..they heirs of the Spencers/Staley's who married into Buckley's. One of the Millward brothers who I believe worked on the railway, was a part time hairdresser ..I one of his customers up to my teens

    Charles was son of John and Mary Brookes nee Kniveton Mary dau of Charles and Mary Kniveton of Bolehill The Knivetons were of my wife and my family from way back in time to the more recent years..Charles Brookes married Anne they living at Bolehill on marriage . F W Brookes was a Printer on North End Wirksworth

    Regards S. G. Flint

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