Updated 7 Apr 2008

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

Return to Front Page

Wirksworth UDC Chairmen

This list of Chairmen was researched and provided by Stuart Flint of Wirksworth, many thanks Stuart. He seems to have known or been related to half of them!

    Hello John

    The following are Chairmen of Wirksworth Urban District Council 1895 - 1974 ..In 1974 the Council was replaced by Derbyshire Dales District Council (more's the pity)

    The Council was founded in 1895 the first meeting held on January 2nd of that year

  • 1895-1896 George Hanson Wheatcroft
    Managing Director of Wheatcrofts Tape Manufacturer's Haarlem Mill Wirksworth. G.H.Wheatcroft lived at Waltham House St John Street Wirksworth.. Waltham House today is in the process of being enlarged to accomodate apartments for older people instigated by Wirksworth Care Home Project Group ..some for sale others for rent ..
  • 1896-1897 William Doxey
    William Doxey was at first a Joiner but by the time he was Chairman aged in his 60s he was a Farmer ..He married Ellen Rowland of Bradbourne at Thorpe Parish Church
  • 1897- 1898 George Wigley Walker
    G.H Walker Building Contractor / Master Stonemason in the family firm of Joseph Walker & Sons ..was son of my Great Grandfather Joseph Walker by Joseph's 2nd wife Margaret nee Fletcher of Wrockwardine Wood Shropshire. Joseph was born in 1815. His 1st wife was Anne Wright of Wrights Cottages Wirksworth Moor she of my blood kin as her 4XGrandfather William Wheatcroft was my 7XGrandfather via Cauldwell and Walker whilst her 3XGrandfather Robert Frost was my 6XGrandfather by Flint's..G.H Walker married Sarah Taylor daughter of Isaac and Sarah Taylor of Carsington (see Brian Taylor's pedigreeon John Palmers web pages) Joseph Walker my Grt Grandfather married as his 3rd wife Martha Sheldon of Middleton she my true Grt Grandmother One child born of this marriage John Walker married Annie Cauldwell of Alderwasley 1892 they my Grandparents
  • 1898-1899 John Millington
    Millington came out of a wealthy family orignally from the Hulland Ward area.. Near Hulland is a hamlet called Millington Green
  • 1899-1901 Joseph Walker
    Joseph brother of George Wigley Walker..son of my Grt Grandfather Joseph Walker .. Joseph was a Building Contractor / Stonemason in the family firm of Joseph Walker & Sons, married Thirza from Denby
  • 1901-1902 John Brown
  • 1902-1903 Joseph Walker
    Brother of G.H Walker above
  • 1903-1905 George Wigley Walker
  • 1906-1907 Joseph Albert Wheatcroft
    Son of George Hanson Wheatcroft Joseph was a Manager at his father's Tape Works The Wheatcrofts were of the same family as Nathaniel Wheatcroft Agent on Cromford Canal also German and Abraham Wheatcrofts who owned Canal Boats and were Coal Agents Other's of the family were William and David Wheatcroft who one time owned Ash Hill Quarry (Hopton Wood Stone) Rise End Middleton and Buckland Hollow Saw Mills.. In 1906 Killer Bros. Hopton Wood Stone Firm and Wheatcrofts were amalagamated making it known as The Hopton Wood Stone Company..
  • 1907-1909 William John Harrison
    William John Harrison married Sarah Gamble of Wirksworth, he son of James and Mahala Harrison nee Buckley ..Mahala daughter of George and Millicent Buckley nee Butler they of my wife and my kin of Bolehill.. James Harrison's brother Herbert Harrison married Ellen Land daughter of my 3XGrandparents George and Elizabeth Land nee Hoades of Bolehill.. Buckley's also of my Flint kinship.. When the new road to by pass North End Wirksworth was built 1939 - driven through Baileycroft Quarry one time owned by George Colledge of my kin it was named after William John Harrison... His children were Florence Herbert and Norman ..see later notes on Norman Harrison..John Benyon the first Labour Party Agent and a founding member of Wirksworth Labour party was allied kin to Harrisons.. John Benyon was Butler to Nicholas Price Wood at Wirksworth Hall
  • 1909-1910 Joseph Albert Wheatcroft
  • 1910-1928 William John Harrison
    Harrison's originated from Ockbrook Derby Their allied kin were the family of Sims who married into the Houfton family of Mansfield one of whom was Sir John Plowright Houfton who was General Manager at Bolsover Colliery when it was first sunk..In time he was also involved with Thoresby, Rufford, Cresswell, Clipstone and Mansfield Collieries also a J.P. and M.P. for Nottingham East..Knighted in 1929 the year of his demise.. My Uncle Arthur Botham born at Wirksworth (married my father's sister Amelia Flint) was a Pit Deputy at Clipstone Colliery when Sir John Plowright Houfton was General Manager there...whilst my Uncle Sidney Flint was a Miner at Bolsover others of my immediate family also working at Bolsover Pit in the early 1900s
  • 1928-1932 Jonathan Logan
    Born at St Bees Cornwall came to Wirksworth as a Schoolmaster married Louisa Slack daughter of George and Sarah Slack nee Butler Butler's both my wife and my kin George son of Samuel and Sarah Slack nee Land Sarah sister to my 3XGrandmother Hannah Land who married James Smith of Carsington Mining Agent to Bacons of Carsington Pastures who were also of my family via Cauldwell's... Sarah Hannah and Ellen (married Herbert Harrison aforementioned) were daughters of my 4XGrandparents George and Elizabeth (Betty) Land nee Hoades
  • 1932-1933 William Bowyer
    Lived on West End Wirksworth
  • 1933-1934 Joshua Frederick Slater
    J.F Slater born 1890 was son of John and Elizabeth Slater nee Turner, Elizabeth daughter of George Turner of Baslow a Coal Merchant at Wirksworth..John Slater was by his mid life a Coal Agent on North End Wirksworth ..John was son of John and Sarah Slater nee Kniveton, the Kniveton's of both my wife and my kin up to the present day .. Joshua Slater husband of my 3XAunt Hannah nee Flint was an Engineer working for Richard Arkwright at Masson Mill 1820s ..He was killed in 1823 when, in the process of oiling a moving machine, he was trapped . Joshua Slater born 1890 owned a Cycle Shop and Tobacconists on St John Street.. He was a close friend of my father Harry Sprake Flint (born 1894) they both founding members of Wirksworth Rotary Club and Councillors on Wirksworth Urban District Council , Dad being Liberal Councillor for Middleton Ward 1933 - 1948 previously serving up to boundary changes in 1933 for Middleton on Ashbourne Rural District Council from 1928 -1933.. Dad was one time Works Superintendent to Ashbourne R.D.C. also a Parish Clerk Deputy Registrar and Census Enumerator
  • 1934-1935 Thomas Henry Greatorex
    T.H Greatorex was a Plumber / Painter & Decorator in his family firm .. son of Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Greatorex of North End Wirksworth Mary Elizabeth was Clerk to Wrights Vaults Wine and Spirit Merchants..
  • 1935-1936 Frank Clifford Shaw
    Managing Director of Bowne & Shaw Middle Peak Quarry born 1897 Gr Gr Grandson of my 5XUncle and Aunt James and Hannah Shaw nee Roper James born at Okerside near Snitterton James brother to Anne Shaw who married Isaac Hoades they my 4XGrandparents via Land Cauldwell and Walker's.. Frank Clifford Shaw was son of Frank and Fanny Shaw nee Baggeley (Fanny Shaw Playing Fields on Cromford Road was named after Mrs Shaw) Frank Shaw sometimes known as Francis Shaw was son of John and Hannah Shaw nee Wilde... Bowne & Shaw's Quarry was founded by this John Shaw along with his brother in law John Wilde who was a Lime Burner at Middle Peak (Stoneycroft one time worked by John Waterfield of my allied kin) John Shaw's senior partner was Peter Bowne born at Pentrich who was already General Manager at Crich Quarry (The Butterley Company) with financial backing from William Goodwin a Civil Engineer son of Frances Green Gooodwin of Wigwell Grange..
  • 1936-1938 John E Sutton
    Mr Sutton was Chairman of Wirksworth UDC when my father Harry Flint was Chairman of Wirksworth Water Board My father oversaw the establishment of the first treated water supply piped to every home in Middleton during this period ..I have a photograph of my father leading the opening prayers when the Pump House at the foot of the Via Gellia was opened.. . In the photograph are Mr Sutton Mr Samuel Palin Mr Mountford Mr Slater and Mr Joseph A Wheatcroft..
  • 1938-1939 Frank Clifford Shaw
  • 1939-1940 John E Sutton
  • 1940-1942 William J Brookes
  • 1942-1943 John E Sutton
  • 1943-1945 Leslie Arthur Doxey
    Leslie A Doxey was the son of John Frederick Doxey of Water Lane Middleton he son of Nehemiah Doxey who was Mining Agent Landowner and a Grocer at Middleton..Nehemiah son of Jacob Doxey ..This Doxey family are of my kin by Sheldon's of my Grand fore bare family at Snake lead Mine Hopton Wood and were also involved with my allied Hall family at Goodluck Mine Via Gellia.. John F Doxey was on The Grand Jury at The Barmote Court along with my wife's Grt Grandfather Joseph Evans when my Gr Gr Uncle Samuel J Sheldon was Deputy Barmaster The Soke & Wapentake of Wirksworth and Barmaster of Crich Liberty.. Leslie A Doxey built some five Bungalows at Rise End Middleton in the 1950s and replaced my father as Chairman of Wirksworth Water Board in the early 1940s when Dad had to resign due to ill health..
  • 1945-1946 Harry Spencer
  • 1946-1947 Norman Harrison
    Norman was a self employed Plumber son of William John Harrison ..He married Lillian Petts daughter of John James and Lydia Petts nee Brookes Their other daughter Ada Petts was my Aunt she marrying my father's brother John Samuel Flint ... Norman Harrison was also a fellow Deacon with my father Harry S Flint at Middleton Congregational Church along with Aunt Ada's half brother Douglas Slack ..Douglas also of my wife's family (when John James Petts obt his widow Lydia married George Slack father of Douglas Slack .. Douglas Slack and my father were close friends each having been Best Man at each of their marriages .. John James Petts's along with his brother Bertram Petts were Monumental Masons at Middleton .. The family firm is still thriving today Bertram Petts's Gr Grandson now owning the business. By the 1970s I was also a Deacon at Middleton Congregational Church with Norman and Lillian Harrison ..
  • 1947-1949 Joseph Cresswell
    Headmaster at Newbridge Secondary Modern School Wirksworth when I was a Pupil in the 1950s also a J.P.
  • 1949-1950 Joshua F Slater
  • 1950-1951 Norman Harrison
  • 1951-1953 Joshua F Slater
  • 1953-1954 John James Slack
    John James was son of William Slack Grandson of William Thomas Needham Slack my wife's Gr Gr Uncle. W.T.N Slack was Quarry General Manager at Manystones Quarry Longcliffe owned by Thomas Brittan son in law of my kinsman George Colledge who owned Baileycroft Quarry Wirksworth W.T N Slack was also a Methodist Lay Preacher J.J Slack's son today Peter Slack is Middleton Ward Councillor on Derbyshire Dales District Council.
  • 1954-1955 Norman Harrison
  • 1955-1956 Anne Veronica Stafford
  • 1956-1957 John James Slack
  • 1957-1958 William Hubert Doxey
    W.H Doxey born at Middleton .. Steam Engine / Diesel Train Driver J.P. M.B.E. Instigator of The Dale Restoration Scheme Serving on the Council for many years up to recent times
  • 1958-1959 John William Porter
  • 1959-1961 Norman Harrison
  • 1961-1962 William Hubert Doxey
  • 1962-1964 Joshua F Slater
  • 1964-1965 Margaret Winifred Brown
    Wife of the Managing Director of Browns Foundry Nottingham Road Derby .. Her son Frank Brown a Flt Lt in The Fleet Air Arm was Lay Pastor at Middleton Congregational Church when my father had to resign as a Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent ..During this time I was a teacher at the Sunday School and was inducted along with the daughter of Douglas Slack as Deacon's by Frank Brown in 1964 ..By the 1970s when Mr Brown had emigrated to Rhodesia as a teacher he trained me up to take over from him as Sunday School Superintendent .. The Brown family lived at Yokecliffe House and then Brassington Hall up to Frank emigrating.. I believe Mrs Brown was a senior figure in The Girl Guides she a Conservative Councillor...
  • 1965-1966 William H Doxey
  • 1966-1967 Dennis Kneebone
    Mr Kneebone was Manager at Middleton Co Operative Store He was born in a house next to my Father's Grocery Shop Central Stores Main Street Middleton..when Middleton Co Op closed he worked at Bryan Donkin Co at Lumsdale Works Matlock where I was a Bench Fitter in the Commercial Gas Component Dept.
  • 1967-1968 Joshua F Slater
  • 1968-1969 Dennis Kneebone
  • 1969-1970 Charles Albert Brown
  • 1970-1971 Joseph Cresswell
  • 1971-1972 William Hubert Doxey
  • 1972-1973 Joseph Cresswell
  • 1973-1974 William Hubert Doxey

    In 1974 Wirksworth UDC was closed down the Wirksworth area coming under the control of Derbyshire Dales District Council

    Regards Stuart G Flint

Compiled, formatted, hyperlinked, encoded, and copyright © 2008, All Rights Reserved.