Updated 4 Jun 2007
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Middleton School 1903
(Photo accompanied with audio tape about work
at Masson Mill in 1910-1920 period)
Source:J Williams, 10 Nevill Rd, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 5EQ
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I have a little bit of info about the photo (1903) of Middleton school
that I sent before, which is already on the site.
The third child from the right at the front of the photo is William SLACK,
brother of Florence (see photo of Middleton school 1906). He worked at
Masson Mill (an account of his experiences there are recorded on audio
tape, available via the Wirksworth Heritage Centre) and in the train
works at Derby, before moving with his sister Florence and her family
to Skegness. They returned to Derbyshire, living in Calow where he died
I am pretty sure that the young girl in the dark coloured dress fifth from
the right hand side of the  photo in the back row is my grand mother Mary
Annie HALLOWS who was born in Middleton by Wirksworth 27 Sep 1891 and
baptised there 22 Nov 1891. I have another photo taken on her parents
silver wedding anniversary in May 1908, when she would have been 16 nearly
17, and the resemblance is marked.
My grandmother said she left school at 14, I know she had a job later at
Wirksworth Station which is where she met my grandfather, William Franklin
who was a porter there. My mother Gladys Franklin now 78 also went to
Middleton School, she remembers a teacher there called Mr Snow.
Also on the 1906 photo, the young girl 3rd from the left on the second row
looks very like Hannah HALLOWS the younger sister of Mary Annie. I can't
find her on the 1903 but perhaps she wasn't at school that day. Hannah was
baptised 28 Aug 1895 in Middleton. Again she much resembles Hannah in my
1908 photo. I always had the impression that Hannah was prone to illness,
she died in 1944 on my mother's wedding day.
Hope this is of interest.
Best wishes Jean Durbin
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