Middleton Hillside c1930
A postcard - view of Middleton Hillside which I understand is taken
looking down Chapel Lane, Middleton. (posted late 1930's)
--- from Judith Edney.
More information from Stuart FLINT's email
X096a - Taken 2007 by Stuart Flint
Much new housing has been built on Chapel Lane since the old photo was
taken Where the vans are parked to the left of the picture was where
in my youth my distant kinsman of Sidney Birley a Mason at Hopton Wood
Stone Quarry lived in a bungalow..The Bungalow has been demolished in
recent months and a new property is being built on the land
The house with a Caravan bottom of lane to the left was where my mother
was born the house belonging to my Sheldon family from when it was built
in 1786 although the original cottage was a single one up one down
which has been added on to over the 220 odd years.. The new owners have
stripped the old building down to a shell and rebuilt much of it. The
house with the blue car in driveway centre was my family home Highfields
purchased by my parents from George Brace his family part of my Flint kin..
I lived there from 1953 to my wife and I marrying.
The house was sold by my mother when she moved into Sheltered Housing
for O.A.Ps at Duke Fields Middleton mid 1990s
The house to the right hidden somewhat under trees was where my Grandmother
Gwenillian Flint nee Sprake came to from Blaenafon South Wales in 1883
when she was a Governess to a noble family of Monmouth who stayed there
in the summer months.. The house may have belonged to the Killer family
who owned the quarry seen in the photograph which by 1959 was to become
Middleton Limestone Mine ..The Killer's were of my Flint family via my
Fathers kin and my mother's via her Brownson and Walker family..
Killer Bros Hopton Wood Stone supplied Fluxing Stone to Blaenafon Iron
and Steel Works where Gwenillian's father Edwin Sprake was a Works
General Manager ...
After Gwenillian and William Flint married in 1886 and lived for a time
at Rise End Middleton William Axe lived there his wife Mary Rose Killer ..
By the 1950s my sister in law ...... Flint nee Farnsworth's family of
Millward (allied family to Farnsworth and Potters of Wirksworth and
Matlock) lived at the house..Mrs Millward a School Teacher at Middleton
Junior School her husband a Hanger On Cromford & High Peak Railway at
The house on Hillside at the head of the photograph to the right hidden
partially by a tree on a line with the quarry face was where my father
was born in 1894 owned by Killer Bros..
Grandfather William Flint was killed at the quarry on December 5th 1905..
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