Updated 20 Nov 2008
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
W H Doxey MBE JP writes:
After several years I have been able to supply you with
all names of the Middleton Football team 1913
[WHD last wrote 5 years ago on this subject-Author]
Rear, Left to Right
Mr Brittain , Club President
Centre, Left to Right
Ernest Gregory, Secretary
William Else, Chairman
[I've done my best to link these men to the 1901 Census.
If any readers think I've got it wrong, please contact the
author on: ]
Middleton Football team 1913
Middleton FC team photo 1913/14. The only person my father
can identify is his uncle, Arthur Killer, 2nd from the right
on the back row, seen in earlier life on the left of the
front left row of the Killer Family photo I sent you.
---from Judith Edney.
...the team was always referred to as "the sweethearts team"
...several of the players lived outside the village & courted
Middleton girls (I don't know if their contract stated they
could only play for the team if their relationship continued).
Back Row Right to Left:
1 Jim BRACE quarryman Hopton Wood Stone Firms Ltd
2 Arthur KILLER
3 Jim NOUGHTON blacksmith, Hopton Wood
4 - SPENCER quarryman, Hopton Wood
6 Adam (Addy) BROOKS quarryman, Hopton Wood
Middle Row Right to Left:
4 With cup: Ernest GREGORY Masson Mill, Arkwrights
5 Harry JEPSON joiner, Cromford & High Peak Railway
---from Hubert Doxey MBE JP (author of "A Way of Life")
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Stuart Flint writes:
You may be interested to know that Thomas Brittain who was Club President
1913 was son in law of my kinsman George Colledge
Thomas married Mary Colledge daughter of George and Hannah Colledge nee
Robinson of Cromford George set out as a Master Tailor but by the 1870s
was in business with partner John Keane as a Quarry owner at Baileycroft
Quarry Wirksworth he also a partner at a Lead Mine on Longstone Edge
(Backdale Mining Co.) where today a Quarry is being worked ..
Thomas and Mary's daughter Sarah Matilda Brittain married Alfred Fox son
of my wife's 3XUncle Luke Fox who was Station Master at Wirksworth Railway
Station from 1877 -1890 Alfred was a Senior Clerk at the Station..
Thomas Brittain came from Warwickshire originally he a Civil Engineer who
owned Manystones Quarry Longcliffe nr Brassington..My wifes 3XUncle
William Thomas Needham Slack of Brassington was Thomas Brittains General
Manager at the Quarry ..George Colledge along with Thomas had a tunnel dug
under North End and ran a tramway from Baileycroft Quarry into
Wirksworth Railway yard just a little way beyond the Big 'ole Tunnel
Baileycroft Tunnel comes out under the Station House Garden and is now
where the Children Play area is re Wyverne Rail who have re opend the
line from Wirksworth - Idridgehay and by 2010 hopefull all the way to
Duffield .Members of my family are shareholders..as my Grt Grandfather
Joseph Walker a Master Stonemason and Building Contractor built property
on the line and some of the gritstone road bridges en route..
Joseph Walkers workshop and a house are next door to the Station House
off North End ..the garden overlooking the railway line
George Colledge was nephew to my 3XGrandparents John and Elizabeth Flint
nee Colledge of Bolehill
Thomas Brittains son Thomas was Grand fore bare of an aquaintance of mine
who lives at Brassington today her family allied kin to my Petts family
of Monumental Masons of Middleton
Henry Jepson on the list and Arthur Killer Joseph Batterley and the
Brookes family are of my kin also .
Regards Stuart G Flint
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