Updated 23 Nov 2007
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Anthony Wardman in the uniform of
of the Wirksworth Volunteers
died in an industrial accident whilst digging the cutting at
Gorsey Bank during the construction of the Wirksworth Branch Railway
line from Duffield.
Anthony WARDMAN 1870-
Samuel STONE 1849-66
David Wardman emailed 2 photos and a pedigree.
David Wardman writes:
The portrait of Anthony Wardman and the bereavement card of Samuel
Stone are two items from my collection of documents relating to my
forbears listed in the Wardman pedigree
on this site.
The 1851 census shows
Francis Stone, a butter dealer in the Dale, as
the head of a household consisting of himself, wife Sarah, daughter
Hannah, son Samuel and "dau iL" Elizabeth Palfreyman. "dau iL" must
have been the census enumerator's shorthand for "adopted daughter"
since the marriage certificate of Elizabeth shows she was the daughter
of William Maskrey.
William and Elizabeth's mother were single people
living as near neighbours at Gorsey Bank as shown in the 1841 census.
Elizabeth married James Wardman and
Hannah married James' brother Samuel,
both marriages taking place in 1865 and they raised to
adulthood 10 and 7 children respectively. In the Great War of 1914-18,
Elizabeth lost her son
together with her grandsons
Josh Oldfield, Fred Wardman, and James Bowyer; whilst Hannah lost her
A great grandson of Elizabeth, John Oldfield
perished in the Second World War of 1939-45.
died in an
industrial accident whilst digging the cutting at Gorsey Bank during
the construction of the Wirksworth Branch Railway line from Duffield.
who was the son of James and Elizabeth Wardman (nee
Palfreyman), is dressed in what I believe to be the uniform of a
bandsman of the Wirksworth Volunteers, the photograph dating from
about 1900. The Volunteers met for drill practice in the Dale opposite
public house in an area known as the Barracks,
and then proceeded to the rifle range under Yokecliffe for firearms
practice. The rifle range was situated under the old quarry face of
Yokecliffe where now stands a fine bungalow.
On 23 Jun 1866 The Advertiser gave an account of a serious
accident (the second in twelve months) which occurred in the
Gorsey Bank cutting. Here thirteen men had been at work erecting
a house beside the crossing. They were filling wagons at a point
in the cutting where it was fifteen feet deep. Without warning
there was a large fall and three of them,
Thomas Belfield of Bolehill,
Samuel Stone of The Dale and
John Heathcote of Hognaston were buried.
"Oh Dear, I'm killed", Belfield cried: but of the three
he alone survived. At the inquest which followed no evidence
emerged which was considered to reflect any lack of judgement on
the part of the contractors or of the men. Heathcote left a wife and
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