Updated 26 Jan 2008
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Scans of these three old programs from Cromford were sent by an anonymous
researcher in Australia.
Every town and village had their own celebrations on this
great day marking Queen Victoria's 60th year on the throne
of the British Empire.
See a similar program for Wirksworth.
On 22 September 1896, Victoria surpassed George III as the longest
reigning monarch in English, Scottish, and British history. The Queen
requested all special public celebrations of the event to be delayed
until 1897, to coincide with her Diamond Jubilee. The Colonial Secretary,
Joseph Chamberlain, proposed that the Diamond Jubilee be made a festival
of the British Empire.
The Prime Ministers of all the self-governing dominions and colonies were
invited. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee procession included troops from
every British colony and dominion, together with soldiers sent by Indian
Princes and Chiefs as a mark of respect to Victoria, the Empress of India.
The Diamond Jubilee celebration was an occasion marked by great outpourings
of affection for the septuagenarian Queen. A service of thanksgiving was
held outside St. Paul's Cathedral. Queen Victoria sat in her carriage
throughout the service. Queen Victoria wore her usual black mourning dress
trimmed with white lace.
John Farmer (August 16, 1835 - July 17, 1901), from Nottingham, composed
oratorios, cantatas, and other church music, and chamber music. The
youngest of a large family, he was recognised as a child prodigy, and was
taught by his uncle Henry Farmer (1819-91), who was also a composer,
violinist and the owner of a music warehouse in Nottingham. After teaching
abroad for some years John became music master at Harrow in 1862 as a
result of being noticed while giving piano demonstrations at the London
International Exhibition of that year. At Harrow he composed school songs,
one of his best known being "Forty Years On" which he wrote in
1872 (Edward Ernest Bowen wrote the lyrics). He also composed cricketing
ditties like "Willow the King" one of the most famous of all
A work of his called "Cinderella" was performed at Harrow in 1883. When he
left Harrow he became Organist of Balliol College, Oxford, and founded the
Balliol Concerts. He championed the music of Bach, and his own oratorio
"Christ and His Soldiers" was popular with smaller
choirs. Most of Farmer's stage works were intended for amateurs, often
youngsters. His father, also John (1812 - 1894), was a Nottingham
lacemaker and a cellist. John Farmer was buried at St. Sepulchre's
Cemetery, off Kingston Road, Oxford.
Likely entries in the Census for people mentioned:
An anonymous researcher writes:
in the Choral Society had coal barges on the Cromford canal.
He lost his business (so I am told) by the corrupt manner in which
his men were sent off to war and not those of his competitor who then
bought him out. I believe that it was
who were in
charge of selecting men and it was the same men that made good through it.
The chapel mentioned was St Mark's, a chapel of ease
to St Mary, Cromford. It was opened in 1877, closed in 1957,
and later demolished.
St Mark's Church was built in 1874 as a mortuary chapel with graveyard
and for occasional services. Before that burials took place at Wirksworth
cemetery, only members of the Arkwright family were interred at
St Mary's Church. St Mark's became unsafe due to subsidence and was
demolished in the 1960s. The graveyard continued to be used until
recently when burials were transferred to the new cemetery at
Steeple Grange, Wirksworth.
St Mary, Cromford was also a chapel of ease to St Mary, Wirksworth,
and was built in 1797. Cromford became a separate parish in 1869.
The original Registers in Derbyshire Record Office contain
Baptisms for 1877-1957 and burials 1877-1954.
Entries in Census for people mentioned:
Miss Susan A ARKWRIGHT
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