Updated 28 Feb 2007
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
The lectern was built about 1910 and is made of Solid Pitch Pine.
It has been restored with hand-carved new top and feet,
measures 44 inches high and 32 inches wide,
and still retains the Original Brass Plaque,
which commemorates the Simpson family of Middleton-by-Wirksworth.
The church that held the Lectern is unknown, but research is ongoing.
If anyone recognises it, please contact
The restorer writes
I am more than happy for you to put the
lectern on the website. We bought it from an auction house in Matlock
a few weeks ago, along with an altar rail. Like I said, it was in
a poor state, with the top missing, and no feet, and with the plaque
reversed, it gave us goosebumps when we found the dedication.
Here is the information that Stuart sent me yesterday, which I am
sure he will not mind me forwarding you,
Stuart Flint writes:
Yes Thomas and Hannah are of my kin via my own family of Killer and
Adams and my wifes family of Slack / Evans..Joseph of your plaque
being son of Thomas and Hannah ..The Lectern must have been dedicated
in some local church I would think ..I will ask around my friends of
church attendance if they know of where it was placed ..It would
normally be at either a Congregational Church either at Glenorchy
Chapel Matlock Bath (demolished in the 1950s to make way for road
widening near Masson Mill..or Middleton Congregational Church where
I was a member ..I know that my Adams family were Congregationalists
and that Thomas Simpson at age 18 years lived with the Adams family
as his mother (Robert Adams wife) had Thomas out of wedlock ...
My father was a Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent at Middleton
Congregational Church as I was up to incapacity I was baptised by
Rev Smart the last Minister at Glenorchy Chapel before it was demolished
(Glenorchy was built by Sir Richard Arkwright in the first instance
part of the church one time being a house where Samuel Needs Arkwrights
early day partner and manager at Masson Mill lived Lady Glenorchy
purchased the church as an Independent Chapel her chosen Minister
and Spiritual Mentor being Captain Rev Jonathan Scott its first
Minister, he overseeing the building of Middleton Congregational
Church in 1786... If I can find out where the lectern was in place
post 1910 I will let you know and yes I would like to view it if you
can tell me where you live..
Thomas 1857 Hannah
1891 | 1897
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1860 1864 1865 1868 1871
Elizabeth Edward Adam Joseph Mary
Thomas Simpson lived in Middleton and
worked as a lead miner for 40 years.
References in the Census to him are:
See also SIMPSON pedigree
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