Updated 16 Jul 2007
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Events in Middleton.
Stuart Flint has sent these photos of events from the long history of
Middleton, and a description of the people who took part.
Prayers on opening of Middleton Pumping station.
My father Harry S Flint when Chairman of
Wirksworth Water Board leading the prayers on the opening of Middleton
Water Pumping Station Via Gellia from Slaley Moor Springs on land owned
by G.H Key up the wood onto Middleton Moor Reservoir Also in the photo
is at the back left Councillor Samuel Palin Greengrocer of Wirksworth
Right of Sam Palin Mr John Sutton Chairman of Wirksworth U.C.C. front
left Councillor Joseph Wheatcroft Front right Councillor Mountford
Harry Sprake Flint is to the right of the photograph with bowler hat
and gloves in hand
Sam Sheldon, who lost his foot in an accident.
The man sitting on floor in Colconda Mine Coe examining
mineral is Samuel Joseph Sheldon my Gr Gr Uncle Other photo is
The report of accident printed in Derby Mercury when S.J Sheldon lost
a foot when trapped under a loaded stone wagon on Middleton Top Incline
Derby Mercury c1919-20
TRAPPED BY WAGONS
Quarry Manager Injured on
High Peak Line.
Mr Samuel Sheldon, of Middleton-by-
Wirksworth, manager of the Bradwell
Quarry, Hopton, a former owner of the
Golconda Lead Mine, and one of the
Deputy Barmasters under the Duchy of
Lancaster, was seriously injured on the
High Peak Railway on Friday of last
week. Mr Sheldon was walking up the
Middleton inclined plane on the London
and North-Western Railway towards the
quarry, and, stepping out of the way of
descending wagons, was knocked down by
trucks being drawn in the opposite direction.
He was badly injured, one of his
feet being so nearly severed as to necessitate
amputation. He was conveyed to
Wirksworth Hospital, and later to Derby
Infirmary, where on Tuesday he was
reported to be making as good progress as
could be expected in view of his great age.
Mr Sheldon is a well-known public man,
and formerly represented Middleton on
the Ashbourne Board of Guardians. He is
a member of Wirksworth Old Age Pensions
Doris Walker being presented to Queen Elizabeth II.
The photograph shows my Aunt Doris Walker being presented to H.M. Queen
Elizabeth 2nd. Aunt Doris was a senior Departmental Manager at John
Smedley Lea Mills where she worked from leaving School as a Trainee Manager
She was sent to Nottingham University her fees paid for by Mr John Bertram
Marsden Smedley the M.D. of Smedley's for something like 50 years I believe.
Aunt Doris retired in 1960 and soon after H.M. visited Lea Mills
Aunt Doris was given a Silver Salver signed by all the members of the
Directors at the same occasion
Taken c1898. Old Jubilee Primitive Methodist Church
The photo circa 1898 shows The old Jubilee Primitive Methodist Church
on Duke Street three doors away from the new Mount Zion built in 1906
by my Grandfather John Walker and his brothers under their trading
name Joseph Walker & Sons
The photgraph shows the old Jubilee Primitive Methodist Church as it was
when its membership was fairly large..among this group is Mr Buxton behind
the bass fiddle who I believe led the choir and had an orchestra of sorts
When the Jubilee closed as a church it was used in the mid 1900s as a
garage for Mr Billy Buxtons Funeral cars I believe It was demolished to
make way for Chapel Croft Housing For a time Mr Webster used the building
to store his ex Navy Army Surplus sales stock
The photograph dated about 1898 shows the Jubilee Chapel where members of
my wife and my family attended before my Grandfather John Walker and his
brothers built Mount Zion Primitive Methodist Church in 1905 just a few
yards to the left of the picture on land where a Thatched Roof House once
stood I believe the gent with the Bass Fiddle was Mr Buxton who had a small
In my youth the old Church was used as a Garage for a Hearse and funeral
cars owned by Mr Billy Buxton after which it was used for ex Naval and
Army Supplies by Mr Webster..his son Clifford who was physically disabled
and I were mates and often helped move goods in the place after which
the Webster family lived opposite my family home off Vicarage Lane and
By the 1970s the old church was demolished and by the 1980s Chapel Croft
a housing development was built on the site..
Prince of Wales visiting Hopton Wood Stone.
Another rather faded photograph of The Prince of Wales visit to Hopton
Prince of Wales visiting Hopton Wood Stone.
Photograph of The Prince of Wales visiting Hopton Wood Stone Middleton
1930s founded by my 3X Uncle William Killer passed onto his sons Adam
William Joseph and John known as Killer Bros Hopton Wood Stone
W.H Doxey J.P M.B.E..is kin of William Killer one of the brothers
who married Sarah Ward widow nee Lamb
John Walker and Nellie England.
The photo of my Uncle John Walker born 1893 to John and Annie Walker
nee Cauldwell my Grandparents. He married Nellie England of Blackwell
nr South Normanton who was a School Teacher at Middleton Junior School
in the 1st W.W. period.
Uncle Joe Walker, Uncle John's brother married Celia Cooper of Skegby
nr Mansfield. Aunt Celia was a School Teacher at Cromford C of E School
built by Richard Arkwright. 2nd Aunt Celia and Aunt Nellie before marriage
lived with my Dad, Uncle Bill Flint and Grandmother Gwenillian Flint,
she then a widow. Grandfather William Flint killed at Killer Bros Quarry
Dec 5th 1905 ..
Uncle John is mentioned on the Roll of Honour on your site. He was Gassed
and suffered from Asthma for the rest of his life. He was a Master Stone
Mason and Building Contractor, a Free Mason who left Derbyshire after the
1st W.W. and set up business as a Building Contractor at Dartford Kent
gaining M.O.D contracts to build air fields in the South of England.
Aunt Nellies father was a Manager at a Coal Mine owned by the Blackwall
Mining Company (it may have been Winnings, a mine). Uncle John built
Miners Cottages at Blackwall renting them to the miners himself..
(information from my Aunt Doris Walker)
My cousin Roy Walker, John and Nellies son, was a Flying Officer in the
2nd W.W. Flying I believe from Biggin Hill (Spitfires)
Regards Stuart G Flint
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