Updated 8 Dec 2011
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Close-up of Alton Manor c 1920.
Posted 1923. Alton Manor, looking North across the Lake.
Beyond the Manor is the wood containg the walled garden.
From 1895 OS map
Walled garden in a wood next to Alton Manor.
The initials AWH and EIJ are visible.
Alton manor today
WALTHALL & MILNES families
Peter 1792 Mary
1796 1805 Darley Dale
1793 Youlgreave 1805
James 1826 Anne
1866 | 1855
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1828 1829 1833 1835
James 1 Henry Ernest Alfred
Walthall Walthall Swinnerton James
MILNES WALTHALL MILNES MILNES
1829 1916 1908 1873
1 Henry seems to have changed his surname from Milnes to Walthall
between 1851 and 1861, aged 22-32
Notes from Ince page 075a:
Peter WALTHALL Esq of Darley Dale
Rev Peter WALTHALL MA Rector of Wistanton Co Chester.
only son Died here 17 Jan 1825 aet 29
Anne only dau & heiress apparant mard at Darley
James MILNES of Ashover & Matlock attorney at law
James Walthall MILNES eldest son Died an infant 22 Apr 1829
..... M[ILNES] 2nd son bn 25 Sep 1829
.... son bn 2 Oct 1835
Alton Manor was built about 1846 in the Elizabethan style for the
Milnes/Walthall family. It was designed by the renowned architect
George Gilbert Scott
for the first owner James Milnes. The stone came
from a quarry on the estate, see the Auction flyer
Alton Manor, Idridgehay.
Milnes was born at Ashover and practised as an Attorney-at-law in
Matlock. He married Anne Walthall the year after she became heiress
apparant when her elder brother Peter died at the age of 29 in 1825.
Peter had been Rector of Wistaston, Cheshire.
Milnes declared himself a fugitive from Darley Dale, where he had
previously lived, because the coming of the railway "made it no longer
fit for a gentleman to live there". Milnes died in 1866 and the
Midland Railway's Duffield-Wirksworth branch was opened in 1867,
passing 430 metres East of the Manor.
James Milnes son was baptised Henry Walthall Milnes. After Henry's
21st birthday, he seems to have confusingly changed his name to
Henry Walthall Walthall, both with and without a hyphen. In 1873
he was the 5th largest owner of land within the Wirksworth area,
with 647 acres and a rental of £848.
By 1881 Henry Walthall Walthall esq of Alton Manor, Idridgehay was
County Magistrate for Wirksworth Petty Sessional Division.
In 1901 Henry Walthall-Walthall was High Sheriff of Derbyshire.
He did not marry, and his household held over 7 servants on occasion.
Henry died in 1916, and some time after the manor was occupied by
Edward Charles Walthall Delves Walthall until he died in 1961
The relation between Henry and Edward has not been established.
Edward's entry in Burke's Peerage is impressive:
Colonel Edward Charles Walthall Delves Walthall was born on 24 April 1874.
He was the son of Edward Walthall Delves Walthall and Caroline Marion Stewart.
He married Isabel Sybil Edwards, daughter of Lt.-Gen. Sir James Bevan Edwards,
on 11 November 1902. He died on 22 October 1961 at age 87, without issue.
Colonel Edward Charles Walthall Delves Walthall was educated at Charterhouse
School, Godalming, Surrey, England. He was educated at Royal Military
Academy, Woolwich, Kent, England. He fought in the Boer War between 1899
and 1901. He was decorated with the Companion, Distinguished Service Order
(D.S.O.) in 1900. He gained the rank of Colonel in the service of the Royal
Artillery. He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Derbyshire.
He fought in the First World War, where he was mentioned in despatches six
times. He gained the rank of Temporary Brigadier-General in 1917 in the
service of the Royal Artillery. He was invested as a Companion, Order of
St. Michael and St. George (C.M.G.) in 1918. He was decorated with the
Order of Danilo of Montenegro (3rd class). He was decorated with the
Croix de Guerre. He was decorated with the Legion of Honour. He gained
the rank of Honorary Temporary Brigadier-General in 1921.
He lived at Alton Manor, Idridgehay, Derbyshire, England.
"A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal
families of Europe"
For many years the manor has been occupied by the Hilton family.
Nearby is a walled garden inside a small wood, with ornamental
box hedges spelling out AWH and EIJ.
BROUGHTON & WALTHALL families
-DELVES | 1785
Delves 1808 Elizabeth
1825 | 1857
Delves 1847 Penelope
1889 | 1883
Delves 1870 Marion
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| | | 1874 | |
| | | 5 Edward 1876 |
Helen Rhoda Alice Charles Brian Henry
Louisa Janet Dorothy Walthall James Douglas
Delves Delves Delves Delves Delves Delves
WALTHALL WALTHALL WALTHALL WALTHALL WALTHALL WALTHALL
1942 1933 1940 1961 1948
unm unm unm unm
1 6th Baronet Broughton of Broughton STS
2 12th child of 14
3 Lived at Wistaston Hall CHS
4 Name changed in 1887 by Royal Licence from Broughton to Walthall
5 Lived at Alton Manor
Scott designed the house for James Milnes,
who had fled from Darley Dale because the
arrival of the railway had made it "no longer
fit for a gentleman to live there". Milnes lived
at Alton for nearly 20 years, and presumably
laid out the beautiful 26-acre park, with its
lake and fine variety of trees. He died, on the
eve of the opening of the Wirksworth
branch of the Midland Railway, which passes
close to the house, in 1866.
Milnes had no children and the estate
passed to his wife's family, the Walthalls.
Henry Walthall Walthall, a wealthy bachelor,
inherited the Manor and lived a secluded
life there for many years surrounded by
innumerable servants. On his death, just
before the first World War, his nephew, the
future Brigadier General E.C.W.D.Walthall,
CMG, DSO, succeeded. In 1952 the
General sold the estate of some 3000 acres
and 22 farms. Lady Desborough bought the
manor and its park, the General continuing
to live there as life tenant. In March 1959,
the present owner, Colonel Peter Hilton, MC,
bought the house, and moved in with his
wife and two sons three years later, after the
General's death. It is curious that a house
that is ideal for children should have waited
nearly 120 years before being occupied for
the first time by a family.
from Derbyshire Homes, March 1966 page 20:
WALTHALL & MILNES families in Census
Census 1911 for Alton Manor Idridgehay Derby
WALTHALL, Henry Walthall Head Single M 81 1830 Landower I P D L Ashover Derbyshire
CROFTS, Joseph Servant Single M 70 1841 Butler Holbrook Derbyshire
WALKER, John Edward Servant Single M 26 1885 Toolman Winthorpe Notts
WRIGHT, Emma Servant Single F 57 1854 Housekeeper Greasley Derbyshire
WOOD, Alise Servant Single F 32 1879 Housemaid Sutton in Ashfield Notts
WEBSTER, Mary Emily Servant Single F 24 1887 Cook Eggniton Derbyshire
THOMAS, Emily Servant Single F 21 1890 Under Housemaid Wolverhampton Staffs
KURT, May Servant Single F 18 1893 Scullery Maid Highfield Leicester
Id44a Henry W WALTHALL Head S 71 M Landowner,magistrate Ashover Chesterfd
Id44b Joseph CROFTS Servant S 60 M Butler,domestic Holbrook
Id44c Frank H WALL Servant S 20 M Footman domestic Wirksworth
Id44d Elizabeth DOWNS Servant S 61 F Housekeeper domestic Beeley Rowsley
Id44e Charlotte H MORTON Servant S 28 F Upper housemaid dom Beeley Rowsley
Id44f Kate HAYNES Servant S 19 F Cook domestic Oaker Darley Dale
Id44g Ester STURGESS Servant S 16 F Under housemaid dom Derby
Id44h Mabel E MANSBRIDGE Servant S 15 F Kitchenmaid dom Poynton CHS
#57---Alton Manor---[Idridgehay]---(page 11,ED 9, RSD "Wirksworth",RG12/2750)---
Id56a Henry W WALTHALL Head S 61 M Magistrate landowner Ashover
Id56b Joseph CROFTS Servant S 50 M Butler dom servant Holbrook
Id56c Josiah W STEVENSON Servant S 19 M Footman dom servant Darley Dale
Id56d Frances PORT Servant S 74 F Housekeeper dom serv Burton Trent STS
Id56e Hannah SIMMONS Servant S 28 F Cook dom servant Thorpe Acre LEI
Id56f Kate WALKER Servant S 18 F Kitchenmaid dom serv Spondon
Id56g Sarah ANDREW Servant S 27 F Upper housemaid MiddletonTyas YKS
Id56h Harriet RALPHS Servant S 16 F Under housemaid Henstock SAL
Id06a Henry W. WALTHALL Head U 51 M Magistrate landowner Ashover
Id06b Joseph CROFTS Servant U 38 M Serv butler dom Holbrook
Id06c Thomas OWEN Servant U 18 M Serv footman dom Norbury SAL
Id06d Frances PORT Servant U 62 F Serv housekeeper dom Burton Trent STS
Id06e Mary ALSOP Servant U 24 F Serv cook domestic Alderwasley
Id06f Anne BINGHAM Servant U 27 F Serv housemaid dom Tibshelf
Id06g Elizabeth TEMPEST Servant U 20 F Serv underhousemaid Duffield
Id06h Amelia WALKER Servant U 18 F Serv kitchenmaid Heage
#44---Alton Manor---[Idridgehay]---(page 11,ED 9, RSD "Wirksworth",RG10/3595)---
Id44a Henry W WALTHALL Head U 41 M Magistrate,landowner Ashover
Id44b Henry FLETCHER Servant U 27 M Butler,dom servant Polesworth WAR
Id44c Thomas CLARKE Servant U 18 M Footman,dom servant Langmar NTT
Id44d Ann RIDGE Servant U 44 F Housekeeper,dom serv Newark NTT
Id44e Jane WEBSTER Servant U 24 F Cook,dom servant Wigginton YKS
Id44f Frances DAVIDSON Servant U 14 F Scullerymaid,d serv Alfreton
Id44g Eliza ARMSTRONG Servant U 23 F Housemaid,dom servt Hoveringham NTT
Id44h Ann BLOOD Servant U 17 F Under housemaid,d s Hilton
#5---Alton Manor---[Idridgehay]---(page 2,ED 9, RSD "Wirksworth",RG9/2518)---
Id05a James MILNES Head W 67 M Landed proprietor Ashover
Id05b Henry W WALTHALL Son U 31 M MA Barrister not in active practice also Lieut 10 Derby Volunteers
Id05c Ernest S MILNES Son U 27 M Cornet in Radbourne Ashover Yeomanry
Id05d Harriet HULL Servant U 46 F Housekeeper Polesworth WAR
Id05e Keith? EVANS Servant U 36 F Laundrymaid Corwen MER
Id05f Hannah BERRISFORD Servant U 23 F Cook Marston on Dove
Id05g Jane EGLIN Servant U 24 F Housemaid Barmston YKS
Id05h Ellen WOOD Servant U 15 F Kitchen maid Wirksworth
Id05i Joseph BARTON Servant U 27 M Butler Loughbro LEI
Id05j Henry BROWN Servant U 21 M Footman Eastbridgefrd NTT
Id05k William BUTLER Servant U 21 M Groom Wirksworth
#003---Alton Manor---[Idridghay]---(p2, Wirksworth district 6, Enumeration district 5, HO 107/2145)
Id03a James MILNES Head M 57 M Attorney, Farmer of Ashover 180 acres empl
6 labs & 3 boys
Id03b Anne MILNES Wife M 52 F Newcastle STS
Id03c Henry Walthall MILNES Son U 21 M Undergraduate of Ashover Tun Col Oxford
Id03d Ernest Swinner MILNES Son U 17 M Solic artic clerk Matlock Swinnerton
Id03e Richard BOWN Servant U 28 M Footman Hognaston
Id03f William HOLMES Servant U 17 M Under footman Matlock
Id03g Jesse FOULK Servant U 16 M Stable boy Leighton Buzzard BDF
Id03h Hannah BUTLER Servant U 31 F Cook Wirksworth
Id03i Anne TWIGG Servant W 28 F Lady's maid Matlock
Id03j Mary Ann BUTLER Servant U 30 F Housemaid Wirksworth
Id03k Sophia WALTON Servant U 17 F Under Housemaid Matlock
Id03l Sarah ELLIOTT Servant U 17 F Kitchen maid Matlock
Id03m Milicent BUCKLEY Servant M 56 M Occasionl laundress Wirksworth
Mk125a James MILNES 45 m Y Solicitor
Mk125b Anne MILNES 40 f N
Mk125c Ernest MILNES 7 m Y
Mk125d Alfred MILNES 5 m Y
Mk125e Hannah HOLE 25 f Y F.S.
Mk125f Hannah BUTLER 20 f Y F.S.
Mk125g Mary BUTLER 20 f Y F.S.
Mk125h Dorothy CLAYTON 15 f Y F.S.
Mk125i Joseph YOUNG 20 m Y M.S.
Mk125j George BUXTON 15 m Y M.S.
Mk125k Harriett SWIFT 13 f Y F.S.
The Derby Mercury (Derby, England), Wednesday, October 5, 1842; Issue 5753
ALTON, NEAR WIRKSWORTH
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION
By Mr BREAREY,
At the Red Lion Inn, Wirksworth, in the county of Derby, on TUESDAY,
the 18th day of October next, at three o’clock in the afternoon, subject
to conditions to be then produced;
All that the MANOR or REPUTED MANOR of ALTON in the county of Derby,
together with all rights, royalties, members and appurtenances thereunto
And also the TOWNSHIP of ALTON which consists of a very compact and
desirable FREEHOLD ESTATE, within a ring fence, comprising good and
substantial Farmhouses and Outbuildings and also ARABLE MEADOW, and
PASTURE LAND, in a high state of cultivation, in the occupation of
very respectable Tenants and containing
490 ACRES OR THEREABOUTS
The above Estate is desirably situated, and commands most beautiful
scenery, similar to that which is the ornament of Matlock, and possesses
other advantages very rarely to be met with; arising principally from
the excellent Turnpike-road from Derby to Wirksworth, which passes through
the property, and from the occupiers being enabled to wash and irrigate
the meadows from the River Ecclesbourn. Upon the Estate will be found an
excellent Bed of Stone, suitable for all building purposes. It abounds
with Game, and affords excellent Trout Fishing.
Alton is situated within eleven miles of Derby, two of Wirksworth, and
four of Matlock Bath; it is within half an hour's drive of a first
class station upon the North Midland Railway, a line which communicates
with all the leading Railways in the Kingdom.
Any Gentleman desirous of residing in the best part of Derbyshire upon
his own Estate, will find Aton a very desirable situation to build a
residence upon, as the views are rih and extensive, over Estates belonging
to his Grace the Duke of Devonshire, and Richard Arkwright, Esq.
Full particulars, with Lithographic plans annexed, may be had at the
Principal Inns in Derby, Wirksworth, Alfreton, Chesterfield, Ashborne,
Belper, and Nottingham, 15 days previous to the time of the Sale.
In the mean time any further information may be obtained on application
to Messrs MOUSEY and SON, Solicitors Derby; Messrs FEW, HAMILTON and FEW,
2, Henrietta-street, Covent-garden, London; E. W. WILMOT Esq., Worksop,
Nottinghamshire; and Mr FRANCIS SANDARS, Land Agent, Derby.
Derby September 19th, 1842.
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