Updated 26 Nov 2009
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Gregson's grocery shop, Main St, Middleton, about 1904
Walter GREGSON in the door of his shop.
The little girl may be a relative.
A horse and cart going down Main Street.
Men lounging at a popular meeting point.
Walter GREGSON was born in Haworth, Yorkshire in 1852 where his father
William was a grocer. In 1881 he married Mary Rose (nee DOXEY),
widow of Joseph BUXTON.
Walter GREGSON, grocer
Walter ran Central Stores grocery shop
in Main Street, Middleton for many years, until the shop was leased by
the FLINT family about 1928.
Denis Eardley writes:
"Main Street, Middleton, with Walter Gregson's grocery shop
on the left, next to the post office, in the early 1900s.
The man in the centre is standing at a popular meeting point
for the men folk of the village at the time, to exchange tales.
The road in those days was rather rough and winding, but now,
following the demolition of some of the buildings, most of the
bends have been removed."
Mary Rose was a midwife. Walter also ran the
Middleton Post Office from his shop:
Stuart Flint writes:
Just above Alexandria Buildings .... was Central Stores
.... which my father leased from the Gregson Family who were the
former Grocers at the shop.
Dad sold near enough everything barring the kitchen sink. The shop was three
storey's high. Dad was a Master Grocer but also had a Drapery Shop at
Wirksworth and eventually he converted a house next to Central Stores as
a Drapery outlet.. We also sold Provisions which came loose, this meaning
that my brother sister and I on Saturday mornings spent the time skinning
cheeses or unpacking new barrels of Butter and packs of Lard or boning
Bacons. In the Sugar Room we would weigh out 2 lb bags of suger into the
blue sugar bags, a tedious job, or weighing loose flour into 3lb bags in
the Flour room. Once a week the flour was transported from a Mill at
Darley Dale in 56 lb sacks which has to be winched through the floor via
a hand cranked crane..We also sold Boots and shoes Patent Medicines
Pots and pans crockery china and at Christmas Toys and Gifts.
Across the road from Central Stores just visible above
the Telegraph Posts were The Barns, one time owned by Gregsons where they
kept Horses and a Carriage.
Walter was baptised in 1892 at the age of 40, it is not known
why he left it so late.
Bulmer's 1895 Directory for Middleton:
at Walter GREGSON's | Letters via Matlock Bath
arrive 7 am, depart 6-25 pm | Postal Orders issued only.
Nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office, Wirksworth
A few yards up Main Street, but on the other side was another
Grocer's shop, run by Isaac CLAYTON (1838-1916) and his wife
Photo taken: 1904
Source: John Palmer
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T Water Taps
1 Red Hill Quarry
2 Hopton Wood Quarry
3 Holy Trinity Church
5 Church Hall now Village Hall
6 Gas House
7 Hopton Wood Works and Sawmill now C+G fitting shop
8 Wesleyan Chapel
9 Mount Zion Primitive Methodist Chapel
10 Old Primitive Methodist Chapel - site now Chapel Croft
11 Slaughter House used by Jones now a garage
12 The Basin
13 Duke of Wellington
14 Congregational Chapel
15 Jos Slack's Shop
16 Nelson's Arms and Cottages
17 Statham's Shop and Newsagent - demolished
18 Clayton's Shop now P.O. sold groceries
19 Doxey's Clothes, wool, cotton etc.
20 Wigley's Bakehouse and Shop now 45 Main Street
21 Jones' Butchers - also fish, fruit and veg.
22 Belmont House now Eastas Gate
24 Cottages and Police House
26 Co-operative Store now flats
27 Our House now No. 11 Main Street
28 Uncle Jim and Aunt Esther's House
29 Fountain House which was also doctor's surgery
30 Mr Brooks - pork butcher
31 Boden - barber
32 Uncle John Fox's Field
33 Gregson's Grocer and P.O. Mrs Gregson was a Midwife
1811 1802 1800? 1810
Thomas 1828 Sarah Thomas Sarah
1844 | 1848 |
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1830 1832 1835 1837 1839 1842 1844 1833 1836 1838 1840
William Ann Mary Elizabeth Eliza Sarah Emma Joseph Mary Jane Ann Ben
Rose Matilda |
William Elizabeth | |
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| 1835 |
1852 Mary 1833
Walter 1881 Rose 1854 Joseph
1928 1902 | 1878
Entries in the Census can be followed with these links:
Mary Rose DOXEY:
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