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Stuart Flint writes:
In the late 1940s early 50s my wife's Uncle of Middleton used to fetch
water cress from a stream near The Lillies Inn ..his son who is a friend
of my family today accompanied his father on these expeditions. Previous
to my father when Chaiman of Wirkworth Water Board overseeing the
establishment of piped treated water for Middleton in the 1930s, my wife's
Grandfather who lived on Water Lane Middleton and then Duke Street used to
fetch water from a spring just beyond The Lillies Inn on the road to
Winster which he carted in a large milk churn on a two wheeled barrow
designed to carry churns
A person of my auquaintance who I went to Middleton Junior School with in
the 1940s lived at Ible in that period, her family being of the name of
Watson although she told me the other day that as far as she is aware her
Watsons have no links with the John Watson who was Landlord of The Lillies
Inn.. Her family are from Brassington... I am never the less researching
the Lillies Inn Watson family at the moment, John Watson originating from
In the 1940s/50s the Landlord at The Lillies Inn was a Mr Saunders
(verified as fact by both my wife's 2nd cousin and by the lady I went to
school with...). I also believe that afterwards a family of Platt lived
there when no longer an Inn. A lady of the Platt family married a Middleton
man she being a customer at my father's shop Central Stores Middleton in
the 1960s/70s... Up to recent years a Middleton Transport firm used the
land in front of The Lillies Inn to park their Lorries...
The photograph of the coach and horses by a stream with a bridge in the
background is I believe Bradbourne Brook Ford just beyond Bradbourne
Village the Ford leading into Tissington
Lea Hall Farm is at the head of the narrow road leading from the Ford..
Lea Hall Farm belonging in the mid 1750s to the Taylor family one of whom
Mary daughter of George Taylor married as his 1st wife my 5XUncle Stephen
Hall of Middleton Gent his 2nd wife being my 4XGrandmother Mary Hawley nee
Henstock's sister Ruth Henstock of Slalely Hall near Bonsall... Lea Hall
Farm also belonged at one time to the Dale family of Bradbourne and
Parwich and today is owned by the Naylor family whose maternal family have
links with my own present day kin...
Tertius Dales family lived at Lea Hall in the 1720s he married Hannah
Burton Tertius Dales son Tertius Dale married Mary Flowers of Nottingham
(High Pavement Presbyterian Church) whose son George Dale married my
kinswoman Sarah Jane Walker she Grandaughter of John and Ruth Walker nee
Frost Ruth sister to my 5XGrandfather John Frost of Bolehill Wirksworth..
George and Sarah Jane's son George Tertius Dale married Margaret Ince
sister to Thomas Norris Ince Genealogist and Solicitor of Wirksworth
whilst John Dale their son married Catherine Ince
Tertius Dales who married Hannah Burton had a daughter Sarah who married
John Buxton of Nottingham, Buxtons drawn from the Bradbourne and Ashbourne
family of Buxton who also lived at Lea Hall at one time.
John and Sarah Buxton's daughter Sarah married John Toplis of Pratt Hall
Pratt Hall Lane just above Boggarts Inn, of St Helens Lane Wirksworth...
Toplis being the founder of John Toplis Bank, St Johns Street Wirksworth
which in the 1800s became Arkwright & Toplis and then when Toplis died
Richard Arkwright & Co now Lloyds T.S.B.
Henry Beesley of my kin was Manager there in the 1880s/90s when it was
known as Capital & Counties Bank
On looking at the Church photo I did think it seemed similar to Bonsall
Parish Church, but on reflection I am not so sure... I hope someone may
be able to find out..
Regards Stuart G Flint