Updated 19 NOV 2010
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
John Bradley supplied these copies of very early
Wirksworth stereo photos. Anyone who knows more about them,
Wirksworth to Derby Mail Coach 1856
John Bradley writes:
"This is a very early image. It was only discovered earlier this year  and
was taken around 1856/57. So one of the earlier photographs you will find
of Derbyshire. It shows the Wirksworth to Derby mail coach, stopping to
take on passengers. The coachman has co-operated by holding the coach
steady and two passengers have obligingly stood still by the door. Two
other young men sit with the coachman and other people are seen in the
background looking on. At this date very few people in the countryside
would have seen a photographer at work. The photographer went on to take
two other photographs of the village blacksmith at work and a village shop.
This was a very skilled early photographer. A superb and unique image."
Possible carriers to Derby in 1857 were:
William Weston, from China House yard, Mon and Fri.
Joseph Frost, from North End, daily except Thursday
Joseph Pickard, from Coldwell St. daily except Thursday
| Rail from Wirksworth to Derby not open until 1867.
| Near horse showing several ribs, looks starved.
| Coach has registration No V.R.4868 with crown.
| Young driver holds a horn.
| Behind driver, 2 young men and a girl in a bonnet.
| Man and woman not wearing travelling clothes.
| Man holding open door.
| Woman and 4 children watch from the kerb.|
Wirksworth Knife-grinder 1856
Possible knife-grinders in the area are:
| Boy in cap and jacket turning grindstone may be just a guest.
| Two boys in aprons look like apprentices.
| Window at rear of workshop looks straight onto stone wall.
| Four files hanging on wall at right.
| Man in doorway may be customer.
| Wall at left with expensive railings.
| Atractive woven basket at right.
| Torn fly posters on wall at top.
Wirksworth blacksmith 1856
Possible blacksmiths in the area are:
John Land, from Bowling Green Lane
Thomas Gibbons, from The Dale
William Winson, from Cockpit
Joseph Greatorex, from West End
Richard Brocklehurst, from North End
John Gratton, from North End
| Blacksmith appears 50-60 years old in 1856.
| Lad aged c20 wears a blacksmiths apron, son?
| Arch behind blacksmith is similar to present 17c West End.
| Arch also similar to office opp Hopkinson House, Dale.
| Horse appears to be hobbled on its rear legs.
| Note wheels, blacksmiths fitted iron tyres to such wheels.
| Note box of tools in foreground.
Modern building at 10 The Dale
Stuart Flint writes:
"I believe the Blacksmith shop to be at the foot
of The Dale opposite
Hodgkinson House the Blacksmith being Thomas Gibbons
son of Thomas and
Elizabeth Gibbons nee Collinson (when Thomas Gibbons son of Michael
Gibbons and Ellen nee Wright died Elizabeth married Joseph Flint my
4XUncle Mining Agent at The Bage Mine Bolehill Ellen Wright my kin as
were the Collinsons). Thomas son of Thomas and Elizabeth married Sarah
Bramley sister of Robert Bramley (see my
Ince). Thomas Gibbons
died aged 66 years in 1865 his son Thomas was a Farmer marrying Sarah Anne."
Michael 1765 Ellen
1797 | 1791
Thomas 1795 Elizabeth 1831 Joseph
Thomas 1829 Sarah
1865 | 1847
Thomas 1871? Anne
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