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Hello again, John,
Very many thanks for your prompt and most helpful reply. Major James Hurt
was one of my late grandfather's protectors in Ockbrook, c 1860. My
grandfather (Henry Dallison, born in 1852) claimed that he was an
illegitimate son of the 19th Earl of Shrewsbury. The young Henry lived
during some summer months in a glebe cottage next to Ockbrook House,
where James Hurt lived, and he played with his grandchildren. The Hurts,
and Henry's other protectors, were associated with Large's Charity in Derby.
In the mid 2000s, I visited some good friends, who were then living in
Wirksworth, and they took me on a tour of the town. We went down the
Causeway, and when I saw the Gate House I realised that I had a dream
about it many years earlier. Yet the dream made no sense until quite
recently, when I came across a reference (in Pigot's 1835 commercial
directory) to St John's Street and James Hurt.
Your remarkable information has been something of a relief to me.
I would very much like to have a copy of James Hurt's portrait.
Yes, he lived in the Gate House. I attach a section of 8 inch map showing
where the Gate House was relative to St John St in the centre of Wirksworth.
He lived 1785-1864, you will find him in this
I have a photo of him and he appears in "The Hurts of Derbyshire"
by Derek Wain.
He also has an MI in Wirksworth Cemetery
between Chapel and School.
He appears in the Wirksworth Parish Register as:
C 1785jun26 HURT James=(son)Francis/Elizabeth(Alderwasley),dob=1785jun16,"baptised at Alderwaslee"
B 1864dec31 HURT James(Ockbrook),#1911
"James was the second son of Francis Hurt and Elizabeth Shuttleworth. Born
in 1785, his life may have been overshadowed to some extent by his elder
brother. James lived in the Gatehouse in Wirksworth and served in the
9th Lancers, rising to the rank of Major. He was the father of John Hurt
who married his cousin, Cecilia Isabella"
(The Hurts of Alderwasley by Derek Wain).
May I ask your interest? Are you perhaps somehow connected with the
Gate House? If so, I'd be very interested in any history you can give
me about the place.
John Palmer, Dorset, England
Author of Wirksworth website
Dear Mr Palmer,
Colin Pidgeon said that you might be able to help me. - I am attempting
to discover whether Major James Hurt lived at The Gate House, off St John
Street, at any time during the mid 1830s to the late 1850s. Major Hurt's
address was given in various old commercial directories as 'St John Street',
which is somewhat vague.
Any help or advice you are able to give me will be gratefully received.