Saturday, 25 August 2012

Echoes of our past NEWS...... 24th August 1872

Echoes of our past….. Past News

24th August 1872
Main news -

There were no major events this week, but instead this article caught my eye.  An article about “Derbyshire curious epitaphs”.

This one was said to be located in the graveyard at Brampton Church, reading –

Sacred to the memory of Caroline, daughter of Charles and Mary Marsden of Cutthorpe, who died May 29, 1816 aged 22 years…..

Should the false youth observe this humble stone,
He for whom Caroline vainly sighed,
Let him reflect it was for him alone,
She wished to live, for him alone she died”

The explanation of this sad and tragic epitaph was that Caroline had committed suicide following her failed love.  The paper described it as a tale of “suicide following seduction”.


*A Clay Cross railway under-guard named Redwood was injured when the train he was riding on caught a lump of wood, which caught his leg and tore all the flesh away.  Redwood was transferred to Chesterfield station and then on to the North Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

*Samuel and Jonathan French of Unstone, both under 7 years of age were charged with setting fire to a hay rick belonging to Mr H Rangeley.  Because of their “extreme youth” the boys were cautioned and discharged. 

*Stray animals – Joshua Turner a farmer was charged for allowing two cows to stray on the highway at Barlow, his case was dismissed.  Paul singleton was not so lucky, charged with allowing a horse to stray in Grange Lane, Barlow he was fined 2s 6d and costs.

*Samuel Deane an acrobat, was not so capable of acrobatics when he was found to be drunk and incapable in Stonegravels.  He was fined 5s and costs or 7 days imprisonment.

*A meeting took place in the Municipal Hall at Chesterfield with regard to the 1872 Licensing Act.  The Borough Magistrates for Chesterfield discussed the Bill and decided that public houses would be closed on Sundays, Christmas Day and Good Friday at 10pm and all other days at 11pm.  They referred to the Superintendent Home reports which stated that most of the drunk and riotous cases had taken place between the hours of 10pm and 1am.

*Chesterfield hospital admissions –

The hospital reported the following numbers of cases –

In patients – admitted 3, discharged 1, in hospital 18, died 0.

Out patients – admitted 22, discharged 20, on the books 81, died 1.


*William Hutton and Mary Frith at the Wesleyan Chapel, Chesterfield on August 19th.

*David Ellse of Ashover to Martha Barber at Ashover on August 19th.

*William Hubbuck and Susannah Davenport at Brampton Parish Church on August 18th.

*Walter Loverock and Frances Mary Stenson at Denby on August 14th.


*Richard Johnson aged 72, land surveyor on August 17th at Calow.

*John Straw Wheeldon aged 25 on August 20th at Tapton Cottage. (20th/22nd writing faint)

*Elizabeth Walker aged 29 on August 18th at Tapton.

*Matthew Reeves aged 1 on August 14th at West Row, Chesterfield.


*Cricket at Staveley Town –

Played at the recreation ground attached to the Crown Inn, a game between the “Victoria” Staveley and the “East Derbyshire Rovers” (Duckmanton) Clubs.  The game was reported as first class with special mention to Fullerton (EDR) and Jervis (Victoria).  The Victoria won the game scoring 126 runs in 2 innings.  The EDF scored 119 runs in 2 innings.


Fancy a new job?

*Cook for Chesterfield Hospital, £15 wages per annum plus board, lodgings and washing, apply to the Matron.

*Active young person as plain cook and willing to make herself generally useful.  Good salary – apply Mrs Burrows, Workmen’s Hall, Barrow Hill.

*Apprentice to the Whitesmith and bell-hanging business, apply J Hancock, Vicar Lane.

*Wanted, 20 good pickmen, at the Old Silkstone Collieries.  The advert offers married men accommodation with houses at moderate rents.

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