Saturday, 27 October 2012

Echoes of our past News...... 29th October 1887

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What was news in the local news this weekend in 1887?

Chesterfield Cattle Market pre 1900
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Chesterfield Cattle Market –

The market of last Saturday had been a quiet one; with only a moderate show of cattle.  The prices for the cattle were lower than usual, reaching –

·         In calf cows £16 - £18

·         Second quality cows £14 - £15

·         Barren beasts £6 -£8 10s

Sheep were also on sale and the pens on the day were well filled, however trade was slow as with the cattle sales –

·         Lambs 16s – 18s

·         Superior lambs 22s – 28s

·         Ewes 36s – 42s

·         Theaves 26s – 36s

There were a few Irish Geese also on sale ranging in price from 3s 6d to 4s.


*Summoned for not sending children to school –

Alfred Chapman and Joseph Salt of Barlow were both in court for offences against the school bye laws.  The Chesterfield Board of Guardians was prosecuting.

Alfred Chapman a farm labourer had a 10 year old son named Fred.  Fred had only attended 122 out of a possible 241 lessons.  Alfred was fined 3s.

Joseph Salt was fined 2s 6d for allowing his daughter (unnamed) to only attend 79 out of 241 possible attendances.  Joseph’s wife also attended court and produced a doctor’s certificate for the last two weeks, stating that their daughter had been too ill to attend school.

*Wild women –

Harriett Hodkin and Mary Redfern were summoned for threatening Angelina Taylor.  Mary Redfern in particular had threatened to “scald her ***** eyes out and split her head open with a “paunch””.  Angelina of Barlborough stated that the pair had been threatening her for the past 6 months.  The court chose to be lenient and agreed the defendants be allowed to settle the matter by paying the court costs.  Poor Angelina who had feared that Hodkin and Redfern would cause her bodily harm was left, to see what would now happen between the three ladies.

*The weather –

The previous week had seen very wintry conditions.  Keen frosts and winds had prevailed.  The year had on a whole been a dry one and many areas were suffering from water shortages.  The out-look was for rain on Thursday and becoming warmer for a time.

*The “latest delicacy” –

Tomato sausages! 

S Hadfield of the Market Place, Chesterfield was advertising his sausages.  He boasted that “everyone should try them”.  Maybe it was S Hadfield who developed Derbyshire’s love of the tomato sausage.


*William Horner a carpenter to Elizabeth Ellson daughter of Charles Ellson of Butterley Hill on 23rd October at the Baptist Chapel, Swanwick.

*John Beach to Jane Jackson of Matlock Bath on 25th October at the Derwent Terrace, Matlock Bath.

*Joseph Charles Jones to Ellen Hutchison at the Ebenezer Chapel, Ripley on 20th October.

*Ann Wardle of Scotholme, Nottingham previously of Chesterfield aged 72 years on 19th October.

*Annie Elizabeth Boden aged 6 yrs 6 months died on 25th October.  Annie was the daughter of W.F and R J Taylor of Burlington Street, Chesterfield.

*Job Weet of Duke Street, New Whittington on 23rd October aged 76 years.

*Joseph Robinson at Holywell Street on 23rd October aged 89 years.
*Emily Boulton-Ward at Queen Street, New Whittington aged 16 months on 22nd October.


*Football –

Spital Olympic met Grassmoor football team at the Spital ground.  Olympic won the toss and kicked off with their back to the entrance of the pitch.  During the first half the home team Olympics’ lived up to their name and were winning with one goal to show.

The second half was a much faster game and the Grassmoor team did try, but the Olympic team gained one more goal. 
Worthy of a mention for their good game was, Elliott in goal for the Grassmoor team and Hancock, Baber, Peach and Burton for the Spital Olympic team.

Fancy a trip to Gibraltar?

The Orient Steamer Ormuz was in the news for the fastest trip to Gibraltar from England.  The streamer left Plymouth on Saturday 15th October at 12.50 mid-day on a journey to Australia.  It passed Gibraltar on Tuesday 18th October at 5am.  The time taken was the shortest time on record – 64 hours and 10 minutes.

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