Sunday, 2 September 2012

Echoes of our past News...... 5th September 1857

Echoes of our past….. Past News

5th September 1857
Main news -

The closure of Tapton Colliery.

A dinner was served in a marquee erected in the paddock of the Hare and Hounds public house at Stonegravels to celebrate the past success and closure of Tapton Colliery.  Around 150 people attended including several workmen who had been employed at the Colliery.  The Newbold Band entertained the diners until the late hour.

The colliery was owned by Mr Robert Stephenson at Lockoford at Tapton.  Its closure would be a great loss to the locals as it had employed around 300-400 men and boys.

An excursion was planned for the following Monday for the workmen and their friends to Chatsworth and a large attendance is expected.


*Fatal accident –
an itinerant lady known simply as “Scottie” or Mary Scott was to meet a fateful end when on Thursday around 4 pm she fell into the river at Horse Croft.  She was seen earlier in a drunken state going along Lordsmill Street into Horse Croft.  A man saw her slip into the river and attempted to rescue her but alas it was too late.  “Scottie” was a traveller that had become a regular passer of Chesterfield.  No one really knew much about her other than she was from Scotland.  She had boarded the two previous nights at Mrs Dutton’s on Tapton Lane.

*Suspicious Death -
the death of Jemima Wright was the subject of the inquest held at the Devonshire Arms Inn, Staveley.  Jemima was 24 years old and had worked as a cook at Hodkinson’s Hotel, Matlock.  She had complained of her head when she took ill but instead of receiving medical attention was put in a cab with two men and taken to the Nag’s Head Inn.  This was around 3pm and by this time she as unconscious.  Jemima was taken to her sister’s home, Mrs Coupe in Staveley around 8pm.  The death took further interest when the mother of Jemima said that she had received a letter from her daughter stating that she had insured her life for £200.  Proof of this was still to be found, no insurance policy had been found.  The Jury decided that a post mortem would be required and the inquest adjourned until the next Monday.  Witnesses were also called to attend from Matlock.

*W Warner announced that he was to open a new fish shop in the new market hall.  He already had premises on Burlington Street and his new shop could be located opposite the Angel Inn in the New Square.  He told how he would receive a “daily supply of all kinds of fish in season, poultry and game”
*At auction by Mr Hatton –

For sale - Handsome mule, 4 years old.  Quiet to ride or drive.
To let – The Crown Inn on Lordsmill Street, Chesterfield was valued at over £60.
To Let – On Eyre Street.  The house had three bedrooms, a kitchen, parlour and cellar with garden.


*Mr William Hardy married Miss Harriet Bargh, daughter of John Bargh.  William was from Newbold-Moor and Harriet was from Newbold.  The couple married on 30th August.
*Lieutenant W K Bush RN married Emily Gossip at “Barlbro” on Thursday 27th August.  Emily was the daughter of the late W Hatfield Gossip Esq. of Hatfield, Yorkshire.

*Mr Matthew Smith a book keeper of Whittington married Martha Walker at St Mary’s Church, Barnsley on 24th August.


*Joseph Pinder passed away after a short illness.  Joseph was 38 years old and the eldest son of the late Mr Pinder. 

*On 13th August, Mrs Elizabeth Fenton aged 79 of Bakewell.  Wife of Mr John Fenton a watchmaker.

*Mr Francis Anthony Bateman Esq. died at Teignmouth from sunstroke whilst bathing.  He passed away on Saturday 22nd August.  Francis was the fourth son of R T Bateman Esq., of Hartington Hall, Chesterfield and Hillgrove House, Somerset.

*5 month old son of Mr Savage of Bolsover.

*Noah Neal a labourer aged 31 years at Newbold.


*Cricket – a match was played by the Tailors against the Painters at the Albion Ground on Wheeldon Lane.  The Painters won with six wickets to go down.

“Large egg”
Mr Samuel Heath of Brampton, Eastmoor was pleased with himself and his hen as on Friday last the hen laid one huge egg! The egg was weighed at 33/4 ounces, measured 63/8 inches around the middle and 77/8 in length.  There is no mention of the eggs fate- was it eaten or hatched? We will never know!!

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