Saturday, 16 February 2013

Echoes of our Past NEWS..... 13th February 1875

Read all about it……. Echoes of our past NEWS
What was in the local news this weekend in 1875?

*Valentine poem –

The following poem was alegedly found on the streets of Bakewell; sadly the person who penned this love poem lost his message of adoration somewhere along the ways in the village square at Bakewell.  It was addressed to “…………. The fat Cook at the ………… Hotel, Bakewell”.  The Derbyshire Times printed the poem, but were discreet enough to leave the cooks identity concealed, but I would imagine she had an inkling it was meant for her!  Romantic? I am not sure, take a read and see what you think!

Dear Cook, in love, I’m overdone,
Whilst thee I have been toasting,
For since thy kitchen love I won
In Cupid’s fire I’m roasting,
I’m dripping every hour away,
Consum’d in fierce desire;
While thy plump form remains so gay
My fat’s all in the fire.

Good joints of mutton, veal or beef,
To judge I’ll quickly learn;
If thou wilt give my heart relief,
We’ll make a joint concern.
Through heat and cold true lovers toil!
Chill’d when thy frowns I view;
At dinner I am in a broil,
At supper, in a stew.

Though run the gauntlet of each course,
Of ev’ry daunting tasting;
‘Twere well for better or for worse,
I lessons take in ……… basting.
If thou wilt be my Valentine,
Divided be our toast;
I’ll choose the joint on which we dine,
And thou shalt “rule the roast”


*Overcrowded lodging house –

John Murphy ran a lodging house at Stonegravels; he was in trouble this week after the Newbold Local Board Inspector named Mr W Birch had called to view his home. 

It was found that on the upper floor a room of small dimensions contained 2 beds, but there were 5 lodgers in those beds and another arrived to use the room whilst Mr Birch was present.  This he worked out meant that each person only had 168 “cubit feet of air” instead of the required 300 feet.

In the downstairs area, where John lived with his wife and 4 children the room had one bed in the corner for them all to share.  This room was slightly larger than the one upstairs but it still equated to only 176 “cubit feet of air” per person.

The premises was also noted to be “one of the dirtiest” Mr Birch had ever seen.  John was ordered to pay 30s which included the court costs.  There is no mention that he was told to clean his premises up however, we would hope that this was the case though.

*Maintenance –

The Guardians of the Union Workhouse had brought a man named John Sims to court requesting maintenance payments for the care of his mother whilst she was resident in the workhouse.

John was a wagon builder who lived on Lordsmill Street.  His mother Ann Sims had been in the workhouse since 20th June 1874.  John said that he was happy to contribute but he thought that his brother was also responsible for the payments and thus they should be shared together.  The Guardian replied that his brother only earnt around 13s per week and so this would be difficult for him.  John was not sympathetic, he replied that it was his brothers own fault as he refused to remain sober. 

John did not win his case and he was order to pay the sum of 3s per week for the upkeep of his mother in the workhouse.

(There is a possible death for an Ann Sims at Lordsmill Street on 3rd April 1877, if this is the correct Ann then it looks as though John had his mother back to live with him and she may well not have ended her life in the workhouse).

*Tragic death –

A young girl of around 2 years old had been fetching hot water from boilers at Springwell nr Staveley.  Upon returning to her home she ran into one of the buckets which toppled over and spilt hot water onto her chest.  Sadly the little girl was too badly scalded and he died the next day.  Her first name is not given but her surname was Chambers.

*Veterinary Surgeons –

There were two practices advertising their services –

John Reynolds M.R.C.V.S.L. of 16 Saltergate had taken over the practice which had previously been run by Mr G Martin.  He would provide care to all types of animal from horses, cattle and domestic pets.  The establishment also had livery stables attached.

Samuel Rawlins had taken the helm at his fathers practice at 54 Holywell Street.  He was thanking his patrons for their continued support.


*Mr Herbert Stead engineer to Miss Martha Parker of Staveley on 7th February at Chesterfield

*Mr H N Forrest a watchmaker from Sheffield to Miss Kate Green of Brampton at St Thomas’s Church, Brampton on 7th February

*Mr Robert Wright to Miss Hannah Houghton from Holymoorside also at St Thomas’s Church on 8th February

*Mr H P Cragg to Miss Mary Elizabeth Fisher at Staveley Church on 8th February


*Harry Watson aged 2 years 4 months, only son of Henry Watson and Charlotte smith of Queen Street on 6th February

*Sarah Newbold aged 15 years at Victoria Street on 8th February

*Bernard Dixon aged 35 years on 10th February

*Sarah Heath aged 37 years on 5th February at Stonegravels

*Hannah Bottoms aged 18 years at South Street on 6th February
*Hannah Harvey aged 6 years at Stonegravels on 6th February


*Staveley V Dore –

A football game was played at the Recreation Ground at Staveley, with a large number of spectators.  The game was well fought by both teams and described as “very spirited”.  Staveley however took the lead and won by two goals to nil. 

The Staveley team was captained by Mr Jarvis and the umpires were Mr R Barlow and Mr T Gee.  Mr Taylor captained the Dore team.


The Great Boot Emporium –

Tyler Brothers had a large advert advising the townspeople of their autumn and winter stock.  They sold boots and shoes which were coloured and could have rosettes or trimmings added.  Even shoes for balls and evening parties, Tyler’s sold a shoe for every occasion.  They even carried out repairs on shoes and boots.

Their shop was at 25 Market Place in the centre of Chesterfield but Tyler Brothers was actually a “chain store”.  They had another shop in Dronfield “opposite the railway station” and a further 12 shops around the country.


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