Sunday, 30 June 2013

Echoes of our Past NEWS ........... 30th June 1860

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*Lighting Chesterfield –

The lighting commissioners of Chesterfield met at the Municipal Hall to discuss the lighting of Chesterfield.  Those present were; Messrs’ G Bunting, Jos Woodhead, George Short, Chas Clarke, Blake, Wyatt, Gladwin, Taylor, Whitworth, Lambert, G Clarke, H Clarke and J Marriott.

The following subjects were on the agenda –

v  Additional Lamps were to be erected;

1 x Church Lane, opposite the Wheatsheaf Yard end

2 x Back or Mill Lane, in the bend of the road

2 x Brewery Street

1 x Sheffield Road, at the Albert Street end

3 x St Helens Street

1 x Victoria Street

1 x Spencer Street, at the top end to light the footpaths there (the new Roman Catholic Church had only opened a few years earlier)

1 x Wheeldon Lane

1 x near Tuckers Silk Mill, “if the removal of the present one on to the Bowling Green Chapel does not give sufficient light”

v  Lamps were to be removed;

1 x Spa Lance and Church Lane corner

1 x a bracket lamp near to Mr Carrington’s house on Holywell Street which would be replaced by a pillar lamp (which would light up Holywell Street, Newbold Road and Sheffield Road)


*Men writing off their wives –

Three men placed public notices stating they would not be answerable to any debts of their wives –

v  Thomas Winterbottom a shopkeeper of Brimington Common to his wife Sarah Winterbottom

v  Joseph Booth a collier in Whittington to his wife Ann Booth

v  John Hadfield a miner of Beetwell Street to his wife Mary Hadfield

*Assault –

George Thorpe a contractor of Staveley was charged with assault by a miner named William Cartledge.

The incident occurred at the Speedwell Pit at Staveley on 16th June and it seems that George had asked William to do a task but this had not been carried out and so George had struck William in the mouth. 

The Bench decided that George had taken the law into his own hands and thus fined him 5s and 13s expenses.

There was only one marriage and one death reported this week -


*Mr Thomas Hacking to Miss Sylvia Stephenson of Stonegravels at Trinity Church, Stonegravels


*Sarah Ann Braddow aged 20 years, daughter of Mr John Braddow a builder of Chesterfield


*Cricket –

The match between the Castle Inn Club and the Whittington Moor Club was advertised as being set for Monday 2nd July at the Brampton Feast Monday celebration.

A quadrille band would be playing for those wishing to dance the day away.  Refreshments of Golden Bud fine ale and porter would be on sale.


*Omnibus to Baslow and Chatsworth –

Thomas S Rice was proudly informing the townsfolk of his service to transport them away to the countryside this summer which he intends to commence from Mrs Pinders, The Star Inn.  It would run every Monday and Wednesday morning at 9am and would arrive at Mrs Whites, The Devonshire Arms Inn, Baslow “in time to meet the coaches to Bakewell, Buxton and Manchester”.  The omnibus would return at 6pm, after the arrival of the return coaches.

Update of the Past NEWS..... 26th June 1886

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*Alfred Sidebottom –

Alfred was in last week’s NEWS as he had suffered as a result of an accident whilst working at Saunders Brickyard in Newbold.  He caught his hand in the brick pressing machine and this resulted in him having his little and ring finger amputated.

Alfred was born in 1869, the son of Charles a coal miner and Jane Sidebottom.  The family lived at 8 Spread Eagle Yard off of Beetwell Street in Chesterfield town centre.  On the 1871 census Alfred was the middle child aged at only 1 year old.  He had an elder brother called Harry who was 4 years old and a younger baby sister aged just 10 months named Lavina.

By 1881 the family have moved home and are now living at Bath Place, there are two new additions to the household; Clara aged 3 years and Gertrude aged 1 year.  Alfred and his big brother Harry are aged 12 and 14 years respectively; Harry is now working though as a labourer, Alfred is still at school.

Alfred followed in his father’s footsteps and gained employment down the coal mines of Chesterfield.  He moves out of the family home and lodges with Patrick and Mary Gainey at Stonegravels.  Patrick was born in Ireland and Mary in South Wales.

The accident happened in 1886 so Alfred must have either changed his employment or been doing some extra work at the brickworks. 

In 1894 he married Elizabeth Bell.  On the 1901 census the couple are living near to the Grammar School on Sheffield Road.  They have no children and Alfred is still working as a coal miner.

Ten years on in 1911 Elizabeth completed and signed the census form, they have not recorded any children born either dead or alive.  Alfred is 42 years old now and works as a general labourer.  They live at 1 St Helens Yard and have a boarder named Bartholomew Murphy and a visitor named Mary Anne Murphy.  Bartholomew is from Donnegal in Ireland.

Alfred lived to the grand age of 85 years old, he died in 1954.  Elizabeth had died many years earlier in 1931 aged 60 years old.  I have not found any children to the couple, but if anyone does have any information then please do let me know.

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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Echoes of our Past NEWS .... 26th June 1886...............

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*Queens Accession –

Queen Victoria took her throne on 20th June 1837; the townspeople of the Chesterfield area were patriotically celebrating her reign 49 years later.

v  All Saints Church, Ripley sung the National Anthem and the evening service was taken by Rev R F Burrow on the subject of the British Empire and its constitution.

v  Staveley held a special church service and special prayers were said to the Queen.

v  Clowne Church rung a special peel of bells an hour before the morning service and an hour after the evensong service.  A “very large congregation” was present at the services.


*Assault at Grassmoor Colliery –

John Parry a collier found himself appearing in front of Chesterfield Police Court accused of assault.

George Tipper a Stallman appeared in “a weak state of health” with his head bandaged after John had allegedly assaulted him.

The incident occurred on 17th June at 10am when George had spoken to John regarding the job he was working on as a “holer” which needed completing.  John had refused and the pair began arguing, John using bad language.  John lost his temper and “turned savagely upon him (George) and struck him with a pit lamp” also kicking him.

John argued his defence that his actions had been purely in self-defence but Mr Barnes who was heading the enquiry stated that this gave him no right to hit George with a pit lamp.

John was sentenced to one month’s hard labour at Derby Gaol and paid costs of 30s or face imprisonment for a further month.

*Reckless colliers –

Four colliers were charged after they alighted from t Midland Railway train whilst it was still in motion.  Apparently this was becoming common practice amongst the miners who were keen to alight from the train as soon as possible.  Only a month earlier a collier at Grassmoor was killed whilst doing the very same thing.

The men were traveling on the 4.40pm from Staveley to Chesterfield and were named; Thomas McCormack of Wards Yard, Peter Smith of Auckland’s Yard, Frank Hibbert of Elder Yard and Robert Laden of Cowley Yard. 

They were each fined £1 plus costs in a bid to put a stop this dangerous practice.

*Accident at Newbold –

Alfred Sidebottom who worked as a labourer at Saunders brickyard in Newbold was injured when his hand was caught in the brick pressing machine. 

He was admitted to Chesterfield Hospital and the injuries were found to be so severe he required amputation of this little and ring fingers.

*Regimental encampment at Blackpool –

The second Derbyshire Volunteer Regiment comprising of the companies from Chesterfield, Chapel-En-Le Frith, Bakewell, Wirksworth, Matlock Bridge, Clay Cross, Whaley Bridge, Hartington and Staveley were enjoying their annual encampment at Blackpool.

They arrived in the seaside resort at Blackpool at 9.30pm on Saturday night having had a very long journey due to all the other holiday makers flocking to the coast via the railways.  The weather was “gloriously fine” in fact it was commented upon that “after a long delay, summer had indeed come at last”.

On Sunday morning most of the men attended St John’s Church service at 9am.  As the day was also the anniversary of the accession to the throne of Queen Victoria the National Anthem was sung.   After dinner the men were free to enjoy the seaside, they “strolled along the piers, promenade or sands”.    No drills were to take place on this Sunday as the men were at rest.

*A reason to emigrate –

The working class members of Chesterfield were being lured to the sunny climes of Australia with an article detailing the wages and working practices which they would live by in New South Wales.

Miners would earn 10s a day, pit labourers 6s to 6s8d per day, carpenters and blacksmiths were even more prized earning 9s to 11s per day.

The working day would be an 8 1/2hour day but in a years’ time the hours were to be reduced to 8 hourly days. 

Not only were coal miners needed but there were also opportunities for tin, copper, gold and silver miners earning around 8s 4d per day.

If the mines were remote and thus required the miners to travel a distance then this would be compensated with a higher wage.

The other occupations required were – engine drivers 10s to 11s per day, firemen 8s 4d to 9s 2d per day, smelters 10s to 10s 6d per day.


*William Wilson of Chesterfield to Alice Maud Botham of Loundsley Green Farm, Brampton eldest daughter of W D Botham, on 19th June at St Thomas Church, Brampton

*James Barker to Emily Heyward on 22nd June at St Helens Church, Eyam

*William George Blanksby of Hardwick to Mary Anna Brocksopp of Pilsley on 22nd June at Pilsley Church


*Ann Fanshawe relict of Robert Fanshawe nail manufacturer of Eckington, aged 80 years on 22nd June

*Mary Ann Fearn at Baslow aged 70 years on 15th June

*William Hay aged 34 years, after a short illness, youngest son of the late Canon Hay of Belper at Pleasley on 24th June

*Arthur Johnson aged 9 months at Newbold on 19th June

*Elizabeth Lowe aged 24 years at Rowsley on 21st June

*Lily Kent aged 5 months at Brimington on 19th June

*Leonard Merry aged 7 months at Brampton on 22nd June

*Joseph Marples Tagg aged 5 months at Spital on 21st June


*Staveley Athletics –

The annual athletics day was held at the Staveley Recreation Ground on Monday last. 

The results were as follows –

v  Under 14’s boys 150 yards – 1st Moody, 2nd Allen, 3rd Dowson

v  Residents of Staveley 100 yards – 1st Rice, 2nd Vardey, 3rd Hay

v  100 yards flat race – 1st Fowler, 2nd Morris, 3rd White – time 9.45 seconds

v  1 mile bicycle race, for members of the Staveley Club – 1st Dolan, 2nd Cox, 3rd Daffin

v  220 yards flat race open – 1st F White Ilkeston, 2nd T Kinman Sheffield, 3rd A Slater Nottingham

v  300 yards hurdle race open – 1st S Morris, 2nd J Hay Staveley, 3rd P Spence Manchester


*Bye Law Offences –

Not only were criminal’s in trouble with the law, many of our ancestors got themselves on the wrong side of the law by committing an offence of the bye laws. 

One such was tried this week at Clay Cross Petty Sessions –

John Bingham drove his cart containing “offensive matter” at 4am.  Some of the matter was spilt on the highway.

John broke the bye laws by having carted in between midnight and 8am in the morning. 

As a warning to others he was fined 18s 6d plus costs – a large fine.

Just think nowadays if we could not drive on the roads from the hours of midnight until 8am? Or if the lorries and vans were banned at that time?  How peaceful life would be – but we would all be late for work!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Update of the past NEWS ........ 18th June 1898.......

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*Samuel Burkitt –

Samuel Burkitt was named in the DEATHS last week. 

His main obituary described the man most favourably “his name was a household one in Chesterfield, where he was born, where he lived, and where he was respected by all classes of society”. 

Samuel Burkitt was a Justice of the Peace in Chesterfield and had suffered recently from influenza from which he had never really regained full strength afterwards.

He was a very energetic and enthusiastic gentleman though and on the Saturday before his death he had been at the Bench at the Chesterfield Petty Sessions.  On Sunday he accompanied his wife and a guest Mrs Byron to Chatsworth Park to visit the Sheffield Artillery who were camped there.  The evening went much as usual, Samuel dined with his family and then they retired to bed having had a day full of country air. 

In the early hours of the morning however, Samuel took ill and sadly Samuel passed away before Dr Symes of Chesterfield and Dr Court of Staveley could even attend him.   So sudden was the illness that Samuel’s son William who had earlier dined with the family was not able to get there quick enough from his home at St Helens House in Chesterfield.

Samuel was the second son of the late William Burkitt and was born on 8th October 1830.  He was married twice, firstly to Helen Creswick Hewitt with whom he bore son William.  The couple married on 10th December 1863.  William was born a year later in November 1864.  Helen died in 1885 aged 56 years old.    
Marriage Register showing Samuel's marriage to Alice Dickenson London marriages and banns 1754 - 1921
Samuel then married Alice Mary Dickenson of Kings Lyn, Norfolk. he pair married on 22nd July 1886 at All Saints Church, Marylebone, Middlesex.    

Samuel was a maltster and corn factor.  He ran a very successful business “known the world over” with his elder brother William; named W & S Burkitt of Chesterfield.   The business became so large that William resided at Kings Lynn, Norfolk to run that side and Samuel lived at Stubbing Court, Wingerworth to run the Chesterfield branch.

In leisure Samuel was a fine horseman and keen huntsman, he was a regular participant at the Rufford Hunt.   He was a notable agriculturalist whose farms were model establishments, up to date in the latest practices to produce the top grade produce. 

Samuel began his Court service in 1878 when he was joined into the Commission of the Peace in Chesterfield and later in 1891 he also covered the area of the County of Derby.  He was a staunch conservative. 

The funeral took place at Wingerworth Parish Church and Samuel was laid in the family vault, where his first wife Helen was already laid.  The service was set for 2.30pm but the Churchyard and roads were full with persons wishing to show their respect much earlier.

Probate was granted on 31st December 1898 to William Burkitt maltster, William Brining Chartered Accountant and John Naylor Bank Manager.  His effects were £129446 17s 9d.  Using the convertor on the National Archives website (1) this amount equates to approximately  £7,386,239.40 (based on prices in 2005).  Samuel was a very rich man, he had worked hard and gained such a well known reputation in Chesterfield and beyond.  I do wonder what the persons who were gaoled by Samuel for; in todays standards -  such minor offences felt of the man.
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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Echoes of our Past NEWS ............. 18th June 1898

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*Death at Glossop –

The death of Mr Tom Dutton of Glossop was the cause for much speculation and the inquest was held at the Rose and Crown Public House on Saturday.

Mrs Dutton the widow of Tom was called to give her account; she stated that Tom was 55 years old and worked as a painter and decorator.  He had been ill for 11 weeks after Christmas from which he had not recovered.

On the day in question Tom arrived home early and was in an upset state.  He lay down on the sofa and rested.  A daughter of Tom’s noticed that there was a strong smell of carbolic acid and so she mixed some salt and water to give to him. 

Dr Heale was called for and he arrived at the home of the Dutton’s at 8.40pm.  He also confirmed that Tom was lying on the sofa; in an “insensible” state.  In his opinion the symptoms of the death were caused by poisoning by carbolic acid.  It was thought that Tom had taken the acid in “a crude commercial form” and had drunk at least half an ounce.

Tom passed away at 9.15pm.  The inquest gave a verdict of suicide whilst “temporarily unhinged”. 


*Public house quarrel –

Herbert Hardy was accused of assaulting Charles Taylor in the Steel Melters Arms on Newbold Moor on 23rd May.

It appears that both men had been drinking in the public house when they began to get into dispute, which ended up with the two men fighting.   The landlord tried to separate the men but in the end the police were called.  D.C.C Carline asked Herbert to leave and they were on their way out when Charles took another blow at Herbert.  Herbert retaliated and Charles fell onto the fender.  He had injured his ribs severely, one puncturing his lungs. 

Up to this week Charles had been in a critical condition.  Herbert was remanded in custody with the warning that if Charles died he would be in serious trouble.  Herbert’s reply was said to be “Yes Sir, but it was his own fault”.

*Driving without a light –

Joseph Hardstaffe of Matlock Bath was charged with driving his cab without a light.  He stated that he had picked up two gentlemen who had told him to drive quickly. 

He also blamed the wet weather and described how he had was rushing to get out of the rain and had not attached his light. 

Joseph had been charged before for a similar offence.  This time he was charged 10s and costs for driving fast and in the charge of driving without a light, just the costs were to be paid.

*Out of control brewery horse –

A chaotic scene emerged outside of the Apollo Inn at Barlborough when the horse belonging to Scarsdale Brewery bolted whilst attached to a cart.

As the horse bolted a young man named Herbert Wheates was driving his grocers trap past the Apollo Inn on his way to Renishaw.

The near wheel of the brewery cart caught the wheel of Herbert’s cart and caused such a jerk that the brewery horse had its harness ripped from it.  At which it ran a fair way until a man named Johnson was able to catch the wayward horse.

*Frederick Coombe to Florence Elizabeth Blair both of Brampton on 12th June at Chesterfield Parish Church


*Samuel Burkitt aged 68 years of Stubbing Court on 13th June

*Eliza Hoyland widow of Wm Hoyland (cab proprietor) aged 72 years at Marsden Street

*Ernest May aged 17 years at Chesterfield on 10th June

*Louisa Payne aged 67 years at Brimington on 14th June

*James Ladley aged 2 years at Chesterfield on 13th June

*William Stevenson aged 29 years at Barlow on 11th June


*Cricket –

The Chesterfield Board of Guardians of the Workhouse accepted the challenge to play a game of cricket against the Mansfield Guardians. 

The game was to be played at Hardwick Park on 13th July.


*Lemonade anyone?

If you fancied a quick refreshing drink in the summer months of 1898 then you may have purchased a product named “Frevil”.  Described as “nature’s own extract of fruit” it came in four flavours; lemon, lime, raspberry and orange.

One tablespoon was to be added to a tumbler full of either cold water or soda water and then enjoyed.  The lemonade was said to have “all the fresh flavour of ripe lemons”.

Frevil could be purchased at your grocer’s for 1d a tin, which would make a pint of drink or 6d tins to make 2 gallons of liquid. 

If the local grocer did not have it in stock then it could be ordered by sending 8d worth of stamps to DeCarle & Son, Department No9, Fruit drink works, Norwich.


Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Update of the Past NEWS........... 8th June 1889

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*William Carnelly –

William was seriously injured when he fell from faulty scaffolding in last week’s NEWS. 

William and his little family were living at Chapel Hollow in Belper.  He was a bricklayer and stonemason and at the time of the incident had one daughter named Mary who would have been around 6 months old at the time.

William was born in Unstone near Chesterfield in 1853, the son of William and Mary.  His father William was also a stonemason and his elder brother John.  In 1871 aged 17 years William is recorded on the census as being a stonemason.  He was most likely apprenticed to his father to learn his trade.  The family are still living at Unstone.

The next years brought change for the Carnelly family when the William Snr died aged 61 years old in 1878.  The 1881 census shows that the family have now moved residence to Belper.  William is the eldest child living with his widowed mother Mary.    William married local girl Elizabeth Slater in 1881 at Belper.  Their daughter Mary was born in 1889 followed by William in 1890. 

What became of William after his accident on the scaffolding?

A year after in 1891 William and Elizabeth are living at St Johns Road, Belper.  He is documented as being a bricklayer aged 37 years old.  From the census return there is no indication as to any on-going health issue to hinder William.  Aged 57 years old William his still working as a bricklayer in 1911 the family have moved home again and are now living on the High Street in Belper.  Mary Elizabeth has fled the nest but son William is aged 20 years old and works as a coalminer.

William died in 1938 at the grand age of 84 years old. 

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*Samuel Carlin –
Samuel Carlin was also a stonemason working on the Belper Workhouse when the scaffolding collapsed. 
He was born c.1858 in Bulwell and lived there at the time of the incident.  Samuel married Fanny Marlow in 1883.  A couple of years after the incident in 1891 the couple have a large brood of children; Martha aged 13 years, Fanny aged 11 years, Esther aged 5 years, Nellie aged 4 years, Mary aged 1 year and baby Job only 3 months old. 
The accident must again have caused great concern for Samuel and Fanny at a time when there were many mouths to feed in that household.  In the 1891 census they are living at 55 Barry Street, Bulwell.  In 1901 they have moved to 77 Latham Street, Bulwell and all of the children are still living at home, including two extra members; Annie aged 20 years and Alfred aged 9 years. 
Samuel died in 1917 aged 59 years old.
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Saturday, 8 June 2013

Echoes of our Past NEWS........... 8th June 1889..............

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*Belper incident –

An incident occurred at the site of the building of the Belper Union Workhouse.  On the day in question the workers employed by Messrs Wheeldon Bros arrived for commencement of work at 6am.  The men climbed onto the scaffolding and were busy pointing and cleaning the walls. 

The problem stemmed from part of the scaffolding having already been removed and when the planks gave way several men were flung to the floor, said to have been around 80 feet below.  The planks fell onto some of the men.

The injured men were –

v  William Carnelly of Chapel Bollow, Belper; married with one child

v  Frederick Peacock of Kilburn: married with 6 children

v  Herbert Broth of Belper: single man

v  Thomas Oldham of Bulwell: married

v  Samuel Carlin of Bulwell: married

v  John Lancaster of Milford: married

v  Joseph Walker of Short Row, Belper; married

v  John Whiteman farmer of Milford; married

William Carnelly was to have sustained the most serious injuries and was in a critical condition. 

The men Frederick Peacock, Thomas Oldham, Samuel Carlin and John Lancaster were also seriously injured.  Joseph Walker and John Whiteman were lucky enough to be allowed to go home with only suffered from shock.  The other men were “put to bed in the Union Hospital”.  Because of the numbers involved in the terrible accident three medical men were summoned; Dr Allen, Dr T Johnston and Dr R A Johnston arrived to give aid to the men. 


*Fatal accident –

The latest news was that a 17 year old pony driver named James Booth of Brampton had been killed when he was squashed whilst moving the ponies from the stalls at Boythorpe Colliery. 

An inquest was set at the Castle Inn, Chesterfield.

*Assault –

On 11th May at the Midland Hotel, Langley Mill Thomas Musson was said to have assaulted Alfred Wilkinson.  Thomas a collier accused Alfred of owing him a shilling, Alfred denied this and Thomas lost his temper and attacked Alfred with a poker.

The landlady of the Midland Hotel was called to the altercation between two of her patrons.  At the Heanor Petty Sessions she told how she did not see any blows struck, but did confirm that Thomas wanted to fight with Alfred.  She had ordered Thomas to leave the hotel.  There were two other witnesses; James Allen and Alfred Dodson who agreed with the statement made by Fanny Dodson.

Thomas was fined £1 13s which included costs.

*Public House drunkenness –

The landlord of the Green Dragon Inn at Mosbro (sic) found himself appearing in the petty sessions after he allegedly allowed persons to be drunk on his premises.

Campbell Robinson had allowed Jabez Peat the butcher and William Cutts a collier to be drunk in his public house on 29th May. 

He was fined 5s and costs.  Jabez Peat was fined 20s as he had been convicted previously and William Cutts was fined 5s and costs.  An expensive evening out on the town.

*Re-Opening of local Church –

The Holy Trinity Church on Newbold Road was announcing that it would re-open on 11th July.  The Lord Bishop of Southwell would officiate at the ceremony.

Any persons requiring pews or sittings were advised to contact the Churchwardens; Mr S Rollinson and Mr R Eyre.


*Mr Richard Herbert Gambles grocer to Elizabeth Cook at Chesterfield Parish Church, by license on 3rd June

*Samuel Ward of Birchwood Lane to Jane Smith daughter of James Smith of Somercotes at the Baptist Chapel, Swanwick on 2nd June


*Lena May Davis aged 19 years at Chesterfield Hospital on 30th May

*Eliza Dennis aged 17 years at Grassmoor on 31st May

*Michael Garrity aged 64 years at Chesterfield on 28th May

*John Hall aged 22 years at Brimington Common on 30th May

*Annie Theodore Caroline Hawkins aged 3 years at Whittington on 30th May

*Emma Heath aged 16 years at Brimington Common on 1st June

*Arthur Roland aged 23 months at Grassmoor on 2nd June

*William slack aged 76 years at White Horse Yard, Chesterfield on 31st May


*Athletics –

The 22nd Annual Athletic Sports Event was being advertised this week.  To be hold on Whit Monday the 10th June (“weather permitting”).

The advertisement promised “distinguished patronage” and the doors were to open at 1pm with the sporting events commencing at 2pm. 

Admission was –

1st Class Grounds, 1s

2nd Class Grounds, 6d

Grandstand, 1s extra

The refreshments were to be served by Messrs Warner and Smalley and the Chesterfield and Hasland Brass Band would provide the musical entertainment.


*News from afar –

The locals of Chesterfield were reading of “another horrible murder” - luckily not a local incident.  The mutilated body of a young woman had been found in the Thames.  The body was wrapped in separate 2portions”; a limb was found at Battersea and the lower part of the body was found at Horsleydown. 

The body parts had all been wrapped in the same linen garment and it was thought that the body had been in the water for many hours.

These tales must have sent shivers down the spine of the inhabitants of the little town of Chesterfield, so far away from the big city of London.