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Royal Charter Celebrations - Page 2

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Royal Charter, 700th Aniversary

The Mapperley Story - Ilkeston Advertiser, August 19th 1966


The committee which will be responsible for organising celebrations to mark the 700th anniversary of the granting of a fair charter to the village of Mapperley. The celebrations are planned to take place in May next year, and the committee are pictured at The Black Horse, Mapperley, after their second meeting. Standing left to right: Mr. B. Riley,
Mr. P. Hawley, Mr. E. Hobson, Mr. W. Hawley, Mrs. F. L. Cooke, Mr. M. Burrows and Mr. R. Richardson.
Seated left to right: Mr. D. Gilman (treasurer), Mr. J Wood (chairman) and Mr. B. Skinner (secretary).

Funds Rise For Village Fair

A TOTAL of £75 has so far been received towards financing the 700th anniversary celebrations of the granting of the Royal Charter allowing the village of Mapperley to have an annual fair.

The village has never taken advantage of the charter but will next year hold a day's special events to mark the occasion.

At a meeting of the committee set up in the village to organise the event, the chairman, Councillor J. Wood, announced that as a result of a house-to-house collection in Mapperley carried out by two members,  Mr. E Hobson and Mr. G. Duro, £23 10s had been collected from the 370 inhabitants.

Mr. Wood also read a letter from Capt. P. Drury-Lowe, who confirmed that he will provide a deer to be ceremoniously roasted on a spit during the celebrations.



The deer will come from Capt. Drury-Lowe's herd at Locko Park, and will be another mediaeval touch to the celebrations which are planned to include a pillory and gallows on the village green.

An offer of a large piece of coal for a weight-judging contest was received in a letter from Mr. W. Miron, chairman of the East Midlands Division of the National Coal Board.

Mr. Miron said that although the board could offer no cash contribution, they felt that such a gift would be a small acknowledgment and a symbol of the contributions given by the people of Mapperley over the years to the mining industry.

Mr. Wood emphasised that there were many people now resident in Ilkeston who had connections with Mapperley, either having previously lived in the area, or having a link through relatives. "We welcome their presence at the event and also contributions," said Mr. Wood.


Mapperley golden wedding couple: Mr. and Mrs. Hobson.

Mapperley Couple Wed 50 Years

A MEMBER of the organising committee for Mapperley's celebration of the 700th anniversary of the granting of a fair charter, who last week conducted a house-to-house collection to help finance the project, had a celebration of his own on Monday to mark 50 years of married life. Dorothy, of 10 Mapperley Village, were married at the parish church in 1916 and have spent their years together in the same quaint cottage which previously was owned by Mr. Hobson's father.

Mrs. Hobson (71) was born in Oxford but moved to Mapperley at the age of seven, while her husband, who is also 71, was born in the very same cottage in which they now live.

During the past few weeks, Mr. Hobson has spent many hours visiting the surrounding houses in the parish to raise money towards the cost of celebrating the granting of the charter, which is to take place next May. With Mr. Gordon Duro, Mr. Hobson collected a total of £28-10s, "Not one refused and everybody was very kind and friendly," said Mr. Hobson.


Casting their thoughts back to the wedding day, the Hobson’s recollected that they were late for the service due to a heavy thunder storm which kept them at home for a time.

It was a different story on Monday, however, for the sun was shining as the well wishing cards, flowers and gifts arrived at their home.

"It was a day I will never forget. Everyone was so kind and thoughtful," said Mrs. Hobson.

Mr. Hobson began work at Shipley Woodside Pit at the age of 13 and remembers earning Is. 8d. per day for a nine-hour shift. He later moved to the Simon Pit at Mapperley where he stayed until his retirement at the age of 65.

"My pleasures now are an hour or two in the garden and helping out with any event the village might organise," said Mr. Hobson.


In 1922, he began work as a member of the Parish Church Council and later became a parish councillor.

Before she was married, Mrs. Hobson worked 12 hours a day as a dress-maker in Heanor. Her wage was 5s. per week and day by day without fail she walked to her employment from Mapperley. Since being married she has not gone out to work but has spent time at home in the making of garments for friends and relations.

A small get together was arranged for the couple at the Black Horse, Mapperley, on Monday, and they hope to hold another party when all the family can be together.

With two sons, two daughters, five grandsons, five granddaughters and one great-grandchild, the Hobsons should have quite a party.


Coal Lump

The Royal Charter

Royal Charter




Henry III's Seal

Simon of Arderne

A moated Manor House was owned by Simon of Arderne.

Simon received a Royal Charter by Henry lll in 1267. Allowing him, as Lord of the Manor to hold an annual fair to be held at the festival of the Holy Trinity. This is older than the Ilkeston fair.

Also the Charter allowed him to hold a weekly market every Monday.

(Trinity Sunday falls in May or June. Eight weeks after Easter Day. The earliest possible date being May 17th. The latest possible date June 20th).

An attack on his Manorial rights came two years later in 1269.

Ralph Cromwell (Lord of the Manor of West Hallam) carried this out. He organised a group of men to ransack the Hall and threw down, and carried away Simon’s Gallows, stocks and Pillory which Simon had erected under his interpretation of the Royal Charter.

Although the road leading from West Hallam crossroads to the Park Hall Hamlet is today  officially sign posted Park Hall Lane to all the locals it is referred to has Simon Lane. The fields to the west of the farm leading to Smalley are also still identified on all ordnance survey maps as “Simonfields”.

Today the farm is owned by the Morgan family.


  • 1967 was the 700th anniversary of the granting of a Royal Charter.
  • The Coal Board presented the village in 1966 the very last lump of coal to be mined in the parish. This was placed on The Old Black Horse car park.
  • At 1/- (shilling) a time the public were invited to guess the weight.
  • Six guessed correctly at 1 ton 19 cwts 56 lbs. Its actual size being 9ft high by 5ft wide and and 3" thick.
  • The winner donated the coal to the pensioners of the village

Charter 1

Programme of the Village Fair May 27th 1967 

Charter 2

Visitors Book

CVisit Bk

Page one of the Visitors Book showing George Brown MP, Foreign Office, Captain Drury Lowe and at the bottom Bert Royal a well known professional wrestler

Fancy Dress

Charter 1

David Isam, Sarah Shooter and Trudy Isam.
Fancy dress entrants at the Village Fair. I don't think Sarah enjoyed being Simon of Arderne!



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