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A copy of the entry, for Mapperley, from Kelly's Directory
of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland
Pub. London (May, 1891) - p.251

MAPPERLY is a township, 8 miles north-east from Derby, and 3 north-west from Ilkeston station, and was formed into an ecclesiastical parish 22 July, 1870, from the civil parish of Kirk Hallam, in the Ilkeston division of the county, Appletree hundred, Smalley petty sessional division, union of Belper, county court district of Belper and Ilkeston, rural deanery of Ilkeston, archdeaconry of Derby and diocese of Southwell.

The Nutbrook Canal crosses the eastern side of the township, and the Ilkeston and Heanor branch of the Great Northern railway also intersects it. The church of The Holy Trinity, built in 1851, is an edifice of stone, in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, and a western turret containing 5 tubular bells, fixed in 1890, to replace the 2 previous bells, dated 1851: there are 200 sittings.

The register dates from the year 1851. The living is a vicarage, average tithe rent-charge £68, net yearly value £125, with residence, in the gift of Colonel Newdigate, and held since 1887 by the Rev. John Magens Mello M.A. of St. John's College, Oxford, F.G.S. Here is a Wesleyan chapel. This is a colliery district. A charity of £3 12s. 6d. yearly, left in 1817 by the Rev. F. Gisborne, sometime rector for Staveley, is for clothing. Alfred Edward Miller Mundy esq. J.P. of Shipley Hall, who is lord of the manor, and Capt. William Drury Nathaniel Drury-Lowe D.L., J.P. of Locko Park, are the principal landowners. The soil is clay; subsoil, clay. The area is 961 acres of land and 21 of water; rateable value, £3,121; the population in 1881 was 432.

Parish Clerk, John Hawley.

POST OFFICE - Mrs. Kezia Hart, receiver. Letters arrive from Derby at 7 a.m.; dispatched at 7.15 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Smalley. The nearest telegraph office is at West Hallam railway station

Mixed School, erected in 1867, and considerably enlarged in 1890, for 140 children & infants; average attendance, 100 children & infants; supported by voluntary contributions; Mrs. Emma Downing, mistress
Mello Rev. John Magens M.A. [vicar]

Birkin Joseph, shopkeeper
Bunting James, farmer
Cope John, traffic manager to A. E. M. Mundy esq. J.P
Durow John, joiner
Durow Uriah, farmer
Else William, farmer
Fletcher John, farmer
Gamble William, coal dealer
Hardy John, shopkeeper
Harvey Joseph, Royal Oak P.H. and farmer
Harvey Mary Ann (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Harvey Samuel, Black Horse P.H. and farmer
Ling Joseph, farmer
Mapperly Colliery Co. Limited (William Hay, manager)
Millward Stephen, farmer
Pounder Harriet (Mrs.), farmer
Shepherd Lydia (Mrs.), farmer

[End of transcript. Spelling, case and punctuation are as they appear in the Directory.]

See Also Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire (Mapperley) 1941 - Thanks to Phil Wyles

17 Main Street, Mapperley Village

Nos. 16, 17, 18, and 19 do not appear on the 1901 Ordnance Survey map.  This was surveyed in 1879, and revised in 1899.
The properties do appear on the 1921 map, revised in 1913.

Therefore it can be assumed that the properties were constructed in the period 1899 to 1913; I can’t be firmer than that on a date.

Conveyance of the property between Godfrey Edward Miller Mundy (1) and Philip Staveley Foster/Herbert Bunce Greenfield (2) and George Spencer (3 - purchaser) took place 02 September 1924.  I understand this also applies to Nos. 16, 18, and 19 Main Street.

Godfrey Edward Miller Mundy (then of Andover) inherited the Shipley Estate in 1920 on the death of the “Squire” A.M. Miller Mundy, and I believe the former’s financial difficulties led to the disposal of the estate, the loss of Shipley Hall etc.  This may explain why the land in question was sold in 1924.

At the date of conveyance, the tenants (of the Miller Mundy’s) were as follows:

  • No.16 - H.Downing @ 5s6d/wk
  • No.17 - J.Fenson @ 5s10d/wk
  • No.18 - G.E. Hawley @ 5s10d/wk
  • No.19 - J.Hunt @ 5s10d/wk

At this time use of the currently derelict garden at the end of the track on the right was included in the rent to all above tenants.
I am led to believe that the tenancy of no.17 passed from J.Fenson to T. Davis – the last private tenant of the Spencer’s at this address, before the property was sold freehold.

The NCB never owned these houses as they were sold to a private landlord (Spencer) prior to nationalisation of the pits; I understand NCB housing stock passed to the council e.g. Mick McGill’s.

On the death  of Margaret Spencer (wife of George Spencer) assent to William James Chance Quarrell (former London solicitor) in favour of George Henry Nadauld Spencer took place 12 October 1953 – the former being the surviving executor to George Spencer of Stanley Lodge who had died 23 March 1930.

Conveyance between George Henry Nadauld Spencer (of Morley Lane, Stanley) and Richard John Spencer (then living in Evesham, Worcestershire) took place 14 July 1980; applies also to nos. 16, 18, and 19 Main Street.

Sold freehold 15 February 1984; this conveyance was between Richard John Spencer and David Morgan.

On purchase, Absolute Title passed to myself and Jackie as 17 January 1995.

Joe Henshaw

Just Some More Observations On "Number 17" Mapperley Village.

My Grandma and Grandad Doris and Tom Davis lived at number 17 until they moved to 1 Sycamore Close in 1983/1984 ?? when Sycamore Close was opened.

I spent a lot of time at number 17 and some of my memories include the old coal shed at the top of the yard which had loads of my Grandad's stuff in it ... It had a very damp and woody smell which I can still remember to this day. There was a sturdy but quite ramshackle garage built on the yard where my Grandad parked his car. I remember there always seemed a lovely community spirit with Harriet Riley living next door who was my Grandma's cousin, everyone was very friendly and you always felt safe. I remember I used to walk round to Alice McGills to get parsley for my Grandma and Mum from her garden and Alice was always very friendly. 

Inside number 17 was always warm and cosy and there was always a big roaring fire which my Grandad made every morning. There was a range next to the fire for heating water and my Grandad used to keep his sticks in there to dry out to make the fire in a morning. My Grandma was very proud of her Parlour and the best furniture was in there including at one stage a piano I think. We had to ask permission to go in there and it was only used at Christmas really. 

Number 17 always seemed busy with family and neighbours visiting and I always felt happy and safe there. 

Happy memories !!!

Tim Birkin


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