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Newspapers - 1870s - Page 1

Derby Mercury - Wednesday 07 September 1870


Some few months ago the Glendon Iron Company leased the minerals under the above estate from Wm. Drury Lowe, on Esq., of Locko Park. Since then busy hands have been engaged in the necessary preliminary works preparatory to sinking two shafts for the mining of the coal and ironstone. It was decided to cut the first sod of the sinking on Thursday last, and E. K. Fisher, Esq., Market Harborough, and G. Checkland, Esq., Leicester, sole partners in the Glendon Iron Company, invited a few friends to inaugurate the proceedings. At two o'clock Mrs. Checkland cut the first sod and announced the works formally opened. Mr.Gillet, mining engineer, Derby, briefly alluded to the importance of the work now inaugurated, pointing out the benefits that would accrue to the proprietor of the mineral field, to the lessees, and to the workmen of the district, and especially noticed the happy auspices under which the works were begun, alluding to the kindness of Mrs. Checkland - accompanied by a few lady friends - having assisted at the ceremony of opening the works. The party then adjourned to a very elegant luncheon, served up in one of the newly erected offices, improvised for the occasion; Mr. 1 Checkland occupying the chair and Mr. Fisher the vice- chair. The usual loyal and patriotic toasts were duly honoured; then followed "The Lord of the Manor, Wm. Drury Lowe., Esq.," The Lessees, Messrs. Checkland and Fisher, &c, &c., all of which were most heartily given.

Much regret was expressed at the unavoidable absence of Wm. Drury Lowe, Esq., and who has been somewhat indisposed, and who, although now almost entirely convalescent, was yet compelled to avoid any risk of a relapse. Amongst the party at the luncheon we observed Mr. and Mrs. Checkland and Mr. George Checkland, Mr. Fisher, Master E. Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Gadsby and Miss Gadsby, of Derby; Mr. Gillet, and Mr. Purves, agent for Wm. Drury Lowe, Esq., Mr. Green, &C., &C.

The energetic lessees have set about their work in a manner characteristic of themselves. We believe they intend sinking two shafts each 13 feet diameter, with two engines equal to one hundred horse-power. It is expected to reach the hard coal about 200 yards deep. Contracts have been entered into for the different kinds of work, whereby not only the cost of the winning of the coal is pretty well ascertained, but also the time when the completion of the works is pretty well expected: the contractors being men of experience and resources give a guarantee for the proper performance of their respective contracts. F. C.Gillet Esq., mining engineer, has the superintendence of the works, and Mr. Mason, late of Stanley Colliery, is the local manager. It is expected that the shafts will be in full working order in twelve months. Arrangements are being made to raise two tubs on one deck, and, if need be, a double decked cage, so that by this means four tubs at a time could be brought up, or say 600 to 800 tons a day. We understand Mr. George Checkland will represent the Glendon Iron Company on these works; the position will be an erroneous one, but we doubt not his experience and business habits will be equal to the requirements of the position.

We understand this mineral field will turn out between eight and nine millions tons of coal. A small portion of the field was worked some hundred years ago by the late Richard Drury Lowe, Esq., of Locko Park, ancestor of the present owner of the estate, but want of good roads to bring the minerals to market caused, we understand, the abandonment of the works; but in this age of iron roads no such difficulty exists. The directors and officials of the Midland Railway actively alive to the interests of the company they represent have projected and are immediately about to carry into execution a branch line into the mineral field, thereby securing to their main line another excellent feeder. We understand Mr. Allport and Mr. Crossley have been most praiseworthily energetic in bringing about this result.

We are informed that the Glendon Iron Company propose erecting iron furnaces in connection with these works, for the purpose of manufacturing the material on the spot; we wish them every possible success in their undertaking, and we doubt not that ? long the district, at present thinly populated -will be toeming with industry and wealth. And we trust, above all things, that employers and employed may meet each other in a fair and reasonable spirit, and thereby ensure a fair reward to both, to capital for its enterprise, and to labour for its supply of muscle and sinew; capital and labour when antagonistic result in grievous disappointment and loss; when united they form a gigantic power for good, for the production of wealth and increased prosperity, and that the latter may be the result of the enterprise of the Glendon Iron Company with the co-operation of their empleyees in their newly acquired scene of operations is our hearty wish.

The History of Mapperley Colliery

Advert from Leicester Chronicle
Saturday 4th October 1873

SUPPLY COAL from their Collieries Mapperley Park, Derbyshire.
To whom all orders should be sent.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald

Wednesday 04 July 1877


A correspondent writing on Monday says :—The men on strike at the Mapperley colliery do not at present show any signs of yielding to the proposed reduction of wages, and the number of men at work is very small indeed.
Great exertions have been made to induce colliers at a distance to work in the pit, but these efforts have been almost vain. Nine men were brought into the village on Friday evening for work on Saturday morning. The men were out Warwickshire, but after being informed of the dispute between the manager and men, they refused to work. Saturday morning, notwithstanding the efforts put forth to detain them, the men remained firm in their resolution and shortly afterwards left the place to return to Warwickshire.

Western Daily Press - Thursday 25 July 1878


The living of Mapperley, Derbyshire, has become vacant, owing to the Key. W. T. Western having accepted appointment in Queensland.

Cheltenham Looker - On Saturday 25 October 1879

Rev. H. E. Evans, B.A. ; Vicar of Mapperley, Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal

Friday 14 May 1880

NOTICE Concerning a Bridleway and Footway Leading From Mapperley

NOTICE is hereby GIVEN, that on  the Twenty ninth day of June next, APPLICATION will be made to HER MAJESTY’S JUSTICES of the PEACE, assembled at QUARTER SESSIONS, in and for the COUNTY of DERBY, for an ORDER for TURNING, DIVERTING, and STOPPING UP a certain PORTION of a BRIDLEWAY, and for STOPPING UP a certain PORTION of a FOOTWAY, which said Bridleway and Footway leads from the Village of MAPPEBLEY, in the said County Derby to MARLPOOL, in the Parish of Heanor, and to HEANOR, in the said County of Derby, and starts from a point in a certain Lane leading from the Village of Mapperley aforesaid, to a certain place called  Park Hall, in the said parish of Mapperley, five hundred and six yards west of the centre of the said Village of Mapperley, And  from thence into the Road leading from Shipley to Smalley, a point one hundred and thirty-two yards east of the Bridge in John's Wood, and the said Bridleway and Footway is situate partly in the said Parish or Township of Shipley, and partly in the said Parish or Township of Mapperley; and that the Certificate of  two Justices, having viewed the same, and proof given to their satisfaction of the several Notices  required by the Statute having been published, with the Plan of the Old and the Proposed New Highway, will be lodged with the Clerk of the Peace  for the said County, on the Thirty-first day of May next.

Dated this Twenty-sixth day of April, the year Our Lord One Thousand Hundred and Eighty.
WILLIAM ELEY, Surveyor of the Parish or Township of Shipley.
SAMUEL HARVEY, Surveyor of the Parish Township Mapperley.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald

Saturday 14 July 1883

Ilkeston - Inquest

Inquest. On Saturday afternoon Mr. Coroner Sale held an inquest at the Black Horse Inn, Mapperley, Ilkeston, to inquire into the circumstances attending the death of a little girl four years of age, named Annie Birkin, who fell into the Mapperley Reservoir whilst playing with some companions on Wednesday night, and was drowned before assistance could be obtained. The jury returned a verdict of " Accidentally drowned."

Presentation to Mr. E. M. Mundy, J.P., of Shipley Hall

A beautifully prepared address has just been presented to Mr. E. M. Mundy, J.P., of Shipley Hall, on the occasion of his recent marriage, by the members of the Ilkeston Church Institute, of which Mr. Mundy is the president. The address, which was framed, was on vellum, and was artistically the work of Mr. A. E. Raynes, a member of the society. The presentation was made at Shipley Hall by a deputation from the society, and a warm reception was accorded them by Mr. Mundy, who expressed his pleasure at receiving such a mark of their appreciation.

Taken from a booklet called 'A Place of Execution' 1201 - 1928
Published 1981 - Author Terry Lambley. 

My Thanks to Gordon Shaw for bringing it to my attention


JOSEPH TUCKER. 37 years of age and a shoe finisher by trade was executed at Bagthorpe Gaol on 3rd August 1885, for the murder of his paramour, Elizabeth Wilkinson, which crime took place on the evening of Saturday, 9th May 1885. After preparation by Canon Monahan and the Sisters of Mercy he was received into the Roman Catholic Church the day before his execution by the administration of the rite of baptism. The executioner was Berry of Bradford.

Tucker weighed only 7 stone 12 lbs. and had to take a 9 foot drop. He came from the village of Mapperley in Derbyshire and for 14 years worked for Mr. Hooley, a belt manufacturer in Nottingham. For almost 9 years, he and Elizabeth Williamson lived together at Sheridan Street, close to Sneinton Market and removed from there to 38 Trumpet Street, where the crime occurred.

Both were intemperate and it is not therefore very surprising that angry discussions and quarrels often arose. He went home drunk and threw a bottle of paraffin over her as she lay in a drunken stupor and then set fire to her with a match. Neighbours rallied to her screams and she was taken, badly burned, to the General Hospital where she died as the result of her injuries on the following Thursday.

Bagthorpe Gaol, is not the village near Selston, but the former name of Nottingham Prison on Perry Road, Nottingham, that is still in use.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal

Friday 27 August 1886

Mapperley - Church Restoration

The Rev. C. E. Little, who was only inducted to the living of Mapperley, near Ilkeston, in March last, has not been long before he has made his influence felt for good in that village.

The church needed some repairs, and at his desire the congregation have joined heartily with him in effecting the renovation and partial restoration of the sacred edifice. It was decided to put  in a new hot-water apparatus, re-pave the aisles with Minton Tiles, remove the organ chamber in the chancel, and form a vestry at the west end, besides various other r minor alterations. The mason work was entrusted to Mr. Oldershaw of Marlpool (who presented the altar step) whilst the pointing and decorating were executed by Messrs. John Beer, and Co., Mapperley, who have carried out the work most admirably.

On Tuesday, 19th inst , special service were held in Holy Trinity to celebrate the re-opening, which the Rev. Canon Andrew, M.A., vicar of Tideswell, preached to a congregation in the afternoon, and the Rev. C. H. Molineaux, vicar of Tideswell, preached to a large congregation in the evening.

In the afternoon a public tea was held in a marquee on the vicarage lawn, when, nearly 200 persons sat down.
 Amongst those present were the Rev. C. E. Little, Rev. Nigel Madan (West Hallam). Rev. A. G. Waldy. (Horsley Woodhouse), Rev. M. Terry (Awsworth), Rev Canon Andrew, Rev. C. A. Molineaux , Judge Bristowe, Miss Bristow, the Hon. Mrs. Newdigate, Mr. and Mrs. Sebastian Smith, Mrs. Little, Mrs. Madan, and Mrs. Waldy.

The alterations will cost over £100, towards which Mr. E. M. Mundy has given £5O. Mrs. Mundy £10, Mr. C. S. Smith £5, and Mr. W. Drury-Lowe £5; whilst the following members of the congregation have each presented a lamp costing £1 15s to the church: Messrs. John Cope, W. Gamble, S. Harvey, W. Else, J, Fletcher, and J. Beer.

Nottingham Evening Post
Saturday 7 May 1887

A Derbyshire Preferment.—The Rev. Charles Edward Little, vicar of Mapperley, Derbyshire, has been preferred by the Bishop of Southwell to the rectory St. Thomas's, Brampton, Chesterfield, vacant by the resignation of the Rev. J. M. Mello, M.A.

Sheffield Evening Telegraph
Thursday 04 October 1888


Mr. Sale, deputy county coroner, held an inquiry yesterday, at the Royal Oak, Mapperley, touching the death of John Curson, farm labourer. Deceased was seen alive last early on Tuesday morning when he was sent into the stable yard for the purpose of driving out some geese from the corn stacks. Shortly afterwards Henry Ling, nephew of the farmer under whom deceased worked, went to fetch him to his breakfast and found him lying dead at the side of the hay stack. A verdict of “Found dead “was returned. Deceased native of Belper.


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