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Newspapers - 1930s - Page 1

Wednesday 06 August 1930


The body of Mr. Edward Godfrey Miller-Mundy, of Shipley Hall, near Ilkeston, was exhumed to-day and taken south by road.

The "Derby Telegraph" understands that the body has been removed at the request of Mrs. Miller-Mundy and her three daughters and sons. Mr. Mundy, who was known as Squire Mundy, died in April, 1920.

He was buried in a private burial ground near to Shipley Hall. The rest of the Miller-Mundy family are buried in Cotmanhay churchyard.

After Mr. Mundy's death Shipley Hall was vacated, and still stands empty.


Few of the villagers at Mapperley were aware of the exhumation, which caused considerable surprise in the district, where the squire was greatly beloved.

It was carried out very quietly among a little group of people including Major Miller-Mundy, Mr. Edward Miller- Mundy's son, Mr. Porter, lodge keeper, who has attended to the cemetery since the squire's death, the Rev. Harry Price, vicar of Cotmanhay, and one or two estate workers.

It is understood that the body will be re-interred in the South of England, near where Mrs. Mundy resides. Mrs. Mundy was in the habit of visiting her husband's grave two or three times every year.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal

Friday 15th August 1930

Presentation to Mr. F M Brown at West Hallam New General Manager

The officials and workmen of the Colliery Co. Ltd, desirous of marking the appointment of Mr. F M Brown as general manager, the completion of 32 years service with the firm, and his election to a seat on the Board of Directors, met at the Memorial Hall, West Hallam on Friday, to present to him an illuminated address and to him jointly with Mrs. Brown a magnificent canteen of cutlery.

These were gifts of the workmen and officials of the company.

The address was the work of Mr. Jack Eaton, a surveyor of the Company, and an amateur artist of more than usual ability.  Capt W H Gilchrist, presiding, spoke in eulogistic terms of Mr. Brown’s services to the company, and said that though the members of a community might differ on some subjects, they were all unanimous in the admiration and esteem they felt for their new general manager.  As a colleague he knew him, and no words of his could express the high opinion he had of Mr. Brown.

They wished him long life and many years of success in his new office.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal

Friday 12 December 1930

Mr. John Parker, farmer, of Lady Wood, Kirk Hallam, was motoring from Derby on Wednesday when three young men thinking he was turning left towards West Hallam, stood in the middle of the road. It is stated that one of them, Mr. George Martin, was knocked down and the car passed over him breaking his leg. Mr. F M Brown, Managing Director of the Mapperley Colliery came upon the scene and fetched his daughter, Miss Peggy Brown, who is training as a nurse at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, and she bound the limb and then Mr. Brown sent the victim in his car to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary where he was detained, but is progressing favourably.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal

Friday 19 December 1930

West Hallam Welfare Recreation

The Mapperley Miners Welfare Recreation held a whist drive and dance in the Memorial Hall, West Hallam on Friday, when there was a good muster! The M.C’s were Messrs C Robinson (whist) and A Durow (dancing)

Legion Dinner – The Rev. W Ratcliffe, branch chairman and chaplain, supported by Eric Haslam, F M Brown, D W Flint, M M (Military Medal First World War) branch secretary, E Mayfield, P Slaney, and close on 70 members of the branch, presided at the first annual reunion dinner in the Memorial Hall, West Hallam, on Saturday.

An excellent musical programme was provided by Messrs G Baskin, Jack Hutton, Norman Dale and H Monks. The catering was in the hands of Mr. Whitmore of Ilkeston.

Directorship – the inhabitants of West Hallam will offer their congratulations to Mr. F M Brown on his formal election to directorship of the Mapperley Colliery Co. Ltd and the Coleorton Co Ltd, on Saturday last. For over 30 years Mr. Brown has been general manager of the Mapperley Company’s pits, and his promotion has been well deserved. It is to be hoped he will be able for many years to continue his active interest in the colliery world.

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Saturday 20 December 1930

Henry Hill had his foot lacerated by a hatchet "which slipped while hedging at Mr. C. H. Hill farm, Mapperley."

Nottingham Evening Post

Tuesday 21 April 1931


Though he was aware he was insolent Joseph Bertram Smalley, took over the tenancy of Simon Fields Farm, Mapperley, Derbyshire, and at the Derby Bankruptcy Court today showed liabilities expected to rank for dividend amounting to £3,361 with a deficiency of £2.671.

With cash capital of £60 in March, 1924, rented at £275 New Buildings Farm, Burnaston; and a relative paid the ingoing valuation of £600 and also £1,300 for stock. Death of cattle involved him in loss of £350, and when he left he received £160 for the valuation. That was March, 1929, and he then took the Mapperley Farm, of 106 acres at £155 a year. He overstocked the farm and lost 12 cows, worth £300, through disease. Of the unsecured liabilities £2,597 was for money lent and interest owing to relative, and £504 overdraft. The examination was declared closed.

Thursday 27 August 1931

Mr. Percy Francis Pleming, second son of the Rev. John Pleming, Vicar of Mapperley, near Ilkeston, has been appointed curate, of St. Alkmund's Church, Derby. This is his first curacy and he will start his duties next month. Mr. Pleming, who 31, and un-married, was educated at Leatherhead Grammar School, and afterwards trained a mining surveyor's certificate. He worked with Manners' Collieries, Ltd., near Ilkeston, Messrs. Barber and Walker, Ltd., Eastwood, and in Sheffield at mining work. Later he became interested in teaching and had positions in preparation schools at Leamington, Chester and other places. His education for ministry was gained at St. John's Hall College, Highbury, London. Mr. Pleming has played cricket arid football and has won several prizes for swimming. He takes a keen interest the Boy Scouts and organisations for young people generally.

Wednesday October 31, 1934

The Rev. P. F. Pleming and Miss Cynthia Myra Cope were married at St. Alkmund's Church, Derby, to-day. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Cope, of Casella, Kedleston road, Derby, and the bridegroom the son of the Rev. J. and Mrs. Pleming, of Mapperley Vicarage. Rev. P. F. Pleming was formerly curate of St. Alkmund's Church, Derby, and did valuable work at the daughter church of St. Aidan's. He was recently appointed Vicar of Chellaston. Miss Cope, who was given away by her father, wore a dress of ivory ring velvet, cut on Princess lines, with a ruched yoke, and an embroidered veil lent by her friend, Mrs. Bishop. She carried sheaf of arum lilies.


There were four bridesmaids, the Misses Doris Cope, Linda Cope, Hazel Cope, sisters, and Miss Marjorie Pleming, sister of the bridegroom. They wore turquoise blue ring velvet with touches of silver for trimming, velvet caps trimmed with silver leaves, silver shoes, and carried sheaves of pale pink roses. Their Patona pearl necklets were gifts from the bridegroom.

The best man was Mr. D. Whitehead, of Lytham, Lancs, and the service was conducted by the Rev. J. S. Wilding' vicar of St. Alkmund's, and the bridegroom's father.


The bride gave the groom a silver cigarette case, and received from him a dressing case and hat case. The members of the Sunday School gave the bride a needlework cabinet, the Young People's Union a tray, and the staff at 35, Osmaston-road a tea service and cutglass honey pot. The bridegroom received a clock and wallet of notes from St. Aidan's Church congregation, a cheque from St. Alkmund's congregation, and a chromium table-lamp and candlestick from other church organisations. The honeymoon will be in London and the Isle of Wight.


Other presents were: Bride's father, cheque; bride's mother, household linen: bridegroom's father and mother, cheaue; bridegroom's brothers and sisters, cheque; Grandma Cope, cheque: Mr. and Mrs. J. A. V. Cope, carvers: Miss L. Cope, dinner service: Misses O. and D. Cope, tea service; Mr. D. Cope, wireless set; Miss M. L. Cope, lawn mower; Miss H. Cope, tea knives; Misses J. and B. Cope, linen basket; Master B. Cope, electric iron; Dr. and Mrs. Adams, reading lamp; Mr. and Mrs. Chapman, dessert cutlery: Misses Paxton, cut glass bowl; Mrs. Whitaker, cut glass jug and glasses; Miss Henshaw and Mr. J. Wright coffee set; Mr. and Mrs. Wright, cut glass jug and glasses; Miss V. Beardsmore  scales, vegetable rack and cake tin; Mr. and Mrs. G. Cope, tea wagon; Mrs. Adcock and family, china dish and jam dish: Miss Beighton, silver coffee spoons; Miss Hough, afternoon tea cloth; Mr.. Mrs. and Miss Birkinshaw, book rack; Mrs. and Miss Nadin, Staybrite saucepans; Miss V. Pleming, coffee percolator; Mr. and Mrs. W. Ann, cut glass bowl; Miss Betty and Masters Bobby and John Ann, cut glass vase; Miss G. Tomlinson, silver tea spoons; Mrs. Ward, jugs; Sister Rawson, fruit set; Sister Ashcroft, dinner gong; Mrs. Cook, table cloth; Mrs. Powney, butter dish; Mr. and Mrs. Henson, bathroom stool; Miss Powney and Mr. E. Cope, cut glass biscuit barrel; Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, nut crackers; Mr. and Mrs. Norman, pewter condiment set; Miss Fletcher and Mr. Power, cut glass jam dish; Mrs. Beckett, tea cosy; Mrs. Noble, cushion: Mrs. Wilding, afternoon tea cloth; Rev. and Mrs. Wilding and Mr. H. E. Wilding, cheque and chair; Mr. and Mrs. Kitching, book ends: Mr. and Mrs. Woodhouse, cut glass bowl: Misses B. and M. Frost, cake plate; Misses M. and L. Pullon, bolster set; Mrs. Dunning, cut glass jam jar; Mr. and Mrs. Tomkins. log box; Sister Brown, ash tray; Mr. and Mrs. R. Cope, afternoon table cloth: Mr. and Mrs. Musson, fireside chair; Miss Warren embroidered set; Mrs. Bates, cheque; Mr. and Mrs. H. Cope, cut glass jug and glasses: Mrs. Dakin, salad bowl and servers; Miss Duffy, lemonade set; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace, bathroom cupboard: Mrs. Beresford, clock: Miss M. Cone and Mr. Henson, wine glasses. Mr. and Mrs. Pullon, mirror: Mr. and Mrs. Bates and Sheila, brass card tray: Mr. and Mrs. Morton and family, bedroom chair: : Miss Swift, clock; Miss Mallender, cut glass vase; Mr. and Mrs. (?) fish knives and forks; Mr. and Mrs. Turner, after teacloth; Mr. and Mrs. Francis. Crown Derby; Miss Smith, sandwich set; Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain, brass and copper jug: Mr. and Mrs. T. Monroe, (crown Derby coffee cups; Mr. Murphy and Mrs. Grey, Irish linen tablecloth; Miss Jordan, China fruit set and spoons; Mrs. Paxton, glass vase; Miss Edwards, cut glass vase; Mrs. Hagley, fruit spoon and tray cloth; Betty Chadwick, book ends; Mr. and Mrs. E. Cope, silver sandwich plate; Mr. C. Cope and Barbara, antique barometer; Mr. Lewis and family, two Beswick vases; Misses O. and M. Jobey, cut glass and silver jam jar; Mrs. Wilkinson, hand-painted picture; Mr. and Airs. Mitchell, afternoon teacloth; Mr. and Mrs. Allsopp; Mrs. Pontnal, pewter teaset; Mrs. D. Hubble, silver teaspoons; the Misses Hubble, silver toast-rack; Miss McColgan, afternoon teacloth; Mr. and Mrs. Bishop, supper cloth; Mr. and Mrs. J. Cope, cut glass celery bowl; Mr. and Mrs. F. Cope, cutlery; Ada, egg set: Mr. D. Whitehead, cut glass and silver jam jar; Misses Oodall, dinner mats; Master Noel and Cynthia Haslam, smoker's stand; Mr. and Misa Mayfield, pewter cheese and faioouit??

There was a cheque from St Alkmund’s congregation, and a chromium table lamp and candlestick from other church organisations.

The honeymoon will be in London and the Isle of Wight.

Saturday 22 August 1936

The Rev. P. F. Pleming, Vicar of Chellaston, was taken suddenly ill yesterday, and was admitted to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, to-day, where underwent an operation for appendicitis. His condition was reported to be satisfactory this afternoon. Mr. Pleming was to have taken official part in the Chellaston Hospital Carnival opening ceremony to-day.

Friday 4 September 1936

The Rev. P. F. Pleming, Vicar of who underwent an operation for appendicitis at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary fortnight ago, was able to leave the Infirmary this afternoon.

Portsmouth Evening News. Saturday 12th November 1932


Two men were killed last night a heavy fall of roof while engaged in road repairing in Mapperley Pit. Derbyshire. They were Thomas Watson, married, of Smalley, and Fred Harris, single, West Hallam.

Saturday 21st November 1931

The Master (the Countess of Harrington) and huntsmen
meet of the Harringtons at Mapperley Village to-day.

Monday 14th November 1932


The inquests on the two men who lost their lives in the Mapperley Pit of the Mapperley Colliery Company on Friday, were held at the Institute in Mapperley village this afternoon. Mr. R. W. Sale, district coroner, conducted the inquiries. Thomas Watson (52), of East View. Smalley, and Charles Frederick Winfield Harris (33), of Baggot-street, West Hallam, who had been working together on the main road in an operation known as ripping, were found buried by a heavy fall of stone.

REPRESENTATIVES. The colliery was represented by Mr. A. Butler, manager; Mr. R. Hogg, undermanager; Mr. F. M. Brown, general manager; and Mr. E. Mayfield, surveyor. Others present included Mr. R. Price, of the Deputies' Association; Mr. A. H. Steele, inspector of mines; Mr. Frank Lee, assistant secretary, Derbyshire Miners' Association; and Mr. G. Harrison, of the Coal Owners' Indemnity Co. The coroner said that as the circumstances of death were similar in the case of both men he would hold the inquests together. Clarence Watson, silk weaver, son of Thomas Watson, said he last saw his father alive at 1.45 p.m. on Friday just before he left for work. He had been at the colliery for about 30 years. Charles F. Harris, miner, father of the other victim who was killed, said he last saw his son alive at 2 p.m. on Friday before he left for work. His son had been working at the colliery for 19 years.

CORONER'S QUESTION. Joseph Cresswell, of Dolphin-terrace, Stanley Common, a deputy at the pit, said he made inspection of the place where the two men were working at 4.30 p.m. on Friday. Everything was then in order. The men were engaged in “ripping" in order to extend the main road. Props were put up as they went along. Each girder across the road had two props, one at each end. The props were not fastened to the girders except by wedges. The girders were about 2ft. 6ins. or a yard apart. Over the girders was strong timber. The coroner: I can never understand in these cases why the timber and the girders are not fastened together, so that the roof cannot fall. Mr. Steele; I am going to refer to that later. It is usually done, but in this particular case it was not done, because it was not thought necessary.

DEPUTY'S DISCOVERY. In reply to the coroner, Mr. Cresswell said they had wedged in. Other districts adopted the same method. Watson and Harris, he added, were working together, and both were experienced men. The propping had been done correctly. When he visited at 4.30 everything was in order. At 6.30 he returned for his next visit and found there had been a fall of roof of more than ten tons. He did not see the two men and thought they might have gone to take some timber. He looked round for them but could not find them and he and others began to dig. (Proceeding.)

Saturday 4th February 1933

The Earl of Harrington's Hounds and the Meynell Hounds fulfilled their fixtures today. The Harrington met at Mapperley Village, while the Meynell assembled at Walton.


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