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Nottingham Evening Post
Thursday 18 April 1940


Lewis Johnson, miner, Mapperley Brook, West Hallam, pleaded guilty at Ilkeston today to killing three partridges without a licence, at Head House Farm, Mapperley, on February 11th. He was fined 10s. Accused was also fined 5s for trespassing in pursuit of game.

Derby Daily Telegraph - Monday 06 April 1942

By instructions from the Exors of G J  Woolley. Deceased.

FRIDAY, 10th APRIL, 1942. at the St. James's Sale Rooms, Derby, at 3.30 p.m.

The Valuable FREEHOLD DAIRY FARM, known as HEAD HOUSE FARM, MAPPERLEY (2 miles from Ilkeston).

Area 157 ACRES 0 ROODS 25 PERCHES or thereabouts (28 Acres Arable).

Substantially built FARMHOUSE, 2 Reception, 5 Bedrooms. Bathroom, separate w.c. Greenhouse (heated). FARM BUILDLNGS, including tying for 32; also TWO COTTAGES let on service tenancies.

This Farm is in good state of cultivation, and offers an excellent opportunity TO anyone desirous of acquiring a really good Farm either for own occupation or Investment purposes.


Full particulars and plan from the Auctioneers: or from Taylor, Simpson & Mosley. Solicitors. 35, St. Mary's Gate. Derby.

Nottingham Evening Post
Thursday 29th April 1943

Dog And The Lambs

James H. Hufton, miner, of 12, Derwent-avenue, Ilkeston, was ordered by the Ilkeston magistrates to-day to keep a dangerous dog under control and to pay 16s. 6d. costs. Evidence was given that the dog was seen attacking lambs in a field belonging to Mr. Moorhouse, of Head House Farm, Mapperley. Derbyshire.

Supt. Richardson said it was a most serious matter at the present time, when lambs were about.

Nottingham Evening Post
Thursday 6 May 1943

Story Of West Hallam Pig Killing

At Ilkeston to-day Frederick Chadwick, Wharf Cottages, West Hallam, pleaded guilty to supplying pork contrary to the Rationing Order. He was fined £3, with £2. 3s. costs. The following pleaded guilty to obtaining pork, Peter Nixon, The Brook, Stanley; Lidia Frost, Wharf Cottages, West Hallam; Harriett Hall, Arbury Farm, High-lane East, West Hallam; and Walter Briggs, Wharf Cottages, West Hallam. Each was fined £2 with 7s. 9d. costs. Chadwick had killed a pig and in return for services rendered gave pieces of pork to the four defendants.

Derby Daily Telegraph
Tuesday 01 August 1944


Mr. J. Else sold the following property by auction at Smalley Common yesterday: Six dwelling-houses,

"Else's Row," Stanley Common, £1,000;
Pair semi-detached villas, "Rock Cottages," Stanley Common £300;
Pair of semi-detached villas, "Chapel Villas," Stanley Common, £470;
Nos. 2 and 3, Mapperley Village, £525.

Derby Daily Telegraph
Monday 06 November 1944


Stating that he did not wish to be vindictive, but that they were better apart, Mapperley farmer refused at Heanor Police Court to-day to have his 27-years-old son back home or to re-employ him on the farm. The son, Joseph Hill, of no fixed address, described as an agricultural engineer, and said to parted from his wife, pleaded “Guilty" to stealing money from his father, Charles Hill, of Mapperley Farm, between October 9 and 20. He was bound over for two years. His father told the magistrates that he was willing to forgo repayment of the stolen money. "I just wanted him brought here before you that he could be given good advice," Mr. Hill said.

The son said: "It is due to my pig-headedness. I am sincerely sorry for all that has happened."

Derby Daily Telegraph
Saturday 01 June 1946

Sweden's Timbered 'Prefabs' Go Up In Derbyshire


PREFABRICATED timber houses imported from Sweden—with red-tiled gabled roofs and neat porches offering a complete contrast with the "utility" appearance of the British "prefab" are now being built in Mapperley village. They are attracting visitors from all parts of Derbyshire. Four pairs are being built for Belper Rural Council. They are among the first to be erected in England. Before beginning to assemble the 2,000 parts of each pair of houses workmen employed by Messrs. Wood, Ltd., of Heanor went to King's Langley, near St. Albans.

Last 50 Years

There they saw the finished product— the first completed Swedish houses in England, erected by Swedish craftsmen. The life of the houses is estimated to be 50 or 60.  Breastwork and chimneys entail the only brickwork. The red tiles are already on one pair at Mapperley. 'Mr. J: N. Bramley, the contractor, hopes to have the whole job completed by the end of July. The outside walls of the houses have weather boarding, a layer of waterproof paper, a further lining, of wood, and an inside layer of hardboard. Their heat and sound insulation is almost twice that of ordinary houses.

Laundry Room

There are two upstairs bedrooms, another one downstairs, a large living room, a bathroom and lavatory, a kitchen, an under-the-stairs pantry, a laundry room equipped with gas copper, draining board and concrete shelves, and an outside store shed.

Fitting together the 2,000 parts with the aid of 50 drawings was a bit of a headache at first," Mr. Bramley told me. "But we approached it on the lines of a jig-saw puzzle, and it all came out the end."

Nottingham Evening Post
Monday 23 September 1946


“If Every Man Worked Five Full Shifts A Week ...” In a few weeks nationalisation of mining would be reality, and there was a great job to be done, but it would take years, declared Mr. Hugh Gaitskell, M.P. for Leeds South, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Fuel and Power, at Blidworth, yesterday.

The instrument had been forged to carry through the great technical reorganisation which was needed, and to transform the human relationships in the industry.

Meanwhile, the big question was output this winter. A six per cent, increase in average output per manshift would virtually ‘close the dangerous gap between production and consumption that threatened this winter. They wanted production back to 94 per cent, of pre-war.

The Government had approved in principle the five-day week, and the one anxiety was the effect production. If, apart from sickness and so on, every man worked five full shifts a week, there would be no need to worry.
 ‘‘So have got to the stage when the minority—those who could but do not work the full week—are holding up the advance to still better conditions in the industry,” Mr. Gaitskell concluded.


The economic policy of the Labour Government was the subject of a speech by Mr. Gaitskell at a meeting in Mansfield on Saturday, called by the Education Committee of the local Cooperative Society, Mr. E. Castell presiding.
Mr. Gaitskell said the major aims of the Socialist Government were the improvement of the national economic position, full employment, fair service, and higher standard of living. The evils of capitalism were insecurity of jobs, social inequality, and inefficiently, and so the Socialist Government had inherited difficult conditions which they must remedy. The Government had to undertake the major problem of the transfer from war to peace of millions of men and women, and to set them back in civilian life and work. Further, there were the problems of slums, overcrowding and a great shortage of houses.

In addition to all this, there had been a shortage of electricity in some parts of the country, ‘because of the lack of supplies of material necessary for repairs. But this could not be avoided. Further, there was now an immense demand for houses, due to the lack of men and materials during the war. All this made it of the first importance for the present Government to impose controls in order to give everyone a fair share, and to avoid inflation.


The real peril to our economic policy.” declared Mr. Gaitskell, lies not in the danger of inflation, but in eventual slump. I am not making any forecast, because most of the slumps have been world slumps. One of our bright spots has been that our exports have been unbelievably good; the September figures show a gain over the Tory level of £90,000.000. That is twice the pre-war figure. In the course of 1947 we shall achieve a balance between imports and exports, something we have not done for a long time.”

After his speech, Mr. Gaitskell presented prizes to the following winners of the poem and essay competition organised by the recruitment branch of the ministry: Coun. J. Wood, Mapperley Village, near Derby (employed at the Mapperley Colliery); H. Ward, 3, Titchfield-street, Creswell Whit well Colliery); H. J. Ensor, The Sycamores, Huthwaite (New Hucknall Colliery); and G. H. Vardy, Litchfield Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse (Blidworth Colliery).

Derby Daily Telegraph
Saturday 26 October 1946


The Clerk (Mr. H. H. Creaser) reported to Belper Rural Council to-day that the schemes for providing piped water supplies to the western parishes of Plaistow Green, Wheatcroft and Moorwood Moor were still being considered by the County Council. The Ministry of Health advised the Council that an inspector would visit the district to examine the Council's proposed water scheme for Mapperley and Shipley.

Derby Daily Telegraph
Saturday 30 November 1946


On the advice of the Fire Force Commander, Belper Rural Council agreed to-day to provide a stirrup-pump and two buckets to each of the tenants of the Swedish timber houses at Mapperley. The Council also decided to ask the N.F.S. if it would transfer to the Council the first aid fire equipment at Mapperley for use on the site.

Derby Daily Telegraph
Monday 30 June 1947


Subject to the approval of the site by the Regional Planning Officer, Belper Rural Council, decided on Saturday to apply to the Ministry of Health for aluminium permanent houses to be erected at Mapperley-

Mr. J. Wood reported that the Parish Council had unanimously agreed to urge the Rural Council to obtain the number of houses to provide accommodation for miners working at Mapperley Colliery some of whom had to travel long distances to work and for "Bevin Boys", who might have to leave the district when the period of training was ended, housing was not available.

Derby Daily Telegraph
Friday 24 September 1948

Monster Beans At Mapperley

LETTER comes this week from 74-years-old Mr. Harry Wint, of Mapperley, who prides himself on knowing something about growing kidney beans. He has been cultivating them for 60 years.


To-day, hanging on his row is one 22 inches long. Several more are 19 inches long. Four, which he is keeping for seed, measure a total of more than six feet. Says Mr. Wint in his letter: "If the measurements are found to be incorrect I will give £1 to Derbyshire Royal Infirmary."

(See Also Harry and Gladys Wint, Memories)

Derby Daily Telegraph
Wednesday 29 December 1948


REPORTING to Belper Rural Council to-day that there was an outbreak of impetigo at Mapperley, Mr. J. Wood suggested that as the disease was contagious the County Education Authority should insist that children affected should be kept away from school.

Dr. R. C. Allen, the Council's Medical Officer, pointed out that the disease was not notifiable. He said that he would make inquiries.

Derby Daily Telegraph
Saturday 15 October 1949


October 15th 1949, at Derby, Gordon, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Haynes, 2. Mapperley Village, near Derby, to Margaret, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Wilson, of 10, Morley Road, Derby.

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