This photo of the Mary Swanwick football team from 1901-1902 was posted on Facebook by Andrew Johnson who kindly gave me permission to reproduce it. On the front row proudly sitting behind the shield is A Carlile.

Sadly Sgt. Alexander Carlile was to die in France on 12th October 1916 and his obituary noted that he was a very keen and well known local footballer. His story can be read at

CWGC On Your Street

Thought this may be of interest to some.

Its interesting (if not sad at the same time ) to find people in the area who are not listed on the war memorials for whatever reason, and to realise how many people did die in the two World Wars in the Whittington area.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is today pleased to launch a new campaign inviting the public to discover the individuals in their local area who died in the two World Wars.As part of our War Graves Week activities we’re enabling you to remember those who lived on your street, and bring them back to your street, here:


Personally I find anything that lists peoples names interesting. There are not only the census and Parish registers which enable researchers to find their ancestors, items like Poll Books are useful too!

The 1832 Reform Act allowed landowners, tenant farmers, shopkeepers and householders who paid £10 or more annual rent to vote, but not women!

The Poll Book shows the name of the candidates Cavendish, Gisborne and Sitwell and who each person voted for

Many of the names are familiar Whittington names (especially if you wander round Whittington churchyard regularly like me!).

Marriage Registers

Apologies for a lack of posts recently, I have had a busy few weeks but hope to get back to updating this site more often again now!

I have been looking at the Whittington parish registers from mid 1700’s, and it made me realise what small community Whittington must have been. As you can see from the copy below there were very few weddings over the 40 year period but many well known landowners names crop up. The Rector at the time was one Samuel Pegge!

Hope you find it as interesting as I did.


I have updated the webpage with a new category Headstones, to somebody interested in genealogy visiting graveyards is not as unusual as it may first sound!

Headstones can hold a vast amount of varied information and my first entry is George Renald who died in 1758. I couldn’t resist a short search into his family history and this can be read at

I have attached a lovely find which was a copy of the Inventory, which before 1782 the executor of a will was obliged to take and present to the court.


Back in 1891 the Derbyshire Courier used to have a section called Captain Kindness, Childrens Corner.April 6th 1891, Alfred Glossop aged 12, from Old Whittington managed to get some of his friends to join Captain Crusoe’s army (of nearly 3000 children), and he wrote the following letter to Captain Crusoe.

What struck me is that at least one of those boys on the list would be joining a real army some years later. Herbert Widdowson died in 1916 aged 32, I am sure he wasn’t the only one on Alfred’s list who joined up and fought for King and Country some years later!