This story from Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 11 January 1930 shocked me as I didn’t realise the birch was still used as late as this.
I have finally finished transcribing the Inventory for George Renald George RENALD – Old Whittington One Place Study (oldwhittingtonops.com)
I came across a couple of words I had never heard of before:
Husslements – Minor household goods of little value, odds and ends.
Kimnel – A multi purpose wooden tub
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 https://oldwhittingtonops.com/george-renald/
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, https://oldwhittingtonops.com/widdowson-h/and 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!
Although the newspaper was dated 26 August 1899 this clipping brought back happy memories for me of choir trips when I belonged to New Whittington choir late 1960’s early 70’s. By then New Whittington choir had their own trip and from what I remember it was by coach and normally to Skegness and I don’t remember any guidance either, we were pretty much left to our own devices for the day! Happy days.
Leafing through British Newspapers this advert from the Derbyshire Courier 6 June 1899 jumped out. Never heard of Revolution Mixture before, my first thought was it must be a cough linctus how wrong I was!
Lovely story about an Old Whittington character.
I have just bought this photo (its not the clearest) from Ebay and I think it is the top of Church St, on the corner with the turn to the church on the right. The steps are there which still exist.
I have never seen another picture of this cottage on the corner wonder if it the start of the row I have highlighted on the attached map.
Derbyshire Victoria County History have posted a wealth of information on their website about Whittington it can be read here http://derbyshirevch.org/draft-text/
It is still a work in progress but contains a variety of information relating to Whittington, Old and New and Whittington Moor.
This from the Sheffield Evening Telegraph 12 October 1915.I have never heard of the Rifle Range that was opened the same time as the Swanwick Memorial Hall. Has anybody else heard of it or know where it was?