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This site is for the Study of Old Whittington (inc. The Brushes) near Chesterfield Derbyshire. Initially to study the names listed on the War Memorial and record the lives of the men who died in the First World War. I would love to hear from anyone who has any information or memories they would like to share.

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Joseph Sydall

Having lived in Whittington for most of my earlier life I was surprised that I  never realised Joseph Sydall, a well known artist, was born in Old Whittington at Church Street in 1864.  Mary Swanwick, from the well known Swanwick family, spotted his talents and under her patronage he went on to study at Art School.

I will look further into the history of Joseph Sydall and hopefully be able to find some copies of his drawings or sketches to put on the website.

A bit of luck!

Continuing with my research into the names of the fallen on the internet I came across a web page on Derbyshire War Memorials.  It has the  names, regiments and some brief family histories  for some of the men.

This will be at least a good starting point for the Military information.  I need to double check everything with census, parish records and military records as the sources aren’t listed and therefore need checking.  However, it has given me quite a few reference points to start with.

The web page is


if anyone wants to take a look.