OLD WHITTINGTON LIBRARY

I was surprised to read how long the library has been situated at Swanwick Hall, it was discussed by the Trustees in March 1929 when they offered the Hall as a Delivery Station for Chesterfield Library at a rental of £10 per annum.

A newspaper report from 15 June 1929 confirms that a Delivery Station of the Chesterfield Library was to be opened in the Swanwick Memorial Hall.

New readers were to be enrolled on June 21st and it was hoped the issue of books would commence on 25th June.

I remember going there as a girl in the sixties when you used to go up the stairs at the back of the Hall.

Derbyshire Times 2 March 1929

Derbyshire Times 15 June 1929

The Revolution House

The Revolution House and the stories of the Revolution are always popping up.

These two articles were posted on the Chesterfield and Area History and Genealogy Face book page, and both have interesting bits of information.

The first posted by Andrew Johnson earlier this year. From a report in the Derbyshire Times in 1929.

The second piece was posted two days ago by Rob Marriott, an article originally posted in the Illustrated London News 18 December 1847. The Revolution House certainly looks different to how it appears today.

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Scholars Bus Service

I have to admit to having a personal interest in this article from the Derbyshire Times 22 November 1935. I travelled to Tapton on the school bus from Whittington for many years, as I remember it was a free service at that time. It is interesting to see in this article the discussions that went on about charging for the journey in 1935. I think the school originally opened in 1931 to scholars, perhaps prior to this article children from Whittington had to make the not unsubstantial journey under their own steam.

J W Thompson

I saw this advert in the Derbyshire Times from 1932 and it made me curious where Thompsons Bakery was in Old Whittington and who J W Thompson was.

After a bit of online research I found that J W Thompson was quite an influential man in the Whittington area and latterly the Mayor of Chesterfield. I wonder if Thompson St on Whittington Moor is named after him? Perhaps someone will know.

You can read more about J W Thompson and the bakery at https://oldwhittingtonops.com/thompsons-bakery/

Revolution House 1902

Revolution House 1902 (https://picturethepast.org.uk/image-library/image-details/poster/dccc002524)

Shown here decorated for the coronation of Edward VII. The Revolution House, in the Derbyshire village of Old Whittington, takes its name from the revolution of 1688. Three hundred years ago, this cottage was an alehouse, the ‘Cock and Pynot’ (‘pynot’ is a dialect word for magpie), (new pub in the background) and it was here, as history and tradition relate, that three local noblemen – the Earl of Devonshire (from nearby Chatsworth), the Earl of Danby and Mr John D’Arcy – met to begin planning their part in events which led to the overthrow of King James II in favour of William and Mary of Orange. Danby raised support in Yorkshire and the North, Devonshire in Derbyshire and the Midlands. William and Mary landed at Torbay in November 1688. The North and Midlands rose in support and James fled to France. The Glorious Revolution was over.

The Gisborne Flannel

I was reading the old newspapers and found this short piece regarding the ‘Gisborne Flannel’ in the Derbyshire Times 24 December 1943. I had no idea what this was but was intrigued by the article and decided to have a quick look.

Apparently Francis Gisborne set up a charity in the 19th century for ‘PURCHASING OF FLANNEL AND COARSE WOOLLEN CLOTH YEARLY AT CHRISTMAS TO BE DISTRIBUTED AMONG THE POOR RESIDING WITHIN THE PARISH.’

There are recorded accounts at the Derbyshire record office and Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent record office for different Derby parishes but no mention of any Whittington accounts but obviously Whittington recieved a share of this charitable bequest!

I wonder if anyone knows when this bequest finally ended or if it is still carried out in some form, would be interesting to find out!

Source information https://register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-search/-/charity-details/255890/full-print

Apologies

I have been really busy over the last few weeks so apologies for not posting. I am currently visiting my daughter in the US and will be here for the next five weeks, so hopefully will have a bit more time now for some Old Whittington research, along with plenty of sightseeing. Thats the beauty of the internet isn’t it doesn’t matter where you are, information is readily available at your fingertips.