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!