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!


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.

Mary Swanwick 13 July 1841 – 7 April 1917

Finding the article on Mary Swanwick playing fields reminded me that 18 months ago I was asked to jot down a few facts about Mary Swanwick for someone who was giving a talk about her.For some reason I never posted the ‘jottings’ on here or the webpage. I have now rectified that and this can be read at…/The story is by no means a full biography of Mary Swanwick, but there may be some information in there for people who wonder who the lady was who had a school named after her.

Picture on display at Elder Yard Chapel Chesterfield


This report taken from the Derbyshire Times/ Chesterfield Herald 17 June 1933, shows how strongly people felt when the Mary Swanwick Playing fields were changed from public playing fields to school playing fields, only to be used during school time. I dont know if they ever went back to public use again after this protest. Perhaps someone may know.I love the fact that whoever did the deed replaced the ground and place another message there!