The Nottingham Jowetts continued….

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The three postal certificates I ordered have finally arrived for my Jowett ancestors that I’d found in Basford Cemetery, Nottingham.

Fortunately for me all the details fit with what I’ve already found so at least I know I’m on the right track even if the burials left me a little puzzled.

Working backwards so beginning with Theresa’s death:

Bates Theresa (1851) death cert

From this I’ve discovered that Theresa had been widowed for a second time, so John Hallam predeceased her. The informant was Tom Hind, her son-in-law, so one of Edmund & Theresa’s daughters must have married him. As far as I know they only had two daughters, Edith and Mabel and I know Mabel married a man called Stephens so I can now look for a marriage between Mabel Jowett and Tom Hind and expand the family a little wider.

Edmund Jowett’s death;

Jowett Edmund (1848) Death Cert

This confirmed Edmund’s death as the 7th April at his home in Gawthorne Street, Nottingham and confirms the information I already have.

Edmund Jowett’s birth;

Jowett Edmund (1848) birth cert

I now know Edmund’s exact date of birth, which I didn’t have before. This confirms his parents as Edmund Jowett and Sarah neé Morton which supports what I’d previously found in the census.

So now I can file those and carry on!




…to go a revolutioning…



In 2006 I graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in History. I chose to research the so-called ‘Pentrich Revolution’ as it was local to me and I’d looked at it previously when I was at school.

As it’s the 200th anniversary of this event today I thought I’d tweak my dissertation introduction and publish it on my blog.



To give a bit of context –  The years preceding 1817 were becoming increasingly tense. Nottingham had seen the beginnings of machine-breaking riots known as Luddite Riots in 1811. The Luddites were hosiery & textile workers who saw new factory machinery as being responsible for the drop in textile prices thereby reducing their income and putting some out of work altogether. Factories were attacked and machinery broken up with sledgehammers. The Government, already nervous about working class rebellion following the French revolution, responded by making machine breaking punishable by death. The movement spread to Yorkshire and Lancashire but was all but over by 1813 although the economic distress for the framework knitters continued.

A rise in political awareness can also be seen in this period. The Hampden Clubs, founded by Major John Cartwright as a base for petitioning for a fairer voting franchise, were becoming very popular amongst the working class and had developed into a countrywide network, causing more concern for the Government. A Club meeting at Spa Fields Clerkenwell ended in a riot in November 1816 which led to the Government clamping down further, suspending the Habeas Corpus Act, which mean that any person considered to be seditious could now be held indefinitely without trial. This forced the Clubs underground and the meetings continued. They spread the idea that working class distress was not purely down to new machinery, but was caused and could be alleviated by, the political process; a switch away from machine breaking to attacking the Government & its policies.

Food prices were also causing major hardship in both urban and rural areas. This had led to countrywide rioting in the two years preceding the Pentrich uprising and was exacerbated by the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia in 1815. This remains the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history. It led to a cold, wet summer across Europe which had a catastrophic effect on crops, pushing prices up even further.

So the scene was set for an uprising……


The Pentrich Revolution

… to go a revolutioning …[1]

Friday, 7th November 1817 saw Friar Gate, in Derby, crowded with up to six thousand people in anticipation of the execution of three men; Jeremiah Brandreth, Isaac Ludlam and William Turner.    Found guilty of High Treason, their sentence was to be hung, drawn and quartered; later reduced to hanging and beheading.  The executions the Derby crowd witnessed that day were the result of the ‘Pentrich Revolution’ or uprising, of 9th June 1817, which saw approximately three hundred men leave their homes in Pentrich, Derbyshire, with the intention of marching to London to overthrow the Government.[2]

The origin of the uprising can be found in the Hampden Club delegates, particularly Thomas Bacon; the founder of the Pentrich and Ripley branches.  A Pentrich man, Bacon had been a well known local leader for some years, working as both a frame-work knitter and an iron-dresser at the local Butterley Iron Works.  Known to many as “Old Tommy” or “the old man”[3], he was aged approximately sixty-five.[4]    He was well known by the authorities, having been: ‘at the head of a Luddite party in Pentrich and Swanwick which did considerable mischief in those places.’[5]  As a delegate, Bacon travelled to the Hampden Club rally at the Crown and Anchor in London in January 1817.  He was also a frequent visitor to club meetings in Nottingham, Leicester, Manchester, Sheffield and Wakefield.[6]  By May 1817, he was chairing meetings at Asherfields Barn in Pentrich; organising the uprising and discussing how they would proceed.   Following a trip to Nottingham on the 5th June, Bacon returned with the man he said would lead the march from Pentrich; Jeremiah Brandreth.  Bacon himself did not take part in the march.



Brandreth, aged approximately thirty, was a married framework knitter, out of work due to his speciality, the Derby rib, being out of fashion.  He and his family had been moved from Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire to Wilford, his birthplace, in Nottingham under the Poor Law Act in September 1812.[7]    Brandreth’s epithet, “The Nottingham Captain” may originate either from his previous military service[8] past Luddite connections.[9]


On the 8th June, a meeting was held at The White Horse Inn, Pentrich,[10] in which: ‘there was a general conference as to what proceedings were to be taken for the over- turning of the Government.’[11]  The marchers were to go to Nottingham first, which would already have been taken by the revolutionaries there; they would then march onto London to form a new Government.  Brandreth produced a map, and his “battle song:”

Every man his skill must try,
He must turn out and not deny;
No bloody soldier must he dread,
He must turn out and fight for bread;
The time has come you plainly see,
The Government opposed must be.[12]

Present at the meeting were William Turner, Isaac Ludlam and George Weightman, who were also to face trial with Brandreth in October as leaders of the rising.[13]   Bacon was notable by his absence.  Brandreth: ‘had heard there was a warrant out against Bacon on the account of the insurrection and that Bacon was aware of it.’[14]  So Bacon had gone into hiding: ‘in James Booth’s hovel,’[15] to avoid arrest, and took no further part.

Also present at the meeting were Shirley Asbury and Anthony Martin, local men acting as special constables.  The meeting was quite unguarded even after the constables were discovered to be there:

(Martin) was there listening to the discourse – they spoke openly.  He told them to mind, there were constables in the room and they threatened to put him up the chimney.  Nobody called him a spy, nor did they object to his company.[16]

But the authorities already knew about the planned insurrection thanks to a network of informers including Henry Sampson in Nottingham and Thomas Bradley in Sheffield.   Nottingham’s town clerk, Henry Enfield, already had local troops on alert after receiving reports from Sampson.[17]  Constables Asbury and Martin were among over one hundred men sworn in as special constables in Ripley market place as the authorities responded to the information received from local informers.

The most notorious of the informers however, was William Oliver, who came to be known as “Oliver the Spy.”[18]  He was recently out of debtors’ prison and had written to Lord Sidmouth, the Home Secretary, requesting work as an agent.[19]  Once engaged, Oliver travelled the country, infiltrating various Hampden clubs and radical meetings.[20]  Though he did not visit Pentrich itself, he did have contact with Bacon and possibly with Brandreth though this has not been ascertained with any certainty.


The March

On the night of 9th June, the marchers, led by Brandreth gathered at Hunt’s Barn, near South Wingfield.  A few were carrying pistols, but most were armed with homemade weapons such as: ‘old files or chisels sharpened and attached to handles of considerable length.’[21]  The men went from house to house to gather more men and arms, with varying success.  Some were keen to go, such as Samuel Hunt who; ‘brought out bread and cheese and told them to eat what they liked and he would dress and go with them,’[22] while others were much less so, such as Elijah Hall Jnr. whom Brandreth: ‘brought down (stairs) with him and forced him to accompany them.  He went very unwillingly.’[23]  By this time, Weightman had already left for Nottingham ahead of the others on a horse “borrowed” from William Booth, in order to check on the progress of any rising there.

Their visit to Mary Hepworth’s house saw the only fatality of the march, her servant, Robert Walters: ‘was sitting upon a chair opposite the window, apparently lacing his boots at the time of the firing: he was wounded in the neck.’[24]  Brandreth was apparently responsible for the shooting, but was never charged.

As well as recruiting from local houses, it was also the intention to take possession of the Butterley Iron Works in Ripley, obtaining both men and arms. Already well behind schedule they arrived at the Butterley works at 3am, the time by which they were expected in Nottingham. George Goodwin, the Butterley manager, approached the men he knew and: ‘went out amongst them and expostulated with them and pushing them round by the shoulder bid them get home or they would all get hanged.’[25]  Three of the younger marchers deserted, hiding in Goodwin’s office, upon which Brandreth gave the order to march and led his men away.[26]


The insurrectionists continued on to Codnor, calling at more houses on the way, with more threats of violence.  Once at Codnor, they called at three pubs; The Glass House, The French Horn and the New Inn, running up a bill at each and refusing to pay. When faced with his bill at The Glass House, Brandreth said: ‘if we offer you a Bank of England bill it will be of no use now.’[27]  Heading on to Langley Mill, in the now pouring rain many of the forced marchers were deserting.  Those who had gathered at the very beginning of the march had already travelled around twelve miles.  At this point Weightman reappeared and told Brandreth and the group to: ‘push on lads, they are all safe in Nottingham, the town’s taken and the soldiers dare not come out of the Barracks.’[28]  The group, now diminished by two-thirds, stopped at The Junction Navigation Inn in Langley Mill, once again ordering beer and leaving without paying.  After marching up to Eastwood, with yet more men deserting, there was a further stop at The Sun for more beer.

The march ended just outside Kimberley on the outskirts of Nottingham by the Gilt Brook, where the remaining marchers fled at the sight of the local magistrates accompanied by Captain Frederick Philipson and his 15th Regiment of Light Dragoons.  There were only eighteen mounted soldiers, but it was enough to cause panic amongst the marchers and they fled, throwing down their arms.


The Aftermath

Approximately forty of the insurrectionists were captured in the following twenty-four hours, with more following in later days, filling both Derby and Nottingham gaols.  The ringleaders including Bacon were apprehended later; Brandreth after a reward was offered for his capture.[29]  Imprisoned in Derby gaol, they were charged with High Treason, and the trial date was set for October.

Responsible for the prosecution of the prisoners was the Derby solicitor William Jeffrey Lockett, while the two lawyers for the defence were John Cross and Thomas Denman.  The trial was arranged so Brandreth was tried alone first, followed by Turner, Ludlam and Weightman.  Denman intended to prove that the uprising was merely a riot, but when Brandreth was found guilty, Denman’s defence of the others placed more emphasis on the influence of Brandreth on the mob.

There was no mention of Oliver at the trial other than veiled references to him by the defence.[30]  His tour of the northern Hampden Clubs had brought him into contact with many of those discussing a general rising, most notably Thomas Bacon.  By the time of the trial Oliver’s role as an informer had been exposed in the Leeds Mercury by Edward Baines, in an article that not only revealed his role as an informer but also denounced him as an agent provocateur. This caused widespread condemnation, a debate in the House of Commons and subsequently led to the collapse of two trials[31] as the jury were reluctant to convict on the evidence of informers.  Anxious to avoid a similar collapse in Derby, the prosecution made no reference to Oliver, concentrating on events after the 8th June, when Oliver was already back in London.

Brandreth, Ludlam, Turner and Weightman were all found guilty and sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered.   However, the sentence was later commuted to hanging until dead and then beheading, and for Weightman it was commuted to transportation for life.  A further nineteen prisoners, including Bacon, changed their pleas to guilty and were sentenced to either transportation or imprisonment.  The remaining twelve, including Ludlam’s sons, Isaac and William, were released, as the prosecution declined to offer any evidence against them. [32]

Beheaded Pentrich Men - Woodcut image

On the day of execution, each prisoner was dragged around the prison yard on a hurdle, and then taken to the scaffold.  As was custom, the men were permitted to speak.  Brandreth exclaimed; ‘God be with you all and Lord Castlereagh,’ though some witnesses suggest he said: ‘and all but Lord Castlereagh,’ which is more probable.  Ludlam added; ‘I pray God bless you all – and the King upon his throne.’ But Turner cried: ‘this is all Oliver and the Government, the Lord have mercy on my soul.’[33] There is some suggestion that the chaplain Reverend Pickering prevented any further controversial remarks by moving in front of Turner.  Following the executions they were buried in an unmarked corner of St. Werburgh’s churchyard, Derby.

Following the trial, many of those involved in the march, despite being reprieved, found themselves evicted by the Duke of Devonshire’s agent, or their rents increased to a level they could no longer afford.  Ann Weightman lost her licence and was evicted from the White Horse, which was then demolished.  The 1821 Census return notes: ‘The population has decreased by one-third in the Township of Pentrich since 1811; which is said to be owing to the insurrection which took place there in 1817, in consequence of which the Duke of Devonshire’s agents destroyed many of the houses.’[34]


[1] The National Archive (hereafter TNA) TS/11/132 Collated Evidence
[2] Unless otherwise stated, the narrative account is derived from the following:
  1. Garner. ‘Rising at Pentrich’ in Hanged For Three Pennies – The Story of Capital Punishment in Derbyshire E. Garner (Derby: Breedon Books Ltd, 2000)
  2. Sinar. Pentrich Revolution (Derby: Publisher Unknown, c1967)
  3. Stevens. England’s Last Revolution Pentrich 1817 (Buxton: Moorland Publishing Company, 1977)
[3] TNA TS/11/132 Collated Evidence
[4] S Bamford. Passages in the Life of a Radical (London: Macgibbon & Kee Ltd, 1967) p117 Bacon is described by Bamford as: ‘an aged grey-headed man, stooping beneath probably seventy years; his venerable locks hanging to his shoulders.’
[5] TNA TS/11/132 Trial Brief
[6] M. Thomis. ‘The Guilt of Thomas Bacon of Pentrich’ in The Derbyshire Archaeological Journal (Vol. XCIV 1974)
[7] Removal order of Jeremiah Brandreth. ‘ These are therefore in his Majesty’s Name to will and require you, the Church wardens and overseers of the Poor of the said Parish of Sutton-in-Ashfield in the said county of Nottingham, forthwith to remove and convey the said Jeremiah Brandreth, Ann his wife and Elizabeth and Timothy their children from and out of your said Parish unto the said Parish of Wilford in the County of Nottingham aforesaid, and deliver them unto the Church wardens and Overseers of the Poor there.’  Derbyshire Record Office (hereafter DRO) D1667/Z/21
On his arrival in Pentrich, Ormond Booth, a local stockinger, noted that; ‘(Brandreth) appeared rather ill-looking, a person having a large nose with a thin face and yellowish complexion.’ Howell’s State Trials Vol. 32 (1824) cited in Stevens, England’s Last Revolution 1977. p23
[8] DRO D1667/Z/74 Execution Broadside
[9] Stevens, Op Cit. p103
[10] The Licensee of The White Horse was Ann Weightman, mother of George and
sister of Thomas Bacon. It was said at the time that Weightman’s mother was a: ‘bitch who deserves hanging more than most.’ See HO/42/171 Anonymous character assessment. Cited in Stevens. Op. Cit p97
[11] DRO D487/Z/21 The Courier Trial Report October 25th 1817
[12] Howell’s State Trials Vol 32 . Cited in Stevens. Op. Cit. p23
[13] Turner was forty-six, a stonemason and former soldier from South Wingfield.  Ludlam, at fifty-two one of the oldest of the marchers, was the part owner of a quarry near Pentrich and a Methodist preacher.  Weightman was twenty-six, a sawyer who also worked behind the bar at The White Horse.
[14] TNA HO/42/166 Henry Sampson’s letter to Henry Enfield. June 5th 1817
[15] TNA TS/11/132 Collated Evidence
[16] DRO D487/Z/21 The Courier Trial Report October 25th 1817  When asked at the trial why he did not go to the authorities with information following the meeting, Martin said he: ‘durst not; they were talking about shooting any man that would say anything against them.’
[17] ‘Henry Enfield’s Accounts’ in Records of the Borough of Nottingham Vol VIII 1800-1835 (Nottingham: Corporation of Nottingham. 1952) p223
June 7th: Engaged all day with magistrates concerting means for preventing and suppressing an expected insurrection of the populace in this town and neighbourhood.
June 8th: Engaged in like manner this day and all night.
June 9th: The like this day and night
[18] Also known as W.J. Richards, Hollis and W.O. Jones, he was described by Bacon as: ‘a well-dressed and a tall good-looking fellow of good address.’  NA M 1002/3 Thomas Bacon’s statement
[19] TNA HO/40/10 Oliver’s letter to Lord Sidmouth March 28th 1817 Cited in Stevens. Op.Cit.  p35
[20] For details of Oliver’s two tours taking in Birmingham, Sheffield, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and others see J.L. Hammond & B. Hammond, The Skilled Labourer (London: Longman Group Ltd. 1979) pp288-289
[21] DRO D1667/Z/40 Letter from Robert Leeson to Duke of Newcastle June 10th 1817
[22] DRO D487/Z/21 The Courier Trial Report October 25th 1817
[23] Idem.
[24] Idem.
[25] HO/42/167 Goodwin’s letter to Josias Jessop his employer’s brother. 16/6/1817
[26] Idem.
[27] TS/11/132 Collated Evidence
[28] Idem. Weightman later explained that he had not been to Nottingham, but met a man part way there who told him that Nottingham was taken.
[29] Turner was caught almost immediately in Codnor; Ludlam was found in Uttoxeter weeks later; Weightman was caught in Eccleston, near Sheffield after five weeks, (hidden by the Wolstenhulme family, relatives of Hugh Wolstenhulme – the curate of Pentrich) and Bacon was arrested, with his brother John, at St. Ives in Huntingdonshire.  Brandreth firstly went to his sister’s house in Brighton, then twice tried to board ships to America from Bristol, but was recognised.  Eventually, he went back to Nottingham, to hide with Sampson, who, acting as the magistrate Enfield’s agent, turned him in.
[30] DRO D1667/Z/55 Thomas Denman’s Closing Speech at the Trial October 1817.  ‘It is clear that this leader (Brandreth) was himself deceived, and that he was also in other hands; why are those hands kept invisible?  Why is a veil still spread before the mysterious machinery which set the lower agents in motion.’
[31] The trial of Watson, Hooper, Thistlewood & Preston in June, and the Folly Hall trial in July, which attempted a prosecution of the small number in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, who also attempted to rise on the 9th June 1817.
[32] See Appendix – List of Prisoners p66
[33] DRO D1667/Z/77 Execution Broadside
[34] DRO D1667/Z/65 Abstract of Census Returns for Pentrich 1821





Name          Age          Occupation          Resides at

  • Jeremiah Brandreth 27yrs  FWK  Labourer  Sutton-in-Ashfield
  • Isaac Ludlam the Elder 52yrs, Stonegetter South Wingfield
  • William Turner 46yrs, Stonemason South Wingfield



Name          Age          Occupation          Resides at

  • Thomas Bacon 64yrs, FWK  Labourer Pentrich
  • John Bacon 54yrs, FWK  Labourer Pentrich
  • George Brassington 33yrs  Miner Labourer Pentrich/Ripley
  • German Buxton 31yrs Miner  Labourer  Alfreton / Swanwick
  • John Hill 29yrs FWK Labourer South Wingfield
  • Samuel Hunt 22yrs Farmer Labourer of the Lodge, South Wingfield
  • John McKesswick alias the Scotchman 37yrs FWK Labourer Heanor
  • John Onion Snr. 49yrs Iron Worker Labourer  Pentrich
  • Edward Turner 31yrs Stonemason Farmer South Wingfield
  • Joseph “Manchester” Turner 18yrs Clerk South Wingfield
  • George Weightman 25yrs Sawyer Labourer Pentrich



Name          Age          Occupation          Resides at

  • Thomas Bettison 35yrs Miner Labourer  Alfreton/Swanwick
  • Josiah Godber 53yrs Labourer Collier Pentrich
  • Joseph Rawson/ alias Joseph Thorpe 30yrs FWK Labourer Alfreton/Swanwick




Name          Age          Occupation          Resides at

  • John Moore 49yrs FWK  Labourer Pentrich


  • Edward Moore 27yrs Shoemaker  Labourer Pentrich/Ripley
  • William Weightman 27yrs Labourer Farmer Pentrich


  • William Hardwick 24yrs Collier Labourer Pentrich/Newhall nr Burton on Trent
  • Alexander Johnson 24yrs Labourer F.W.K. Pentrich
  • Charles Swaine 33yrs FWK Labourer South Wingfield Park




Name          Age          Occupation          Resides at

  • William Adams 20yrs Collier Labourer  – Pentrich /Newark, worked Ripley
  • Thomas Ensor Jnr Engine Man Labourer  – Pentrich/Ripley
  • Isaac Ludlam Jnr.  20yrs Labourer South Wingfield Park
  • Samuel Ludlam 32yrs F.W.K. Labourer  – South Wingfield
  • William Ludlam 23yrs Labourer – South Wingfield
  • Joseph Savage 41yrs Foundry Man Labourer – Pentrich/Butterley
  • Joseph Topham 20yrs Blacksmith Pentrich
  • Robert Turner 17yrs F.W.K. Labourer  Pentrich Lane/South Wingfield
  • James Weightman 18yrs Labourer – Pentrich
  • Joseph Weightman Jnr. 15yrs Labourer – Pentrich
  • Thomas Weightman 18yrs Labourer – Pentrich
  • John Wright 21yrs Collier Labourer Pentrich/Ripley


Name          Age          Occupation          Resides at

  • William Barker Labourer – South Wingfield
  • James Barnes F.W.K. Labourer – Swanwick/Alfreton
  • Samuel Briddon Labourer – South Wingfield
  • William Elliott Labourer – Swanwick/Alfreton
  • Edward Haslem F.W.K. Labourer – Swanwick/Alfreton
  • John Horsley Tailor – Alfreton
  • Benjamin Taylor Labourer – South Wingfield
  • James Taylor F.W.K. Labourer – South Wingfield
  • Joseph Taylor Labourer – South Wingfield
  • Samuel Walters/ alias Dudley Labourer – Pentrich
  • Joseph Weightman Snr.  Labourer – Pentrich


Name          Age          Occupation          Resides at

  • Henry Alkin 16yrs Foundry Man Ripley
  • George Bacon Alfreton
  • Amos Ball 20yrs FWK Loscoe
  • George Bryan 19yrs FWK – Swanwick
  • George Burrows 44yrs Stockinger Ripley
  • Anthony Elliott 20yrs Collier – Swanwick
  • Jonathan Elliott Swanwick
  • John Fletcher 32yrs
  • William Flint – 57yrs Collier
  • Francis Grooby 32yrs FWK – Langley Mill
  • Joseph Hall 24yrs Swanwick Cordwainer
  • Joseph Harris 23yrs FWK Ripley
  • Daniel Hunt
  • Nathaniel Jennings 22yrs FWK South Wingfield
  • George Jepson – 24yrs Labourer Greenwich
  • Isaac Moore 40yrs Pentrich Lane End Stonemason
  • Robert Moore 22yrs Carpenter Ripley (
  • Benjamin Onions 30yrs Foundry Man/ Moulder Butterley
  • George Rhodes Loscoe FWK
  • Edward Robinson 21yrs Stonemason Swanwick
  • James Robinson 34yrs – Cordwainer Swanwick
  • Francis Rawson 24yrs FWK – Swanwick
  • Thomas Turner 22yrs F.W.K.  South Wingfield



The following men are all recorded in the depositions

  • John Alkin Ripley
  • George Alton Labourer Ripley
  • Thomas Alton Wingfield
  • William Alton Labourer Ripley
  • George Anthony Ripley
  • William Anthony Ripley
  • Jeremiah Bacon Pentrich
  • Miles Bacon
  • Joseph Bailey Ripley
  • Barratt of Swanwick Labourer/Hawker
  • Samuel Barratt Pentrich
  • Jesse Birkhamshaw Ilkeston
  • William Blount F.W.K.  Ripley
  • William Blount Greenwich, Ripley
  • John Boler F.W.K.  Wingfield
  • Charles Booth
  • George Booth Mosley
  • John Booth Ripley
  • John Bradley Pentrich
  • James Bramley Pentrich
  • George Bramley Wingley
  • Richard Bramley South Wingfield
  • William Bramley Swanwick
  • George Breedon Collier – Swanwick
  • Frances Briddon Wingfield
  • Edward Briggs
  • Robert Briggs
  • Thomas Brown Pentrich
  • William Brown
  • John Carter Aldercar
  • Edmund Cocker Pentrich
  • John Cope
  • James Daykin Collier Swanwick
  • John Dexter Servant Buckland, Heage
  • David Elliott Pentrich
  • Henry Elliott Swanwick
  • John Elliott Swanwick
  • Thomas Elliott Swanwick
  • George Frost Butterley
  • Thomas Gaunt Wingfield
  • Robert Godber Labourer Ripley
  • Edward Hall Swanwick
  • Edward Hall Jnr Swanwick
  • John Hall Swanwick
  • William Hall Swanwick
  • William Hardy Aldercar
  • James Hill F.W.K.  South Wingfield
  • Henry Hole
  • James Hopkinson
  • John Howitt Heanor
  • Gregory Isaac Blacksmith Ripley
  • Abraham James
  • Joseph James
  • Samuel James
  • Thomas Masland Wingfield
  • Joseph Mather Swanwick
  • John Moore Jnr.
  • Thomas Moore – Ripley
  • John Onion Jnr. – Iron Moulder Butterley
  • William Peach Swanwick
  • Thomas Rawson
  • Samuel Rawson F.W.K Swanwick
  • James Saint F.W.K.  Ripley
  • John Sellars F.W.K. Pentrich
  • Samuel Sellars Alfreton
  • William Smith
  • John Spencer
  • John Storer Farmer Pentrich
  • Joseph Swaine Wingfield
  • Alfreton Taylor
  • John Taylor Wingfield
  • James Turner Pentrich Lane End
  • Joseph Turner (not Manchester) Wingfield
  • Robert Turner F.W.K. – South Wingfield
  • Samuel Turner Wingfield
  • William Turner Pentrich Lane End
  • Joseph Turton Ripley
  • Job Thompson Pentrich
  • John Walker F.W.K.  South Wingfield
  • William Walker F.W.K.  South Wingfield
  • Charles Walters
  • Enoch Walters Pentrich
  • Jeremiah Walters Pentrich
  • Samuel Walters Collier – Pentrich
  • Tristram Walters
  • William Walters Pentrich
  • William Walters Collier Pentrich
  • Joel Waters Collier Pentrich
  • John Waters Collier Pentrich
  • Ned White Codnor
  • Joseph Wilkinson Labourer South Wingfield
  • William Williams Swanwick

The Nottingham Jowetts

Following my discoveries in Basford cemetery I took advantage of the PDF trial at the GRO (General Register Office) to order the marriage certificate of my Great-Great-Grandmother Theresa Bates and her second husband John Hallam.

The certificate proved my Grandmother was correct about Theresa’s remarriage; her given name is Jowett & her father’s name is Peter Bates which fits with previous certificates I have found for her.

Hallam & Bates marriage

Theresa’s residence at the time of this marriage was 88 Stanley Road Nottingham; she was living with her son Charles, known as Harold, Jowett & his wife, Florence. They’d only been married for two years, so I wonder what Florence thought to having her mother-in-law living with them?!

I’m now waiting for three further certificates relating to this branch of my family tree so hopefully they will back up the information I’ve already found.

Mystery Monday – The Jowetts in Basford Cemetery

I haven’t done a great deal of research into the Jowett side of my family up to yet, other than a basic gathering of names from the Census and a handful of certificates.

Browsing in the Nottinghamshire Archives some time ago I came across a memorial inscription in Basford cemetery, Nottingham for my 2x Great-grandparents Edmund Jowett and his wife Theresa (nee Bates). It records the deaths of Edmund in 1908, his wife Theresa in 1932 and two of their sons, Thomas and Henry, who sadly both died at the age of five just over a year apart.

I was puzzled by the reference to Theresa as I can 270d6a1964b744cf0682321e3b9518bd600c47d67e6945f888ed6a08c827fa38remember my Grandmother telling me that Theresa had remarried and that she “wasn’t a Jowett when she died.” I assumed (never a good thing in genealogy!) that Theresa had been buried under the name Jowett and had therefore not remarried at all. Also all four burials share the same reference number: 1185 so I’d assumed (again!) that they were in the same grave.

I’d put this to one side and not followed up with any more research, but a couple of weeks ago I began to search the actual burial records for Basford, looking for any of my ancestors names. I found an Edmund Jowett (died 1908) and a Theresa Hallam (died 1932) in grave 4 of section F1. Theresa had purchased the grave in perpetuity Further on I found Thomas (died 1880) and Henry Jowett (died 1881) in grave 34, section K3.

I thought at first I’d got the wrong family in the memorial inscriptions, but on checking all the dates of death match up and there is no other family in Nottingham with the same names in the census records. I’ve also found a marriage between a Theresa Jowett and John Hallam in Nottingham in 1914 which helps tie things together.

However, I still don’t understand the differences in the records, so I’ll be asking for some help next time I’m at the Nottinghamshire Family History Society meeting as well as ordering the relevant certificates to back up what I hope I’ve found. A visit to Basford Cemetery may also be on the cards!


Thomas May 1819-1874

My 3x Great Grandfather Thomas May seems to have had an eventful life.

Born in Hinckley, Leicestershire in 1819 Thomas was the fourth child of William May & Catherine Townsend.
William was working as a tailor in Castle Street at the time of Thomas’s birth, he later became a master tailor & draper and hosiery manufacturer. He was also a publican and an agent for Royal Exchange Assurance.

In the 1841 census Thomas was working as a warehouseman, previously he had been in a partnership with his father as an insurance agent for Fire & Life.

By 1843 Thomas had followed his father into the hosiery business in Hinckley and had also married Sophia Lapworth, the daughter of John Lapworth and Mary Ann Hunt, in Coventry.

During the next ten years Thomas is noted in the local trade directories as a hosier; by the 1851 census he is a master hosier employing forty men, so obviously doing quite well for himself and his family. At this point he and Sophia have three children; William, Alice and Mary Ann.

Their eldest son, William, was born in Manchester in 1844, which seemed odd, so I researched a little further to find a reason for this. I found that Thomas’s older sister, Elizabeth, had married John Evans in 1833. In the following years John had many varied occupations in different parts of the country, railway porter, inspector of police (I find that a little difficult to believe!), sawyer, labourer and publican. In 1843, Elizabeth and John had a daughter, Catharine, in Manchester, so it’s possible that Thomas and Sophia were with them around this time.

Between the years 1846 and 1854, according to the local directories,Thomas May was also a publican; he had the Star at Stockwell Head in Hinckley.

Stockwell Head, Hinckley

In 1854 Thomas and Sophia had twins, Louisa and Richard Henry, both baptised on the 29th June at St. Mary’s Hinckley. Thomas’s occupation is noted here as hosier and grocer. Sadly, Richard died on the 4th December the same year and was buried at St. Mary’s.

Following this there is no further trace of Thomas in Hinckley. The Star’s landlord in 1855 is John Huston. There is a mention of a Thomas May as a landlord of The Grapes in Leicester in March 1856, but there’s no proof that this is the same man. if it is him, he’s running a disorderly house!

The proof of where Thomas & his family ended up is in the 1861 census. They were living in Dale Street, Sneinton, Nottingham. Thomas was employed as a warehouse man and there was a new addition to the family, a daughter, Julia, born in Nottingham in February 1857. So they must have been in Nottingham by early 1857.

I found a possible mention of Thomas in the newspaper court reports of 1858. It appears that Thomas had bought some shop fixtures from a Mr Slingsby in 1856 that were not actually his to sell. Thomas ended up paying the shop landlord for the items and was attempting to reclaim his money from Slingsby. Thomas lost this case, which may have been quite a blow to the family finances.

If this is the right man then he must have arrived in Nottingham sometime in 1856. I’m reasonably confident that it is him; there are other Thomas Mays living in Nottingham in both the 1851 and 1861 census but none of their occupations fit and my Thomas was working in a warehouse in 1861. He may have been trying to set himself back up in business in his new city.

In 1862, his wife Sophia died aged 42 of a malignant disease of the womb and was buried at St Stephens in Sneinton.

Thomas was an executor of his Uncle Richard May’s will in 1869, he swore an oath in Leicestershire and was described as a hosier living in Belgrave.

In the 1871 census 52 year old Thomas was recorded as a visitor at the Pump Tavern in Aston, Birmingham. His older sister Elizabeth & her husband John Evans were the keepers of the pub.

Thomas’s son, William, had married Emma Carr; they spent a few years in Nottingham and later moved back to Leicestershire. His daughters Alice, Mary Ann, Louisa and Julia remained in Nottingham and were living together in 1871 at High Pavement.

In September of 1871, Thomas married Sophia Staples, a widow, nee Sault, at St Pauls in Aston. John & Elizabeth Evans were the witnesses.

I have been unable to find much information about Thomas’s life after this time. In 1873 his daughter Alice married William Oldknow Oldham in Nottingham and gave her father’s occupation as publican.

Thomas died aged 55 on the 9th August 1874 at the home of his sister, Elizabeth in Belgrave, Leicestershire. Her husband John Evans was present at his death and was the informant. Thomas was buried at St Peters church, Belgrave.

The cause of death was hepatic dropsy; related to the liver and possibly cirrhosis.

I’ve been unable to find out why Thomas & Sophia left Hinckley in 1854/5. It seems quite a fall in status from an employer of 40 men in 1851 to a warehouse man in 1861. The May family did have money; they were landowners in Sutton Cheney, Leicestershire. Thomas’s father, William, had been described as gentry in one local directory, and he owned his own house in Hinckley. Thomas was the eldest surviving son so it would be usual for him to have inherited the majority of his parent’s estate.

I suspect that alcohol may have been part of it exacerbated by his run of bad luck beginning with the death of his infant son in 1854, his loss in status, loss of money in Nottingham and then the death of his wife. His lifelong proximity to alcohol is obvious and the cause of his death most likely alcohol related.


Stockwell Head;
Richard May death; The Leicester Chronicle. 16 December 1854
The Grapes; Leicester Journal 14 March 1856
May vs Slingsby; Nottingham Daily Guardian, Nottingham October 1858
Sophia Lapworth death; Nottingham Daily Guardian, Nottingham, 24 January 1862
High Pavement Nottingham; my photo
St Pauls Aston;
Thomas May death; Leicester Chronicle and the Leicestershire Mercury August 22, 1874

Military Monday – Harold Richardson

Sunday 3rd July 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the death of my Great-Great Uncle Harold Richardson.

Born in Nottingham in 1881, Harold was the eldest son of Robert Richardson & his wife Sarah (nee Percival). He had joined the army prior to the war, in 1911 he was serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers and based at the Hillsborough Barracks in Sheffield. At the outbreak of war in 1914 he was an acting sergeant with the Fusiliers, number 8434.

Hillsborough Barracks

Most of the following information was kindly supplied by Mel Siddons following a Trent to Trenches event in Nottingham.

The 12th (Service) Battalion The Northumberland Fusiliers was formed at Newcastle in September 1914 as part Kitchener’s Third New Army and joined 62th Brigade, 21st Division. The Division concentrated in the Tring area, training at Halton Park before winter necessitated a move into local billets in Tring, Aylesbury, Leighton Buzzard, High Wycombe and Maidenhead. The artillery was at High Wycombe and Berkhamsted, RE at Chesham, and ASC at Dunstable.

In May 1915 the infantry moved to huts at Halton Park, whilst the artillery moved to Aston Clinton with one brigade staying at Berkhamsted and the RE to Wendover. On the 9th of August they moved to Witley Camp. They proceeded to France during the first week of September and marched across France their first experience of action being in the British assault at Loos on 26th September 1915, suffering heavy casualties, around 3,800, just a few days after arriving in France.

In 1916 they were in action in the Battles of The Somme, including The Battle of Morval in which the Division captured Geudecourt. On the 1st July 1916 the 12th Battalion were fighting in Shelter Wood.


At dawn on the 2nd of July our troops advanced to the storm of Fricourt Wood, the Contalmaison Road, Shelter Wood, and as much of the bootshaped plateau as they could take. As they advanced, the massed machine guns in all the trenches and strongholds opened upon them. They got across the field of this fire into Fricourt Wood to an indescribable day which will never be known about nor imagined. They climbed over fallen trees and were caught in branches, and were shot when caught. It took them all day to clear that jungle; but they did clear it, and by dark they were almost out at the northern end, where Railway Alley lay in front of them on the roll of the hill. Further to the north, on the top of the leg of the boot, our men stormed the Shelter Wood and fought in that 200 yards of copse for four bloody and awful hours, with bomb and bayonet, body to body, till the wood was heaped with corpses, but in our hands.*

It is most likely that Harold died in the fighting in Shelter Wood, either in action or later, of his wounds. His body has never been recovered and he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

* ‘The Battle of the Somme’ by John Masefield

Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace in Calais

I’ve recently been searching for my Oldham family in Calais, France.

My 3xgreatgrandparents Thomas Oldham and Harriet (nee Winfield) and their sons William and Thomas are missing from the 1861 UK census, but reappear on the 1871 census with five more children, all born in Calais between 1861 and 1870.

The Archives of Pas-de-Calais had already sent me copies of the birth registrations, which reveal the dates and times of their births, both parent’s ages, the mother’s maiden name and the family’s current address – so very useful.

The Calais Archives have digitised many of their records and they are freely available online, unlike the UK’s records. The French took a census every five years from 1836; the 1866 one falls nicely in the middle of the period I’m looking for.

None of the records are indexed, so they aren’t searchable by name, which means finding the correct district and working through it page by page. It’s very time consuming, but well worth it – I found Thomas and his family living on the rue du Jardin des Plantes:


Thomas and his eldest son, William, were working as ‘tullistes’. This is a term specific to the Calais area and means a mechanical technician highly specialised in the manufacture of tulle and lace. Thomas and Henriette (Harriet) had six children, William (12) and Thomas (10) who were born in Nottingham and John (7), Eliza (5), Enoch (2) and Anne (2 months) who were born in Calais.


From Google Maps

On the same census, just around the corner, I found Gervase Oldham, Thomas’ brother, and his family. They were living on the rue du Temple.

Gervase, or Jervis, also worked as a tulliste and was living with his wife Mary (nee Taylor) and three children, James (3) and Jervas and Eliza (both aged 2 months). The family were back in Nottingham by the 1871 census, but without their daughter Eliza. By this time Gervase and Mary had had another daughter, Eliza Jane born in Calais in 1869, so it’s more than likely that the first Eliza died at a young age.  More trawling through the French records should reveal if that was the case.

Also living with the family was Emma Taylor, an unmarried woman aged 21 who was working as a lace operator. She is likely to be Mary’s younger sister.

So now I’ve filled in the gap in the 1860s for the Oldham family, I need to go back to the French records to see if I can find the births and death in Gervase and Mary’s family.

I’ll also be looking through the French census records to see if Thomas’ and Gervase’s parents, William and Eliza, were living in France without their children around 1851. They are missing from the English census of that year, but their children are in Long Eaton with their grandparents.