Updated 23 Jul 2005

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Jubilee 1897 - Town Hall

Written below photo (from left to right):
J.McBreesy -- A.Hatfield -- His Father -- Mr Tate.

Eric Hatfield writes:
The photo shows A. Hatfield who is probably Arthur Hatfield born 12 March 1876, son of George Hatfield (1852-1912) and Catherine Ogden (c1849-1924)

Some information about them:

George Hatfield
Address at 1881 Census
Beeley Yard West End
Occupation Tailor

George was educated at Wirksworth Grammar School (now Anthony Gell School). When he left school, George Hatfield was apprenticed to salesmanship at Chesterfield and became a traveller. At the time of the 1871 census he was working with his father as a Tailor. When his father retired, Halls of Wirksworth asked him to travel for them; this he did for a few years but later he became the landlord of the George Hotel in Coldwell Street. He died from a stroke in June 1912 at the age of 60. The burial records in Wirksworth Town Hall describe him as "a tailor and caretaker of the Town Hall, late of St Mary's Gate". He was buried in Wirksworth Cemetery. After his death his wife Catherine, and their daughter Frances, kept a shop** at St Mary's Gate. Catherine Hatfield died in Wirksworth in 1924 aged 75 years. Four of George and Catherine's children* ware baptised at the Parish Church on the same day - 21 November 1883.

* including Arthur

** known as the "tuck shop" for Wirksworth Grammar School.

This information is extracted from a letter written on 12 November 1973 by Arthur's sister Frances then aged 90

Eric Hatfield

See Census: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901,

Photo taken:1897
Source:Michael Handley, 9 Nether Gardens, Wirksworth
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