Updated 20 Nov 2008

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Photo 102


W H Doxey MBE JP writes:
After several years I have been able to supply you with all names of the Middleton Football team 1913
[WHD last wrote 5 years ago on this subject-Author]
Rear, Left to Right
Mr Brittain , Club President
Adam Brooks
Tom Brooks
George Holmes
J Houghton
Arthur Killer
Jim Brace
Centre, Left to Right
Joe Brace
Maurice Limb
Harry Jepson
Ernest Gregory, Secretary
Joe Batterley
Harry Nadin
William Else, Chairman
Hab Bosley
George Doxey
[I've done my best to link these men to the 1901 Census. If any readers think I've got it wrong, please contact the author on: ]

Middleton Football team 1913

Middleton FC team photo 1913/14. The only person my father
can identify is his uncle, Arthur Killer, 2nd from the right
on the back row, seen in earlier life on the left of the 
front left row of the Killer Family photo I sent you.
---from Judith Edney. 
...the team was always referred to as "the sweethearts team"
...several of the players lived outside the village & courted
Middleton girls (I don't know if their contract stated they
could only play for the team if their relationship continued).

Back Row Right to Left:
1 Jim BRACE quarryman Hopton Wood Stone Firms Ltd
2 Arthur KILLER
3 Jim NOUGHTON blacksmith, Hopton Wood
4 - SPENCER quarryman, Hopton Wood
5 ?
6 Adam (Addy) BROOKS quarryman, Hopton Wood
Middle Row Right to Left:
4 With cup: Ernest GREGORY Masson Mill, Arkwrights
5 Harry JEPSON joiner, Cromford & High Peak Railway
---from Hubert Doxey MBE JP (author of "A Way of Life")
Photo taken:         
Source:Judith Edney

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Stuart Flint writes:
You may be interested to know that Thomas Brittain who was Club President 1913 was son in law of my kinsman George Colledge

Thomas married Mary Colledge daughter of George and Hannah Colledge nee Robinson of Cromford George set out as a Master Tailor but by the 1870s was in business with partner John Keane as a Quarry owner at Baileycroft Quarry Wirksworth he also a partner at a Lead Mine on Longstone Edge (Backdale Mining Co.) where today a Quarry is being worked ..

Thomas and Mary's daughter Sarah Matilda Brittain married Alfred Fox son of my wife's 3XUncle Luke Fox who was Station Master at Wirksworth Railway Station from 1877 -1890 Alfred was a Senior Clerk at the Station.. Thomas Brittain came from Warwickshire originally he a Civil Engineer who owned Manystones Quarry Longcliffe nr Brassington..My wifes 3XUncle William Thomas Needham Slack of Brassington was Thomas Brittains General Manager at the Quarry ..George Colledge along with Thomas had a tunnel dug under North End and ran a tramway from Baileycroft Quarry into Wirksworth Railway yard just a little way beyond the Big 'ole Tunnel Baileycroft Tunnel comes out under the Station House Garden and is now where the Children Play area is re Wyverne Rail who have re opend the line from Wirksworth - Idridgehay and by 2010 hopefull all the way to Duffield .Members of my family are shareholders..as my Grt Grandfather Joseph Walker a Master Stonemason and Building Contractor built property on the line and some of the gritstone road bridges en route.. Joseph Walkers workshop and a house are next door to the Station House off North End ..the garden overlooking the railway line

George Colledge was nephew to my 3XGrandparents John and Elizabeth Flint nee Colledge of Bolehill

Thomas Brittains son Thomas was Grand fore bare of an aquaintance of mine who lives at Brassington today her family allied kin to my Petts family of Monumental Masons of Middleton

Henry Jepson on the list and Arthur Killer Joseph Batterley and the Brookes family are of my kin also .

Regards Stuart G Flint

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