On the back is written:
Ithersay House, Idridgehay, Derby - Home of Uncle (great)
David Sibbald & Aunt Mary. Destroyed by German land mine Dec.1941.
In 1930 I (Stanley L Taylor) drew a sketch of the corner window -
left of photo - hung in Ithersay House until its destruction now at
Nellie Sibbald's. Nellie Sibbald was wife of Fred Sibbald.
They lived in Yorkshire.
Undated, but figures enlarged (see elsewhere) indicate pre-1914.
Addressed to Mrs Baldwin, 45 Crewe St, Derby.
at Carr Hall, Turnditch.
Posted 1911. "The Vicarage, Idridgehay", from Ernest B.,
Ireton Wood to Miss A. Walkington, Newborough, Burton-on-Trent.
A boy is mowing the grass.
Posted 1915. "Vicarage and Derby Road, Idridgehay."
Postcard addressed to Miss Melbourne, Steeple Grange, Wirksworth.
(Late 40 St John St).
Dear Annie, I expect you know where this is, I thought you would
like it. I will send you one of Ireton Wood House when I can get one.
Yours etc, F.M.
In the 1901 Census, Miss Annie Melbourne was
aged 17 and a parlourmaid at Ireton Wood House in Idridgehay. By 1911 she
had moved on to St John St and then to Steeple Grange, but was still
unmarried (as were most domestic servants). Perhaps "F.M." was a suitor?
If you have more information, please contact
Ithersay House, Idridgehay
Elaine Partridge writes:
"I lived in Ithersay House,Idridgehay, Derbyshire from December 1940
until April 26, 1941 when the house was demolished by the land mine
dropped from a German bomber, (dropping a land mine by parachute -
hardly precision bombing!). At that time the house belonged to the
Sibbald family. Miss Agnes Sibbald, Miss Janet Sibbald, their sister
Mrs Harris and a brother who lived in Derby with his family. Miss
Agnes and Miss Janet lived in an upstairs flat in the courtyard of
Ithersay House, and Mrs. Harris lived in the next door house up the
lane (2 cottages converted into one lovely house).
Ithersay House was WONDERFUL. It had 3 stories, twisty passages and
one of the small rooms on the second floor had the appearance of
being much older. (I am now American and the second floor is the one
above the ground floor). We were right opposite the Vicarage which
was also badly damaged. Next door to us up the Derby/Wirksworth road
was Cowley's Farm where we bought our milk etc.
My father had an office in London and he evacuated the office and all
the staff to Idridegehay. The night of the bomb - it was 11:30 at
night we were conmpletely unaware of any air raid, as we were too far
from the nearest siren to get any warning. None of us were killed. My
brother was home on leave from the Navy and went to see if the Sibbalds
were OK. Miss Janet was standing at the head of the staircase in a
nightgown covered in blood!. When rescued, it was found that a fragment
of glass had pierced a blood vessel in her cheek and that otherwise
she was unhurt.
We were, of course, very dirty - I was covered in soot and my fair hair
was completely black. We were taken to Ecclesbourne Hall, just up the
lane, where we were cared for by Mrs. Kenneth? Wheatcroft. The vicar,
who was a very old man, was invigorated by the event. I had never seen
him so peppy as he was on that night.
I am 80 now, and because of that incident, became deaf in subsequent
years. I am writing you because I do not expect that there are many
living survivors of that time."
Isla Keys writes:
The people in this picture are probably James Murdoch Sibbald,
his parents Marianne and David Sibbald (all from Idridgehay)
and my grandmother, Elizabeth Taylor (from Dundee). Location
of Church doorway unknown.
Fashions indicate pre-1914
Boy mowing the Vicarage lawn.
Isla Keys writes:
Have meant to contact you for some time... I don't have a huge amount
of information, but as I live in Nottingham, decided to follow up the
family often talked of by my father, Stanley Taylor (1911-1975). Years
ago I had asked him to write on the back of family photos identifying
locations etc, and I still have one of Ithersay House which he frequently
visited as it was owned by his great-uncle, David Sibbald. Apparently
Dad had drawn part of the house, and the drawing used to hang in a
Nellie Sibbald's house (still not quite sure who she was - perhaps wife
of Fred Sibbald?). David Sibbald was born in Dundee in the 1850's, and
worked for the Newtyle railway there before moving south via Durham and
Yorkshire to Idridgehay - I presume he continued to work with the railways
but am not sure. There was a family of 2 sons - Frederick (Fred) and
James Murdoch, and three daughters, Maisie, Jen and Agnes. I vaguely
remember Auntie Jen. Maisie is the one referred to in Elaine Partridge's
description as living in a house up the lane from the village, whereas
Jen & Agnes must have lived in or around Ithersay House. Fred, I think,
lived in Yorkshire, perhaps around Bedale. James Murdoch Sibbald,
according to my uncle, was an accountant, and as the Sibbald firm in
Derby was founded in 1926, I think he was the founder, though no-one
seems to know. He did have a daughter, Vida and another one whose name
I do not have. His wife might have been a Louise Leather. The David
Sibbald who owned Ithersay House was the brother of Ann Sibbald, who
became Ann Taylor and thus my great-grandmother. Their mother, Mary
Sibbald was widowed when both children were very young, which is probably
why the family remained quite close. She re-married, becoming known to
the family as Granny Cunningham, and lived all her days in Dundee until
her death at a very great age.
I've visited Idridgehay a few times now. On the most recent visit I
wandered through St.James churchyard and found the family plots -
David Sibbald's gravestone is the only celtic cross there.
There is a firm of estate agents in Dundee still called Graham & Sibbald,
started by a cousin of David & Ann's. Other distant family members
emigrated to the States and New Zealand.
Hope this is of interest!
Isla Keys (nee Taylor)
Photo taken: before 1941
Source:Elaine Partridge now living in Las Vegas, Nevada USA
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