Updated 27 Jan 2005
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
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Harry Sprake FLINT
See 1901 Census
Amelia Leah Born 1886 marr Arthur Botham Gorsey Bank Wirksworth Coal Miner Clipstone Colliery lived at Bolsover
Harry Sprake Flint born 1894 marr Kathleen Walker born 1916 married Christmas Day 1937 My parents.... Having to leave school at age 12 years on his fathers demise...he went apprentice to Hunters at Wirksworth the forerunners of Somerfields of today..George Frost was manager a relative...By 1920 he was a Master Grocer...By 1922 he was Works Superintendant and Clerk to the Council Ashbourne Rural District Council under which Middleton Village came up to 1933 when it was absorbed into Wirksworth Urban District....In 1928 he took over a confectionary shop which was situated under the house in which his family lived..and also took over the lease of Gregsons Shop Central Stores Middleton.....Also in 1928 he was elected Liberal Councillor for Middleton on Ashbourne R.D.C. having given up the post of Works Superintendant and Clerk...In the 1930s he took over a shop in Wirksworth Market Place and ran a Drapery business, which his friend and relative Douglas Slack managed ... In 1933 as Chairman of the Water Board Committee he oversaw the building of a reservior on Middleton Moor and the provision of spring water taken from George Henry Key's land on Slalley Moor.. pumped by a ram pump up the Via Gellia...He also saw the introduction of Electricity and a proper sewage system in his time on the Council.. He served Middleton up to the 1940s..but due to ill health had to resign..In 1952 He stood again as an Independant Liberal but was beaten by his relative Hubert Doxey ..Harry was a founder member of Wirksworth Rotary Club. A Deacon at Middleton Congregational Church (built by Lead Miners, some of our kin in 1776) Sunday School Superintendant Local Preacher President Free Church Federal Council.. He passed away after having Cancer and three strokes ages 69 years in 1963.
Dates:1888 & 1894
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