Updated 3 Feb 2007

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Photo 568


Gilly Doar writes: This is of Cromford and Wirksworth men taken at Belper.
But I cannot remember the occasion.

Mystery cart trip.

What do these men have in common, with their gold chains and cigars? Who is Dorothy Vernon? Could they be going to Haddon Hall in Bakewell? A novel called " Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" was written in 1902. The cart is pulled by horse, there is a whip in the picture, and may have been owned by someone called Woodiwiss. Anyone with a solution please contact .

Dorothy Vernon, the daughter of Sir George Vernon, the owner of Haddon Hall, married John Manners, the son of Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland in 1563. Sir George disapproved of the union, describing his daughter's suitor as "the second son of an impoverished Earl." In addition, the Manners were Protestants, and the Vernons were Catholics. According to legend (and as retold in the novel), 18 year old Dorothy eloped with Manners during a wedding party for her older sister. Indeed, in the novel, Dorothy reluctantly tricks her father into letting her steal away for a few crucial minutes through a ruse involving a hapless suitor.

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