Updated 20 Jun 2008

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Photo 582


Posted 1910.

Enlargement, "Black" has not been painted, though there was space for it.

Enlargement, A cart without sides. Were the goods tied on? Is the man the carter or the victualler? What's in the boxes stacked by the entrance?

Enlargement. Herbert Palin, greengrocer, Wirksworth bringing grocery to the Inn,
three miles from Market Place, Wirksworth. See Census: 1901, 1891 and 1881. Herbert Palin was a potato merchant and farmer in 1901, could there be potatoes in the wickerwork baskets? Bertram Haworth 1904-1998 writes:"Where now is the dining room of the Hope and Anchor was a shop. I remember it as Palin's, the green-grocer, in my early days - later they moved across the Market."

Email from "Lilias Kelly".
Hi John
I have great memories of the Black Swan after living in Idridgehay for many years before coming over to Western Australia.
I still visit when I get the chance to go over there and did so last year just to check out that the village and people were still there. yes they were.
I remember during summer that they used to have tables outside and this was a busy place at times.
I have tried to remember the names of the owners or managers at the times but can't as times go by not everything is retained as important but I am going to write to friends still there and see what they come up with. My father worked at the Black Swan along the way and also drank there as its close to home at the time with it being just up the road at Cliffash Lane Its funny that the names from the 1880's are still in the area as the Deaville's still are in there farm next door today.
I hope that u get some good items on this and I shall be looking at them.
Western Australia - ex of Idridgehay - great places to live Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Black Swan, Idridgehay.

Located on B5023 Wirksworth Road between Rood Lane and Cliffash Lane, the Black Swan was originally a coaching Inn, mentioned in records in 1827. Today, hardly changed on the outside, it is a "stylish, high quality relaxed Bar/Brasserie" and a place approved for marriages 2002-2009. Strangely, the name has changed back and forth between "Black Swan" and plain "Swan". A list of victuallers 1827-1901 is given below, with links to the Census and Tradesmen's Directories.

The Inn today.

The Inn today, from above.

The local pub, the Black Swan, is an attractive old building which according to a plaque at the entrance was used by George Eliot as the original for "The Waggon Overthrown" in her novel Adam Bede.
(Taken from 'The Derbyshire Village Book' published by the Derbyshire Federation of Women's Institutes & Countryside Books, 1991. ISBN 1 85306 133 6)

Year, Inn name and victualler
Black Swan  
John Anable
John Anable
John Smith
John Anable
Black Swan
William Litchfield
John Barton
Black Swan
John Barton
Joseph Barton
John Burnett
John Burnett
Eliza Burnett

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