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Cottage Croix, Brassington


The Millers contacted the Author when they were buying Cottage Croix in 2013, to see if he could discover any history. Working on the phrase: "the current owner believes the cottage was originally 2 shops serving the community in the 18th century" he located Thomas BRINDLEY as the most likely shopkeeper in the S end of Town Street.

Thomas BRINDLEY (only child of a Tailor) trained as a shop boy with the SLACKs (grocer and draper), became Assistant in a Grocers in Ashborne, married and became a Grocer in Brassington. Raising 9 children, he became a grocer and draper in Town Street, probably running the 2 businesses in attached cottages, with his large family above. Thomas probably ran the grocery side and Fanny the drapers side. They both saw their 80th birthdays. Fanny's father Joseph WEBSTER came from USA and was postmaster at Hognaston with his wife. Joseph sired 13 children

No clue has yet been found for the unusual name of the cottage.

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Family tree



1827               1831                            Joseph            1835
Joseph             Elizabeth                       Alexander 1856    Fanny
BRINDLEY=====v=====X                               WEBSTER=====v=====COWLEY
1893         |     1882?                           1899        |     1905
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             |       |-------|--------|-----|------|-------|---|----|------|-----|-------|------|------|------|
             |       |       |        |     |      |       |        |      |     |       |      |      |      |
            1855    1857    1858     1860  1861   1863    1864     1865   1868  1869    1870   1871   1872   1873
            Thomas  Joseph  William  John  Fanny  Thomas  Phillip  James  Lucy  Samuel  Isaac  Edwin  Eliza  George
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            1855                           1861
            Thomas           1885          Fanny
            1935              |            1942
     |      |      |       |     |      |      |        |     |
    1886   1887   1889    1890  1892   1896   1897     1898  1904
    Fanny  Annie  Thomas  Lucy  Eliza  Katie  William  John  George



1911 Census for Town St Brassington Wirksworth
111 BRINDLEY, Thomas Head Married M 56 1855 Grocer And Draper Dealer Derbyshire Brassington
111 BRINDLEY, Fanny Wife Married 26 years F 50 1861  Derbyshire Brassington
111 BRINDLEY, Katie Daughter Single F 15 1896 Helper In Shop Dealer Brassington Derbyshire
111 BRINDLEY, William Titterton Son  M 14 1897 Helper In Shop Dealer Derbyshire Brassington
111 BRINDLEY, John Son  M 13 1898 At School Derbyshire Brassington
111 BRINDLEY, George Son  M 7 1904 At School Derbyshire Brassington
1901 Census for Village Street, Hognaston
WEBSTER, Joseph Alexander Head Married M 79 1822 Retired Grocer & Postmaster 
                               Philadelphia United States America   
WEBSTER, Fanny Wife Married F 67 1834  Hulland Ward, Derbyshire   
FLETCHER, Lucy Daughter Widow F 34 1867 Shop Keeper  Hognaston, Derbyshire   
BRINDLEY, Ellen Grand Daughter Single F 13 1888 At School  Brassington, Derbyshire   
FLETCHER, George Grand Son Single M 6 1895 At School  Hognaston, Derbyshire   
1901 Census for Dale End, Brassington (4 rooms)
#57---Dale End---(4 rooms)---[Brassington]
Br056a    Thomas        BRINDLEY     Head    M 46  M  Grocer & Draper       Brassington
Br056b    Fanny         BRINDLEY     Wife    M 40  F  Draper                Hognaston
Br056c    Thomas        BRINDLEY     Son     S 12  M                        Brassington
Br056d    Lucy          BRINDLEY     Dau     S 11  F                        Brassington
Br056e    Eliza         BRINDLEY     Dau     S 9   F                        Brassington
Br056f    Kate          BRINDLEY     Dau     S 6   F                        Brassington
Br056g    William       BRINDLEY     Son     S 4   M                        Brassington
Br056h    John          BRINDLEY     Son     S 3   M                        Brassington
#58---Dale End---(2 rooms)---[Brassington]---
Br057a    Mary Ann      LEE                  S 22  F  Dom Servant           Hognaston
Br057b    Fanny         BRINDLEY             S 15  F  Shop Assistant        Brassington
Br057c    Annie         BRINDLEY             S 14  F  Shop Assistant        Brassington
1891 Census for
#45---Town Street---(3 rooms)---[Brassington]---
Br046a    Joseph        BRINDLEY     Head    W 65  M  Tailor                Bradbourne
1891 Census for Village, Hognaston
WEBSTER, Joseph Head Married M 69 1822 Post Master & Provision Dealer
                     Philadelphia, America British Subject United States
WEBSTER, Fanny Wife Married F 57 1834 Post Mistress Hulland Ward, Derbyshire
WEBSTER, Isaac Son Single M 21 1870 Baker Hognaston, Derbyshire
1891 Census for
#75---Town Street---(4 rooms)---[Brassington]---
Br074a    Thomas        BRINDLEY     Head    M 36  M  Grocer                Brassington
Br074b    Fanny         BRINDLEY     Wife    M 30  F                        Hognaston
Br074c    Fanny E       BRINDLEY     Dau       5   F  Scholar               Brassington
Br074d    Annie         BRINDLEY     Dau       4   F                        Brassington
Br074e    Thomas        BRINDLEY     Son       2   M                        Brassington
Br074f    Lucy          BRINDLEY     Dau       3m  F                        Brassington
Br074g    Eliza         WEBSTER      Visitor S 18  F  Employed at home      Hognaston
Br074h    George        WEBSTER      Bro iL  S 17  M  Grocers assistant     Hognaston
1885 March Thomas BRINDLEY married Fanny WEBSTER of Hognaston
1881 Census for  Main Road, Hognaston 
WEBSTER, Joseph Head Married M 59 1822 Carrier & Provision Dealer 
                                       Philadelfia (B S), United States
WEBSTER, Fanny Wife Married F 47 1834  Hulland Ward, Derbyshire
WEBSTER, Fanny Daughter Single F 20 1861 Hognaston, Derbyshire
WEBSTER, Thomas Son Single M 18 1863 No Occ Hognaston, Derbyshire
WEBSTER, James Son Single M 16 1865 Scholar Hognaston, Derbyshire
WEBSTER, Lucy Daughter Single F 14 1867 Scholar Hognaston, Derbyshire
WEBSTER, Samuel Son Single M 13 1868 Scholar Hognaston, Derbyshire
WEBSTER, Isaac Son Single M 11 1870 Scholar Hognaston, Derbyshire
WEBSTER, Edwin Son Single M 10 1871 Scholar Hognaston, Derbyshire
WEBSTER, Eliza Daughter Single F 9 1872 Scholar Hognaston, Derbyshire
WEBSTER, George Son Single M 8 1873 Scholar Hognaston, Derbyshire
1881 Census for
#137---Town Street---[Brassington]---(RG11-3426-2-p26)
Br130a    Joseph        BRINDLEY     Head    W 55  M  Tailor                Bradbourne
1881 Census for Market Place, Ashborne
SMEDLEY, Adam Head Single M 58 1823 Grocer Ashbourne, Derbyshire
BRINDLEY, Thomas Assistt Single M 26 1855 Grocers Assistant Brassington, Derbyshire
MELLOR, John R Assistt Single M 19 1862 Grocers Assistant Brassington, Derbyshire   
HAWKSWORTH, James A Assistt Single M 16 1865 Grocers Apprentice Hanley, Staffordshire   
CLARKE, Charles Assistt Single M 14 1867 Grocers Apprentice Bradley, Derbyshire   
FRITH, Robert Assistt Single M 18 1863 Grocers Apprentice Parwich, Derbyshire   
PEACH, Elizabeth Servant Single F 21 1860 Domestic Servant Clifton, Derbyshire   
1871 Census for Main Street, Hognaston
WEBSTER, Joseph Head  M 49 1822 Grocer and Carrier United States British subject   
WEBSTER, Fanny Wife  F 36 1835  Derbyshire Hulland Ward  
WEBSTER, Josep Son  M 14 1857  Derbyshire Hognaston  
WEBSTER, William Son  M 13 1858  Derbyshire  Hognaston 
WEBSTER, John Son  M 11 1860  Derbyshire Hognaston  
WEBSTER, Fanny Daughter  F 10 1861  Derbyshire Hognaston   
WEBSTER, Thomas Son  M 8 1863  Derbyshire Hognaston   
WEBSTER, Phillip Son  M 7 1864  Derbyshire Hognaston   
WEBSTER, James Son  M 6 1865  Derbyshire Hognaston   
WEBSTER, Lucy Daughter  F 3 1868  Derbyshire Hognaston   
WEBSTER, Samuel Son  M 2 1869  Derbyshire Hognaston   
WEBSTER, Isaac Son  M 1 1870  Derbyshire Hognaston
1871 Census for
#49---Big Town---[Brassington]---
Br046a   Joseph       BRINDLEY     Head    M 47  M  Tailor                Bradbourne
Br046b   Elizabeth    BRINDLEY     Wife    M 49  F  Tailoress             Brassington
1871 Census for 
#68---Far End---[Brassington]---
Br065a William  SLACK      Head    M 28  M  Grocer,draper         Brassington
Br065b Mary     SLACK      Wife    M 29  F  Grocers wife          Sheffield YKS  Cherry Tree Hill
Br065c Alice M  SLACK      Dau       1   F                        Brassington    Marianne
Br065d Thomas   BRINDLEY   Servant   17  M  Shop boy              Brassington
Br065e Jane     STEVENSON  Servant   19  F  Gen servant domestic  Stanton
1861 Census for 
Br085a  Joseph       BRINDLEY     Head    M 34  M  Tailor                Bradbourne
Br085b  Elizabeth    BRINDLEY     Wife    M 38  F                        Brassington
Br085c  Thomas       BRINDLEY     Son       7   M  Scholar               Brassington
1856 March. Joseph Alexander WEBSTER married Fanny COWLEY

Sale 2013

Description for sale by Estate Agent in 2013

Full description:

Cottage Croix, 1 Fair View Town Street, Brassington, Derbyshire DE4 4HB

An excellent opportunity to acquire this particularly well appointed and proportioned stone built detached cottage occupying a sought after village location.

•Much character and charm throughout

Oil fired central heating Sealed unit double glazing

Entrance Porch • Dining Room • Well proportioned Sitting Room

Internal Hallway • Well fitted Kitchen with breakfast bar and integrated appliances

Two well proportioned Bedrooms

Feature Contemporary Bathroom

Patio Garden

•Viewing Highly Recommended •

Offers around £249,950

Occupying a popular and sought after village location, this character stone built detached cottage represents an excellent opportunity for the discerning purchaser to acquire this exceptionally well presented two bedroomed cottage.
The property is presented to an extremely high standard and is sold with the benefit of oil fired central heating and sealed unit double glazing and internally the accommodation briefly comprises : entrance porch, dining room, spacious sitting room, internal hallway and particularly well fitted kitchen by John Lewis of Sheffield with a range of integrated appliances.
To the first floor are two well proportioned bedrooms, a large landing and contemporary styled bathroom which also benefits from a separate shower.
Outside : To the rear of the property is a patio garden and to the front is a path / foregarden area finished with granite stone steps.

Double panelled and glazed doors provide access to:

ENTRANCE PORCH Having glazed windows to front and side enjoying rooftop views over the surrounding countryside. Quarry tiled floor covering, wooden and glazed stable-style entrance door provides access to:

DINING ROOM 10'8" x 14'11" (3.24m x 4.55m)
Having a feature fireplace with large oak lintel with stone returns and a raised quarry tiled hearth incorporating a cast iron wood burning stove with redbrick back. There are two raised adjacent plinths finished in quarry tiles adjacent to the chimney recesses. Feature built-in storage cupboard, exposed ceiling beams, central heating radiator, solid oak board floor covering. Two sealed unit double glazed windows to front incorporating window seat and having rooftop views over the surrounding countryside. Exposed oak staircase with handrail and balusters. Doorway providing access to the rear hallway with exposed timber lintel, feature oak latched door providing access to:

WELL PROPORTIONED SITTING ROOM 19'7" x 11'0" (5.96m x 3.35m) Having a feature fireplace with oak lintel over, stone returns, raised quarry tiled hearth and incorporating a cast iron open grate fire with redbrick back. Ceiling beams, two central heating radiators, solid oak board floor covering, tv connection, telephone jack point. Sealed unit double glazed windows to front sealed unit double glazed opaque window to rear, sealed unit double glazed window to side with glazed door having rooftop views over Brassington and the surrounding countryside.

REAR HALL 8'0" x 9'1" (2.45m x 2.76m) Having an oak storage cupboard which houses the floor mounted oil fired boiler which provides the domestic hot water and services the central heating system. Oak staircase off to first flor with oak handrail, balusters and post. Exposed ceiling beams, quarry tiled floor covering, sealed unit double glazed window and wooden and sealed unit double glazed door which provides access to the patio garden area. Doorway opening into the kitchen. Oak latched door providing access to:

GUESTS' CLOAKROOM Having a white suite comprising wash hand basin and low level wc, central heating radiator, continuation of the quarry tiled floor covering, electric extractor fan.

PARTICULARLY WELL FITTED KITCHEN 9'1" x 8'6" (2.78m x 2.58m) Being fitted by John Lewis of Sheffield having a range of wooden edged preparation surfaces incorporating an inset one and a quarter sink unit with adjacent drainer, chrome mixer tap over, tiled splashback and having a range of oak panelled base drawers and cupboards beneath. Inset four ring ceramic Zanussi hob with integrated extractor canopy over. Wall mounted stainless steel Zanussi electric fan assisted oven with matching microwave oven over. Integrated AEG fridge and freezer, integrated AEG slimline dishwasher and integrated washer dryer. Range of complementary wall mounted cupboards over incorporating a glazed unit with breakfast bar area beneath. Sealed unit double glazed Velux rooflight window, sealed unit double glazed window to side overlooking the patio garden.

LARGE LANDING Having a well appointed oak storage cupboard with shelving and cupboard over. Trap door access to roof space. Central heating radiator, three feature oak latched doors provide access to the bedrooms and bathroom respectively. Sealed unit double glazed window to front enjoying rooftop views over Brassington and the surrounding countryside.

BEDROOM ONE 12'7" x 11'1" (3.84m x 3.39m)
Having central heating radiator, feature original fireplace with cast iron fire. Sealed unit double glazed window to rear overlooking the patio garden. Two sealed unit double glazed windows to front enjoying rooftop views over Brassington and the surrounding countryside.

BEDROOM TWO 11'11" x 7'10" (3.62m x 2.38m)
Having central heating radiator, sealed unit double glazed window to side, sealed unit double glazed window to front enjoying rooftop views over Brassington and the surrounding countryside.

FEATURE LUXURY CONTEMPORARY STYLED BATHROOM Being half tiled and having a matching limestone tiled floor covering. Suite comprising a floated vanity wash hand basin with chrome mixer tap over, low level wc and large feature bath with centre chrome mixer tap. Large walk-in shower cubicle with granite surround incorporating a chrome effect Mira power shower over. Recessed spot lights, sealed unit double glazed Velux rooflight window with fitted blind.

Immediately to the rear of the property is a natural stone paved patio garden area. Cold water tap. To the front of the property is a wrought iron gate with steps leading up to a path / foregarden area which provide access to the front entrance porch and in turn leads to the rear of the property.

The approach from our Wirksworth Office is to continue up St John's Street taking the first turning on the left after the Market Place into West End. Continue to climb West End leaving Wirksworth and continue into open countryside until reaching the T-junction at Godfreyhole with the B5035. At the T-junction turn left passing the villages of Hopton and Carsington and in turn Carsington Water. Thereafter take the turning on the right hand side as signposted for Brassington. Continue along this road into the village which becomes Town Street. Continue along Town Street and shortly thereafter the property will be located on the left hand side as denoted by our for sale board.

The approach from Ashbourne Centre is via the B5035 to Wirksworth continuing through the village of Kniveton past the right hand turn for Carsington Water and turning left thereafter where signposted to Brassington. Continue along this road into the village which becomes Town Street. Continue along Town Street and shortly thereafter the property will be located on the left hand side as denoted by our for sale board.

Strictly by appointment through Scargill Mann & Co. - Wirksworth Office. AW759. 21.02.11. 006390


----Anyone with more details for publication on this webpage, please email ----
Sent by Alex Miller on 28may2013

COTTAGE CROIX, Brassington

Good evening John,
We have just (fingers crossed!) put an offer on a cottage with an intriguing name, see above...the current owner believes the cottage was originally 2 shops serving the community in the 18th century and we are intrigued as to how we can find out more of its history. I wonder if you can advise us?
Kind regards
Alex and Jim Miller

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