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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - November 10th 1933


  A pigeon show for old hens was held by the Huthwaite Flying Club at the Peacock Hotel on Saturday. There were 22 entries, the judge being Mr. H. Elliott (Bolsover). The winners were: 1 2 and special, Dooley Bros., Stanton Hill; 3, T. Thorpe, Tibshelf.

  The Armistice celebrations this year, will, it is hoped, regain some of their former impressiveness at Huthwaite. Arrangements are being made for the attendance of the New Hucknall Ambulance Division, and the newly formed Boy Scouts, in addition to other public organisations, and the programme should be a complete one in every respect.

  A dance was held in the Drill Hall on Saturday by the New Hucknall Ambulance Division on behalf of the new uniform fund. The attendance was smaller than so deserving an object merited, but there was a good number present, and they spent a very enjoyable time. The M.C.'s were Messrs. A. Fidler and J. Barnes, and the music was provided by Brooks Orchestra.

  On Thursday evening, near the old tram terminus, Maurice Hopkinson, a 17 year old employee at Betts and Broughton's factory, and living in Sherwood Street, was cycling home and was turning into Old Fall Street when he was confronted with an oncoming omnibus. He had the presence of mind to jump from the machine, which went under the 'bus, and the cyclist was bruised by his fall, but was able to regain his feet. He was attended to by Police Officer Turner, who was in the vicinity. The machine was smashed, but the cyclist was able to walk home, and suffered no ill-effects.

  All Saints' Day, which is also the Patronal Festival, was celebrated at the Parish Church on Sunday. Two celebrations of the Holy Communion were held in the morning, the second service being choral, the celebrant in both instances being the Rev. W.L. Boulton. At evensong the Vicar preached an excellent sermon, dealing with the lives of saints, their objects in life, and the qualities that constituted a saint, of which the chief was love. The anthem consisted of extracts from the oratorio, 'Penitence, Pardon and Peace,' the soloist being Mr. Alan Hill. The hymns were heartily sung by a large congregation, the organist being Mr. E. Lowe.

  On Saturday the Huthwaite Juvenile Rechabites' Choir took place in their first contest and gave a very good account of themselves, although they did not bring home a prize. The occasion was the annual music festival organised by Chesterfield Rechabites, and in the class which Huthwaite entered there were eleven choirs. The test pieces were:- "Come, see where golden-hearted Spring" and "Spring," and there was little to choose in the first three. Huthwaite, conducted by Mr. C.R. Colley, gained 162 marks and two other choirs tied with 163. Singing again, one of the two was awarded an extra mark, so that the final results were 164, 163 and 162, the last being Huthwaite. The other competitors were singers of experience, and Huthwaite, for a first attempt, must be complimented on an exceedingly good performance. The children numbered 27 and were all Rechabites. In the practices, Mr. C.R. Colley (a name which is already well-known in local musical circles) had the assistance of Mr. Ernest Hill, and the vocalists were accompanied by Miss D. Edwards (pianist), Messrs. F. Colley and E.H. Purseglove.


  On Tuesday, Mr. G.G. Bonser, J.P., visited the Liberal Club, Sutton, to give one of his lectures upon Sutton in the 18th century. The visit had been anticipated by the older members of this well-known local institution, but, judging by the large attendance, the younger generation were equally as eager to listen to stories of the days of yere. The officials of the club had extended invitations to many friends, and over the large gathering Councillor T. Barnes (president) occupied the chair supported by Councillors A. Pepper and C.A. Morley.
  The Chairman briefly introduced the lecturer and expressed pleasure at seeing such a number of old Suttonians present. This proved that, not only was Mr. Bonser interested in his subject, but that all present were interested also.

Famous for Stockings.

  Speaking of the eighteenth century, Mr. Bonser said it was a most wonderful time and full of interesting episodes. In the year 1700 Sutton was famous for its stockings, as it has been ever since. The wills of the people showed how sheep were left to successive families, also one or two stocking frames. There were no such delightful things as tea, coffee or cocoa; they drank small beer. The people were happy and made almost everything they needed. The price of a sheep was only 3s. 6d., a cow 30s., and a horse a little more, but these prices could not be compared with a shilling to-day.
  The century also produced fine characters. Looking over the wills of the Brandreths, Clays and Ellis's they were able to see how the people did live. The church was the principal building in the parish, and a most beautiful place it was. It was built nearly one thousand years ago, and, when they looked at the mortar that held the great church together, then looked at the mortar in the Council houses, they would easily see how marvellous their church was. (Laughter.)

Church Galleries.

  In the year 1745 the Rev. John Green was its priest, though he resided at Pleasley. There was a great attendance of the people, and it was found necessary to erect galleries for further accommodation. The son of the Rev. Thomas Hart was Vicar in 1794 and resided in Low Street at what was now the Brick and Tile Inn. But the Non-conformists were a hundred years earlier, and several families of Quakers worshipped, leaving, according to their wills, certain amounts for the poor. The Congregationalists held a licence to preach in 1672, Samuel Nowell belonging to the cause; also Samuel Wilson, an excellent man, John Barrett, Jacob Brettel and a Mr. Rhodes.
  The Particular Baptists commenced at the close of the 18th century when Rev Abram Booth was the pastor; also Rev. James Whitehead, his son Joseph a self instructed philosopher and an inventor of an orrery where the sun, moon and stars were seen to revolve.
  The Rev. Abram Booth would walk to Nottingham and back on a Sunday to preach "What will a man do?" asked Mr. Bonser, "when he is earnest in his desire for truth?" "Let me say, " proceeded the lecturer " that truth is - facts as they are and not as we believe them to be." He urged them to be cautious in their thinking. "Do not pin your faith to something you are not sure of."

Chartist Movement.

  The Chartist movement came about in 1840. Magnificent men were these, but they were in a hurry. The great reforms for which they pleaded, and which we now possessed without hardly knowing it had come to pass, would have been theirs fifty years before had this hurry been a slower one. He had seen the Waster Lane (Walstone Place) Baptist Church minute book, and it was a treasure. Mr. Bonser said he desired to pay his tribute to the Baptists; in 1774 they were wonderful men. The origin of the Wesleyan cause in Sutton was difficult ot find, but it was about 18th century. In 1812 a chapel was built in Low Street, now the shop of Messrs. Melins As a boy he remembered hearing Richard Hook, and when the church was pulled down he secured the stone erected in 1812 and presented it to the church in Outram Street.
  Neither was education neglected, for while the ladies knitted the children brought their pence for learning to read and write. "Education should he to draw out, not to drive in," said Mr. Bonser in a delightful homely appeal, but he regretted to think the pendulum had swung too far the other way in driving in. "Is it not a fat that we do not do enough thinking?" It was important that a boy leaving school should begin then to learn.

Schoolmaster in 1749.

  Mr. John Hunt was the schoolmaster in 1749, and Sutton began to be favoured as a beautiful and interesting place. The pretty stream, with various kinds of fish, which passed through the back of Swan Street became famous for miles around. The Rev. Thomas Cursham, Vicar of Annesley, built the school house at the end of Hardwick Lane, in 1795 the National schools were erected, and in 1876 the School Board Act came into operation.
  The Brandreths were the largest farmers in the parish, and Richard, who was a fine man of the Cromwell type, was the registrar of the parish. In 1811 John Brandreth thought the invention of the machine was a danger to them, and he too was in a hurry. The new frames of Mr. Betts in Low Street were broken up and buried. "It proved to be a great mistake," said Mr. Bonser, "for the great art of thinking men is to guide, and man must have sound premises in his thinking either on religion or in politics."
  At the end of the 18th century John Haslam, a builder and contractor, built Cursham House, and the mill alongside the Dam, where an experienced workman was paid 1s. 2d. per day. Money, however, was only relative value, for when the church galleries were built there were engaged horses and men and drays to gather timber from Norwood Park, to make the galleries, and the cost was 10s. for the lot of them, said the lecturer. (Laughter.)

Unwin Family.

  The family of Unwin came from Budby, and they saw a future in the sale of cloth. It was wonderful stuff, it never wore out. They established a warehouse in Mount Street and put in looms. But the wife was the maker of this flourishing business. Married in 1735 she would ride horseback to London in three days, receiving orders and selling the cloth. Then the mill was erected and power machinery introduced, and every time the water-wheel went round people said "That's nother guinea in the Unwin's pockets."
  John Allwood built in 1724 a chapel which was behind the surgery of Dr. Donald, and this was occupied until the opening of the King Street Congregational Chapel. In it Samuel Unwin died. He had established a bank and issued notes. Mr. Bonser stated that he possessed a cheque dated 1810 which had an illustration of the dam and mill upon it.
  The parish maintained its own poor, and the workhouse was built in 1776. It was difficult to manage, and in 1790 Dr. Wilson, of Huthwaite, was its medical officer for 5s. per week. In 1816 the population of Sutton was 3,400, only 248 could pay rates, and 1,700 figured on the poor rate.
  The enclosure of the Forest was spoken of as a bad thing, but it proved unmitigated good. In 1797 the people of Forest Side began to build. In 1795 Henry Jephson was born in High Street. He built Leamington House and left legacies for the Chapel at Forest Side, and the old church. In Leaminton there is a memorial to his memory, yet they cannot give him an avenue for his famous name in the town of his birth.

Spencer T. Hall

  Spencer Timothy Hall lived in Brook Side, and after describing the house in which he resided, Mr. Bonser said he was a great poet, and as an illustration of his works Mr. Bonser very gracefully gave the following lines on "My Native Cottage."

  How beauteously the sunlit foliage waves
  Around this white-walled cottage in the dale!
  By its green hedge how light the young brook laves
  Joyfully laughing at its own sweet tale!
  What fragrance from these elders balms the gale,
  And, mark, where the old bowery willow throws
  Its tresses o'er the mossy-grey garden rail,
  How the bush woodbine dallies with the rose,
  And many a neighbour flower in pride and beauty blows!

  Concluding by a reference to his plans of the Forest and low Street Mr. Bonser referred to James Whetton, carrier, John Chambers, who managed all the roads in the parish, James Jackson, etc.
  Mr. Bonser received a warm cheer when he concluded.
  A vote of thanks to the speaker was proposed by Councillor A. Pepper, and seconded by Mr. Bewley. Mr. Bonser suitably replied. Mr. Bonser promised to give a further lecture to the members.


  At Tuesday night's meeting of Huthwaite Parish Church Council, several very interesting matters were discussed. The Rev. W.L. Boulton presided, and he announced that the legacy of £200 left under the will of the late Mr. Simeon Watson, J.P., had been made over to himself and the churchwardens.
  The money had to be devoted towards the cost of a peal of five bells and one condition was that the tenor bell be called "Beswick," in affectionate remembrance of the Rev. F.N. Beswick, the first Vicar of Huthwaite. The Chairman pointed out that they possessed one bell, which might possibly form the tenor bell of the peal. The legacy, which was free of duty, was gratefully accepted, and it was decided to invest it in National Savings Certificates.
  The Vicar drew attention to the recently formed Boy Scouts' Troop, and said it was an excellent movement if only from the disciplinary point of view. The Scouts had expended some of the little money they had raised in the purchase of a wreath to be laid on the War Memorial, and he thought that was very good of them, because they were in need of money.
  The rev. gentleman stated that he would give a donation of £5 to the Scouts for buying uniforms, and he suggested that the Church Council should make a grant.
  The matter was debated and the Council agreed to give one Sunday's offertories for the same purpose.
  The Chairman also announced that a few anonymous friends were bearing the cost of gilding the cornices of the alter.
  Preliminary arrangements for a whist drive near Christmas were discussed, and several good prizes were immediately promised.



  Wells -On the 1st inst., Mary Wells, Common Road, 78 years,
  Wass -On the 8th inst., Sylvia May Wass, North Street, 27 years.


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Before Dr. C.J. Palmer (in the chair), Mr. B. Smith and Mr. C.H. Coupe.

Serious Charge Against Huthwaite Man.

  Charged with an offence of grave indecency at Huthwaite on November 7th. Edwin Clamp, 49 Woodhead's Yard, Huthwaite, was remanded in custody for eight days on evidence given by P.c. Reddish.


  Reference was made at Notts. Assizes on Tuesday to the Sutton miner, Harry Dobb, who, while in Lincoln Gaol awaiting trial on a charge of murdering his sweetheart, Edith Turton, committed suicide.
  The Governor of Lincoln Prison (Mr. ?.W. Turner) informed the Commissioner (Mr. Ellis Hume-Williams, K.C.) that Dobb was received into the prison and he (the Governor) was called to his cell on 9th July and found first-aid being administered. A doctor certified him dead.
  Sir Ellis: How did he die?
  The Governor: He hanged himself, my lord.
  Sir Ellis: I am obliged to you for the information.

T H SpencersResidence of Spencer Timothy Hall, Brook Street, Sutton.

Written 03 Feb 13 Revised 02 Feb 13 © by Gary Elliott