Bradwell: Ancient and Modern

A History of the Parish and of Incidents in the Hope Valley.

By Seth Evans (1912)

Transcriptions by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2013

CONTENTS

CHAP. I.- IN PRE-HISTORIC TIMES - WHEN MEN LIVED IN CAVES.
Discoveries in Hartle Dale Caves - Stone Circles Explored - Deposits of the Flood found in a Lead Mine - Ancient Barrows Explored - Grey Ditch, a Monnment of the First Century
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CHAP. II.- THE ROMAN OCCUPATION OF BRADWELL.
The Roman Road, Batham Gate - Discoveries at the Roman Station Anavio - Roman Pig of Lead - Ancient Baking Ovens - The Battle of Edwin Tree
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CHAP. III.- IN THE TIMES OF THE FORESTERS.
Earliest Foresters and First Settlers - Breaking the Bad Old Laws - Those who first Enclosed the Land - The First Houses and who built them - At the old Court Leet
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CHAP. IV.- WHEN THE FOREST WAS CLEARING.
Landowners at Loggerheads
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CHAP. V.- OLD CHARTERS FOR FIVE HUNDRED YEARS.
Landowners and Inhabitants in the Middle Ages and after - Seventeenth Century Residents - When Voting was open
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CHAP. VI.- WHEN KNIGHTS WERE BOLD.
Curious Tenure of Brough Mill - Hazlebadge Hall and the Vernon
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CHAP. VII.- IN THE OLD FIGHTING DAYS.
Petitions for Pensions - When Militia Service was Compulsory - - Drawing Lots in Church - When the Miners Rebelled
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CHAP. VIII.- BRADWELL'S RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS.
The earliest Nonconformists - Chapel of the Apostle of the Peak - First Nonconformist Chapel wrecked - An Eccentric Parson
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CHAP. IX.- METHODISM'S EARLY STRUGGLES.
John Wesley and his Pioneers - Some Curious Items - Rise and Progress of Primitive Methodism - The Baptists - Dipping in the Holmes
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CHAP. X.- EARLY CHURCHWARDENS.
How St. Barnabas' Church was built - Educational History - First Bradwell Schools - School Board History
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CHAP. XI.- IN THE PARISH WORKHOUSE DAYS.
How the Poor Existed - Overseers' Old Records
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CHAP. XII.- INDUSTRIES OF THE PAST.
Lead Mining Vicissitudes - Miners' Liberties and Customs - A Pre- carious Occupation - Calamine - Sulphur and Petroleum - Barytus - Fluor Spar - Lead Smelting - White Lead making
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CHAP. XIII.- SOME TRAGEDIES OF THE LEAD MINES.
Rescued from a Living Tomb - The Magpie Mine Tragedy - Weaving - Cotton Spinning - The Hat Trade - Opticians - Lime Burning
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CHAP. XIV.- SOME ANCIENT CUSTOMS AND SUPERSTITIONS.
Funeral Customs - “Cucking” at Easter - Christmas Eve Mischief - An Old Wedding Custom - The “Lumb Boggart” - The Lady on Horseback - Well Dressing and Garland Day - Bull Baiting
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CHAP. XV.- FAMILIES OF THE PAST.
Creswell - Trickett - Greaves - Padley - Wagstaffe - Worsley - Oliver - Millward - Pearson - Pickford - The Dudden or Goodwin Family - An Interesting Romance - The Parish Clerk's Recollections
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CHAP. XVI.- BRADWELL'S BENEFACTORS.
Outram's Charity - Thomas Middleton - An old Weaver's Bequest - - Thomas Hallam's Charity - A Friend to Poor Children - Mary Hall's Charity - Built a School House for Poor Children - Endowed and Buried in the Old Chapel - Samuel Fox - Bradwell Lad's Distinguished Career - A World-wide Celebrity - Benefactor and Benefactress
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CHAP. XVII.- ANCIENT FAMILIES AND NOTABLE PEOPLE.
Distinguished Sons and Daughters - Jacob Morton - Joseph Hibbs - John Hallam - George Birley - John Morton - Ealph Benjamin Somer- set - George Middleton - Robert Middleton - Joseph Middleton - Adam Morton - Edward Townson Churton - Jonn Child Becking - John Edwy Bradwell - Adam Hill Cooper, a witty rhymester - Poems: “My Little Son” - “Man” - “The Royal Wedding” - “The Free Rangers” - “A Journey to Eyam and Back” - “To His Indigent Cobbler” - “Shank Steaks” - “To an Abstainer from Drink but an Inveterate Smoker” - “The Bradwell Convert” - Samuel Cooper - George Bird - Horace E. Middleton - Thomas Fanshaw Middleton, first Bishop of Calcutta
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CHAP. XVIII.- FAMOUS SOLDIERS.
Thomas Morton - Charles Castle, Barnsley Family - William Bocking - Benjamin Barber - Captain Benjamin Barber - John Barber - Sir John Winfield Bonser - Family of Bradwell - John Bradwell - Henry Bradwell - Darnley and others - Family of Marshall - Middleton - Morton - Somerset
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CHAP. XIX.- SOME REMARKABLE CHARACTERS.
Left his Bride to follow the Hounds - An Eccentric Worthy - Done as many as had ever done him - Strange Character's Money Buys Church Clock - Money all over the House - Putting the “Axins” in - Little Martin Middleton, the Duke's Favourite
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CHAP. XX.- SOME REMARKABLE ENTRIES.
Curious Epitaphs and Gretna Green Weddings - Body Snatching - Some Curious Epitaphs of Bradwell Folk - Gretna Green Weddings
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CHAP. XXI.- EIGHTY ODD YEARS AGO.
Leading Inhabitants in 1829 - When the Rivet was Forded - A Community of Eighty Years ago - A Musical Community - When a Cattle Fair was held - The Wakes
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CHAP. XXII.- LONGEVITY AND TRAGICAL DEATHS.

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CHAP. XXIII.- A TRAGIC VISITATION OF FORTY YEARS AGO.
Seventy Persons mysteriously cut off
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CHAP. XXIV.- SOME PLACES OF INTEREST.
Robin Hood's Cross - The Batham Gate and Roman Camp - The Bagshawe or Crystallized Cavern - Bradwell Dale - Medicinal Waters of the Bath - The Echo
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CHAP. XXV.- FAMOUS SOLDIER IN THIRTY-SIX BATTLES.
Career of Thomas Morton - Through the Afghan War - In the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny - Marked for Promotion
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CHAP. XXVI.- THREE HUNDRED YEARS AGO AT HAZLEBADGE HALL.
Family Litigation of the Vernons
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CHAP. XXVII.- HOW PROTESTANT NONCONFORMITY ROSE IN THE PEAK.
The Ejected Clergymen of 1662 - Queen Parsons in Olden Times - Bradwell Men Fight in Church - The Nonconforming Parsons - Bakewell, Hope, Castleton, Edale, Tideswell, Hathersage, Eyam, The Apostle of the Peak - Bradwell Churchwardens
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CHAP. XXVIII.- WESLEYANISM'S ESTABLISHMENT IN BRADWELL CIRCUIT.
Early Local Preachers, Tideswell Methodists Horse-whipped - First Chapel in a Farm House - Bradwell Preachers Mobbed at Castleton - Hope Vicar's Wife at Wesleyan Class Meetings - Prayer Meetings in the Snake Inn - A Bamford Centenarian Methodist - Persecuted at Hathersage - Pelting the Methodists at Eyam - A Century's Ministers
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CHAP. XXIX.- EARLY PRIMITIVE METHODISM.
The Bradwell Pioneers - Travelling Preachers on Fourteen Shillings a week - John Verity the Stonemason Preacher - Female Preachers - Refractory Members - Some Comical Preachers - The First Pioneers - Complete List of Ministers
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CHAP. XXX.- FAMOUS VISITORS OF A CENTURY AGO.
Author's Amusing Experience - Historian on Early Marriages - “Sterling Worth and Integrity” - James Montgomery's Equestrian Feat - Hope Vicar's Wife at Wesleyan Class Meetings
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CHAP. XXXI.- FRIENDLY SOCIETIES OF THE PAST AND PRESENT.
Some Curious Records - “Charitable and Brotherly” - Those Pints of Ale - Bridling the Tongue - Football Unlawful - The Whitsuntide Jollification - The United Society Disunited - Nutting Forbidden - Beer and the Bible - Oddfellows
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CHAP. XXXII.- SOME TRAGIC DEATHS - A REMARKABLE CHRONOLOGY.

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CHAP. XXXIII.- SOME MEMORABLE SNOWSTORMS.
The Lost Lad - Starved to Death on Winhill - Perished on Sir William - Starved to Death on Eyam Moor - Perished in the Snow on Tideswell Moor - A Hathersage Hero - Houses Buried in Snowstorms - Buried by an avalanche - Skeltons Found on the Moors - Edale People washed away in Floods - Present Day Freeholders
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ADDENDA: ROMAN BROUGH
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LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS.

OCR/transcript by Rosemary Lockie in February 2013.

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