Pigot & Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835

“Winster and neighbourhood”

Transcriptions by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 1996

WINSTER, although but a chapelry to Youlgreave, and now an inconsiderable village, was once a market town of some note. It is six miles from Bakewell, and 13 S.W. from Chesterfield, situate on the old road from Ashbourn to the latter town, and midway between the river Derwent and the Cromford and High Peak railway, about three miles from each; with the latter of which a branch communication is contemplated.

It consists of one street; the houses of which are but mean buildings. The church, which is dedicated to St. John, is a neat building, with a square tower, and is nearly covered with ivy: the living is a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the freeholders; the Rev. Walter Shirley is the present incumbent. There are no tithes, for upon an enclosure of some waste lands, a portion was set apart for the minister in lieu thereof. The other places of worship are a chapel each for the primitive and Wesleyan methodists. Thomas Eyre, Esq. in 1717, bequeathed £20. per annum for the instruction of twenty poor children; and Robert Moore, in 1718, left an annuity of £5. for teaching five more.

In the neighbourhood are several barrows, in one of which, opened in 1768, two glass vessels were discovered, containing some clear, but green-coloured water, a silver bracelet, some glass beads, and other trinkets. The market, which is entitled to be holden on Saturday, and the fair on Easter-Monday, have fallen into disuse. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the mining business:- the number in the chapelry, by the returns made to the government in 1821, was 928, and by those in 1831, 962.

POST OFFICE:- William Ashton, Post Master:- Letters from WIRKSWORTH arrive every evening at seven, and are despatched every afternoon at five.

GENTRY & CLERGY.
Brittlebank Messrs. Andrew and Benjamin (attorneys)
Brittlebank William, esq.
Flint Mr. John (surgeon)
Shirley Rev. Walter
Toplis Mr. Ralph
Worsley Charles Carroll, esq.

PUBLIC HOUSES.
Angel, Richard Roberts
Bowling Green, Mary Staley
Bull's Head, James Bateman
Crown, William Sellors
Miners' Standard, Henry Roberts
Shoulder of Mutton, Joseph Taylor

SHOPKEEPERS & TRADERS.
Allen George, schoolmaster
Allen James, shopkeeper
Allen Thomas, confectioner
Ashton George, joiner
Ashton Joseph, boot & shoe maker
Ashton William, shopkeeper
Barker Jonathan, tailor
Barker Samuel, tailor
Bateman Benjamin, butcher
Bateman James, boot & shoe maker
Bateman Joseph, butcher
Beardsall John, wheelwright
Boam George, leather seller
Boam John, shopkeeper
Bradley William, shopkeeper
Burton Anthony, blacksmith
Burton Joshua, blacksmith
Caldwell Henry, butcher
Caldwell Josiah, butcher
Dore Henry, butcher
Durden Benjamin, boot, &c. maker
Foxlow Hannah & Son, shopkeeper
Gregory Anthony, plumber & glazier
Gregory Benjamin, stone mason
Hadfield Joseph, lead merchant
Hawksworth John, boot, &c. maker
Hawksworth Thomas, saddler
Haynes Thomas, baker
Heathcote Saml. & Co. shopkeepers
Heathcote Wm. plumber & glazier
Henstock John, wheelwright
Hill William, druggist, &c.
Lomas George, tailor
Longden Jane, linen draper
Marsden, Benjamin, baker
Marshall William, tailor
Marshall William, jun. tailor
Moseley John, fishmonger
Newton George, day school
Raworth William, hardwareman & leather seller
Reins Anthony, joiner
Reins John, wheelwright
Reins Ralph, blacksmith
Rouse George, boot & shoe maker
Sellors William, slater
Simpson John, butcher
Spencer Samuel, butcher
Stiff Benjamin, boot & shoe maker
Wild John, boot & shoe maker
Wilson John, watch, &c. maker
Witham Francis, tin-plate worker
Witham Samuel, shopkeeper
Woolley Jane, tallow chandler and shopkeeper

CARRIERS.
To CHESTERFIELD, John Durden,
every Saturday.
To SHEFFIELD, William Longden,
every Friday.

Description(s) from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835.
Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie in May 1996.

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