Extracts from Newspapers re Palterton 1896 to 1900

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, dated Saturday, 25 July 1896.


At an early hour on Monday a fire was discovered to have broken out in a Midland Railway waggon containing 20 casks (or about 800 gallons) of petroleum, at Palterton.  The fire spread so rapidly that all efforts to save the truck and its contents were fruitless.  The waggon stood under the highway bridge, a few yards from the station, and the heat was so intense that in a short time the girders of the bridge began to give way and considerable damage was done to the masonry.  Extra precautions had to be taken by Mr Cant, the station-master, in working the passenger trains past the huge fire, and this was done with safety.  Forty yards of the permanent way were completely destroyed, but a strong gang of workmen was soon on the spot, and under the supervision of Inspector Harrison, the work of strengthening the bridge was soon accomplished, and a temporary fence erected to avoid vehicles passing over the weak spot.  Special praise is due to Guard James (of Staveley) who removed the waggon from under the bridge while the fire was at its worst.  Had it not been for the prompt measures taken the damage to the bridge would have been considerable.  Nothing but the ironwork of the waggon remained to be seen and there was nothing to shew (sic) how the fire originated, but it is supposed that a match was carelessly thrown over the highway bridge by some passers by and unfortunately dropped in the waggon.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, dated Saturday, 1 August 1896.


Early on Monday morning some forty fat sheep belonging to MR. C. H. Turner of Palterton strayed through the gate at Palterton Station, and were run over by the Paddy Mail between Palterton and Glapwell, five being killed.
My note: This was Cornelius Hufton Turner.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, dated Saturday, 8 August 1898.


About eight o'clock on Monday night, the station-master at Palterton, near Hardwick, Derbyshire noticed a man trying to trying to take out a window at the station.  When discovered, the man set off across the fields, but was followed and caught.  A policeman was sent for, and it was found that the man's name was William Brandreth, bricklayer's labourer.  He had a trowel, with which it is alileged he tried to remove the putty from the glass, and the trowel was identified as one which had been stolen from a cabin which had been broken into at Bolsover.  The prisoner will come before the County Magistrates at Chesterfield today (Saturday).

Derby Daily Telegraph 26 August 1897

M.R. (Midland Railway) Staff Changes.

Mr.. Clark has been promoted from Desford, Leicestershire, to be stationmaster at New Mills, Derbyshire, in succession to Mr. Thompson, resigned ; Mr. W. L. Pittaway becomes stationmaster at Droitwich Roud ; Mr. Brinklow goes from Turvey to Helpstone Mr. Haddock from to Woodend; Mr. Cash, from Neverthorpe, succeeds Mr. Brink1ow at Turvcy ; and Mr. Cant succeeds Mr. Fern at Palterton and Sutton, the latter having taken charge of Glapwell.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, dated Wed. 8 February 1899 and Saturday, 11 Feb.1899.


Writing Letters for a Lodger and paying for it.
At the Mansfield County Court on Monday, before his Honour Judge Masterman, DCL, the case of Machin v Lawton was heard.  In this case his Honour had to decide whether the defendant George Lawton owed the sum of 2 to William Anthony Machin of Palterton or whether the amount was recoverable from a man named Walters, who lodged with the defendant.  The sum named was the balance due on the sale of a pony, harness and trap - Plaintiff produced letters in the defendant's handwriting having reference to the matter, but that the defendant accounted for stating that the "lodger" could not write, and that he wrote the letters at his request.   His Honour asked who paid the 6 for which a receipt had been given and plaintiff's reply was that the defendant paid him.  That being so, his Honour, addressing defendant said: You will have to pay this money by instalments of 5s.per month.  If the debt is not yours, you must proceed against Walters.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, dated Saturday, 10 February 1900.


The first supper of the Palterton Pig Club was held on Saturday evening at the headquarters of the club, the Nag's Head Inn.  The tables were tastefully decorated, and about 30 sat down. Mr T. Gray, the host, catered in capital style.  On the removal of the cloth, Mr Joseph Wilkinson was unanimously voted to the chair.  Mr W. Churn, the secretary, read the first balance sheet which gave satisfaction to every member.  The Chairman congratulated the club unon the way in which the officials had discharged their duties, and hoped the farmers of Palterton would follow the example set before them, as he himself was not ashamed to have his name recorded as a member of the Pig Club, and hoped to see the club flourish.  The Chairman proposed the toast of "The Queen," which was taken up with musical honours.  In proposing the toast of "The Army and Navy," the Chairman referred in the highest terms of the bravery of our troops in South Africa under such great difficulties.  Mr C. Squires sang "Soldiers of the Queen," which was admirably rendered, and "True till Death," as an encore.  The toast of "The Secretary" was proposed by Mr Wm. Haslam, who remarked upon the capital way in which the secretarial duties had been carried out.  Mr B. Drabble sang "Let me like a Soldier fall."  Mr T. Gray rendered "Hearts of Oak," and Mr Wm. Shepherd "The Death of Nelson," which also called forth an encore.  He responded with "The Noble Twenty-fourth."  After the health of the host had been drunk with musical honours, the Chairman moved a vote of thanks to the host and hostess.  Mr W. Churn sang "The Union Jack of Old England," and Mr T. Gray "Life in the East End of London."  Secretary then moved a vote of thanks to the Chairman for the admirable way in which he had discharged his duties, and Mr G. Ward supported.  A most pleasant and enjoyable evening terminated with the singing of "God Save the Queen."

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald dated Saturday, 10 March 1900.


The funeral of Mr W. Godber of Palterton, who died on the 27th ult.. took place at Scarcliffe Church on Thursday in last week.  Mr Godber was well known in Derbyshire as one of its finest Yeomen.  His modesty, probity, and benevolence endeared him to many outside his family circle.  He had lived in Palterton. at the Old Hall, and more recently at his late residence, for nearly 50 years, and he had taken some part in local public affairs, acting for several years as a member of the Mansfield Board of Guardians and on the District Council.  Since his death the family have received many letters of condolence, and a special expression of sympathy from the Mansfield Board of Guardians.  Among those present at the funeral were the following five sons: John Godber, William Godber (Sheffield), Joseph Godber (Sheffield), George Godber and Isaac Godber (Bedford).  The following were also present: Sons-in-law, Messrs J. Bell (Aylesbury), T. S. Townend (London), and E. Armstrong: nephews. Messrs Lowe. Lee, J. Godber. W .Lee. and Arthur;  Friends. Messrs Grimes, Cox (Rawthorne), Crawshaw, Hollis, and Silcock.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald dated Saturday, 14 July 1900.


Samuel Rimmington, aged 25 years, a collier, and Tom Johnson aged 28 years, collier, were indicted for having robbed with violence an old man named John Walters at Glapwell, in the parish of Ault Hucknall, on the 10th of April.  Mr Stimson prosecuted and remarked that there was one fact in the case which was peculiar.  The old man would not be called before them that day.  He was given a trowel so as to get employment, but he went away, and forgot to leave his address with the police. (Laughter.)  But after the case was entered, it became one for the Crown, and therefore, they had it before them that day.  A little girl named Mabel Pearce, stated that she saw an old man in the street near her father's house.  He was met by the prisoners who took a trowel away from him.  Rimington then knocked the old man down and while Johnson held him.  Rimington hit him and kicked him in the chest.  When the old man got up his head was bleeding.
By Rimington:  She did not see the old man try to strike him with a trowel.
By Johnson:  You took the trowel out of the old man's hand.
Johnson: Yes, that was in self defence.
P.C. Bird stated that he met the old man on the road.  He was literally covered with blood, which was running from a cut above his eye and from other places on his face.  He found prisoners at the Hare and Hounds public house at Palterton, and charged them with violently assaulting WaltersRimington said "That is false, me and my mate can prove differently."  He searched them and found the trowel on Rimington, who claimed that it was his property.  On the way to the lockup Rimington said, "I admit I held him while he took the trowel.
Rimington:  I don't remember saying anything to you, Mr Bird.
P.c. Bird : No, you were drunk.  (Laughter).
Rimington was sworn, and deposed that the old man came to hit him with the trowel.  He knocked him down in self defence.
Mr Craggs (Chesterfield), a juryman: How old was the man?
Rimington :  About sixty years.
Mr Craggs: Then why did you knock the old man down after having taken the trowel away from him?
Rimington :  He was going to hit me with his fist.
Mr Armistead (Chesterfield), another juryman :  But having knocked him down, and taken the trowel away from him, why did you want to take the trowel away with you?
Rimington :  We were just in the temper to do it.
Mr Stimson :  I do not propose to ask any questions after the jury's cross-examination.
Johnson also gave evidence and was asked similar questions.  He admitted, in answer to questions put by Mr Craggs and Mr J. Roper (Chestorfieid), the foreman of the jury, that it was after they had taken the trowel away that the old man was knocked down.  A juryman: You were afraid, two lusty young men like you, that this old man would do you some injury?  Johnson: Yes. we were.
The jury found the prisoners guilty of an assault but not a serious one.
Sent to gaol for seven days with hard labour.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald dated Saturday, 13 October 1900.


Mr Shacklock presided at a meeting held at the Nag's Head Inn, Paiterton, on Wednesday. 
Amongst others present were Messrs J. Wilkinson, T. Piper, B. Ludlam, and H. Palfreyman
Lieutenant Byron referred to Mr Bayley's proposal to place the wives of soldiers killed in battle and wounded soldiers under the Compensation Act, and said he thought this was not sufficient.  (Hear, hear.)  He was in favour of a much more liberal scale being allowed.  (Cheers)  He noticed, according to the newspapers. that Mr. Bayley had allied himself to the Imperial Party.  Well all that he could say was that Mr. Byron, had not handed in his name as an Imperialist just when the election was coming on.  He had been an Imperialist since he was born.  (Cheers.)  Those mushroom Imperialists, of whom they had heard so much lately, they would probably never hear of again as soon as tne election was over.  (Cheers).  He thought it was the duty of the country and especially of the Liberal Party to purge the Liberal party of the whole of those 29 men who voted as a protest against the whole war with
Mr Labouchere and Dr.Clarke.  (Hear hear.)  He trusted that that division would be one which would follow the example which had been set by Brightside. Sheffield, and other places.  (Cheers.)  He strongly demurred against the sneering remarks which had been made about their amateur soldiers.  (Cheers.)  The amateur soldiers were the backbone of England and if it had not been for them we shouldhave had conscription.  He should certainly always fight strongly against this.  (Cheers.)  He reminded his hearers of the secrecy of the ballot, and said that one instance had come to his notice why a working man had been threatened if did not vote in one particular direction.  But the time had gone by, he thought, when men would vote in gangs as they were told.  He wanted that constituency to weigh up Mr Bayley's words and deeds against his (Lieut. Byron's) and remember that Mr Bayley had voted against both the Navy and the Army, and when they had done. then place their paper in the ballot box and tell nobody how they had recorded it.  Mr. Arthur Markham,in the Mansfield Division, had been assisted by
Mr Harvey, notwithstanding the fact that in 1897, the time, of the engineers' strike, he wrote a letter to the "Times," in which he condemned trades unions and trades unlon leaders.  He, Mr Byron, considered that the trade unions were the very best protection the men could have.  He thought there was a step in the wrong direction in that district because it seemed to him that politics and the proper function of trades unions ought not to be mixed and if the men paid a leader to look after their trades unions, he did not think it was the business of that man to go about stumping on political platforms thereby supporting a man who only a few years before had in such strenuous terms condemned the whole principle of trades unions.  (Cheers)  Mr. Piper moved the "fit and proper" resolution, and Mr. Wilkinson seconded, and it was carried, only two hands being held up against.

Extracts from Newspapers re Palterton 1896 to 1900

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