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Extracts from Newspapers re Palterton 1931 to 1940

The Derbyshire Times, dated Saturday May 31, 1930.


The death occurred on Thursday week of Mr. John Thomas Gee of Emmett Carr, Renishaw.  The deceased who was 58 years of age, had not enjoyed the best of health for some considerable time.
In his younger days he assisted Renishaw Works C.C. and helped his side to victory on many occasions.  During the past few years he acted as umpire and was a well known personage throughout the Chesterfield district.  He leaves a widow and a large family, with whom the deepest sympathy is felt.
The funeral took place at Eckington Cemetery on Monday, the Rev. E. L. Phillippo officiating.

The mourners were the widow, Robert Gee, John Gee, Eddie Gee, Herbert Gee, Sam Gee, Dick Gee, Albert Gee (sons) : Miss Edith Gee, Alice Gee, Cissie Gee (daughters), Mr. W. Gee, Glapwell (brother), Mr and Mrs Sam Gee, Miss Gee, Mrs Kensey; Miss Thurza Gee; Miss Mary E. Gee; Mrs Emma Gee; Miss Richardson; Miss A. Johnson; Mr. G. Johnson; Mr. J. Johnson; Mr. G. Johnson, junr.; Mrs Snowden; Mrs Warwick; Mr H.Warwick; Mrs Fox (Doe Lea); Mr. J. Pridmore; Mr. A. Hingley; Mr. W. Smith; Mr. Rabone; Mr. W. Hall; and Mr. F. Burton (representing the Renishaw Works C.C.); Mrs Bailey; Mrs J. Holland; Mrs Whaley; Mr. G. Gee.
Wreaths were sent by :- Widow & family; Aunt, Nephews and Nieces; neighbours; customers, Mason Arms; Sister Annie and family; Uncle Sam and Aunt Edith; Aunt Thurza; Miss Richardson; Mrs, Waley; Mr and Mrs S. Bailey, Mrs. Warwick and Harry

The bearers were Messrs S. Peck, A. Peck, P. Pierce, S. Bailey, F. Byrne, F. Bailey.


Derby Daily Telegraph.  Thursday 6 July 1933  page 8.

More Awards from Royal Show
Class: Two pounds of fresh butter, slightly salted, from milk of cattle of any breed or cross, other than those mentioned in last class, C/S.  Commendeds C. 'S Mrs Ellen Turner, Palterton, Chesterfield and Miss C. Woolley.


Derby Daily Telegraph. Tuesday 21 May 1935.

Motorist Fined

John Wilson Lamb of Palterton was fined 10s. for exceeding 30 mph with a motor car in a built up area.  It does not state the location.


Derby Daily Telegraph dated Thursday, 11 May 1939.


Many education workers in the county visited Bolsover yesterday, when new senior girls' schools, built by the Derbyshire Education Committee, were officially opened by Mr. Enoch Overton.  The schools, which have been in use for "the last few months, provide facilities for girls from Bolsover, Carr Vale, New Hillstown, Palterton, and Scarcliffe.  Alderman J. Walkerden, chairman of the Education Committee, presided at the opening ceremony, and others present included Mr. Frank Lee, M.P. for North-East Derbyshire, Mr. W. H. Woodhouse, chairman Bolsover Urban Council, and Mr. W. G. Briggs, Director of Education for Derbyshire.


Derbyshire Times dated Friday 29 November 1935.



An incident at Palterton on Guy Fawkes night resulted in the appearance at the Chesterfield County Police Juvenile Court on Saturday of John Thomas GEE, Scotland Yard, Palterton and a 16-year old youth from the same village on charges of assault.
GEE prosecuting the 16-years-old youth said that on the evening of November 5th. he had retired to bed when the youth accompanied by a friend, began letting off fireworks in Scotland Yard.  He warned them to stop, but when the youths took no notice he went outside and gave chase.  The two separated and the man penned one in a cul-de-sac.  Meanwhile the other came to the assistance of his friend, and when GEE turned round he picked up a whole brick (produced in Court) and hurled it at him, inflicting a nasty wound in the forehead.  The two youths then ran off.

Mr.P.E.G.Mather, defending, for the boy, maintained that the celebration on Guy Fawkes night was customary, and, therefore, excusable.  He maintained that the offence was committed in self defence.

Prosecuting GEE for assault on behalf of the other youth, Mr. Mather said that when GEE penned the youth in the cul-de-sac he inflicted injuries which necessitated the attention of a doctor and four days absence from work. Police evidence was given by Sgt. Shimwell.

The Magistrates-Mr. Enoch Bell (in the chair) and Mr. C. Jervis, - after a lengthy retirement ordered GEE to pay costs.
The youth had to pay costs and was ordered to come up for judgement in one months time.

The information contained in this note, does not appear in the newspaper article but is from my personal knowledge and family "story" as told to me by my late grandmother.
1. Fact.  The youth ordered to appear in one months time was my uncle, namely Stanley Richards, who was born on 4 April 1920, hence he was aged 15 years 7 months at the time of this incident.  The second youth, who was assaulted was named Robert "Bob" Hand, born 19 August 1919, aged 16 years 2 months.
2. Fact.  It was a tradition that existed at least as far back as 1900, when the Richards family moved to Palterton and actually lived in one third of the "big house" (Manor House) in Scotland Yard, (at that time it was divided into three but later became two) that the GEE family occupied in 1935, for a bonfire to be built in Scotland Yard.  This was the last time such an event was held there.
3. Fact.  During the afternoon on this day, both youths had been working underground at nearby Glapwell Colliery.  They finished their shift about 11 p.m. and walked up Rylah Hill to Palterton, arriving in Scotland Yard, where the embers of a bonfire, enjoyed earlier by residents, was still burning.
4. Fact  This is the story told to me, many years ago, by the late Mrs Mabel Tuckwood formerly Hand.  She was the sister of Robert "Bob" Hand.  She told me "She knew Stan (Richards) very well, he was a friend of her brother "Bob" Hand.  They were both in trouble for clobbering old Tom Gee with a building brick on Bonfire Night.  In those days there used to be a big bonfire in Scotland Yard and the teenage boys used to sit around the embers after they came home from the afternoon shift at the coal mine.  Children left school at fourteen years in those days.  They were sat around the bonfire as was the custom, roasting potatoes and chatting until the early hours of next morning.  Old Tom Gee had retired to bed but said the lads disturbed his sleep.  He got out of bed and came out of the house like a roaring bull or bully that he was - he attacked the lads and one of them clobbered him with a brick and knocked him out.  The police were called and a case was made of it - they were both prosecuted and went to the Juvenile Court at Chesterfield - but she believed the boys got off lightly.  She knows her brother Bob (Hand) did because he told them in Court that he wanted to go in the army - he was barely sixteen at the time."
5. Fact  At some time after this sad incident, my uncle Stanley Richards joined the army and was subsequently killed in Egypt.  The family story was that he and "Bob" Hand joined the army to avoid the former receiving a sentence by the Court.  My grandparents Jacob and Fanny Richards, especially the latter, always blamed this incident as being partly responsible for her sons death.  However, this incident was in 1935 and his death was in 1939.  More research is required to establish the date of enlistment for Stanley Richards


Extracts from Newspapers re Palterton 1931 to 1940

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