Samuel Richards (1780 to 1854)
part Three

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This page contains additional information relating to Samuel Richards, son of Mathew and his wife Mary Richards nee Sore.  I have given him the title "Strelley Sam", because from my research he appears to have lived all his life in Strelley, in an area known as Strelley Park.

I have chosen to record this additional information on a separate page, so that the text on his two main pages flows more freely.  Furthermore there is some census information herein relating to his children and grandson, after his death.  It is not my intention to research his children in depth.

A modern (2004) image showing part of footpath leading from the edge of Babbington village to the Strelley Park area.

The footpath in the above image would have been used regularly by Samuel Richards and his family.  Likewise, other members of the Richards clan, his relatives, would have used the path because they too had lived in Strelley from at least 1761 and probably before that date.

This footpath met another footpath at a "T" junction.  This second footpath led from Strelley Park up to Kimberley.  It cannot be seen in the above image, but it was by the side of the hedgerow that can be seen growing left to right (adjoining sky!) towards the top of the image.

John Richards, the Head of the household in the census table below (next entry) was the grandson of Samuel Richards - "Strelley Sam" and his wife Mary Richards nee Robinson.

An old image of Babbington Chapel that would have been known to the Richards.

1871Babbington, Hamlet of Kimberley, parish of Greasley.
Census Reference: RG10/3477.  Page 76.

Name Status M/S Age Occupation Birthplace & County
John Richards Head M 24 years Coal Miner Strelley, Notts.
Mary I. Richards Wife M 23 years ??? Greasley, Notts.
John Richards Son Unm. 3 years Scholar Greasley, Notts.
William Richards Son Unm. 3 mths/hrs ?? Greasley, Notts.

John Richards, the Head of the household in the census table below (next entry) was the grandson of Samuel Richards - "Strelley Sam" and his wife Mary Richards nee Robinson.

From 1871 to 1873, they were in Babbington and from 1875 to 1881 at least, they were living in Awsworth.  The villages of Awsworth, Babbington and Strelley are about 1500 metres apart.

A image showing women in Babbington village doing their washing.

1881.  Census for Kimberley in the parish of Greasley.

Name Status M/S Age Occupation Birthplace & County
John Richards Head M 36 years Coal Miner Strelley, Notts.
Mary I. Richards Wife M 32 years ??? Greasley, Notts.
John Richards Son Unm. 13 years Coal Miner Babbington, Notts.
William Richards Son Unm. 11 years Scholar Babbington, Notts.
Elizabeth Richards Dau. Unm. 8 years Scholar Babbington, Notts.
Thomas Richards Son Unm. 6 years ?? Awsworth, Notts.
Sarah Ann Richards Dau Unm. 2 years ?? Awsworth, Notts.

Since the last census, John Richards, grandson of Samuel Richards - "Strelley Sam" and his wife Mary Richards nee Robinson and their children, returned to Babbington and latterly back to Kimberley, where the 1891 census reveals they were living in Chapel Street.

1891.  Census.  Chapel Street, Kimberley parish of Greasley. Ref:  RG.12/2659.  Page 112.

Name Status M/S Age Occupation Birthplace & County
John Richards Head M 44 years Coal Miner Strelley, Notts.
Mary A. Richards Wife M 43 years ??? Greasley, Notts.
William Richards Son Single 20 years Coal Miner Babbington, Notts.
Elizabeth Richards Dau. Single 18 years Apprentice Babbington, Notts.
Thomas H. Richards Son Single 16 years Coal Miner Awsworth, Notts.
Sarah Ann Richards Dau Single 13 years ?? Awsworth, Notts.
Harriett Richards Dau. Single 1 year ?? Babbington, Notts.
Albert Richards Son Single 3 mths. ?? Kimberley, Notts.

A modern (2004) image showing a view of Strelley Park and Farm from the edge of Babbington village. The miners cottages were located in the field (with the small square object) to the left of and almost adjoining the farm.

Strelley Park pit was about 200 metres in front of the farm, whilst the miners houses were located to the left of the farm, as seen in our image.

Mention is made on this page of the hamlet of Babbington.

1830s.  The Babbington Estate dates from these years.  Thomas North lived at Babbington in Babbington House prior to moving to Basford Hall.

1840s.  He built houses (late 1840s) for his employees, in pairs, at a cost of 50 each.  All these houses are still here today, but drastically altered, which is a shame!

1845Thomas North built a chapel for his workforce at Babbington.

1930.  By this year, the roof was falling in and the chapel was subsequently demolished.  The Edge family bought it from North, I believe.

The 'tips' in the fields today can be seen - Stanton Ironwork took the shafts over, which were in every field, from Thomas North for 'ironstone mining'.

At the hamlet of Babbington there is an historical map of the area, which is well worth studying, showing the sites of all the mines, houses, farms, chapel etc.

This page is on going as at March 2006.

Samuel Richards (1780 to 1854)
part Three


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Created 2 December 2001
Last updated: 16 March 2006