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Monthly Photographs 2010

Photo of the month

Each month a picture will be displayed from our extensive collection (George Berry Collection) or from friends of the WLHG.  If you have any memories of the places or people in the photographs please e-mail us and tell us.  Alternatively, if you have any photographs and would be willing for them to appear here, please send them and I will oblige.
A delightful picture of St Lawrence Church taken from the village end of the High Hill, but you ask what is missing.  Can't answer this  but wonder if the church clock is missing? My old eyes are failing me a bit now and the picture is not too clear    Best wishes

Jim Buckingham

I believe the clock is there but actually several things are not.  A modern picture would show the houses on the far right, the area covered in beautiful tree's.  Possible just out of shot but on the bottom right on the far side of the road a cottage once stood.  Also the empty space in the garden of the house bottom right (occupied by John and Nora Miles in my memory) was also previously occupied by other cottages which were joined on the visible gable end.



The Four Prize Winners

From the Worksop Guardian August 1911

One of the most interesting classes at Welbeck show was that open to servants who have grown old in the employ of the Duke of Portland and his predecessors. There were 16 entries, and the winner of the first prize is debarred from competing in another year. Our photograph shows the four prize-winners.   Seated are William Drabble , Southfield Lane Cottage, Whitwell, whose record of service in the wood yard at Welbeck is 56 years; and Thomas Evers, Cuckney, who is employed in the chip house at the wood yard and has been on the Welbeck estate 54 years 8 months.  Standing are, William Whitworth, Warsop Windmill Cottages, who is employed in the roads department, and who can look back on 54years and 7 months service; and S Duckmanton, Belph, Whitwell, whose record is 54 years and 4 months. He, like Evers, is employed in the Chip House. Of the twelve other competitors, five have seen 50 years service, the others averaging 46 years to 49 years. Needless to say these veterans are proud of their employ and are happy and contented. They have the satisfaction of knowing that so long as they can work, they may do so and that when the time comes that they can no longer do so, they will be tenderly dealt with. Quiet and uneventful, their lives have been spent in calmness and serenity.

Peter Stevenson


Is this a picture of the Duckmanton family? I remember one , whose name was Sam, I think, who worked in the pit but who was VERY clever at woodwork.  I bought several articles from him which  I still have, a beautifully crafted oak occasional table, and a trick money box, also in oak.  I would be intrigued to know if it is the same Mr Duckmanton who is in the picture.  When I went to collect the table, he had just arrived home from work and was bathing in a tin bath, before a roaring open coal fire as was the custom before pithead baths.  If this is the same Sam Duckmanton he would have been near retiring age then. Unfortunately I cannot remember where I went, it could have been Fox Road area.  I would love to know

Jim Buckingham

Once again a very evocative picture.  I don't know if I am correct as I forget the names of streets, but I  think this one is a view of Station Road, a few yards past the village pump, and what looks to me like the old Reading Room, now demolished  (that is the little stone building in the foreground).
     The path behind it leads up to a row of houses.  The first building, looking like a lean-to or annex was Mr Tinker's cycle repair shop.  He and his wife were very devout and  regularly held a prayer meeting in a shop in Station Road itself. They sometimes used to walk through the village, carrying a banner bearing a religious text, followed by one adherent, who I think was Mrs Challoner and could have been Mrs Tinker's sister.
     The tall building on the left of the picture was an outbuilding belonging to a farm, and has been long demolished to make way for Station Road.
     I may be completely wrong about some of this as the Reading Room is different from what I remember of it.
    I shall be interested to see if other old Whitwellians have comments about this picture.

Jim Buckingham

Hockey? team.  Not sure when or where

I loved the picture of the old church, I assume it is Whitwell St Lawrence at the beginning of last century, with its oil lamps.   I was an alter server at Hodthorpe, but had to go to Whitwell to be confirmed. I had to lead a procession, with another boy, carrying candles in long brass candlesticks, from the Rectory across the road into church, in front of the Bishop of Derby  A slight breeze blew out the candle so I leaned over for a light from my mate,-- then his blew out, and we were swapping over until we got into the vestry, much to the amusement of the Bish..  There was a rail across the church between the choir stalls and the nave, and we knelt in turn to have the Bish lay hands on us, and the apocryphal tale was that he was very short-sighted and managed to confirm the large wooden sphere that topped the rail....

I don't suppose I will ever see Whitwell again, but your pictures bring back so many memories Best wishes I wonder if it would be possible to run an enquiry column on the website asking about old inhabitants. For instance I wonder if some of my old contemporaries are still alive. I am 89 now, so we must be thin on the ground, but I remember the old Whitwell with great fondness   

Jim Buckingham

Taken in the Chapel as part of the 1000 years celebrations in 1989.
A photo from a different age, but who remembers 'Tata' Picking week in October?
Just been browsing through your website which brought back a few memories.  I suppose I can class myself as an old Whitwellian.  Although I was born in Sheffield, my family at the time lived in Killamarsh.  When I was very young moved to Bakestone Moor then Southgate (on the Whitwell side of Van Dykes).  A photo of our cottage is attached.  Toll Bar Cottage (as it was known) belonged to Southfield Farm.  I attended Whitwell Infant and Junior school (as did my sister Jean) and later I went to Shirebrook Selective Central.  In 1950 I left the area to join the RAF.  I served 22 years and finally finished my service at Finningley (now Robin Hood Airport), and I now live in Branton (Doncaster). 

Derek Bower

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