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18th April 2013 Uncategorized 0 Comments


  1. Lorraine Gerry 9 years Reply

    For Goodness Sake, Why Oh Why doesn’t anybody recognise Joseph Fearfield ?

    Joseph Fearfield was Baptised 6th Oct 1811 at Lenton, Within 3 years the family had moved to Stapleford, and Later Joseph became a prosperous Lace Manufacturer, much respected in the Village, His original factory was destroyed by fire on 7th Jan 1881, and a new factory was built soon afterwards, this later became Chambers Pencil factory, Joseph Fearfield purchased land for The Cemetery in 1881, He paid for the asphalt walks and trees, then made a present of it to the parish, If you go to The Cemetery you will see his name above the arch on The Church in the grounds.
    In 1841 Joseph is shown as a Lace Manufacterur, living with his mother in March Lane, Now Derby Road.
    Joseph married Eleanor Piggin at St Helens Church in 1849
    In 1851 Joseph is now married with a child John Piggin Fearfield, living at 3 March Lane, and shown as a Lace Manufacturer employing 26 Men, 4 Boys, and 20 Females.
    In 1861 Joseph is now a widow, living at Turn Pike Brookhill, with two daughter’s and a Servant, He is shown as a Lace Manufacturer employing 50 men.
    In 1871 Joseph is shown as a Lace Manufacturer, living at derby Road.
    On the 10th Oct 1874 his daughter Eleanor Fearfield married James J Pratt, The address on her marriage certificate is given as Brookhill House, Brookhill Street, Stapleford.
    On the 8th Jan 1881 Joseph’s factory appears in the Pall Mall Gazette 4954 PASTED :::::::The Large Lace Factory of Mr Joseph Fearfield of Stapleford, Notts, was destroyed by fire yesterday. The Factory contains a large stock of lace goods and cotton yarns, as well as a large number of costly machines. The damage is estimated at £60,000 of which £7,000 is covered by insurance, Two hundred people will be thrown out of Employment.
    In 1881 The census was taken 3rd April, It shows Joseph was employing 55 men 11 boys, and 57 women and girls, He is living back on March Lane.
    Joseph Fearfield died 13th Dec 1884, he left an estate worth £51,995 19s 2 d, He is buried in The Cemetery he donated to The Village, through the main entrance on the right hand side, The Probate date for his Will was 13th Feb 1885
    Fairfield School was named after Joseph Fearfield

  2. Lorraine Gerry 9 years Reply

    Pasted Story to include Joseph Fearfield

    WHEN the Head Teacher of the Council Schools for Boys (Mr. Spencer) informed me that he had an annual custom of sending a Christmas letter to the old and present boys of his School, and he asked me to write this year’s letter, I felt that I must comply, not only because I considered the idea an excellent one, worthy of being carried out, but I thought the reason why he had wished me to write was, that fifty years ago I often used to talk to the Stapleford boys and girls, whom I suppose you now call your fathers or grandfathers, and mothers or grandmothers. I have also treasured the friendship of many persons I then knew in Stapleford. I will name three only:—Joseph Fearfield, who had always a smile and an apple, and both were good; John Harrison, who had music in his soul; and Thomas Dalley, who went about doing good.

    My letter shall be of the things that are or have been around you, and of events that occurred in Stapleford ; that these may help you to proceed from the known to the unknown, to learn from the past lessons for your future guidance.

    Where shall we begin? I like those four words in Genesis, “In the beginning God “—for with God on the scene all objects, including matter, life, conscience, follow naturally. We will not, however, go so far back as that. We will begin with the ground that is under your feet.

    In “The Geology of Stapleford and Sandiacre” Mr. J. Shipman says:—” I know of no similar area where so much work for the field geologist is crowded into such a small space.” He shows how the rocks have been shattered and displaced by faults, and pushed up or let down, “as to remind one of a patchwork quilt or Mosaic pavement.” He then refers to the millstone grit on Stony Clouds, to the Bunter pebble beds, the Waterstones, the Coal measures, the glacial drift deposits, the alluvial deposits of the Erewash, etc., all of which I am not competent to discuss, but I suggest you should form classes for the study of them.

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