Parishes: Eckington - Eyam

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Magna Britannia: Volume 5, Derbyshire. Originally published by T Cadell and W Davies, London, 1817.

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ECKINGTON, in the hundred of Scarsdale and deanery of Chesterfield, lies about seven miles from Chesterfield. The parish is divided into four quarters; Eckington, Mossborough, Renishaw, Ridgway, and Troway. Each of these has its overseer and churchwarden. The principal villages or hamlets are, Bole-hill, Bramley, Ford, and High-lane.

The manor of Eckington was given by Wulfric Sprott, in the reign of King Ethelred, to Burton-Abbey. (fn. n1) The Survey of Domesday describes it as belonging to Ralph Fitzhubert. The Stotevilles inherited half the barony of Fitzhubert, of which half this manor was part. (fn. n2) Sir John Darcy, to whom it had been granted in 1340, on the forfeiture of Sir John Stoteville, died seised of it in 1344. The coheiresses of Lord Darcy, in the reign of Henry VI., married Strangeways and Conyers. In or about the year 1540, Sir James Strangeways conveyed this manor to William Lord Dacre. On the attainder of Leonard Dacre it became forfeited to the crown; and was leased, in 1570, to Henry Carey, Lord Hunsdon. This manor continued on lease to the Carey family till after the death of Robert Carey, Earl of Monmouth, in 1639. During the interregnum, it was seized as crown property. King Charles II., in 1675, granted a beneficial lease to the loyal Lord Frecheville, for 99 years, which expired in 1774. A new lease, for 28 years from that period, was granted to Andrew Wilkinson and others: the term was in 1783 enlarged for 11 years further, commencing in 1802. This estate was assigned by the lessees, in 1804, to Sitwell Sitwell, Esq., afterwards Sir Sitweli Sitwell, Bart.; and the lease is now vested in his son, Sir George Sitwell, Bart.

In the parish church are monuments of the Sitwell family (fn. n3); the families of Wigfall, and Newton of Renishaw (fn. n4); Francis Stringer, Esq., of Stoke, in the High-Peak, 1727; and the Lady of Sir William Wake, Bart., who died in 1791. There are some memorials also of the family of Stones, of Mossborough. (fn. n5)

The King is patron of the rectory of Eckington, with the chapel of Killamarsh. The advowson was in the Rolleston family in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. (fn. n6)

The Wesleyan Methodists have two meeting-houses in this parish; and there is a Roman Catholic chapel.

The free-school at Eckington appears to have been founded by Mr. Thomas Cam, at the beginning of the last century (fn. n7); and endowed with lands let at 19l. per annum about the year 1787, when a return of charitable donations was made to the House of Commons. George Sitwell, Esq., in 1717, gave the school-house and a close; Lady Frecheville, in 1719, the sum of 100l. The present revenue of this school is about 70l. per annum.

Mossborough seems to have been purchased of the Burtons about the year 1671, by the family of the Stones, who possessed the hall, and resided there for several generations. It is now the property and occasional residence of Mrs. Elizabeth Poynton, widow, sister and devisee of the late Samuel Staniforth, Esq., of Mossborough-hall.

Mr. Joseph Stones, in 1680, gave lands, let about thirty years ago at 61. per annum, for teaching 15 children at Mossborough. Anne Stones, in 1702, gave 2l. 10s. per annum to this school, which, in the return of charitable donations, is spoken of as supposed to be lost. The present value of its endowment is under 20l. per annum.

Mr. Thomas Rotheram, in 1706; and Mr. William Rotheram, in 1711, gave small benefactions for teaching children at Ridgway. The income of the Ridgway school is now about 13l. per annum.

Renishaw-hall and estate belonged for some generations to the family of Wigfall. It was purchased by Francis Sitwell, Esq., of Eckington, who dying without issue in 1753, it devolved by bequest to Francis Hurt, Esq., his cousin, who took the name of Sitwell, and was father of Sitwell Sitwell, Esq., created a Baronet in 1808. Sir Sitwell died in 1811, and was succeeded in title and estate by his son, now Sir George Sitwell, Bart. Renishaw-hall was enlarged and altered by the late baronet.

Killamarsh, a parochial chapelry, lies about three miles from Eckington and ten from Chesterfield. Killamarsh, is described in the record of Domesday by the name of Chinewoldemaresc, as having two manors; one of them belonging to Ascoit Musard, the other to the King's Thanes. We have not been able to trace both these manors. We find that Philip de Dovecote held a manor in Killamarsh in the reign of King John; Cecily Meynell, in the succeeding reign; and in that of Edward II. Hugh, son of William de Kinwaldmarsh: but at a later period, we find no record of any other manor of Killamarsh, than that which was held in the reign of Henry II. by the family of Hathersage, and passed in moieties to the Longfords and Goushills, as representatives of that family. Sir Ralph Longford died seised of a moiety of this manor in 1513. Sir William Holies died seised of the other moiety in 1542. In 1551, the last-mentioned moiety was sold by Sir Thomas Hoiks to Sir Richard Pype and George Basford: Sir Richard died seised of it in 1587. It is now the property of Sir George Sitwell, Bart. The Hewets had considerable property in this parish, which passed by marriage to the Osbornes, but whether they were possessed of the manor, we have not been able to ascertain.

The manor of Killamarsh was held by the tenure of providing for the King's army in Wales, a horse of the value of 5s., with a sack and a (fn. n8) spur, for four days.

The following inscription is on a tablet affixed to the outside of Killamarsh chapel. "To the memory of John Wright, a pauper of this parish, who died May 4th, 1797, in the hundred and third year of his age. He was of a middle size, temperate and cheerful, and in the trying situation of darkness, poverty, and old age, bore his infirmities with such Christian meekness as excited the benevolence of good men, and is here recorded as an instructive lesson to others. Rev. C. Alderson, B.D., P. P. P., anno D˜ni 1797."

The chapel of Killamarsh is united to the rectory of Eckington, and is served by the Rector or his Curate.

In the year 1720, Robert Turie of Sheffield, clerk, gave a house, then valued at 2l. 7s. 6d. per annum, for the purpose of instructing six children. John Kay gave a school-house. In 1747, Mrs. Sarah Pool gave 30l. to this school; Philip Butcher the same sum in 1749; and in 1752, Mrs. Margaret and Mrs. Mary Pole, a house and some land, le in 1786, at 5l. 8s. per annum. The whole endowment is now between 12l. and 13l. per annum.


EDENSOR, in the hundred and deanery of the High-Peak, lies about ten miles west from Chesterfield, and about three from Bakewell, which is the post-town. This parish contains the townships of Edensor and Pilsley.

The manor of Edensor (Ednesoare) was in the reign of Edward the Confessor the joint property of Levenot and Chetel; when the Survey of Domesday was taken it belonged to Henry de F rrars. The mesne signiory was for several generations, at a remote period, vested in the ancestors of the Shirley family. The immediate possession appears to have been in the Foljambes, whose heiress brought Edonsor to Sir Robert plumpton. Sir William Plumpton, grandson of Sir Robert, died seised of it in 1480. His daughters and coheirs married Sotehill and Rocliffe, A moiety of this manor passed by marriage to the Cliffords, and was sold by George Clifford, Earl of Cumberland, to the Countess of Shrewsbury. Sir Ralph Langford, who it is probable purchased of the Sotehills or their heirs, died seised of the other moiety in 1513. (fn. n9) The whole is now the property of the Duke of Devonshire. The manor of Pilsley has passed with that of Edensor.

In the parish church are the monuments of Henry Cavendish, Esq. (fn. n10), of Chatsworth, who died in 1616; his younger brother William, the first Earl of Devonshire, who died in 1625; and John Beton, an attendant on Mary Queen of Scots, who was employed by the Royal captive in various negotiations: he died at Chatsworth in 1570. (fn. n11)

The church of Edensor was given by Fulcher, son of Fulcher, ancestor of the Shirleys, to the monastery of Rocester in Staffordshire. The Duke of Devonshire is impropriator of the tithes, and patron of the donative.

There is a school at Edensor, founded, in 1734, by Mr. John Philip, for poor children of Edensor, Pilsley, and Beeley; and endowed with a moiety of the rent of land directed to be purchased with the sum of 100l. The present amount of this moiety is 2l. per annum: the other moiety goes to the school at Hardwicke. The schoolmaster receives also 30l. per annum from hie Grace the Duke of Devonshire. (fn. n12)

Adjoining to Edcnsur, is the extra-parochial hamlet of Chatsworth, well known as having been long the chief country seat of the noble family of Cavendish. Chatsworth is written in the Domesday Survey Chetesvorde, it would have been more properly Chetelsvorde, as no doubt it took its name from Chetel, one of its Saxon owners, mentioned in that survey. William Peverel held it for the King, when the Survey was taken. The manor of Chatsworth was for several generations in the family of Leche or Leech. John Leche, Esq., one of the King's surgeons, was of Chatsworth, in the reign of Edward III. This family became extinct about the middle of tlre sixteenth century. Chatsworth was sold by Francis Leche, who died in or about the year 1550, to the family of Agard, of whom it was purchased by Sir William Cavendish.

Sir William Cavendish, who may be said to have been the founder of the two noble houses of Newcastle and Devonshire, was son of Thomas Cavendish, who held an office in the Court of Exchequer. Here, it is probable, he attained that knowledge which qualified him to be an useful instrument in the Reformation. The eminent talents and zeal which he displayed in this important work appear to have gained him the favour of his Sovereign, and to have raised him to considerable honours and preferments. (fn. n13) In 1530, he was made one of the commissioners for visiting religious houses; and in 1539, one of the auditors of the newly erected Court of Augmentations: as a reward for his good services to the crown, in these employments, besides some valuable grants of abbey lands, he was, in 1546, made Treasurer of the Chamber, was knighted, and admitted of the Privy Council. Sir William Cavendish died in 1557. It is well known, that his last wife, (the heiress of Hardwicke) and widow of Robert Barley, Esq., became eventually Countess of Shrewsbury; William, his second son, by this lady, who, on the death of his elder brother, in 1616, inherited the bulk of his large estates, had previously, (in 1605) through the interest of his niece, Arabella Stuart, been created Baron Cavendish of Hardwicke; in 1618, he was created Earl of Devonshire. William, the third Earl, was, in the reign of Charles I., a zealous royalist; his younger brother Charles was much distinguished in the field, and lost his life in the royal cause; William, the fourth Earl, inherited his family's attachment to the house of Stuart, but when the conduct of James II. was such as brought the Protestant religion, and the liberty of his subjects in the free exercise of it, in danger, he was one of the first to project, and the most zealous to promote, the measures, which happily ended in his abdication, and the peaceable accession of the Prince of Orange to the throne of these realms. In 1694, he was created Marquis of Hartington and Duke of Devonshire. This noble Duke and his successors have held high offices in the state, and have been successively Lord-Lieutenants of this county. William, the third Duke, who, in addition to other high offices which he bore, had been Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, spent the latter part of his life in retirement at Chatsworth, and died there in 1755. Chatsworth is now the property and chief country residence of his great-grandson, William Spencer, the sixth Duke and ninth Earl of Devonshire of this noble family.

The Leches had a respectable mansion at Chatsworth, with a park. Sir William Cavendish, soon after his purchase of the estate, pulled down the old hall, and began the building of, what Camden calls, a spacious elegant house, which was left unfinished at his death, and completed by his widow. This mansion, which appears to have been a quadrangular building, with turrets, was the occasional residence of Sir William Cavendish's widow, during her union with her fourth husband, George Earl of Shrewsbury. This Earl having been entrusted with the custody of Mary Queen of Scots, Chatsworth-hall acquired a more than common interest, as having been one of the prisons of that unfortunate Princess. She appears to have been resident at Chatsworth for some months in 1570, having been removed thither from Winfield-Manor. In the month of October this year, Lord Burleigh (then Sir William Cecil) and Sir Walter Mildmay, being then engaged in the preliminaries of a negotiation between Queen Elizabeth and her royal Prisoner, remained for twenty days at Chatsworth. (fn. n14) Sir William Cecil, writing to the Earl after his return to Court, thanks him for " his chargeable and lovyng interteynment of them." In this letter, he says, "the Q's Maty is pleased yt your L. shall, when yow see tymes mete, suffer yt Quene to take ye ayre about your howss on horsebacke, so your L. be in co[m]pany; and not to pass fro[m] your howss above one or twoo myle except it be on ye moores." (fn. n15) Soon after this the Queen of Scots was removed to Sheffield Castle, which was her chief residence during the ensuing fourteen years, indeed, we believe her only residence, except a few removes to Chatsworth and Buxton. It appears that she was at Chatsworth in 1573, 1577, 1578, and in 1581. (fn. n16) In 1577, Lord Burleigh observes to the Earl, that he thought Chatsworth " a very mete hows for good preservation of his charge, having no town of resort wher any ambushes might lye." (fn. n17) It appears that the royal Prisoner was never removed from one house to another, without the Queen's express permission: (fn. n18) in 1580, though it was much urged by the Earl and his friends, the Queen refused to permit him to go with his charge to Chatsworth, because his daughter-in-law, Lady Talbot, " was so near lying in childbed," and she would not suffer any of his children to be with him " wher this Quene (fn. n19) was." In 1577, the Queen wrote with her own hand, to thank the Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury for their hospitable entertainment of her favourite minister, the Earl of Leicester, at Chatsworth. (fn. n20)

Chatsworth old hall acquired additional interest, in an historical point of view, from having been occupied as a fortress in the civil wars, both on the side of the King and of the Parliament: it Was garrisoned for the latter by Sir John Gell's forces, in 1643. After the Earl of Newcastle had taken Winfield manor, he possessed himself of Chatsworth-hall in the month of December of the same year, and placed a garrison in it for the King, under the command of Colonel Eyre. In the month of September, 1645, the governor of Welbeck put a fresh garrison into Chatsworth, with three hundred horse, under the command of Colonel Shalcross. About this time, Major Molanus was sent against it with four hundred foot, who besieged it fourteen days, when they received orders from Colonel Gell to raise the siege and return to Derby.

Dr. Kennet in his memoirs of the family of Cavendish, after relating the circumstance of the first Duke (then Earl) of Devonshire having been prosecuted in the court of King's-Bench, and fined 30,000l., for striking Colonel Culpepper in the King's presence chamber, adds, " it was under this load of difficulties that he first projected the new glorious pile of Chatsworth, as if his mind rose upon the depression of his fortune. For he now contracted with workmen to pull down the south side of that good old seat, and to rebuild it on a plan he gave to them, for a front to his gardens, so fair and august, that it looked like a model only of what might be done in after ages. When he had finished this part he meant to go no further; till seeing public affairs in a happier settlement, for a testimony of ease and joy, he undertook the east side of the quadrangle, and raised it entirely new, in conformity to the south, and seemed then content to say, that he had gone half way through and would leave the rest for his heir. In this resolution he stopped about seven years, and then reassumed courage, and began to lay the foundations for two other sides to complete the noble square, and these last, as far as uniformity admits, do exceed the others, by a west front of most excellent strength and elegance, and a capital on the north side, that is of singular ornament and service. And though such a vast pile (of materials entirely new) required a prodigious expence, yet the building was his least charge, if regard be had to his gardens, water-works, statues, pictures, and other the finest pieces of art and of nature that could be obtained abroad or at home."

Dr. Kennet's account of the building of Chatsworth is confirmed, in most points, by the auditor's account, and a book of the artists' and tradesmen's receipts, of which we have obtained the perusal, through the permission of his Grace the Duke of Devonshire. It appears that the south front of the present magnificent mansion was begun to be rebuilt on the 12th of April, 1687, under the direction of Mr. William Talman, the architect: the great hall and staircase were covered in about the middle of April, 1690, from which it appears, that the inner flank of the east side was built up immediately after the south front. In the month of May, 1692, the works were surveyed by Sir Christopher Wren, at which time upwards of 9000l. appears to have been expended. In 1693, Mr. Talman was paid 600l. in advance, for building the east front and the north-east corner. The east front appears to have been finished in 1700, and in that year the old west front was pulled down. The old south gallery was pulled down to be immediately rebuilt, in 1703. In 1704, the north front was pulled down, the west front was finished in 1706, and the whole of the building not long afterwards completed; being about twenty years from the time of its commencement, during which, however, it does not appear that the works were, as Dr. Kennet supposed, ever wholly suspended,

The artists employed in this magnificent mansion, were the architect, William Talman: painters, Laguerre and Ricard (fn. n21), engaged in Jan. 1689; Monsieur Huyd (fn. n22), in March, 1690; Anthony Verrio (fn. n23), in Nov. 1690; Mr. Highmore (fn. n24) and Price (fn. n25) : carvers in stone, Caius Gabriel Cibber (fn. n26), engaged in 1687; J.T.Geeraertsleus (fn. n27), who assisted Cibber; Augustine Harris (fn. n28), engaged in 1688; Mr.Nost, (fn. n29), engaged in 1694; Mr. Davies (fn. n30) in 1696; and Mr. (fn. n31) Auriol, in 1697.

Mr. Thomas Young was engaged as the principal carver in wood (fn. n32), in Ja nuary, 1689. In 1691, Joel Lobb was employed in conjunction with Young. In September, 1692, Lobb, William Davis, and Samuel Watson, contracted on behalf of Young, with whom Lobb appears to have been then in partnership, each of them to do a third part, for carving the ornaments for the great chamber (fn. n33), in limetree, for 400l. It appears that this was not finished in August, 1694. Mr. B. Lanscroon was employed as a carver, in March, 1696: in September that year he was paid 42l. for carving the festoons in the gallery. (fn. n34) In July, 1697, Watson was employed on the capitals and pilasters of the gallery. In September, 1698, he was paid, for carving the ornaments of the gallery and the gallery-chimney, 33l. Watson carved most of the ornaments in stone on the outside of the west front; in 1711 he was employed on the library cornice, and making mask heads in alabaster for the lower dining, room, &c. Monsieur Nedauld (fn. n35) executed the ornaments of the great frieze for that front.

There is nothing to confirm the tradition that the apartments occupied by Mary Queen of Scots were preserved when the house was rebuilt; on the contrary, it appears the whole of the south and east fronts was then taken down. There is no doubt, however, that the rooms which now bear the name of the royal prisoner occupy the site of those which she inhabited; and that what is called her bed-room is furnished with the same bed and tapestry.

Chatsworth-hall forms nearly a square, containing a court on the inside, in the middle of which is a fountain, and a colonnade on the north and south sides. The south front is 190 feet in length, enriched with pilasters of the Ionic order, resting on a rustic base; the whole surmounted with a ballustrade.. The west front is 172 feet in length, with similar enrichments, and also a pediment supported by half columns of the same order. Elevations of these two fronts are engraved in the first volume of Campbell's Vitruvius Britannicus (fn. n36); and also plans of the three stones of the house. (fn. n37) In the Nouveau Theatre de la Grand Bretagne, published in 1708, is a view of Chatsworth-house (fn. n38), shewing the several parterres, gardens, &c. as originally laid out.

Over the colonnade, on the north side of the quadrangle, is a gallery nearly 100 feet long, in which have lately been hung up a numerous and valuable collection of drawings, by the old masters. The dancing gallery, 90 feet by 22, has lately been fitted up by the present Duke for a library; and a great number of books (fn. n39), from his Grace's extensive and valuable collection at Devonshire-house, have been already removed thither.

The old gardens, which were laid out by George London, were begun in 1688: the grand parterre at the south front was contracted for in June, 1694, by London and Wise. (fn. n40)

The water-works, which were constructed under the direction of Monsieur Grillet, a French artist, were begun in 1690, when the pipe for the great fountain was laid down. They were executed by Mr. Cock, a plumber from London, who made the artificial tree in 1693. These water-works being still kept up, exhibit almost an unique specimen of what seems then to have been considered as a necessary appendage to a noble mansion; and they are on a scale commensurate to the magnificence of the building. Those at Bretby, which were on a smaller scale, have been many years destroyed. The great fountain at Chatsworth throws the water 90 feet in height j another throws it to the height of 60 feet.

Dr. Kennet relates of the celebrated Marshal Tallard, who was taken on the plains of Hochstedt, near Blenheim, by the Duke of Marlborough, in 1704, and remained seven years a prisoner in this county, that having been invited by the Duke of Devonshire to Chatsworth, and nobly entertained by him for several days, he was said to have parted from him with this compliment — " My Lord, when I come hereafter to compute the time of my captivity in England, I shall leave out the days of my enjoyment at Chatsworth."

On the 3d of September, 1768, the King of Denmark dined at Chatsworth, having been on a tour to the north of England. Chatsworth has been very recently honoured with a royal visit in the person of the Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia, brother to the Emperor, who was splendidly entertained by the present Duke, on the 8th and 9th of December, 1816.

Chatsworth-house stands near the foot of a steep hill, finely covered with wood, and at a small distance above the Derwent, which runs through the park in a rich and well-wooded valley, bounded by the Peak mountains. On the point of the hill, behind the house, is a tower, about 90 feet high, called the Hunting-Tower; another ancient tower, within a moat near the river, is called the Bower of Mary Queen of Scots, and is said to have been her favourite place of retirement whilst she remained at Chatsworth.


EDLASTON, in the hundred of Appletree, and in the deanery of Ashborne, lies about three miles south of Ashborne. The hamlet or village of Wyaston is in this parish.

The manor of Edlaston was given to the prior and convent of Tutbury, by Robert Earl Ferrars, son of the founder. (fn. n41) After the reformation, it was granted by King Henry VIII., in or about 1543, to William Lord Paget, who the next year conveyed it to Sir Edward Aston, Knt. This Sir Edward, or a son of the same name, died seised of it in 1596. At a later period it belonged to the Eyres of Hassop, and was sold by Rowland Eyre, Esq., to Mr. Daniel Morley, of Ashborne, of whose devisee in trust it was purchased by the ancestor of the Rev. Thomas Gisborne, of Yoxall, in Staffordshire.

The church is a rectory in the patronage of the Dean of Lincoln.


EGGINTON, in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, and in the deanery of Castillar, lies about seven miles south-west from Derby, near the road to Burton-on-Trent, from which it is about four miles distant.

In the month of March, 1644, there was a battle on Egginton-heath, between the royalists and Sir John Gell's forces, commanded by Major Molanus and Captain Rodes. The Royalists are said to have been defeated, and to have been driven across the Trent. (fn. n42)

The manor of Egginton (Eghintune), which had belonged to Tochi in the reign of Edward the Confessor, is stated in the Survey of Domesday to have been held, at the time of the survey, by Azelin, under Geoffry Alselin. This manor, or a moiety of it, was held under the Bardolfs (fn. n43), descendants of the above-mentioned Geoffry, by Ralph Fitz-Germund, whose son William Fitz-Ralph, Seneschall of Normandy, and founder of Dale-Abbey, gave it to William de Grendon, his nephew, in exchange for Stanley, near Dale-Abbey, which he had first given him. Ermitrude Talbot gave to Robert, son of Robert Fitz-Walkelin, in free marriage with Margaret her daughter, all her lands in Egginton which she had of the gift of William de Grendon, her husband, Margaret, elder daughter and coheir of this Robert married Sir John Chandos; upon the death of whose descendant, Sir John Chandos, the celebrated warrior, in 1370, a moiety of the manor of Egginton passed to his niece Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Lawton, and wife of Sir Peter De la Pole, who was one of the Knights of the Shire in 1400. This moiety is now the property of Edward Sacheverell Chandos Pole, Esq., of Radborne. Ermitrude, the other coheiress of Fitz-Walkelin, married Sir William de Stafford, whose son Robert left five daughters coheiresses; in consequence of which this moiety became divided into several shares. These having been re-united by purchases, were vested in the family of Lathbury. A coheiress of Lathbury brought this moiety to Robert Leigh of Whittield, in the parish of Glossop, descended from the Leighs of Adlington, in Cheshire. On the death of Sir Henry Leigh of Egginton, in the reign of James I., this estate passed to his daughter and coheir Anne, married to Simon Every, Esq., of Chard, in Somersetshire, who was created a Baronet in 1641. It is now the property, and Eggintonhall the seat, of his descendant, Sir Henry Every, Bart. The greater part of Egginton-hall was destroyed by fire in the year 1736, and soon afterwards rebuilt: the late Sir Edward Every made considerable additions to it.

The manor of Hargate, formerly called Heath-house, is supposed to have been a portion of the original manor, not granted by William Fitz-Ralph to his nephew William de Grendon: it was afterwards successively the property of the Frechevilles and the Babingtons of Dethick. It was purchased of the latter by the Leighs, and has since been annexed to their moiety of the manor of Egginton, being now the property of Sir Henry Every.

In the parish church are several memorials for the family of (fn. n44) Every. The rectory is in the alternate patronage of Mr. Pole and Sir Henry Every.


ELMTON, in the hundred of Scarsdale and deanery of Chesterfield, lies about three miles from Bolsover, and seven from Chesterfield, which is the post-town. Part of the hamlet of Cresswell is in this parish.

The manor of Elmton belonged to Walter Deincourt when the Survey of Domesday was taken; and it continued in that family till the death of William Lord Deincourt, in 1422. Ralph Lord Cromwell, who married one of his sisters and coheirs died seised of this manor in 1454; his sister and heir brought it to Sir William Lovell. On the attainder of Francis Lord Lovell, in 1485, it was granted to Sir John Savage. Sir Francis Rodes became possessed of this manor in the reign of Queen Elizabeth; and it is now the property of his descendant Cornelius Healthcote Rodes, Esq., of Barlborough.

The church of Elmton was given to the priory of Thurgarton in Nottinghamshire, by Ralph Deincourt, the founder. Mr. Rodes has the impropriation, and is patron of the vicarage.

Elmton was the birth-place of the celebrated Jedidiah Buxton, a daylabourer (fn. n45); who, with the most uncultivated understanding, possessed very wonderful powers of calculation, and a singularly retentive memory, aided by which alone, he solved the most difficult problems, in the midst of laborious employments and in the most numerous assemblies. Many specimens of Buxton's extraordinary arithmetical performances are to be found in the. Gentleman's Magazine for 1751, 1753, and 1754. Among other instances, we are told that he measured most accurately the extensive manor of Elmton by striding over the land, and brought Sir John Rodes the contents, not only in acres, roods, and perches, but in square inches; and afterwards, for his own amusement, reduced them into square hairs' breadths. (fn. n46) Jedediah Buxton was born on the 20th of March, 1707; and buried in the church-yard of this his native place, March 5, 1772. There is an engraved portrait of him, taken from a drawing made by Miss Hartley in 1764.

The manor of Cresswell, partly in this parish and partly in Whitwell, belonged formerly to the Deincourts: it is now the property of his Grace the Duke of Portland.


ELVASTON, in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, and in the deanery of Derby, lies about five miles south from Derby. The hamlets or villages of Ambaston and Thurlston are in this parish.

The manors of Ælvoldestun (Elvaston), Emboldestune (Ambaston), and Torulfestune (Thurlston), which had belonged in the reign of Edward the Confessor to Tochi, were held, when the Survey of Domesday was taken, by Geoffry Alselin. This Geoffry was ancestor of the Baronial family of Hanselyn whose heiress brought this manor and the rest of the barony to the Bardolfs. It afterward belonged to the family of Blount Lord Mountjoy; and at a later period to the Stanhopes. (fn. n47) It was one of the seats of Sir John Stanhope (father of the first Earl of Chesterfield), who died in 1610, having settled the Elvaston estate on Sir John Stanhope, his eldest son by his second wife. Thomas Stanhope, Esq., of Elvaston, grandson of Sir John Stanhope the younger, had three sons: William, the youngest, who succeeded to the estate on the death of his elder brothers, having been employed in many important negotiations with foreign courts, was created a Peer in 1729, by the title of Baron Harrington. He afterwards twice filled the office of one of the principal Secretaries of State, and was, in 1742, created Viscount Petersham and Earl of Harrington. Elvaston is now the property of Charles Earl of Harrington, his grandson.

Elvaston-hall, then the seat of the Lady Stanhope, is said to have been plundered in the month of January, 1643, by Sir John Gell's soldiers, who demolished a costly monument newly made for Sir John Stanhope, and committed great outrages in the family vault. (fn. n48) Mrs. Hutchinson speaks of this as the act of Sir John Gell himself, and attributes it to personal enmity against the deceased. This outrage, according to Mrs. Hutchinson, seems to have led to the singular event, of Sir John Gell's marrying the (fn. n49) widow. Eivaston-hall is now rebuilding in the Gothic style, under the direction of Mr. Richard Walker.

In the parish church is the monument of Sir John Stanhope, who died in 1610, with the effigies of the deceased (in armour) and that of his lady. Bassano, who took notes of the monuments in Elvaston church, in 1710, speaks of an unfinished monument of the late Sir John Stanhope, in an apartment 18 feet by 9, paved with black and white marble, attached to the north side of the church. He speaks of the monument of Sir John Stanhope the elder (fn. n50), as having been considerably injured in the civil war. The monument of Sir John Stanhope, the younger, was restored or completed by Charles Stanhope, Esq., in 1731. Walter Blount, Lord Mountjoy, by his will bearing date 1474, gave directions that the parish church at Aylwaston should be completed by his executors, and that a tomb should be erected over the remains of Ellen his wife. (fn. n51)

The church of Elvaston which had been given to the priory of Shelford in Nottinghamshire, most probably by its founder, Ralph Hanselyn, was granted to Sir Michael Stanhope in 1539. The Earl of Harrington is impropriator and patron of the vicarage. The inhabitants of Elvaston and Ockbrook were formerly obliged to brew, annually, certain church ales, at which they were all required to be present, and to contribute small payments which were applied to the repairs of the church of Elvaston. (fn. n52)

At Thurlston is a good house the property and residence of Samuel Fox, Esq.


ETWALL, in the hundred of Appletree and Deanery of Castillar, lies about six miles west from Derby, on the road to Uttoxeter.

The parish contains the townships of Etwall and Burnaston. The manor of Etwall was held under Henry de Ferrars, at the time of taking the Domesday Survey, by Saswallo, ancestor of the Shirley family. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, it was in the family of Riboef. In the year 1370: Sir William Finchenden and others, as trustees, probably conveyed it to the priory of Bellovalle or Beauval, in Nottinghamshire. (fn. n53) King Henry VIII., in the year 1540, granted the manor of Etwall, together with the impropriate rectory, and advowson of the vicarage, (which had been given to Welbeck-abbey, in the reign of King Stephen,) to Sir John Port, Knt. one of the Justices of the Kings-bench. (fn. n54) The elder daughter and coheiress of his son, Sir John Port the younger, brought Etwall to Sir Thomas Gerard, whose great-grandson, Sir William Gerard, Bart., sold this estate, in 1641, to Sir Edward Moseley, Bart, of whom it was purchased, in 1646, by Sir Samuel Sleigh. Mary, only daughter of Sir Samuel, by his third wife, married Rowland Cotton, Esq., of Bellaport in Shropshire. The manor, rectory, and advowson, are now vested in the committee of his grandson, William Cotton, Esq., a lunatic, who resides at Etwall-hall.

In the parish church is the tomb of Henry Porte, Esq., 1512, and Elizabeth his wife, with the figures, on brass, of the wife and seventeen children. There are the monuments also of Janet Cunliffe, 1712; James Chethan, S.T.P. master of the Hospital, vicar of Etwall, canon and chancellor of Lichfield (fn. n55), 1740; Dorothy, relict of Sir John Every, Bart., 1749; and Joseph Green, Esq. (fn. n56), 1810.

The church at Etwall received great damage from a violent tempest which happened on the 20th of June, 1545, and is mentioned in Stowe's Chronicle. A curious account of this tempest, copied from a letter lately discovered among the records in the Tower, is inserted in the note. (fn. n57)

The hospital at Etwall was founded by Sir John Porte in the year 1556, for six poor persons. It appears, by an inscription on the front, that the hospital having fallen to decay, was rebuilt in the year 1681; and at the same time the number of almsmen was doubled, and the salaries increased, in consequence of the improvement of the estates left for the support of this hospital and the school at Repton. The masters of the hospital and school, the ushers, and the three senior poor men, are a body corporate. The present revenue of the estate is about 2500l. per annum. The master's salary is 200l. per annum. The almsmen, who are now sixteen in number, receive 20l. 16s. per annum each (8s. a week): they have dark-blue cloth gowns once, in two years; and an allowance of 3l. per annum each for coals. The six seniors have perquisites in addition to their pensions, which amount to about 81. or 9l. per annum. A nurse, who lives in the hospital, washes and cooks for them, and gives other necessary attendance. She receives the same pay as the almsmen, and is allowed 61. 6s. per annum for coals. A surgeon is allowed 12l. 12s. per annum for medical assistance. The houses are whitewashed every year, and kept in excellent repair. The affairs of the hospital and school are under the direction of three hereditary governors, descended from the coheiresses of the founder. The present governors are, the Marquis of Hastings, the Earl of Chesterfield, and Sir William Gerard, Bart.

There is a small school at Etwall, endowed with 5l. per annum, by Rowland Cotton, Esq., or Mary his wife, the coheiress of Sleigh.

The manors of Barrowcote (Berewardescote), and Burnaston (Burnulfestun) were held by one Henry, under Henry de Ferrars, when the Survey of Domesday was taken. In the year 1290 Roger, son of Walter de Chambreis was Lord of Barrowcote and Burnaston; in 1297 William de Henore held both these places under the Earl of Lancaster; and in a roll of Knights' fees (fn. n58), made about the year 1370, they are stated to have been then held by John Bakepuz, for one knight's fee. Soon afterwards (temp. Hen. IV.) the Bonnington family possessed both these manors. Ralph Bonnington, Esq. sold Barrowcote, in 1672, to William Turner, of Derby, Gent. Mr. Exuperius Turner sold it to Robert Newton, Esq., who died in 1789, having bequeathed this and other estates to John Leaper, Esq., who has taken the name of Newton, and is the present proprietor. Burnaston became the property of Sir Samuel Sleigh, by purchase probably from the Bonningtons. It was inherited by his grandson, Samuel Chetham, Esq.; devolved afterwards to the Cottons, (descended from a coheiress of Sleigh,) and is now vested in the committee of William Cotton, Esq.


EYAM, in the hundred and deanery of High-Peak, lies about five miles from Tideswell, seven from Bakewell, and eleven from Chesterfield. The parish contains the townships of Eyam and Foolow, and the villages of Bretton, Hazleford, and part of Grindleford-bridge. The manor of Eyam (Aiune) was parcel of the ancient demesne of the crown; and having been granted by King Henry I., with his other manors in the Peak, to William Peverel, was held under him by an ancestor of the Morteynes. Roger de Morteyne sold it, about or after the year 1307 (fn. n59), to Thomas de Furnivall, lord of Hallumshire. A coheiress of Furnivall brought this manor to Nevill; and a coheiress of Nevill, to John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury. The Countess of Pembroke became possessed of it as one of the coheiresses of Gilbert, Earl of Shrewsbury, who died in 1616: from her it passed to her grandson, Sir George Saville. One of the coheiresses of Saville, Marquis of Halifax, brought it to Boyle, Earl of Burlington. It is now, in consequence of a decision of the Court of King's Bench, in 1781, upon the wills of the Countess of Burlington and William Duke of Devonshire, the property of the Right Honourable Lord George Henry Cavendish.

A branch of the ancient family of Stafford had an estate in Eyam, and resided there as early as the beginning of Henry III.'s reign. The last heir male of this branch died in the reign of Henry VIII., leaving four daughters, married to Savage, Eyre, Morewood, and Bradshaw, between whom the estate was divided. Bradshaw's share still belongs to a lineal descendant in the female line, Eaglesfield Smith, Esq., of Ecclesfeccan, in Scotland. Morewood's share has lately been sold by Mrs. Morewood, of Alfreton.

In the parish church of Eyam are memorials for the family of Middleton, of Learn. (fn. n60) In Bassano's volume of Church Notes mention is made of the monument of John Wright, Gent., 1693. The Earl of Thanet, the Duke of Devonshire, and the Marquis of Buckingham are joint patrons of the rectory, and present alternately. In the church-yard is a curious ancient cross of stone, already noticed.

In the month of September, 1665, this village was visited with that dreadful calamity the plague (fn. n61), which swept away four-fifths of its inhabitants. It appears by the parish register, that 260 persons fell victims to this fatal disease, 78 of whom died in the month of August 1666. (fn. n62) Four or five persons were sometimes buried in one day. The average yearly number of burials, for ten years preceding this calamity, was 22. In one of Miss Seward's letters is a very interesting account of the conduct of Mr. Mompesson, the worthy Rector, who, in spite of all intreaty remained at his post, daily visiting and praying with the sick; and to avoid spreading the infection, performed divine service and preached twice a week to his parishioners in the open air from a rock, which the inhabitants still call Lucklet-church. In the church-yard is a monument for his wife, who in her 27th year fell a victim to the disease when it was raging at its greatest height, in the month of August. In the second volume of Anecdotes published by William Seward, Esq., are some interesting letters of Mr. Mompesson's.

Thomas Seward, Rector of Eyam, who died in 1790, wrote some poems, printed in Dodsley's Collections, and published an edition of Beaumont and Fletcher's Plays, and a treatise on the conformity between the Pagan and the Romish church. His daughter Anne, well known by her poems (fn. n63), her life of Dr. Darwin, and letters published since her death, which happened in 1809, was born at Eyam, in the year 1742. (fn. n64)

The Honourable and Reverend Edward Finch, D.D., in 1737, gave the sum of 100l. for teaching five children of Eyam, and five belonging to the out hamlets. With this money, and 15l. given by some person or persons now unknown, was purchased land, now let at 4l. per annum. Mr. Thomas Middleton, in 1745, gave a rent-charge of 5l. per annum for teaching ten poor children of Eyam to read and write. In 1795, the sum of 120l. was raised by the Reverend Charles Hargrave, the present rector, and others, with which a house and garden was bought, and a school-room built.


  • n1. Dugdale's Monasticon, vol. i. p. 268.
  • n2. Dugdale's Baronage.
  • n3. Francis Sitwell, 1671; William Sitwell, Esq., of Renishaw-hall, 1776; Francis Sitwell, Esq., 1793; Alice, wife of Sitwell Sitwell, Esq., 1797. Bassano's volume of Church Notes mentions George Sitwell, 1667.
  • n4. Elizabeth Wigfall, 1641; Frances, wife of John Wigfall, and daughter of Sir John Newton, of Barr's-Court, Gloucestershire; Gervase Newton, Esq., 1728.
  • n5. Thomas Stones, Esq., 1735; John Stones, Esq., 1745. In Bassano's volume of Church Notes is mention of memorials for Joseph Stones, merchant, 1680, and Michael Burton, Esq., of Mossborough, 1671.
  • n6. Chancery Proceedings in the Record Office at the Tower.
  • n7. In the return of charitable donations, printed by the House of Commons, the date is 1700; on a board in the church at Eckington, 1704.
  • n8. In some records called stimulus, in others pricous, and in others brochea or brachea. See Inquis. 12 Edw. I., Esch. 32 Edw. I., Esch. 30 Edw. III. and 33 Edw. III.
  • n9. Thoroton's Nottinghamshire, p. 344.
  • n10. See Collins's Memoris of the Cavendish Family.
  • n11. Inscription on Beton's monument: — "Deo Opt. Max. et posteritati sacrum. Joanni Betonio, Scoto, nobilis et optimi yiri Joannis Betonii Anthmwthy, filio, Davidis Betonii, illustriss. S. R. E. Cardinalis, nepoti; Jacobi Betonii revendiss. S. Andræe Archiepiscopi, et Regni Scotiae Cancellarii digniss. pronepoti: ab ineunte ætate in humanioribus diseiplinis & philosophia quo facilior ad jus Romanum (cujus ipse consultiss. fuit) aditus pateret; ab optimis quibusque preceptoribus et liberaliter et ingenue educate: omnibus morum facilitate, fide, prudentiâ et constantiâ charo; unde a sereniss. Mariã Scotoruī Gallorumque Regina in prsegustatoris primuī, mox æconomi munus suffecto; ejusdemque sereniss. Reginæ, una cum aliis e vinculis truculentiss. tiranni, apud Levini lacus castrum liboratori fortiss. quem post varias legationes et ad Carolum IX. Galliarum Regem Christianiss. et ad Elizabetham Sereniss. Anglorum Reginam feliciter et non sine laude susceptas, fatis properantibus, in suæ ætatis flore, sors aspera immani dysenterias morbo e numero viventium exemit. Jacobus Reverendiss. Glasquensis Archiepiscopus, & Andreas Betonius, ejusdem Sereniss. Reginas, ille apud Regem Christianiss. legatus, hic vero æconomus in perpetuam rei memoriaī ex voluītate & pro imperio Sereniss. Reginæ beræ clemītiss. frīs mæstiss. posuerunt. Obiit anno salutis 1570. Vixit annos 32, menses 7, et diem Dñi expectat apud Chatsworth in Angliâ. " Epitaphium. " Immatura tibi legerunt fila sorores " Betoni, ut summum ingenium, summumque periret " Judicium, et nobis jucundum nil foret ultra.—— A. B." Underneath the inscription is the figure of a Knight in armour (small size), engraved on brass.
  • n12. We believe that 20l. per annum is a donation from his Grace, and that the remaining 10l. arises from the moiety of a benefaction spoken of in the account of Hardwick, in the parish of Halt-Hucknal3.
  • n13. That the editors of the Biographia and the Peerages, have fallen into an error, by supposing that Sir William Cavendish was author of the Life of Cardinal Wolsey, and in consequence (as the author of that work asserts of himself,) an attendant on that celebrated minister, and indebted to his patronage for the events which led to his subsequent elevation, has been ably shown by the Rev. Joseph Hunter of Bath, in an anonymous tract published in 1814, entitled, " Who wrote Cavendish's Life of Wolsey?" This writer, among other reasons which would almost have been conclusive as presumptive evidence, has shown that the author of Wolsey's life, could not have been Sir William Cavendish, because he represents himself as having had a wife and family during his attendance on the Cardinal; whereas, Sir William Cavendish, most probably was not married till after the Cardinal's death; his first child certainly was not born till four years after, as appears by Sir William's funeral certificate at the Heralds'College. It is shown that not only Lord Herbert had asserted George Cavendish to have been the author of Wolsey's Life, but that Francis Thynne, the herald and antiquary, a contemporary writer, speaks of it as the work of George Cavendish. He is so called in most of the ancient copies of the MS., and by Wanley in the Harleian Catalogue; besides which, the circumstances relating to the author which do not accord with the History of Sir William Cavendish, accord with that of his elder brother, George Cavendish, Esq., of Glemsford in Suffolk.
  • n14. Anderson's Life of Mary Queen of Scots. vol. iii. p. 100.
  • n15. Lodge's Illustrations of British History, vol. ii. p. 50.
  • n16. Letters in the Cotton. Collection.
  • n17. Lodge's Illustration of British History, vol. ii. p. 163.
  • n18. Cotton. MSS. Caligula, C. v. 53.
  • n19. Lodge's Illustration of British History, vol, ii. p. 248.
  • n20. Ibid. vol. ii. p. 155.
  • n21. Laguerre and Ricard came over together from France in 1683, and were much employed by Verrio: it appears, however, that they were engaged at Chatsworth several months before Verrio. They were paid 190l. for painting. Monsieur Tijou, a French smith, Laguerre's father-in-law, had been engaged from the beginning of the work, to execute iron ballustrades, &c. Tijou was paid 528l. for the staircase and other iron works.
  • n22. This artist, whom Lord Orford calls N. Heude, painted in Verrio's manner, and is said to have been one of his assistants; he was engaged at Chatsworth six months before Verrio.
  • n23. Lord Orford, speaking of Verrio, says, " From that time (the revolution) he was for some years employed at the Lord Exeter's at Burleigh, and afterwards at Chatsworth." This places the time of his engagement at Chatsworth too late. The date of his engagement is Nov. 20, 1690, when he received, in London, the sum of 50l. in advance for ceilings, to be executed at Chatsworth. " At Chatsworth," says Lord Orford, " is much of his hand. The altar-piece in the chapel is the best piece of his I ever saw; the subject, the incredulity of St. Thomas." In September, 1692, Verrio had finished the great chamber, stair-case, and altar-piece: he was paid 469l. for painting.
  • n24. Highmore was serjeant-painter to King William, and uncle to Joseph Highmore, an artist in the reign of George II.
  • n25. Of this artist we find no mention in Lord Orford's work.
  • n26. Lord Orford, speaking of Cibber, says, " The first Duke of Devonshire employed him much at Chatsworth, where two sphinxes on large bases, well executed, and with ornaments in good taste, are of his work; and till very lately, there was a statue of Neptune in a fountain, still better. He carved there several door-cases with rich foliage, and many ornaments in the chapel, and on each side of the altar is a statue by him, Faith and Hope: the draperies have great merit, but the air of the heads is not so good as that of the Neptune." We find, from Cibber's receipts that he was employed, in 1688, to make the statues of Pallas, Apollo, and a Triton, for which he had 100l. In 1690, Cibber made figures for the new fountain, supposed to have been the four sea-horses, the Triton having been finished before; and this completed the design. We find nothing of a Neptune. He received, in the whole, 310l. down to December 1690, after which, he does not appear to have been employed. The statues in the chapel are not particularized. In a volume of the Artists' Receipts, now at Hardvvicke, is the following memorandum of Cibber's prices, in his own hand; he says, that the rates he had at my Lord Kingston's were; " For two figures in the pediment, each of them having four ton of stone in them, 70l. for one, and for both 140l., for one round statue, having a boy upon its shoulder 60l.; for four statues which were not wrought round, 42l. 10s. 0d. per statue; for two dogs, 81. a piece: for 12 Caesars'heads, 5l. per head; my Lord did after this pay for my board and wine for me and my man. And then I did two sphinxes at 10l. a piece, having in them but three-fourths of a ton. For two statues as big as the life, I had 35l. a piece, and all charges borne, and at this rate I shall endeavour to serve a nobleman in free-stone."
  • n27. He made a sea nymph and other figures on his own account.
  • n28. He made seven statues for the gardens, for which he was paid 44l. 18s. 6d.
  • n29. In 1694, Nost made a statue of Ceres, for which he had 30l. (nearly Cibber's price); in 1696, he was paid 52l. 10s. for a marble figure and a bas-relief. There is no mention of this artist in Lord Orford's work.
  • n30. In September, 1696, he was paid 24l. for a stone statue; in 1697, 130l. for three basreliefs and three heads. This probably was the same artist who was employed also as a carver in wood.
  • n31. His name occurs as having been paid for a statue in that year.
  • n32. It has been of late years universally supposed, that most of the carving in wood at Chatsworth was the work of the celebrated Grinlin Gibbons; but we do not find the least trace of his having been employed there at all. We find, indeed, in the auditor's account, an item of the sum of 14l. 15s. paid to Henry Lobb, the carpenter, for cases which conveyed some carved work, statues, and pictures from London: and it is possible that this carved work might have been from the hand of Gibbons; but we find no memorandum of any money paid for such a purchase. It may be supposed that the principal contractor for the carving might have employed the chisel of Gibbons in London. If none of the carving at Chatsworth be the work of Gibbons, (and the presumption is certainly against it, whilst there is no proof for it,) the consequence is that the art of carving exquisitely in wood was not confined to so few hands as generally hath been supposed. The name of Thomas Young, who was certainly during three years the principal carver in wood, is not mentioned by Lord Orford, nor those of Lobb, Davies, or Lanscroon: the latter, or a person of that name, is mentioned as a painter. The slight mention that is made of Watson is erroneous. It is remarkable that no writer, before Lord Orford published his Anecdotes of Painting, &c., ever spoke of the works of Gibbons at Chatsworth. Dr. Leigh, who gave a particular description of Chatsworth in 1700, soon after all the principal apartments were finished, speaks of the works of Verrio, but makes no mention of Gibbons; nor does Dr. Kennet, when describing Chatsworth in his Memoirs of the Family of Cavendish. J. Mackey, who published a Tour through England, (the result of actual observation,) in 1724, quotes Leigh, and makes no mention of Gibbons, which seems to intimate that the carving was not then shewn as his work. It is no improbable supposition that Lord Orford, when he visited Chatsworth, seeing those exquisite productions of the chisel, so nearly resembling the well-known works of this artist at Windsor and elsewhere, concluded that they must be the work of Gibbons, of which, indeed, there appears then to have been a tradition. " At Chatsworth," (he observes, in the Anecdotes of Painting,) " are many ornaments by Gibbons, particularly in the chapel: in the great antichamber are several dead fowl over the chimney, finely executed; and over a closet-door a pen, not distinguishable from real feather. When Gibbons had finished his works in that palace, he presented the Duke with a point cravat, a woodcock, and a medal with his own head, all preserved in a glass case in the gallery." It has been said, that Samuel Watson, who was a native of Heanor, in Derbyshire, executed some of the finest specimens of natural history in the carved works at Chatsworth. It is certain that he engaged, jointly with Lobb and Davies, to execute the ornaments of the state apartments; and his epitaph in Heanor church, where he was buried in 1715, claims for him the merit of some of the best of these carvings:— " Watson is gone, whose skilful art display'd To the very life whatever nature made. View but his wondrous works in Chatsworth-hall, Which are so gaz'd at and admir'd by all." Lord Orford was misinformed, when he spoke of Watson as a pupil of Gibbons who assisted him chiefly at Chatsworth. It appears that he worked under Young; and afterwards on his own account: his price for day-work was 3s. 10d. a day. We are informed by his grandson, Mr. White Watson, of Bakewell, that he was a pupil of Mr. Charles Oakey, carver, in the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields.
  • n33. The dining-room in the state apartments.
  • n34. Now the Library.
  • n35. He was paid, in 1703, 114l. for the ornaments of the great frieze, friezes over the doors, cyphers, coronets &c. He carved also 22 heads, for the galleries in the inner courts; and for which, and six vases, he was paid 107l. 10s.: in 1704, he was paid 112l. 16s. for similar work.
  • n36. Pl. 75 and 76.
  • n37. Pl. 72,73 and 74.
  • n38. Engraved by Kip, from a drawing by L. Knyff, which appears to have been made before the east front of the old house was taken down.
  • n39. Including the library of the late Henry Cavendish, Esq., presented to the Duke by his Grace's uncle, Lord George Cavendish. Among the books which formed the original library at Chatsworth, are many which belonged to the celebrated Thomas Hobbes, who was for so many years an inmate of Chatsworth-hall.
  • n40. This parterre was 473 feet in length, and 227 feet in breadth: the sum contracted for was 350l.
  • n41. See the confirmation of it by Robert Earl Ferrars, the younger, in Dugdale's Monasticon, vol. i. p. 354.
  • n42. Sir John Gell's Narrative, MS.
  • n43. William Bardolf, the descendant of Geoffry Alselin, held the fee of this manor 20 Hen. III. Dodsworth's Extracts from Exchequer Records.
  • n44. Sir Simon Every, Bart., who married the coheiress of Leigh; and his son Sir Henry, the second Baronet, who married a coheiress of Sir Henry Herbert, (no dates,) the monument put up in 1701, (Sir Henry died in 1700): the Rev. Sir Simon Every, Bart., ob. 1753, aged 93; Sir Henry Every, Bart., his son, 1755; the Rev. Sir John Every, Bart., younger brother of Sir Henry, 1779.
  • n45. Notwithstanding the humble occupation of this extraordinary man, it is most probable that he was descended from the ancient family of Buxton, of Buxton. His grandfather, John Buxton, was a clergyman, and is said to have been vicar of Elmton (though no record of him is to be found in the parish register); his father was the parish schoolmaster. His total want of education (for he could neither read nor write) has been attributed to his excessive stupidity when a child, and an invincible unwillingness to learn any thing.
  • n46. Gent. Mag., vol. xxi. p. 61,
  • n47. Sir Thomas Stanhope was possessed of it in 1587.
  • n48. Dugdale's View of the Troubles, p. 559.
  • n49. "He (Sir John Gell) pursued his malice to Sir John Stanhope with such barbarism after his death, that, pretending to search for arms and plate, he came into the church, and defaced the monument that cost six hundred pounds, breaking off the nose and other parts of it; he digged up a garden of flowers, the only delight of his widow, upon the same pretence; and thus woo'd that widow who was, by all the world, believed to be the most affectionate and prudent of woman-kind; but, deluded by his hypocrisies, consented to marry him, and found that was the utmost point to which he could carry his revenge, his future carriage making it apparent, that he sought her for nothing else but to destroy the glory of her husband and his house." Mrs. Hutchinson's Memoirs of the Life of Col. Hutchinson, p. 107.
  • n50. It was probably this monument which was injured by Sir John Gells soldiers: the hands of the figure of Sir John Stanhope are still wanting. What is said by Dugdale and Mrs. Hutchinson might apply to the monument of Sir John Stanhope, who died in 1610.
  • n51. Dugdale's Baronage.
  • n52. Dodsworth's MSS. in theBodleian Library, vol. cxlviii. p. 97. It has no date; but the agreement spoken of may be conjectured to have been made about or before the year 1500. It appears to have been, when the Plumpton family were Lords of Ockbrook.
  • n53. Thoroton.
  • n54. He appears to have had property in Etwall, before this grant, having married the heiress of John Fitzherbert, Esq., of Etwall.
  • n55. It is remarkable that he was born, married, and died on the same day of the month, Oct. 22.
  • n56. He married a daughter of William Cotton, Esq.
  • n57. " At Darbie the 25th daye of June 1545. "Welbeloved sonne I recomend me unto you, gevyng you Godds blessyng & myne. Son this is to sertifie you of soche straunge newes, as that.hath of late chauns,ed in thes p'ties; that is to wytt, apon Satterday last past, being the 20th daye of this moneth, on Say'te Albons day, we had in thes p'tyes great tempest. ... wether, about xi of the clok before none: & in the same tempest, The dev[ill] as we do suppose beganne in Nedewood, wch is ix myles from Da[rbie]; & there he caste downe a great substance of wood; & pulled up by the rotts: & from thens he came to Enwalle [Etwall] wher at one Mre Powret [Porte] dothe dwell, & he pulled downe ij great elmes, that there was a dossyn or xvj loode apon a piese of them; & went to the churche & pullyd up the leade, & flonge it apon a great elme that stondyth a payer of butt lenghthes from the churche, &. ... it hangyd apon the bowys lyke stremars; & afte. ........ tourned. ...... & the grounsells upwards & some layd bye apon. ..... heape &. ....... that was apon viij bayes long he set it a........ gge & the. ...... ro[ots] sett upwards; & he hathein the same towne lefte not past iiij or v housses hole. And from thence he came a myle a this syde, & there grewe opon Ix or iiijxx wyllowes, & apon xij or xvi he hathe brokyn in the mydds, & they were as great as a mans body: & so he lefte them lyke a yard and a half hye: And from thence he went to Langley, wch is lyke iiij myles from Darby, & there he hath pullyd downe a great p'te of the churche, & rowled up the leade & lefte it lyeing, & so went to Syr Wyllam Bassetts place in the same [towne] & all so rente it, & so pullyd a great parte of it downe wth his. .....& the wood that growethe abowte his place, & in his parke he pulled downe his pale & dryve out his deare, & pulled downe his woods, & so[me] broken in the mydds that was xvj or xx loode of wood of some one tre. And after that he went into the towne to Awstens housse of Potts & hath slayne his sonne & his ayer, & perused all the hole towne, that he hath left not past ij hole howsses in the same towne. And from thence he went to Wy'dley lane, & there a nourse satt wt ij chylderen uppon her lappe before the fyre, & there he flonge downe the sayde howse, & the woman fell forwards ap[on the] yongechyl[dren] afore the fyre, & a piese of ty'ber fell apon her. ...... & so killed [her] but the chylderen were savyd, & no more hurte, [and none] of the house left standyng but the chymney, & there as the house stode, he flange a great tre, that there is viij or x lood of wood apon it. And from thence he went to Belyer [Belper] & there he hath pullyd & rent apon xl housses; & from thence he wente to Belyer [Belper] wood & he hathe pullyd downe a wonderous thyng of wood & kylled many bease; & from thens to Brege [Heage] & there hath he pulled downe the chappyl & the moste parte of the towne; & from thens to WynfeldmaJ that is the Erie of Shrowseberys, & in the parke he pulled him downe a lytell...... & from thens to Manfyld in Shrewood & there I am sure he hath done [no] good, & as it is sayd he hathe donne moche hurte in Chesshire &..... shire. And as the noyse goeth of the people ther felle in some places hayle stons as great as a mans fyste, & some of them had prynts apon them lyke faces. This is trewe & no fables, there is moche more hurte done besyds, that were to moche to wryte, by the reporte of them that have sene it; and thus fare you well."
  • n58. Dodsworth's Collections from Exchequer Records.
  • n59. It appears by Inq. ad q. d. I Edw. II. n. 40. that Roger Morteyne was then seised, or had been lately seised, of this manor.
  • n60. 1690, &c. The last heir male of the family died in 1736.
  • n61. The following interesting account of the means by which the infection was brought into this remote parish, and the method by which it was prevented from spreading into the neighbouring parishes is extracted from Dr. Mead's Treatise on the Plague. " The plague was likewise at Eham, in the Peak of Derbyshire; being brought thither by means of a box sent from London to a taylor in that village, containing some materials relating to his trade. A servant, who first opened the foresaid box, complaining that the goods were damp, was ordered to dry them at the fire; but in doing it was seized with the plague and died: the same misfortune extended itself to all the rest of the family, except the taylor's wife, who alone survived. From hence the distemper spread about, and destroyed in that village, and the rest of the parish, though a small one, between two and three hundred persons. But notwithstanding this so great violence of the disease, it was restrained from reaching beyond that parish by the care of the Rector; from whose son and another worthy gentleman I have the relation. The clergyman advised that the sick should be removed into huts or barracks built upon the common; and procuring, by the interest of the then Earl of Devonshire, that the people should be well furnished with provisions, he took effectual care that no one should go out of the parish: and by this means he protected his neighbourhood from infection with complete success."—Mead's Medical Works, vol. i. p. 290.
  • n62. It ceased about two months afterwards: the last person who died of the plague was buried Nov. I.
  • n63. Particularly the Elegy on Captain Cook, Monody on Major André, and Louisa, a poetical Novel.
  • n64. She was baptized December 24, 1742.