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Church Gresley, Derbyshire (with Castle Gresley)
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From: Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland
pub. London (May, 1891) - pp.94-95
Kelly's Directory, 1891
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Drakelowe Hall, 1880

CHURCH GRESLEY is a parish and township, with a station 1 mile north-east from the village on the Midland railway, 13 miles south from Derby, 6 west from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, 5½ south-east from Burton-upon-Trent and 128½ from London, in the Southern division of the county, hundred of Repton and Gresley, Swadlincote petty sessional division, Burton-upon-Trent union and county court district, rural deanery of Repton, archdeaconery of Derby and diocese of Southwell. The parish is supplied with water from works the property of the Burton sanitary authority, the supply being derived from springs at Blackfordby, Leicestershire. The church of SS. George and Mary, appropriated at an early date to the priory, formed part of the monastic buildings, the nave being used by the parishioners and the chancel by the Austin canons as the priory chapel: shortly after 1816 the church was repaired, the ruins of the priory to the east being swept away, the outer walls of the church almost entirely rebuilt and windows and a door of a debased character inserted: the building is of stone, and now consists of chancel, nave, north aisle and an embattled western tower of the 15th century containing 3 bells, dated 1639: the chancel had been destroyed soon after the Dissolution, and in 1839 its site purchased as an addition to the churchyard, but on the restoration of the church in 1872, a new chancel was built on the original site ; of the priory church only the tower and the two Decorated arches of the arcade, supported by an octagonal pier, now remain: the oldest monument now extant is in the north aisle, and is that of Sir Thomas Gresley (1699), with his kneeling effigy, beneath an arch, round which are the impaled arms of every marriage of his ancestors: there are other monuments of later date to the same name and one to John Alleyne (1712) : the church plate dates from 1726 : there are 300 sittings, all free. In 1861 land was purchased as an addition to the churchyard, south of the church; and on this site and on that of the chancel many traces of the priory buildings were uncovered and numerous fragments of Norman, Early English and Decorated work found. The register of baptisms dates from the year 1568, of marriages from 1589, and of burials from 1584. The living is a vicarage, average tithe rent-charge £60, net yearly value £275, including 34 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift or Simeon's trustees, and held since 1885 by the Rev. James Kilbee-Stuart M.A. of Queens' College, Cambridge. There are Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan chapels. There is a cemetery about 5 acres in extent, with a mortuary chapel, under the control of a burial board of 9 members. Here was a priory of Austin canons, founded c. 1135-40 by William de Gresley or Fitz-Nigel, and dedicated to SS. Mary and George; a portion of the arcade of the aisle and the tower of the existing church are now the only remains. The coal works, potteries, fire brick and encaustic tile works of this parish and neighbourhood are of great importance. Sir Robert Gresley bart. D. L. of 55 Great Cumberland place, London w, is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are the Earl of Loudoun and John Richardson esq. The soil varies ; subsoil, sand and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley and turnips. The area of the township is 1,169 acres, and of the parish, 6,700 ; rateable value of the parish, £17,732 ; in 1881 the population was 5,422 in the township and 6,775 in the parish.

POST, M. O. & T. O., S. B. & Annuity & Insurance Office.- Miss Annie Dooley, receiver. Letters through Burton-upon-Trent received 5.10a.m. & 3.50 p.m. ; dispatched at 8.40 a.m. & 7.40 p.m. ; sunday, 11.45 a.m

SCHOOLS :- A School Board of 7 members was formed in 1875; William Willshee, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, clerk to the board ; James Smith, attendance officer

Board, erected in 1877, for 219 boys, 219 girls & 275 infants ; average attendance, 194 boys, 144 girls & 240 infants ; Thomas Hanson, master; Miss Isabella Lewis, girls' mistress; Miss Joanna Hogg, infants' mistress

National (mixed & infants), erected in 1866 & enlarged in 1881, for 176 mixed & 176 infants ; average attendance, 175 mixed & 160 infants ; Albert Knighton, master; Miss Elizabeth Hall, infants' mistress

Castle Gresley, a township in the parish of Church Gresley, is about 4½ miles south-east from Burton-on-Trent. Here is a large brewery. Sir Robert Gresley bart. D.L. is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are R. W. Beard and John Beard esqrs. The soil is sand; subsoil, sand and gravel. The crops are wheat, barley and oats. The area is 540 acres ; rateable value, £3,762; the population in 1881 was 786.

POST & M. O. 0., S. B. & Annuity & Insurance Office.-Mrs. Wood, receiver. Letters through Burton-upon-Trent arrive at 5.20 a.m. ; dispatched, 7:20.p.m. sunday, 11.35 a.m. The nearest telegraph office is at Gresley railway station

The place is included in Linton & Castle Gresley United District School Board, formed in 1882
Board School (infants), erected in 1885, for 150 children ; average attendance, 103 ; Miss M. E. Cutts, mistress

Drakelow is a township, in the parish of Church Gresley, situated on the river Trent, about 2½ miles south from Burton-upon-Trent railway station. Drakelow Hall, the property of Sir Robert Gresley bart. is at present occupied by John Gretton esq. : the mansion is pleasantly situated in a well-wooded park or 180 acres, containing about 150 head of deer: Sir Robert Gresley bart. D.L. is lord or the manor and principal landowner. The soil varies; subsoil, gravel. The crops are wheat, barley and roots. The area is 1,391 acres ; rateable value, £2,516; the population in 1881 was 142.

Church Gresley.
Ault William, Aulton house
Binns George J, Shortwoods
Bourne Thomas
Doddrell Rev. John Henry [Wesleyan]
Fisher Henry, Wycliffe
Hincks Henry Seymour, Greenfields
Litherland William, Jubilee house
Mansfield Horace Rendall, Chesterfield vl
Parkhill Samuel James M.D
Wright Rev. Wm. [Primitive Methodist]

Adams Edwin, assistant overseer & collector of water rates
Adams Stephen, boot & shoe maker
Adey Thomas, shopkeeper
Ball Stephen, grocer
Banks & Son, earthenware manufactrs
Beard George, butcher
Beard Thomas, butcher
Booth John, Nelson P.H
Boss John Matthew, wheelwright
Boss Thomas, builder
Bosworth Samuel, Crown P. H
Bourne William, farmer
Bradford Henry, wheelwright
Bradford James, boot & shoe maker
Brookes Ernest, sewing machine agent
Brooks Henry, shopkeeper & beer retlr
Brunt Francis, chemist
Cemetery (Thomas Buckley, clerk to the burial board)
Church Gresley Colliery (Thomas Bourne, manager)
Church Gresley Water Works (Charles Frederick Chamberlin, clerk)
Clark Thomas, shopkeeper
Clowes Andrew, William the Fourth P.H
Cooper George Henn, shopkeeper
Cross Brothers, earthenware manufacturers, Jubilee works
Cross Archibald, milliner
Dean Mark, Rising Sun P.H
Dennis Arthur, shopkeeper
Dennis James, beer retailer
Dyer George, Miners' Arms P.H
Eley Albert, grocer
Eley Arthur, colliery agent
Errington Arthur, clothier
Eyley William, beer retailer
Farmer Harrington, millwright & smith
Fisher Hy. Wycliffe L.R.C.P. Edin. surgn
Gilder Charles, hair dresser
Green Thos. G. Lim. earthenware manfrs
Green William, beer retailer
Hair John, carpenter
Heap James, Royal Oak P.H
Himan John, farmer
Hopkins Obadiah, baker
Bough Robert, shopkeeper
Illsley Gilbert, beer retailer
Jackson Saml. boot & shoe ma & beer ret
Jones Aaron, earthenware manufacturer
Kent Enoch, beer retailer
Knifton Frederick, builder
Lea Thomas, beer retailer
Leedham John, farmer
Leedham William, farmer
Lloyd Thomas, shopkeeper
MANSFIELD BROTHERS, manufacturers of GEOMETRICAL & ENCAUSTIC & every kind of FLOOR TILES for halls, vestibules, conservatories, church pavements, hearths &c. &c
Mansfield Frederick, butcher
Mansfield William, builder
Mason Wm. earthenware manufacturer
Massey Ann (Mrs), butcher
Massey Levi, Boot P.H. & butcher
Massey William Henry, commercial traveller, Victoria villa
Mee Martha (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Mellor Luke, Travellers' Rest P.H
Moore Samuel & Sons, brick makers, Swains Park brick works
Morton Jane (Mrs.), beer retailer
Myott Patey (Miss), dress maker
Newberry John, smith
Newberry John Henry, ironmonger
Nixon B. & W. smiths
Orgill Henry, grocer
Parkhill Samuel James M.D., M.Ch. surgeon & certifying factory surgeon
Peach Henry, Catchem's P.H
Peat George, boot & shoe maker
Poynton James, Victoria P.H
Richards James William, shopkeeper
Richardson Arthur, boot & shoe maker
Roberts John, shopkeeper
Robinson Benj. earthenware manufactr
Robinson Herbert, grocer
Rogers James, wool mat maker
Saddington Tom, shopkeeper
Sankey George, photographer
Rankey John, stationer
Smith James, grocer & school attendance officer
Smith John, beer retailer
Smith William Gervis, grocer
Staley Lucy (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Stevens John Henry, clothier
Straw Joseph, shopkeeper
Sutton William Toone, draper
Thompson Alfred, shopkeeper
Till & Gough, manufactrs. of ironstone cane ware, buff & rockingham ware
Tilley Thomas, grocer
Toseland John, tailor
Turner Edmund, butcher
Turner Jane (Mrs.), Gresley Arms P.H
Turner William, grocer
Wain Alfred, hair dresser
Walters William, beer retailer
Wearing Sarah (Mrs.), shopkeeper
White Joseph, shopkeeper & beer retlr
Wigg Alfred, Potters' Arms P.H
Wildsmith Walter, baker
Woods Jane (Mrs.), beer retailer
Wooton Lewis, grocer
Wragg Alfred, beer retailer
Wragg Edward, engineer, millwright, iron & brass founder, & maker of all kinds of machinery for potters, brick & sanitary pipe manufactrs. brewers &c. ; steam & water heating apparatus, Common Side iron works
Wright Mary Jane (Miss), milliner

Castle Gresley.

Beard Robert William, Gresley house
Clamp John
Gilbert William
Kilbee-Stuart Rev. James M.A. [vicar]
Ord Frederic William

Ault John, cashier at Coton Park & Linton colliery
Beard Brothers, brewers & maltsters & wine & spirit merchants
Coates Isaac, butcher
Dennis Joseph, grocer
Eley Brothers, grocers
Eyley Edwin, cashier at Gresley brewery
Hoult John, grocer & draper
Miller Thomas, Crown inn, & shopkpr
Ord Frederic William, surgeon
Orme Thomas, blacksmith
Owen William Henry, beer retailer
Sharpe Elisha, farmer
Swain John, shoe maker
Tooby Thomas, farmer
Walton Elizh. (Mrs.), Gresley Arms P.H
Wheat Richard, pork butcher
Whysall Abraham, Railway inn
Wood John, White Lion P.H

Gretton John, The Hall
Beard Thomas, jun. farmer
Goodall John, farmer

[End of transcript. Spelling, case and punctuation are as they appear in the Directory.]

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