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Newton Solney, Derbyshire
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From: Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland
pub. London (May, 1891) - p.274
Kelly's Directory, 1891
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NEWTON SOLNEY is a small parish and village, on the east bank of the river Trent at its junction with the Dove, both of which separate this county from Staffordshire, 3 miles north-east from Burton-upon-Trent, 9 south-west from Derby and 135½ from London, in the Southern division of the county, hundred of Repton and Gresley, Repton petty sessional division, Burton-on-Trent union and county court district. The church of St. Mary the Virgin, founded in the 12th century and several times restored, is a picturesque building of stone, consisting of chancel, clerestoreyed nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower, with octagonal spire, containing 3 bells, the first and third cast respectively in 1615 and 1638, the second being a 15th century bell : a blocked-up doorway in the north aisle and some fragments of the original chancel arch are of Norman date : the Early English period is illustrated by several lancet windows in the same aisle, but the greater part of the church belongs to the Decorated period, including the arcades of the nave, the east window and the tower and spire : during the Perpendicular period, the walls of the nave were raised and a clerestory constructed, the roof being flattened; there is a small piscina niche in the south wall of the chancel, and an octagonal font of the 14th century : placed in an erect position against the wall of the south aisle is the mutilated stone effigy of a knight in armour, probably of the 13th century ; another knightly effigy, headless, and now placed on a substructure or brick, dates from about 1375; in the chancel is the recumbent alabaster effigy, in good preservation, of a knight in armour, on an altar tomb of the same material and dating from the last quarter or the 14th century ; these three monuments are supposed to represent members of the Solney family who resided here in the 13th and 14th centuries : in the chancel is a large marble monument to Sir Henry Every bart. in 1709 : the church was restored in 1884, when a 13th century baptistry was opened out and the monuments removed thereto : there are 400 sittings : in the churchyard is an inscribed stone to Thomas Gayfere (1837), a skilful master mason employed by the celebrated architect James Wyatt, who restored Henry VIl.'s chapel and the Hall at Westminster. The register dates from the year 1589. The living is a peculiar donative, average tithe rent-charge £19, yearly value £250, in the gift of Robert Ratcliff esq. There are 4 almshouses for old servants erected by John Higgott esq. in 1866. Newton Park is the residence of Robert Ratcliff esq. who is lord of the manor and principal landowner. The soil is clay; subsoil, clay and sandy loam. Bricks are made here. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats and grazing. The area is 1,280 acres ; rateable value, £3,871 ; the population in 1881 was 471.

Parish Clerk, John Dicken.

POST OFFICE.-Thomas Taylor, receiver. Letters are from Burton-upon-Trent by mail cart at 7 a.m. ; dispatched at 6.50 p.m. The nearest money order & telegraph office is at Repton. Postal orders are issued here, but not paid.

National School (mixed), for 100 children; average attendance, 71 ; Miss Jane Ann Jones, mistress

BURTON -Jn. Hanson, thurs. & sat. ; & Twells, mon. & Thursday
DERBY-Twels, sat

Cash Mrs
Goodger Henry, The Mount
Holbrooke Francis Geo. Bladon castle
Perks Miss, Newton villa
Ratcliff Miss, Cliff house
Ratcliff Robert, Newton park
Salt Edward Dawson, Rock house
Smedley William, The Cottage


Barratt Robert, farmer
Brooks Jas. farm bailiff to R. Ratcliff esq
Docksey Thomas, farmer
Eaton Anne (Mrs.), farmer
Eyre John, joiner
Garratt Thomas, wheelwright
Lakin David Ebenezer, farmer
Langford James, grazier
Leedam James, blacksmith
Mason Charles, shoe maker
Marbrow William Hopkin farm & brick maker
Pearsall James, Unicorn P.H
Shorthouse Henry, shopkeeper
Smedley Ann (Mrs.), Brickmakers' Arms P.H
Spooner William, farmer
Taylor Thomas, grocer, Post office
Wardle Samuel, bricklayer

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