Derbyshire Blacksmiths

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ABELL William Blacksmith 1828 William Abell, Blacksmith of Little Eaton, Duffield, Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Little Eaton, Duffield, Derbyshire. Also Locksmith. I have no other information.    
BARKER Alfred Blacksmith 1853 Alfred Barker, master blacksmith, publican and coal dealer. Born about 1853, Ratcliff on Soar, Nottingham. The 1871 UK census lists him as 18yrs, an apprentice to Herbert Woolley, in the village at Aston Upon Trent, Derbyshire. In 1881 Alfred is 30yrs, a blacksmith, publican and coal dealer at The New Inn, Shardlow, Derbyshire; with wife Mary 30yrs (born Derbyshire). Children: George 2months infant. Also listed: son-in-law John R.C.Twells, 10yrs; daughter-in-law Emma.C.Twells 8yrs; daughter-in-law Harriett Twells 6yrs. Brother-in-law George Cowlishaw (Assistant to head); apprentice blacksmith George Rice 18yrs; general servant Anne Maskey 19yrs. Listed in Blacksmiths of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire .    
BEESTOW William Blacksmith 1839 William Beestow, blacksmith. Born about 1839, Hulland, Derbyshire, England. The 1861 UK census lists William as 22yrs, employee of master blacksmith Herbert Cotton, at Spondon Moor, Derbyshire. Havenít found him on the census after this date as yet.    
BENNETT Joseph Blacksmith 1828 Joseph Bennett, Blacksmith of Glossop, Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29.I have no other information.    
BENNETT Robert Blacksmith 1828 Robert Bennett, Blacksmith of Rose Green, Glossop, Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. I have no other information.    
BENNETT William Blacksmith 1828 William Bennett, Blacksmith of Hope,Castleton, Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. I have no other information.    
BINDING John Blacksmith 1865 John Binding, blacksmith. born 1865, in Watchet, Somerset, England. John married Helena Elvin in 1887 in Maldon, Essex. Listed as a blacksmith in 1891 UK census in Chelmorton, Derbyshire. Johnís only child Harry died in Passchendaele, West Flanders, Belgium 1917. Listed in both Blacksmiths of Somerset and Derbyshire. See Blacksmiths of Somerset for his father Henry Binding.  
BLOWER Joseph Blacksmith 1828 Joseph Blower, Blacksmith of Sparrow Pit, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. I have no other information.    
BRADWELL Thomas Blacksmith 1828 Thomas Bradwell, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Hope,Castleton, Derbyshire.    
BROWN John Blacksmith 1830 John Brown, blacksmith. Born in Cromford, Derbyshire, England. John started 100 years of blacksmiths in the Manchester area 1830-1930's . Listed in Blacksmiths Derbyshire and Military Blacksmiths Indexes.  
CHELL Thomas Blacksmith 1814 Thomas Chell, born 1814 Osmaston Derby. Died aged 65yrs Sept 1882 at Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Census 1841, 1851, 1861 & 1871 shows he worked at Clifton and Ashbourne Derbyshire. Wife: Harriet Weston.    
COOK Thomas Blacksmith 1861 Thomas Cook, blacksmith. Born about 1842 Ockbrook, Derbyshire, England. The 1861 UK census lists Thomas as 19yrs , employee of master blacksmith Herbert Cotton, at Spondon Moor, Derbyshire. 1971 finds Thomas Cook 29yrs and Maria Cook 31yrs, lodging with in-laws Alfred and Selina Newdigate at Kirk Hallam Village, Derbyshire.    
COTTON (COTTEN Herbert (Jnr) Blacksmith 1862 Herbert Cotton (Cotten) (Jnr), blacksmith. Born about 1862, Ockbtook, Derbyshire, England. See Blacksmiths of Derbyshire for his early years with parents Herbert and Rachel. The 1911 UK census lists Herbert as 49yrs, living at Dale Abbey, Ockbrook with wife Lucy 26yrs.    
COTTON (COTTEN Herbert (Snr) Blacksmith 1829 Herbert Cotton (Cotton), (Snr) blacksmith. Born about 1829 Ockbrook, Derbyshire, England. The 1851 census lists Herbert as 22yrs,unmarried, lodging with the Fletcher family in Spondon, Derbyshire. In 1861 Herbert is 32yrs, living at Spondon Moor Derbyshire with wife Rachel 31yrs (born Dale Abbey, Derbyshire). Children: Hannah.M. 3yrs; Louisa 11mths infant. Employees: William Beestow 22yrs,unmarried (blacksmith) and Thomas Cook 19yrs (apprentice blacksmith) plus Harriet Merrin 13yrs (nurse). 1871: the family is at same address, Herbert is 41yrs, Rachel 40yrs. Children: Harriet 13yrs; Louisa 10yrs; Herbert 9yrs; Sarah Jane 11mths infant. Employee George Losbey, 20yrs born Nottinghamshire ( apprentice blacksmith). 1881: Living at Dale Hills Derbyshire, Herbert is 51yrs; Rachel 51yrs. Children: Herbert 19yrs (blacksmith); Louisa 20yrs; Sarah 10yrs. 1891: at Dale Hills Woodside Farm. Herbert 61yrs; Rachel 61yrs. Children: Herbert 29yrs, unmarried (blacksmith); Louisa 31yrs,unmarried; Sarah 20yrs,unmarried. See free UK BMDs for deaths of Herbert (September 1891) and Rachel (June 1908). No contributor, information found on census.    
FOUNDSWORTH Charles Blacksmith 1828 Charles Foundsworth, Blacksmith of Hathersage, Castleton, Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. I have no other information.    
GADSBY John Blacksmith 1828 John Gadsby, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Edingale Derbyshire.    
GARDOM John Blacksmith? 1857 John Gardom, born about 1857. Father, John Gardom. I understand there was such gentleman responsible for work at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire and Castle Howard, Yorkshire in the late 1600's, and yet I've not been able to find any details. Listed in the Blacksmiths of Derbyshire, Lancashire & Yorkshire Indexes.  
GARNER Thomas Blacksmith 1828 Thomas Garner, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Mackworth, Derbyshire.    
GEESON George Blacksmith 1849 George Geeson, railway blacksmith. Born about 1849, Baslow, Derbyshire., England The 1901 UK census lists George as 52yrs,a widower, living in Wakefield Road, Normanton, Yorkshire. Children: Thomas Geeson 20yrs, unmarried (blacksmith); Ernest Geeson 17yrs ; Albert Geeson 14yrs; Francis 12yrs. Also listed is Amy Pennington, 41yrs, widow(housekeeper). Listed in Blacksmiths of Derbyshire and Yorkshire.    
GOODWIN Anthony Blacksmith 1828 Anthony Goodwin, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Matlock Street, Bakewell, Derbyshire.    
GREEN Samuel Blacksmith 1828 Samuel Green, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Chapel-en-le-frith, Derbyshire.    
GUNBY John (Jnr) Blacksmith 1830 John Gunby (Jnr), born circa 1830. See entries in Blacksmiths of Derbyshire for his father John Gunby(Snr). Other Gunbys can be found if the Farriers Index, Whitesmiths Index & Blacksmiths of Yorkshire + Derbyshire + Nottinghamshire Indexes.  
GUNBY John (Snr) Blacksmith 1803 John Gunby (Snr), born circa 1803 Derbyshire, UK. Died circa 1882, Whitwell, Derbyshire. Resided and worked as a blacksmith at Southgate Cottage, Whitwell, Derbyshire until his death. His sons John(Jnr) Gunby (b.c. 1830),Tom Gunby (b.c. 1848) were also blacksmiths in Derbyshire. John's sons (grandsons of John(Snr)) John T. Gunby (b.c.1865 Matlock DBY) and Mark (b.c. 1861 Matlock DBY) were also blacksmiths in Derbyshire. Info from 1864, 1876 Kellys Directory, and U.K. census 1841,1851,1881,1901. Other Gunbys can be found if the Farriers Index, Whitesmiths Index & Blacksmiths of Yorkshire + Derbyshire + Nottinghamshire Indexes.  
GUNBY John.T. Blacksmith 1865 John.T.Gunby, born circa 1865 at Matlock, Derbyshire, England. See entries in Blacksmiths of Derbyshire for his father John Gunby(Jnr),other family members and the contact email for sharing information.    
GUNBY Mark Blacksmith 1861 Mark Gunby, born circa 1861 at Matlock, Derbyshire, UK. See entries in Blacksmiths of Derbyshire for his father John Gunby(Jnr),other family members and the contact email for sharing information.    
GUNBY Tom Blacksmith 1848 Tom Gunby, born circa 1861, Matlock, Derbyshire, UK. See enties in Blacksmiths of Derbyshire for his father John Gunby(Snr),other family members and the contact email for sharing information.    
HALL George Blacksmith 1828 George Hall, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Castleton, Derbyshire.    
HANDLEY Thomas Blacksmith 1828 Thomas Handley, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Edensor, Bakewell, Derbyshire.    
HANSON Paul Blacksmith 1828 Paul Hanson, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Bridge Street, Bakewell, Derbyshire.    
HARLAN Thomas Blacksmith 1828 Thomas Harlan, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-frith, Derbyshire.    
HIND William Blacksmith 1828 William Hind, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Castleton, Derbyshire.    
HOLGATE William Blacksmith 1828 William Holgate, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Tunstall Milton, Derbyshire.    
HOLMES George Blacksmith 1828 George Holmes, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Bradwell, Castleton, Derbyshire.    
JACKSON Jonathan Blacksmith 1828 Jonathan Jackson, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire.    
JACKSON Thomas Blacksmith & Spade Moulder 1776 Thomas Jackson, blacksmith and Spade Moulder. Born 1776 Scropton, Derbyshire. Married Burton on Trent. Worked Yoxall, Staffordshire, England and died 1861 in Yoxall, Staffordshire. Listed in both Blacksmiths of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Implements (Agricultural) Indexes.  
KEY Thomas Blacksmith 1828 Thomas Key, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Grindle, Castleton, Derbyshire.    
KITCHEN Humphrey Blacksmith 1828 Humphrey Kitchen, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Chapel-en-le-frith Derbyshire    
LAND George Blacksmith 1828 George Land, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Hope, Castleton, Derbyshire.    
LEGGAT Peter Blacksmith 1828 Peter Leggat, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Whitwell, Barlborough, Derbyshire.    
LITHERLAND Edward Blacksmith 1828 Edward Litherland, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Taken from the Pigot and Co's National and Commericial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Measham, Derbyshire .    
LITTLEWOOD Jeremiah Blacksmith 1828 Jeremiah Littlewood, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Mill Eckington, Barlborough, Derbyshire.    
LOMAS Joseph Blacksmith 1828 Joseph Lomas, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Hilton, Etwell, Derbyshire.    
MADIN James Blacksmith 1824 James Madin, agricultural blacksmith. Born 1824, in Old Brampton, Derbyshire, England. Parents William Madin (Blacksmith & Engine forger). In 1841 working as an agricultural Blacksmith. Married to Emma Marsden in 1846.  
MADIN William Blacksmith 1794 William Madin, blacksmith & steam engine forger. Born 1794, Old Brampton, Derbyshire, England. Married to Anne Briggs. Died in Sheffield, Yorkshire in 1867.  
MARPLE James Blacksmith 1828 James Marple, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Baslow, Bakewell, Derbyshire.    
MINIOW ? Thomas Blacksmith 1841 Thomas Miniow 26yrs,at Ticknall (no street address). With William 22yrs.    
MINIOW ? William Blacksmith 1841 William Miniow 22yrs,at Ticknall (no street address). With Thomas 26yrs.    
PATRICK James Blacksmith 1828 James Patrick, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Taken from the Pigot and Co's National and Commericial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Streton-in-th-fields, Derbyshire.    
POOLE Joseph Blacksmith 1828 Joseph Poole, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Little Eaton, Duffield, Derbyshire.    
RHODES John Blacksmith 1828 John Rhodes, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Howards Town, Glossop, Derbyshire.    
ROBERTS Samuel Blacksmith 1828 Samuel Roberts, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Taken from the Pigot and Co's National and Commericial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Burton Mills, Derbyshire.    
ROE Thomas Blacksmith 1844 Thomas Roe, blacksmith. Born 4th July 1884, Dunkirk, Derby, England. The 1891 UK census lists Thomas as 6yrs, living with his parents and siblings at 207 Upper Kensington Street, St. Werburgh, Derby. In 1901 UK census lists Thomas as 16yrs,still living with his parents and siblings but at 26 Great Northern Road, Derby. Thomas remained a blacksmith until his death. Photograph of him in his later years.  
ROTHERHAM James Blacksmith 1828 James Rotherham, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Taken from the Pigot and Co's National and Commericial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Measham, Derbyshire.    
RUPERT William Blacksmith 1828 William Rupert , Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Taken from the Pigot and Co's National and Commericial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Walton, Derbyshire.    
SHARROTT Thomas Blacksmith 1828 Thomas Sharrott, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Hilton, Etwell, Derbyshire.    
SKELLETT William Blacksmith & Farrier 1812 William Skellett, blacksmith & farrier. Born ?when, and baptised in Appleby (on the Leicester, Derbyshire border), England. He was in Appleby for the 1841 UK census but did not remain there as his children William, Arthur and Theodora were born in Tamworth, Warwickshire between 1845-1850. In 1861 he was in Edingale, Staffordshire a blacksmith and in 1881 a blacksmith in Stapenhill, Derbyshire. William is listed on Blacksmiths of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire Indexes and on the Farriers Index.  
SPENCER John Blacksmith 1828 John Spencer, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Hilton, Etwell, Derbyshire.    
STANDISH Samuel Blacksmith & Wheelwright 1828 Samuel Standish, Listed in Blacksmith of Derbyshire & Wheelwrights Index. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Dronfield, Derbyshire.    
STRUTT John Blacksmith 1828 John Strutt, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Edensor, Bakewell, Derbyshire.    
TURNER John Blacksmith 1828 John Turner, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Mill Street, Bakewell, Derbyshire.    
WAINWRIGHT James Blacksmith 1828 James Wainwright, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Mythorn, Castleton, Derbyshire    
WAINWRIGHT John Blacksmith 1828 John Wainwright, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Hathersage, Castleton, Derbyshire.    
WALTERS George Blacksmith 1828 George Walters, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Taken from the Pigot and Co's National and Commericial Directory dated 1828-29. Down as George Walters and Maltster. Address Measham, Derbyshire .    
WATERHOUSE Robert Blacksmith 1828 Robert Waterhouse, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Mill Eckington, Barlborough, Derbyshire.    
WILLETTS John Blacksmith 1759 John Willetts, blacksmith. Born about 1759. Blacksmith at The Forge, Hulland Ward, Derbyshire, England. His son Ernest took over the business and lived at The Forge until the 1990s. Around 1980 Ernest donated tools etc to the Working Estate Museum at Elvaston Castle in Derbyshire.  
WOOLLEY Herbert Blacksmith 1842 Herbert Woolley, master blacksmith, employs 1 apprentice. Born about 1842, Ratcliff on Soar, Nottinghamshire. The 1861 UK census lists him as 19yrs, apprenticed to and lodging with master blacksmith Charles Walker and family at Cossington Village, Leicester. His sister Abigail Woolley 11yrs is visiting. In 1871 Herbert is 29yrs, living in the village at Aston Upon Trent, Derbyshire; with wife Agnes 25yrs(born Derbyshire). Children: Agnes 2yrs; Henry 1yr. Also listed: Alfred Barker 18yrs (apprentice blacksmith). Listed in Blacksmiths of Derbyshire, Leicester and Nottinghamshire .    
WRONGLEY Thomas Blacksmith 1828 Thomas Wrongley, Blacksmith of Derbyshire. Entry in the Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory dated 1828-29. Address Cock, Derbyshire.    
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