Chapel-en-le-Frith in old picture postcards volume 1

Chapel-en-le-Frith in old picture postcards volume 1

:   Mike Smith
:   Derbyshire
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-6020-9
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19 Same townsfolk were less tolerant of other rccreational pursuits, particularly those whieh taak plaee on Sundays. By 1922 Sunday motor eyde trials had become a popular pursuit in the hills around the tOW11. Some loeal people objected to the noise of the machines and managed to put a stop to the aetivity. In the same year loeal objecters tried to prevent the playing of musie in the Memorial Park on Sundays. The Parish Council found a compromise by insisting that musie played in the park on Sundays should 'not be entirely secular'. The War Memorial Park was opened in 1 9 2 1 , four years after the opening of the Needham Recreation

Ground on Ashbourne Lane, The posteard shows the Recrearion Ground Committee, with Mrs. Spencer of Frith Knoll in the centre of the front row and Mr. and Mrs. Needham on her immediate

left. Mr. Fuzzard, who kept a shop at Town End, is the bearded man on their right.

20 This photograph, which is caprioried 'Chapel coat of arms: one working, t'others watching', was a popular postcard in the years bef are the Great War. The sender of the card reports: 'Jack went to the shop for this card in such a hurry that he forgot to take the money for it.' The picture was taken at a house on High Street which is now occupied by a photographer's shop. The alleyway on the right of the house leads to the Memorial Park. In common with most other local postcards of the period, this card was distributed from the Chapel-en-leFrith Post Office by WA. Hudson. In the first twenty years of this century the picture postcard was a very pop-

ular means of communication, and Mr. Hudson satisfied the market by distributing photographs oflocal events as wen as picture postcards of Chapel and its immediate countryside.

2 1 Tros view shows Long Lane in 1 9 1 5. There is a

glimp se at the very end of the road of the Elms, established in 1840,atacostoff3,500, as a werkhouse for a hundred paupers. In 1983, me site was converted into a sheltered housing scheme for the elderly This view of Long Lane is easily recognisable today, but Chapel High School now oecuples land out-af-shot on the left and a tyre service depot occupies land out-af-shot on the right. Taken in the opposite direction, Long Lane leads over Martinside, on the edge of Combs Moss, to the hamlet of Dove Holes. Combs Moss is the long, 1,614 feethigh ridge which dominates all views from Chapel to me

south. The hill is topped by a defensive earthwork, dating from the Iron Age. Combs Moss, which lus an outline which is remmiscent ofTable Mountain, farms a natural defensive site, but there are

ramparts on the south-east side of the ridge.

22 This view shows Manchester Raad in 1914 on Hospital Gala Day. Manchester Raad was known as the area where many of the 'offcorners' lived - people who live in Chapel but travel to work in Manchester each day. The substantial houses on the right, with their long gardens, offered more spaclous accommodation than that provided by most houses in Chapel in 1914. The photograph was taken from the railway bridge on the old Midland line. The bridge, which carries a large advertising slogan to remind visitors that Chapel-en-Ie-Frith is the home ofFerodo Brake Linings, was rebuilt in 1937 by the Midland Railway and re-

painted in 1958 under one of British Rail's environmental improvement schemes.

23 Henry Gee is featured in Wm. Braylesford Bunting's book on the history of Chapel-en-le-Frirh as a 'nineteenth -century character'. In the photograph in Bunting's baak, Henry is shown as a somewhat older man; he

we ars the same neck-scarf and a similar flat cap, but his coat is more substantial and his bell is replaced by a walking stick. The sign on Henry's Manchester Raad shop provides the clue to his occupation but I all not able to discover why schoolchildren of the time felt it was prudent to give his premises a wide berth when they walked along the road,

24 Bradshaw Hall, which is situated on the old packhorse raad below Eedes Pike, was built by Francis Bradshawe, who beeame High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1630. The house, which is built in warm brown stone, looks like a sudden vision of the Cotswolds in the heart of dark Pennine hills. It is entered through a fine gateway whieh bears the family erest, the name of Francis Bradshawe and the date 1620. The house was originally cruciform in shape. Although it has been altered over the years, it remains a very beautiful building. An inscription at the top of the staircase reads: 'Love God, not Gould.' There have been Bradshawes in Chapel sinee

the time of King [ohn, when the family was given permission to clear an area in the Royal Forest for a dwelling. Judge [ohn Bradshawe, who presided over the court which eondemned King Charles I to

death, was a cousin ofFrancis.

25 Tunstead Milton is a smal! hamlet to the west of Chapel-cn-Ie-Firth. The overall contours of this terrace, shown here in a postcard dating from 1911, have changed little over the years, although there have been many detail alterartons. Tunstead Milton is famous in the Peak District as the home ofDickey O'Tunstead, a skull which sat for many years on the window-Iedge of a farmhouse in the locality. Dickey is said to have put a curse on anyone who dared to remove him from the farmhouse. Crop failures, accidents and cattle disease in the area were all seen by locals as Dickey's work. Dickey also disapproved of change: when the London

and NorthWestern Railway Company tried to carry a line across nearby farmland, they had to abandoned their favoured route when they discovered that the land was toa unstable to take the track.

Dickey had been at work again!

26 Dickey's Skull is shown here in its traditional resting place, on the window-ledge of a farmhouse at Tunstead Milton. Legend has it that 'Dickey' was Ned Dickson, who came back to Tunstead Milton after being wounded in the Huguenot Wars of the sixteenth century. On his return he found that his farm had been taken over by his cousin, Jack Johnson, who had assumed that Ned had been killed in the war. It is said that [ohnson, who would have been sole heir to the farm on Ned's death, murdered him in his bed on the night ofhis homecoming. Dickey's body was buried in the garden, but his skull reappeared and began its re-

venge. Anotber story has it that the skull is that of a woman - an heiress to the farm who asked on her death-bed that her body should never be removed from the house.

27 Combs Reservoir was constructed in 1794 to service the Peak Forest canal. whieh runs from Buxworth

to Manchester. Toddbrook Reservoir, at nearby Whaley Bridge. was added later as another feeder for the canal. The lake at Combs covers 80 acres. From the eastern share it has the appearance of a naturallake and was described in the 1 827 Directory as ? a beautiful sheet of water.

much frequented by anglers', The vil1age of Combs, at the south-eastern corner of the reservoir, is now a muchfavoured commuter village. although it is said that local boys were once in the habit of

throwing stones at 'offcorners' who dared to take a fancy to loeal girls.

28 A Iocal verse praises Combs, a hamlet on the western boundary ofChapel-enle-Frith, in the following terms: 'They rave about the glories ofBuxton, / In lines that would fill many tomes, / Of the charms and beauties of Dovedale, / But give me the valley of Combs.' It is recorded that one nineteenth-century Chapel resident taak his annual holidays in Combs and this card, produced by J. Waterhouse ofTown End Studios, portrays Combs as a romantic spot. In an old Ward Loek Guide to the Peak District, the description of Combs and its lake concludes with the follovving paragraph: 'The scene is most impressive soon after a storm, while the

water, looking like white ribbons on the black rocks, is rushing down the dark gritstone cliffs which form the edge ofCombs Moss.'

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