Surnames from the Memorial Inscriptions of St Mary the Virgin's Church and Cemetery, Wirksworth

Published in October 2000

Note: an independent transcription of these inscriptions may be found on John Palmer's Wirksworth Parish Records site.

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DESCRIPTION

The market town of Wirksworth is situated 13 miles north-west of Derby and about 9 miles north-east of Ashbourne. The town lies in the Ecclesbourne valley and is almost surrounded by hills.

Wirksworth is well-known for its lead mining history and there are lead mines in the area which appear, from an inscription on a 'pig of lead' found in 1777, to have been worked at the time of the Emporer Hadrian in the 2nd century A.D. For many centuries the main occupation of the area was lead mining and farming, than came the textile mills and later the limestone quarrying.

The Moot Hall on the front of which are depicted the lead miners' scales, pick and trough, was built in 1814 on Chapel Lane to replace the original one which stood in the Market Place. Here the courts were held where lead was measured in a special dish (which still exists), disputes settled and taxes collected. Although very little lead is mined in the area today, the tradition is still held.

Wirksworth is an extensive parish including, in 1847, the surrounding hamlets of Alderwasley, Cromford, Idridgehay and Middleton. Alderwasley still remains a Chapel of Ease for Wirksworth, but the other three later became separate parishes.

The cemetery was open in 1870 and is situated at the north end of the town. The church, dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin dates from the 13th century. Although several restorations have taken place some of the early stonework can still be seen. Many gravestones in the churchyard have been laid flat and are now covered with turf.

LIST of SURNAMES from the Inscriptions

ABBOTTABELLABRAHAMADAMSALDERSON
ALES(O)BROOKALKINALLENALLSOP(P)ANTHONY
ANWYLAPPLEBYARCHERARKWRIGHTARMITT
ARNOLDASKEYATKINSONAULTAUSTIN
AYREBACONBAGGALEYBAGSHAWBAILEY
BAINBRIDGEBANKSBARKERBARRONBARTLETT
BASSINGTHWAIGHTEBATEMANBATTERLEYBAUSERBEAN
BEARDMOREBEARDSLEYBEBBINGTONBEECHBEES(T)ON
BENNETTBENYONBER(R)ESFORDBEVANBIRCH
BIRKINBLACKBURNBLACKWELLBLANEYBLASTOCK
BLOREBODENBONDBOOTBOOTH
BOTHAMBOWERBOWLERBOWMERBOWYER
BRACEBRADLEYBRAILSFORDBRANSONBRATBY
BRAYBREWELLBREWERBRIDDONBRIDGE
BRIDGWOODBRIGHOUSEBRISTOLBRITTAINBROCKLEHURST
BROCKSOPBROOK/ESBROOMEBROUGHBROUGHTON
BROWNBUCKLEYBUCKNALLBUDWORTHBULLOUGH
BUNTINGBURKITTBURTONBUTLERBUTLIN
BUTTERYBUXTONBYARDCALDECOTECALLADINE
CAPPENDELLCARLIN(E)CARRCARTERCARTLEDGE
CAULDWELLCAVERLYCAWTHORNECHADWICKCHAMBERLAIN
CHEETHAMCHIP(P)CIRRYCLAPHAMCLARK(E)
CLAYCLOUGHCOATESCOLEBOURNECOLLEDGE
COLLIERCOLLINSCOLVILLECONWAYCOOKE
COOPERCORDINCOULSONCOWLISHAWCOX
CRADDOCKCRESSWELLCROSSCUMMINGSCUNNINGHAM
CURZONDAKINDANNDARWENTDAVIES
DAWSONDAYDEACONDEAKINDEAN
DEXTERDICKDICKEN(S)DIDSBURYDIXON
DOEDONSONDOWNEYDOWSONDOXEY
DRABBLEDRANFIELDDUMELOWDYEREAGLE
EARNSHAWEATONEL(L)SEELLICOCKELLIOTT
ELLISEMERSONEVANSEVERITTEXLEY
FARNSWORTHFE(A)RNFELLFENNELLFERNIOUGH
FISHERFLETCHERFLINTFORDFOULKS
FOWLERFOXFREAKEFREEMANFRETWELL
FRITCHLEYFRITHFROSTGADSBYGALLIMORE
GAMBLEGANDYGARDINERGARDOMGAWTHORNE
GELLGIBBON(S)GIBBSGILLETTGISBORN
GLEESONGLOWGODBERGOLDINGGOODALL
GOODFELLOWGOODWINGOUGHGOULDGOULDING
GRAIGGRASSBYGRATIONGRATTONGREATOREX
GREAVESGREEN(E)GREENHOUGHGREGORYGUISE
HADDECANHALKSWORTHHALLHALLAMHALLOWS
HAMESHANSONHARDYHARLEYHARPER
HARRISONHARVEYHARWOODHASLAMHASLOCK
HATFIELDHAWLEYHAWORTHHAWTINHAYNES
HAYWOODHEAPHEATHCOTEHENDERSONHERSON
HEYWARDHEYWELLHICKSHIGTONHILDITCH
HILLHILLIERHINDLEHITCHCOCKHOADES
HOD(G)KINSONHOLGATEHOLLISHOLMESHOLROYD
HOLTHOLTAMHOMERHOUGHHOUGHTON
HOUSLEYHOWEHUBBERSTYHUDDLESTONEHUGHES
HUNTHURTHUSBANDSINGRAMINSLEY
JACKSONJAMESJEDSONJEFFSJELLYMAN
JEPSONJOHNJOHNSONJOHNSTONEJONES
KAYKEELINGKIDDKILLERKINDER
KINGDOMKIRKKIRKBYKIRKLANDKNIVETON
LAMBLANCASHIRELANDLANGLEYLANGTON
LATHAMLAWSONLEALEARLEES
LEGGLIMBLITTLELIVINGSTONELOBLEY
LOMASLONGDENLOVEGROVELOWELOWNDES
LUCASMACBETHMACLEODMACNAUGHTONMAINPRICE
MALPASSMANATONMARCHINGTONMARPLE(S)MARSDEN
MARSHMARSHALLMARSONMARTMASKREY
MATHERMATKINMATTHEWSMCCREERYMCKENZIE
MELLER/ORMIDDLETONMIL(L)WARDMILLERMILLINGTON
MITCHEL(L)MOATEMOFFATMONKHOUSEMOORE
MORLEYMORRISMOSSMOULDMUNCASTER
MURISONMYCOCKNEEDHAMNEWMANNEWTON
NIXONNOBLENORTONOAKLEYOATES
OGDEN/ONOLDFIELDOTTOWELLOUTRAMOWEN
OXSPRINGPALENPARKERPARSONSPASS
PATTINPAYNEPEALPEARCYPEARSON
PEASEPEATPEGGPENNYPERKINS
PETTITPETTSPHILLIPSPHOEBEPICKARD
PIDCOCKPILKINGTONPIMBLOTTPINCHINPORTER
POTTERPOYSERPRESTONPRICEPRINCE
PRITCHARDRADFORDRAINSRAPPRATCLIFFE
READREDFERNREDSHAWREYNOLDSRHODES
RICHARDSONRILEYRIMMERROBINSROBINSON
ROLLINROPERROSWARNEROWLANDSABINE
SAFFORDSAINTSALTSANDALLSANDERS
SAVAGESCHEERMANNSEALYSEEDSSENIOR
SHARDLOWSHAWSHELDONSHENTONSHEPPARD
SHIMWELLSHOLTOSIMPSONSIMSSLACK
SLATERSMARTSMEDLEYSMITHSNEAD/EYD
SNOWSOUTHAMSPARHAMSPENCESPENCER
SPENDLOVESPRAYSQUIRESSTAFFORDSTALEY
STANLEYSTATHAMSTEEPLESSTEERSTERLAND
STEVENSSTEVENSONSTONESTORERSTREET
STUBBSSTURTONSUMMERFORDSURTEESSUTTON
SWIFTSWINDELL/LETALBOTTATLOWTAYLOR
TEMPESTTHOMPSONTHORNTONTHORPETILL
TIPPERTIVEYTOMLINSONTOWETUNSTALL
TURNERTWIGGETYRELLULRICHUNDERWOOD
UPTONVALEVALLENCEVANWAGER
WAINWAINWRIGHTWALDRONWALKERWALL
WALLISWALTERSWALTONWANFORDWARD
WARDMANWASSWATERFIELDWATSONWATTERSON
WATTSWAYWELLWEBBWEBSTERWEEKS
WESTONWETTONWHEATCROFTWHEELDONWHEELER
WHITEWHITTAKERWHYMANWIGLEYWILBRAHAM
WILD(E)WILDGOOSEWILKINSONWILLETTSWILLIAMS
WILSONWINSONWISTONWITHAMWOOD
WOODFORDWOODHOUSEWOODLIFFEWOOLNOTHWRIGHT
YATESYEOMANS   

NAMES APPEARING IN THE CHURCH MEMORIALS, BUT NOT IN THE CEMETERY

ANABLEARMSTRONGATKINBALDWINBARLOW
BARRATTBAXTERBEASTALLBEDFORDBEEDHAM
BEESLEYBENTONBERESFORTHEBLOUNTBOUSFIELD
BRADBOURNBRADSHAWBRITLANDBROADWAYBROOKER
BROSTERBROUGHBUSBYCADMANCAIGER
CALTONCANEYCANTRELLCARYERCHALONER
CHANDOS-POLECHARLESWORTHCHASTLETONCOCKAYNECOLLINSON
CORBETTCOTTERILLCRAPPERCROMEDALE
DALRYMPLEDRAKESDRAYCOTTDRUMMOND-HAYDUROE
EDGEEDWARDSELEYEYTONFAGG
FARRANDFAWTHROPFIELDFRASERFROBISHER
GARRATTGEMGODMANGORDONGRAYSON
GRESLEYGRIFFINGRUNDYHALEHAM
HARRINGTONHARRISHAWKINSHAYHIGGOTT
HODGSONHODNETTHOLBROOKHOOLEYHOULGATE
HOWSLEYHUMPHREYSHYRONINCEINETT
IRTONJEBBJESSOPJOWITTJOYNSON
LAKINLANGRISHLEICESTERLEVYLEWTAS
LIGGINSLONGLYBURGHMASONMASSON
MCCREERYMELBOURNEMOIRMOLESWORTHMOUNTNEY
MUNDAYMYTTONNIETTOLSONNORMANNUTTALL
NYILASSYPACKERPAGEPICKERINGPOWELL
PRATREPTONRICHARDSROLFROSSELL
ROUTLEDGESATTERFIELDSEVERNESHALLCROSSSHELLEY
SHERRINSHIPLEYSHUTTLEWORTHSKINNERSMYHTH
SOTHERNSOWDENSOWTERSPATEMANSPONDAI
STIRZAKERSTORRSSTOYTESTRUTTSTUFFIN
SWEETINGSWINBANKTHOMASTHORNHILLTHURMAN
TILLARDTOPHAMTOPLISTORRTRAVIS
UPDALEVENABLESWALSERWATERHOUSEWHITEHEAD
WILLUGHBYWILMOTWRAGG  

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