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James Hithersay

The shop and house next to South Street Chapel was very old.

We are now opposite the Old Baptist Chapel in South Street at 39 South Street.

It belonged to Mr. James Hithersay, grocer, and his wife.
Mr. J. Hithersay was one of the leading men at the Baptist Chapel.
He was a grocer, and his wife, one son and two daughters, Ann and Mary, assisted him in the business.

Born in 1812, James Hithersay was the son of framework knitter Benjamin and Martha (nee Orchard).
After his marriage in 1834 to Ann (nee Bancroft), daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (nee Kirkby), he worked for a time as a lacemaker in Radford before returning to trade in South Street as a grocer.

There were at least nine children but six died in infancy — before Adeline was born.
Thus she remembers…..

  • Son James married and started as a grocer at the bottom of Market Street, in White Lion Square.

Born in 1837, eldest surviving child James was a grocer like his father.

  • Ann and Mary assisted their parents in their shop.

Ann and Mary lived together, unmarried, all their lives, Ann dying first at 10 Derby Road in 1914.
Mary died in November 1921, aged 72, at 94 Ash Street, the home of her niece Renee Whitmore.

James’s first wife Ann died in August 1863, aged 54.

Mrs. Hithersay was the second wife, she was a Scotch lady, a Miss Anderson, sister to one of the Baptist ministers.
This family were attendants at the South Street Baptist Chapel.
My father occasionally preached in the Chapel, and I used to go with him. After the service we would go across the street to Mr. James Hithersay’s house, and spend a little time with him, his wife and family.

Gap alert!   James senior married his second wife at Ilkeston Baptist Chapel in 1863 — a year before James junior married his first and only wife. She was widow Helen Johnston (nee Anderson) and possibly the sister of William Milroy Anderson, Baptist Minister and schoolmaster.

James Hithersay senior retired from the grocery trade in June 1879 when he sold his stock and copyhold premises in South Street and went to live at Lilac Grove in Beeston. The South Street shop was sold with living accommodation, gardens, warehouses and outbuildings. There was also an adjoining house with outbuildings included. The whole lot had a frontage to the street of 56 feet, was just over a quarter of an acre and had the advantage of extending right through to Albert Street.

James also sold his freehold field called Hare Hill Close – almost three acres – in Derby Road, where, on the west side of the field, Paul Hodgkinson’s Corn Mill stood. Prime land for building purposes!

(Two or more cottages, an opening leading to a cottage and the gardens) and then the premises of farmer Henry Tomlinson.