The Goddard family
In the second house lived Mr. John Goddard, a machinist at Carrier’s.
John Goddard, lacemaker son of Jonathon and Kitty (nee Daykin), was one of at least ten children and married Ruth Brown in April 1830. His wife was one of at least eight children of Thomas, stockingweaver, and Ann (nee Rawdin) and thus sister of John Rawdin whom we met in Burr Lane.
He had three sons and one daughter.
Ilkeston Brass Band
The Ilkeston Brass Band was held in high esteem by the Pioneer which in 1857 enquired “where is there a country band to equal that of Ilkeston?”
The newspaper had learned that the musical ensemble had recently acquired a serious debt after a purchase of new music, triangles, cymbals etc. and prefaced its public appeal for donations with a eulogy to the group.
“Who, among our 7000 inhabitants, has not frequently been captivated by its dulcet and enlivened strains? Do not townsmen and strangers alike bear testimony to the high musical skill displayed in the performances of the Ilkeston Band?”
A few months later and the same newspaper was floating the idea that the band should extend its practice venues.
The musicians had been frequenting the town’s taverns and playing to the clientele therein. Perhaps there was a hint of self-interest in this choice of venue?….it is said that one Vicar of St. Mary’s, James Horsburgh, referring to the band a few years later, remarked that it and the bell-ringers ‘would drink ale until it came out of their boot-tops’.
The Pioneer suggested that the group should play on the Cricket Ground to a wider, more diffuse audience which would doubtless pay “to a general fund for the use of the band, as some compensation for the satisfaction they had thus enjoyed”. It felt that the experience would be morally uplifting for the town’s population.
And almost at the same time the band did indeed begin to play at the Cricket Ground venue, every Monday evening, weather permitting.
Lacemaker John Goddard of North Street was a member of the band for many years and bandmaster since about 1853.
On his death in January 1877 the Pioneer referred to him as ‘the father of music’ in Ilkeston and one of the principal promoters of the band. His funeral at St. Mary’s Church was attended by all the band’s members.
Four of his sons, at one time or another, played in the band.
Ilkeston Brass Band members, 1864, as recalled by an Old Resident (1917)…
James Baker, lacemaker of Chapel Street, sons James (born 1839), Matthew (1844) and Aaron (1847).
Frederick Flint, tailor of Lawn Road.
Brothers John and William Rawdin Goddard, lacemakers and two of John Goddard’s sons.
Alfred George Branham, son of George and Hannah (nee Goddard) and nephew of the brothers Goddard.
Weaver Row resident, lacemaker Henry Harrison (big drum).
John Phillips, mining contractor, and Amos Boam, miner.
Samuel Aldred, lacemaker, for many years of Spring Garden Terrace. He later became leader and retired in 1876. On his retirement, after a 30 year career, a party was held at the Prince of Wales in Bath Street where he was presented with an ink stand with a walnut surround, inscribed …
“Presented by the Ilkeston Brass Band to S. Aldred, late bandmaster, January 22nd 1876”.
Joining later were….
George Goddard, lacemaker and a younger brother of the same Goddards. (cornopean)
Henry (Harry) Isaac Goddard, son of Catherine Goddard (who later married Norman Straw) and nephew of the Goddard brothers.
At the time of his recollections in 1917, Old Resident thought that William Rawdin Goddard was the only member of the band surviving: he died on June 4th 1924 at 23 Wood Street, aged 84, just over a year after his wife, Maria (nee Ball), died at the same address, and also aged 84.
Old Resident was present when the Band played to celebrate the end of the Crimean War, 1856. The players were accommodated in a farmer’s wagon, painted blue, which stood ‘on the junction’, now part of the Market Place.
In 1877 members of the band were kitted out in a new military-style uniform which made its debut appearance at the General Havelock Inn when the band played for the ‘Prince of Wales’ Lodge (G.U.O.)
As so often in Ilkeston, we find ourselves walking once more upwards — this time to High Street