On the east side of Bath Street, on the edge of the Common was the Mundy Arms, kept by Mr. H. Clay.
Henry Levers Clay was the son of gardener John and Ruth (nee Levers), born in 1818 at Shipley where, when a young man, he traded as a plumber and glazier.
In June 1843 he married Ann Belfield, daughter of Shipley labourer Joseph and Mary (nee Boam) and seems to have moved into Bath Street in the mid 1850’s.
There he also traded as a beerhouse keeper and later innkeeper of the Mundy Arms.
Henry also held property in Awsworth Road. He had bought this as copyhold land in February 1867 and in December of the same year he enfranchised it.
It had been occupied by James Potter (coal merchant and brother of Samuel) who left it to his son-in law, Francis Nathaniel Greene — the latter had married Betty Phillips, the illegitimate daughter of James Potter and Sarah Phillips, in May 1842. On the 1841 census it was occupied by Alexander Mellor Barker whose niece, by marriage, was Betty Greene.
Henry Levers Clay died at the Mundy Arms on October 4th 1896, aged 77.
His wife Ann had died there in June 1888, aged 71.
Close to the Mundy Arms, in the early 1860’s, was the house of the police superintendent, his family and police force.
Behind the house was the town lock-up. This had been built by Thomas Hives.
Rutland Street was merely a road which led into fields.
Until the Gas Works were built there?
William Mellor on the Common.
The Common was next.
Adeline seems to be locating the southern limit of the Common at the bottom – that is the north end — of Bath Street.
The last shop and house that stood on the Common was owned by Mr. William Mellor, butcher, and it looked very picturesque as it stood under the trees.
‘The picturesque last shop and house on the Common’ was at 3 Granby Street where lived the family of butcher William Mellor junior, son of William and Rhoda (nee Palmer) and so brother of South Street bachelor butcher John.
In January 1852 he married Ann Boden of Morley, daughter of John and Ann (nee Woolley) and they spent all their married life in Granby Street.
In the early 1860’s William junior was a member of the ‘gallant 16th Derbyshire’ Volunteer Corps.
Ann died in October 1870, aged 51 from typhoid, and in 1876 William married again, to Bakewell-born Matilda Argile.
At the end of the century the Mellor family was still living at 3 Granby Street by which time William was a retired butcher.
And now up Heanor Road.