Andrew Knighton notes

I have relating to the old Slade Chapel told to me by a cousin of my grandfather in 1987 when he was 95 who was brought up by my great great grandfather, Isaac Knighton, son-in-law of John Robinson. Unfortunately this old relative’s parents died in the 1898 typhoid outbreak, leaving 3 young boys to be brought up by their mother’s parents (Sarah and Isaac Knighton). It’s through this route that I have quite a lot  of family related ephemera – my family were hoarders.


Adeline Wells’ letters form the basis of the site and the contributions I’ve sent so far have been 19th century and intended to slot in around buildings or people you’ve already mentioned. However, looking at the site more closely, I think a lot more of my collection could be of interest (which I’d previously ruled out in my mind) and I’ve attached a few items, some of which fall into the 20th century. If any might be useful, let me know and I can scan them – the attached are only images using my old smartphone, so excuse the quality.
  • J Baines football cards for Ilkeston Town – see separate printed note. These were issued in their thousands for small clubs all over the country.
  • Children’s dance invitation for Minnie Columbine who I believe was the daughter of the manager of Carrier’s factory. She became Minnie Cartwright and gave me a number of old items relating to the Columbine family back in the mid-1980s.
  • Admission ticket for Mrs WB Columbine to the stand outside the town hall for the royal visit in 1914. Mrs Columbine was Minnie Columbine’s mother.
I also have a very large photograph of the Primitive Methodist band which my old relative said was taken outside the house of Isaac Potter who headed up the band. It’s predominantly the Shaw, Knighton and Potter men. The house was behind 99 Bath Street (opposite Woolworths) and accessed via an entry by 99 Bath Street, but I’ve never been able to find it on any maps. You might remember 99 Bath Street as the chip shop that only opened odd days, always very busy Saturday lunchtimes, and had no name above it hence we knew it as “99s”. If you had a knife and fork that matched, or matching plate/cup, you were lucky. Also the waitresses seemed to be all well into their 70s, at least. Quite an experience. Would it be worth me sending an image of the photo, with names?