Fritchley’s farm

“Here was Fritchley’s farm yard, with stables on the right and a joiner’s shop over them, and a butcher’s shop; their double-fronted house, with grass plot, stood on the bank, with a wall in front.”

Born in Cossall, Nottinghamshire about 1791, the son of John and Elizabeth (nee Wilson), William Fritchley was the Bath Street farmer and butcher who later moved into New Street. Thus he was moving from one house close to the property of Henry Carrier, son of Henry and Elizabeth (nee Smith) to another house next to Henry Carrier, son of Anchor and Betty (nee George). The two Henrys were first cousins.

We have encountered William in New Street. He had married Ann Dodson in April 1818 at Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, and she was a younger sister of Mary, the first wife of tallow chandler Moses Mason senior.

The 1841 census shows William in East Street, but by 1846 he and his family have moved to these premises in Bath Street where they were to remain until the mid 1860’s when they moved into New Street. The Bath Street premises included a dwelling house with garden and outbuildings, a cowhouse, a joiner’s workshop, a butcher’s shop, and pasture land (called Home Close).

William and Ann had at least 11 children of which four — Henry I, Ann, Henry II and Elizabeth — died in infancy.

Of the other children….

Frederick, born in 1820, moved to Wood End, Heanor, where in 1841 he was an apprentice framesmith with William Soar. In 1860 he married ‘the boss’s daughter’ Dorothy Rebecca Soar and continued to live at Wood End and to work as a framesmith.
Charles, born in 1825, moved to London where he married Sarah Ann Baker in 1853 and traded as a licensed victualler.
John (1826), Catherine (1832) and James (1833) remained unmarried, lived together at the family home in East Street, then Bath Steet and finally New Street/Station Road into the 1890’s.
William junior, born in 1828, a joiner by trade, married Sarah Jane Bennett on March 6th 1853 at Derby — she was the daughter of miller John and Maria (nee Harrison). He died in Bath Street on December 8th 1866, ‘after a severe and long illness’. (IP)
Thomas Dodson, born in 1829, worked in the grocery trade and on May 25th 1869 married his first cousin Sarah Fritchley, daughter of Cossall farmer Richard and Hannah (nee Wheatley). We shall meet him presently at the shop of draper  Joseph Carrier.

Ann Fritchley died in New Street on April 24th 1865 (recorded age 70) and her husband William Fritchley died in the same street on August 26th 1872 (recorded age 84).


And now a row of shops.