Mr. and Mrs. Childs

After the Merry emporium, Mrs. John Childs had the next shop  for millinery, costumes, etc. 
This was 10 Market Place.
Mr. John Childs was a china dealer.
He had the prison attached to the old Butter Market. The inner cell he used as a store.
When the weather was fine, Mr. Childs arranged his china outside the prison, had a chair against the door, and here he sat waiting for his customers.

John Childs was born in Oxton, Nottinghamshire about 1806.  In 1842 he married Elizabeth Brentnall, of the Burr Lane Brentnall family.

Bagshaw’s Directory of 1846 includes him as a ‘glass and china dealer’ in the Market Place area, where he used the Roundhouse as a store-room for furniture after it was no longer needed as a ‘lock-up’.

In the early 1860’s the Childs moved into Bath Street, close to Joseph Carrier, when John was then also a furniture dealer.

In February 1883 ‘Mrs. Childs’ retired as teacher at the Sunday School of the United Methodist Free Church in South Street .. a post she had held for 58 years. (IA 1883)

John Childs retired from business in March 1877 and in July moved into Market Street where he died in January 1891, aged 85.
He was buried in Stanton Road Cemetery.
Elizabeth had died of bronco-pneumonia in Market Street in January 1885, aged 76.

Gap Alert !! Mr. and Mrs. Childs, who had no children, adopted a niece - Millicent Fisher. The adopted niece?  Born in 1843 I believe that Millicent Fisher appears on the 1851 census living at Kimberley as the daughter of framework knitter and widower George. His wife Maria (nee Spencer) had died in 1848. He may have been the son of Francis Sison Fisher and Frances (nee Brentnall). The 1926 Adoption Act introduced legal adoption into England and Wales in 1927. Before that date informal and private arrangements akin to what we might regard as fostering or guardianship were commonplace, with few if any relevant records.


The Oddfellows were organisations set up to care for and protect their members in times of hardship.

John Childs had joined the Duke of Rutland Lodge of Oddfellows, M.U.F.S. (Manchester Unity Friendly Society), on its opening night in Ilkeston in July 1828 and was a member up to his death. Thus the Pioneer referred to him as “probably the oldest Oddfellow in the Midland Counties”. (IP Jan 1891)
In 1831 John served as ‘NG’ (Noble Grand) of his lodge.

In July 1866 this Lodge held its triennial dinner and festival at the Sir John Warren — a sorry affair relative to previous occasions. To deter the too frequent ‘celebrations’ of such lodges, regulations were now in place such that the costs of such festivities could not be paid for out of lodge funds; members now had to be charged and this pushed up the price of the ‘bill of fare’.
Many in the Rutland Lodge therefore chose to avoid this expense and stayed away — not a single procession took place.
But not everything was cancelled.
‘At ten o’clock (am), the beautiful flag was hoisted out of the lodge-room, bearing suitable emblems of the objects of the order — provision for the sick and distressed, comfort for the bereaved widow and orphans.
‘The room was tastefully decorated with evergreens and flowers, and a sumptuous dinner was provided which reflected great praise to the worthy host and hostess.
‘The committee engaged the services of our talented townsmen, Mr. Joseph Tilson, and Mr. J. Goddard, sen, who rendered efficient aid in their capacity as musicians.
‘P.G. John Ball, the secretary, read the following report; —

 — “In 1863 (the last festival) this lodge consisted of 261 members. Since then we have enlisted 50 amongst us. Six members and eight members’ wives have died. The total number good on our books at the present time is 310, 52 of whom pay their contributions into other lodges.
“During the three years we have relieved 168 members in time of sickness at a cost of £690, and up to the latter part of 1865 we had but four superannuated members, but now we have six receiving each a pension of  4s per week, and will continue to do so while they live, at a cost of £62 8s per annum.
“Also, during the three years we have paid £100 for deceased members, and members’ deceased wives, and numerous cases of distress have been alleviated.
“In a financial point of view this lodge is one of  the most prosperous in the unity”.

‘ …. ten o’clock (pm), when the company broke up, after a meeting of perfect harmony and conviviality’. (IP)

At that time the income for the Lodge came from a fortnightly subscription of 8d per member, plus an interest of £160 p.a. from capital.

There was a Female Friendly Society in Ilkeston which met around the corner at the Independent Chapel in Pimlico and was also known as ‘Shaw’s Club’, (after the Rev. Joshua Shaw of that chapel?)
It was dissolved in January 1876, after more than 60 years of existence, although no new members had been admitted to the society for over 20 years. Thus the majority of its members were old and infirm, and a constant strain on its funds. In the past, sick pay had often been suspended or reduced in order to keep the Club functioning. At its dissolution, funds of £200 were in the coffers to be distributed amongst 96 members.


Traffic Alert !! January 4th 1887 …. Wrong Gear !!

In 1887 draper Thomas Blood (of the Blood Brothers) had his shop at this site. A brewer’s cart belonging to Daybrook Brewery was delivering stock to the Market Inn (almost) next door when the horse attached to it started to back up. Before it could be brought under control, the cart had gone into the large plate glass window of the drapery, smashing it to fragments. The window was not insured !!


Surely not time for another drink ?!?  What a fortuitous coincidence ! We have just arrived at newly-replenished Market Tavern…. there it  is on the extreme right.