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.
Second son Henry Belfield Clay lived unmarried with his parents at the Mundy Arms. He traded as a plumber and from June 1887 was licensed victualler at the Mundy Arms, when the license was transferred from his father.
When the latter died at the Mundy Arms in 1896 Henry Belfield lived with sister Louisa at 202 Awsworth Road and died there in March 1915, aged 63.
Annie Belfield Clay became Mrs. Potter and lived sometime at the Park.
The next daughter, Annie, married John Cecil Potter, youngest son of Samuel and Ann (nee Streets) of the Park on November 29th, 1881. Her husband died in 1885 after which Annie’s father Henry managed the farm at the Park for his widowed daughter.
Sarah Jane, the youngest daughter married George Barker, Draper, Bath Street.
The youngest daughter was Sarah Jane and Bath Street draper George Barker was her second husband.
She had married her first husband, surgeon Albert Glen Murray Roland, in May 1880 and the couple lived ‘comfortably’ in private rooms, close to her parents, for 18 months.
Only a month after the marriage it was reported that Sarah Jane had slipped on the steps of her pantry — her injuries were sufficiently severe as to warrant the consistent attention of two doctors for several days, after which she recovered her health.
The couple then moved into other rooms in the same street by which time Albert’s physical mistreatment of his wife had begun.
A second move in 1886 found them renting rooms above the Bath Street shop of butcher William Twells but persistent abuse and assaults continued, sometimes born out of Albert’s jealousy and belief that Sarah Jane was ‘unfaithful’. According to the latter this treatment had led her to be in fear of her life at times, such that in September 1888 she applied for a judicial separation, accusing the surgeon of assault.
At the subsequent Petty Sessions hearing, through his solicitor, Albert complained of ‘very great provocation’ and alluded to ‘everyday squabbles’ and reciprocal accusations.
But the Bench did not buy his attempts to deflect blame and he was convicted of assault, fined with costs — or one months’ imprisonment with hard labour — and ordered to pay 10s weekly towards Sarah Jane’s maintenance after an order for judicial separation was granted.
Albert had also been visiting Miss Lizzie Richards at Awsworth after the separation and possibly before — but not in a professional capacity.
In January of the following year Albert was back in Court, accused of disobeying the magistrate’s order to pay maintenance for Sarah Jane. By that time he had left Ilkeston, was unable to find business elsewhere and was destitute.
“His mind was completely unhinged by the unhappy difference with his wife, and he was not considered responsible for his actions”. (DM).
The Bench was sympathetic but not sufficiently so, and determined that the law must take its course.
Thus Albert’s next month was spent in Derby jail but without hard labour.
However upon release he continued to disobey the maintenance order, though his increasingly erratic behaviour led him to be certified of unsound mind and be removed to Mickleover Lunatic Asylum in April.
In the following month, on the grounds of her husband’s cruelty and adultery Sarah Jane was granted a decree nisi, that being made absolute in November 1889.
Albert died in 1890 (at the Asylum?) and on Christmas Eve of that year Sarah Jane married her second husband when her marriage entry described her as ‘spinster’.
Sarah Jane’s second husband, George Henry Barker, was the youngest son of Albion Place lacemaker Samuel Sargent Barker and Hannah (nee Crooks) and was the nephew of George Barker of Malin House in St Mary Street, the Registrar of Births and Deaths.
Thus his aunt by marriage was Mary Barker (nee Malin) whose first husband was William Twells and whose son was Bath Street butcher William Twells junior, mentioned above.
All the Clay children were granted their mother’s maiden name of Belfield as a given name.
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.