Adeline writes … “The next two shops were taken by Mr. William Merry (?) and his two sons, William and Jim.
This family came from Derby. They all attended the Independent Chapel in Pimlico”.
This was 11 Market Place.
Remember this scene ?
The Borough Arms on the right, the Harrow Inn just peeking out, and newsagent Nelson Bestwick. (Jim Beardsley)
The Lower Market Place in 2015 , with the Harrow Inn (minus the ‘Harrow Corner’). We are now walking, right to left from the Inn
It was Thomas Merry not William who initially set up shop in the Market Place as grocer, druggist and ironmonger.
He had married Elizabeth Cholerton, daughter of Derby coach timber bender Thomas and Mary (nee Stansby), in May 1832 and the couple had four sons and a daughter — William, John, Thomas, Ann and James.
This shop was previously occupied by grocer and chemist Thomas Harrison who had left the town about 1842/3 and then by John Buxton.
Thomas Merry had learned his trade from John Sandars, grocer, and hop and seed merchant of the Market Place in Derby (Alderman, J.P. and later Mayor of Derby).
The Merry family moved from Derby about the autumn of 1846 to settle in the Market Place of Ilkeston.
Advertising its wares in the 1850’s, the Merry store offered groceries, tea, tobacco, freshly roasted coffee, genuine drugs and chemicals (prepared as ordered by the Pharmacopoeias of the Royal College of Physicians), doctors’ prescriptions and family recipes made up, horse and cattle medicines, Turner’s celebrated Black Plaster, Holloway’s pills and ointment, Patterson’s smut eradicator, Merry’s own furniture cream, fish and seed oils, turpentine, paints, colours, bird seed, brushes of all kinds, ironmongery, brass goods, riddles, nails, screws, a variety of shovels and spades….all items of top quality and reasonably priced.
Thomas Merry died in Derby in September 1871, aged 76.
William and Elizabeth Hannah retired to Parkhyrst, below, in Park Avenue.
After the Merry emporium we are at the shop of Mr. and Mrs. Childs.