And who do we have here ?
Walking down Bath Street to Mount Street we meet Charles Chadwick, Elijah Higgett, Joseph Hallam , John McKenna and George Purcell.
From the Ilkeston Pioneer of November 1860. © Trustees of NEWSPLAN2000In 1866 Charles applied to the Local Board for permission to place his baskets in front of his shop, as usual. However as the road was a public one, the Board concluded that if he was given permission then other tradesmen would follow suit. And rules were rules !! His application was thus refused. But what rules and regulations Charles had to follow should also be followed by others. In October 1875 Charles accused William Smith, draper of the Market Place, with obstructing the street. He had found two large boxes belonging to William on the pavement in front of the draper’s shop in the Market Place, waiting to be taken to the railway station. There were also some goods for sale placed in front of the shop window and this was too much for the greengrocer. He had had enough !! – he complained and took the case to the Petty Sessions – of course !! William was very put out by this. The boxes were only there for a very short time until the drayman arrived to take them away, an explanation which the magistrates accepted. Hence the draper was fined 1s and costs – but only for obstructing the road with his ‘sale goods’ However, three days after reporting William’s ‘crime’ -- on Thursday (Statute day) and dicing with death -- Charles erected his market stall out in the horse road and next to the draper’s premises. It was when he then placed a few large baskets in front of William's drapery store and added a couple of planks to extend his stall that William had had enough!! To him this was wilful obstruction of the highway. What else could he do but complain ? It was his civic duty. Nothing to do with 'tit for tat' !! Hence, at the same Petty Sessions the greengrocer was fined 1s and costs.
From the Ilkeston Pioneer of November 1860 © Trustees of NEWSPLAN2000Early one Sunday morning in February 1862, Elijah’s Bath Street premises were broken into. A pane of glass was taken out of a rear window and goods to the value of £10 were taken…..a roll of cloth, pairs of trousers, coats, etc, and a ‘monstrous bludgeon’ was left in the shop by the burglars. In March 1878 – after 22 years in the drapery business – Elijah opened a new shop, next door to the old one. Now he was at number 9 Bath Street. He developed a prosperous business in Bath Street and lived there with Elizabeth and two sons until she died in May 1885, aged 52. Two years later, in April 1887, at the General Baptist Chapel in Loughborough, Elijah married Mary Ann Clemerson, daughter of Loughborough brazier and ironmonger Henry and Betsy (nee Riste) and cousin to his first wife. In the later 1880’s the couple had a home at Charnwood House in St Mary Street. In the 1890’s they moved to the Loughborough area eventually to settle in that town, living close to the home of William Armstrong -- who was previously married to Mary Ann’s aunt, Harriet Clemerson. My thanks to John Daykin who has contributed a detailed account of the family history of Elijah and Elizabeth Higgett, which forms the content of the next page. In April 1878 into number 8a Bath Street moved The Sun Tea Company – slightly below Joseph Carrier’s drapery, on the other side of Bath Street. At number 8 Bath Street was Herbert Bostock – formerly a coalminer but now a grocer and confectioner. He was the son of lacemaker William and Sarah (nee Henshaw) and in August 1877 had married Harriet Trueman, daughter of Durham Ox landlord John and Ann (nee Cope). His younger brother Owen had married Sarah Trueman, sister of Harriet, in July 1874. In September 1881 Herbert was granted a licence to sell beer on his refreshment house premises – from his father-in-law’s brewery? – provided they were for consumption on the premises.
Two Bath Street cottages.
Again, in Bath Street, before we pass Purcell’s chemist’s shop, we see two whitewashed cottages, standing back from the road, with low wall, in front.