Bagshaw's 1846 TD - Calke

Bagshaw's 1846 Trade Directory of Derbyshire


CALKE parish and small rural village, 4½ miles N. by E. from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, and 10 miles S. from Derby, contains 710 acres of fertile land, 12 houses, and 55 inhabitants, of whom 21 are males and 34 females.  Population in 1801 was 96 ; in 1831, 58 ; rateable value, £1,198.  Sir John Harpur Crewe is the lord of the manor, sole owner, impropriator, and patron of the church, St Gilesís, a perpetual curacy valued at £34.  Rev. James Dean, incumbent.  The church is a neat structure, on a rising ground a little north from the abbey, it was built by Sir George Crewe, Bart., in 1826, it has an embattled tower and one bell, is neatly pewed and has an organ.  There is a neat marble monument to Sir John and Lady Catharine Harpur.  The churchyard is surrounded with fine elm trees on three sides.  A convent of Augustine friars was formed here before 1161, and afterwards removed to Rependon.  The Abbey is a large stone mansion situated in a valley surrounded by a well wooded park of about 300 acres, well stocked with fallow deer.  The south front is very handsome, two flights of stone steps lead to the portico, the pediment of which is supported by four large stone columns.  The stables and out-offices are very extensive.  There are two entrance lodges in Ticknall parish from the Ashby road.  It was built by Sir John Harpur Crewe, Bart.  The parish is joined to no Poor Law Union, as the noble owner undertakes to keep the poor from being chargeable.  The poor inhabitants are eligible to the Hospital at Ticknall.

Crewe Sir John Harpur Bart., The Abbey
Hudson John, Gamekeeper, The Lodge
Land William, Lodge keeper
Marshall Sarah, School
Palmer Charles, Farmer, Parsonage
Pegg Miss Mary, Farmer
Shaw William, Lodge keeper
Sutton Mrs Mary, Housekeeper, The Abbey
Vernon John Gardener, The Abbey
Wheldon Miss Amelia
Woodward Charles, Corn miller


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