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Bradwell, Ancient and Modern

Excerpt from Bradwell, Ancient and Modern: History of the Parish and Incidents in the Hope Valley District; Being Collections and Recollections in a Peakland Village This little volume has been issued in response to a desire expressed by many that the articles should not remain buried in the files of a newspaper. Hence, the subject matter has undergone revision, and with additions, and many illustrations, it makes its appearance in book form. In the work of love in which he has been engaged it has been the author's desire to place on permanent record information collected during many years, so as to place this matter in the hands of those who care to interest themselves in these "collections and recollections of a Peakland village," and it is to the kind encouragement and assistance of the proprietors of the "Derbyshire Courier" that this has been made possible. It has, of course, been necessary to consult many publications in order to procure reliable information, and to these the author has laid himself under tribute, especially the journals of the Derbyshire Archaeological Society. And there are others to whom he desires to tender his sincere thanks. To W. H. G. Bagshawe, Esq. J. P., D. L., of Ford Hall, he is indebted for a great deal of valuable information relating to the Apostle of the Peak and early Nonconformity; to Edward G. Bagshawe, Esq., solicitor, Sheffield, for the loan of M.S. of his late father, Benjamin Bagshawe; to Sydney Taylor, Esq., B.A., of Buxton; to N. J. Hughes-Hallett. Esq., Clerk of the Peace, for his courtesy in allowing the inspection of county records; to the Vicars of Hope and Bradwell, and to the authorities of the Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist Chapels, for their kindness in placing their registers at his disposals to the Rev. R. S. Redfern, for information relating to the old chapel; and to Mr. Walter Morton, for the loan of the precious letters of his distinguished ancestor. There are many others the author desires to thank for assistance rendered, including those who have so kindly granted him the loan of photographs, and in this connection he tenders his warmest thanks to Chas. E. Bradshaw Bowles, Esq., J.P., lord of the manor of Abney, and editor of the Derbyshire Archaeological Journal, for the loan of valuable plates. The old houses, church, chapels, etc., are from the camera of Mr. H. V. Tanfield. But especially does he desire gratefully to acknowledge the kindness and encouragement received from the noblemen, ladies, and gentlemen, whose names are in the List of Subscribers. To those who may say that the author has overstepped the bounds of the village, it may be said that to toe a strict topographical line in these things is difficult, and he has related incidents in the surrounding villages that will cause a wider interest to be taken in the book. With these remarks he craves the indulgence of the public for the imperfections of these "collections and recollections in a Peakland village." About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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