Derby Society (WDS) members and guests went on three outings over the summer
there was the ever-popular Mystery Tour on 19 June which included some
wandering around Wirral before we crossed the border into
The only fly in the ointment was that the coach microphone didn’t work so the
chairman had to shout announcements, before giving up. (The coach company was
later apologetic but it was all down to the previous hirer, apparently, who
every seat was taken on the coach and most took some refreshment at the
Loggerheads Inn. The full title is The Three Loggerheads – the original sign
(now in an art gallery) showed two loggerheads (dunces): the third is the
viewer. Shakespeare mentions a similar sign.
The next foray was the day trip to Bakewell and Haddon Hall on 6
July, a glorious sunny day and a full coach. About half the group stayed in
Bakewell for lunch and to enjoy the sights from visiting the fairground to
watching big trout lazily swimming in the river.
Hall, home of the Manners family (Dukes of Rutland) for hundreds of years,
offers unique historical insights for the visitor.
It was maintained but unoccupied for generations so escaped some of the more
intrusive restoration popular with the Victorians.
We were given a concessionary rate as a group and made to feel very welcome.
Entering this courtyard we had a choice of where to start exploring – from a
hidden wall authorised by King John, to the chapel, kitchen or banqueting hall.
The kitchen, linked to a pantry and buttery, is a revelation.
Dating back to the 14th century, the kitchen is little changed since
The isolation of the house ensured its survival over the centuries and it is one
of the finest surviving examples.
Deep troughs in the doorsteps appear to be drainage channels. They were worn
down by the feet of countless generations of servants rushing hither and
Elsewhere Victorian restorers would have ripped them out but thankfully not
The final outing was closer to home. Several Society members met at
Left to right: Stephanie Grogan, Stephen Guy and
Raina and Eric Preston.
Society members are pictured in the Hornby Library which is now open to library
users for the first time. Previously rarely opened, it contains a remarkable
collection of rare books housed on custom-built, glazed shelves.
Our informative guide took us to see the highlights of the new facility from the
soaring entrance atrium to the restored and refurbished circular Picton Library.
Like today’s libraries – including the British Library in
The biggest surprise came at the end of the walkabout when we visited the roof.
There is a public open space enjoying unusual views across the city.
the 1920s the Edge Hill area of
It was primarily made up of neat terraced houses and was an area deemed fit by
the Watch Committee as an area where police officers could be allowed to reside.
The residents were serviced by the busy vibrant shopping district on
The policing of the area fell to F Division with stations on Durning and
Lawrence Roads -the area was close to the B Division border with stations at
Olive and Prescot Streets.
As the 1920s progressed it became apparent that a good class shop-breaker had
taken a liking to the
burglar was no fool, choosing his targets and times well. The police increased
patrols in the area but the burglaries continued. CID enquiries drew a blank.
On Tuesday morning
They discovered that the shop had been broken into and the safe weighing 8 ½
cwt, containing the weekend’s takings of £146, had been taken along with
other goods, mainly cigarettes, to a total value of £205 (more than £4,000
The offenders climbed over the low front gates, through a fanlight then came and
went via the front door.
Some time had been taken in removing the safe. Police believed the thieves had
broken in on Saturday night knowing that the shop would not be visited until
Tuesday morning - it was the Whit Bank Holiday weekend.
The CID naturally judged that a trolley or transport of some sort was used to
remove the safe. Local enquiries drew a blank, including from the criminal
fraternity. No one knew anything about the job.
A short time after the break-in a handcart was reported missing from premises in
Harbord St near to today’s Wavertree Rd Police Station. The cart was later
found in a side street near
During July 1923 Det Sgt Robert McNabb visited a garage / scrap yard in Back
yard was searched and the safe was found buried but empty. Francis and Arthur
were arrested and interviewed. The
Ward said that they were led into the crime by a former police constable called
Reid whom they had met through a shop-breaking case that Ward and his brother
had committed in 1921.
Francis Dudley claimed they had only done the job because they were hungry,
thinking it would be easy as the police were involved. All
has been pushed through the fanlight and opened the door for the others. The
safe was removed whilst Pcs Barrett and
Barratt helped remove a marble counter in order to shift the safe. Another
unnamed man was involved who may have been Cuthbert Dudley or possibly another
The front ornamental gate had been removed and the safe trundled out of the
front door and along
The CID soon traced Ward. He described himself as a chauffeur but was really a
Detectives interviewed Ward whose account revealed the burglars as three police
officers. They patrolled beats around
During the Co-op break in they had enlisted his help in transporting the safe to
the scrap yard. He had gone to the premises in Harbord St, stolen the handcart
then assisted in the removal and burial of the safe.
stated that he had been recruited by Reid on the Saturday of the break-in. At
on the Sunday he picked up Reid and Barrett, (who was in uniform). He was
directed to the Co-op then Reid’s house where cigarettes were shared out –
he was given about 300. He was present when the safe was forced open and saw
Barrett reach in and take cash which he placed in his cape pocket. They took the
cash to Reid’s house where it was divided up, each getting about £14.
The police officers were quickly identified – Reid had been dismissed shortly
before the break-in.
The CID began to close in on them but ex-Pc Reid, described as the leader, got
wind of what was going on and escaped to the
trial in 1925 at Manchester Assizes (Crown Court) where the
Ward entered a plea of guilty to the burglary at the Co-op and was sentenced to
12 months penal servitude. He then gave evidence against his co-accused.
The defence put up a spirited fight, doing its best to foist all the blame on to
the missing Reid.
The two police officers were found guilty of the Co-op break-in and were
sentenced to three years penal servitude. The jury asked that mercy be shown to
the officers because they believed that Reid had been the instigator and brains
behind the conspiracy. After the trial, but before sentencing,
Det Insp Caine stated that 24 cases of shop-breaking had
taken place on the officers’ beats. Barrett had reported finding three or four
of the breaks while
passing sentence His Lordship said that the recommendation for mercy would be
forwarded to the right quarter but it must be remembered that these men were
members of a body whose duty it was to protect the property of the public.
After the police strike of 1919 Liverpool City Police had to replace almost
1,000 men as soon as possible. Jobs were hard to find and recruits came from far
and wide to fill the depleted ranks. The sacked strikers of 1919 stated at the
time that Liverpool Police rushed into replacing them and took on inferior men.
At the time of the trial the strikers voiced the opinion that they had been
right and the police had been infiltrated by criminals.
Reid had been convicted of receiving stolen goods prior to joining the police.
Barrett had been required to resign from the City Surveyor’s office due to
irregularities in petty cash. He died in 1959 in
Ward was born circa 1892 and died in
There is no trace of his two brothers but there is a record of Francis Dudley
was born in
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to my article in the last Newsletter , Andy Richardson (deputy
me that his phone is now the oldest continuously-rented phone in the UK., having
been in use since 1936. In 2nd place is a BT customer in
Mustang aircraft being
Keep on Truckin’
sight of seven lorries carefully stacked was NOT seen in West Derby – BUT if
they don’t stop building houses on good land this may soon be the norm.
(Gleeson Transport General Carriers -
ancient Molyneux family ended with the death of Hugh, last Earl of Sefton, in
had been around since the Battle of Hastings where his ancestor, a knight called
William de Moulins, distinguished himself.
family settled near the
Many of the original Saxon owners were displaced and replaced by
The Molyneuxes settled in
The muniment cupboards in West Derby Courthouse bear this date and are believed
to have originally been at Sefton Hall.
Molyneuxes were warriors for countless generations. Sir Richard Molyneux was
4th Earl of Sefton, fought in the Crimean War.
was one of the most dynamic members of the family, carrying out alterations to
Croxteth Hall and the estate, and rebuilding much of
His philanthropic work included paying for St
Here he and most of his relatives were laid to rest. Previously family members
had been interred at
The Molyneuxes often preferred to worship at St
Until the 1950s there was a private drive from Croxteth Hall leading to a lodge
in the peaceful churchyard the Molyneux family lie in peace. The last to be laid
to rest here was the Hon Richard Molyneux, brother of the 6th Earl
– he died in 1954.
that time his nephew, the last Earl, had sold large amounts of land in the area
which was being developed as an overspill town for
final two Molyneuxes are not buried at Kirkby.
last Earl’s brother, Cecil, was just 16 when he was killed in the Battle of
Jutland and was buried at sea. There is a memorial stone at St
the end of his life the last Earl visited the graves at Kirkby and decided he
did not want to be buried there.
He and his wife Josephine (died 1980) are remembered on stones set into the
exterior walls of Christ Church near his former Abbeystead home in
Lancashire, with breath-taking views over the countryside.
Cecil is remembered on the nearby war memorial.
fascinating story of
nine-page illustrated feature researched and written by WDS chairman and Lowlands
director Stephen Guy sheds light on the previously unknown past of the Grade
II-listed former merchant’s house.
The attractive 132-page book is lavishly illustrated with 120 photographs.
It has a total of 14 articles with subjects ranging from
are available at just £5.99 each post free. Please send a cheque / postal order
made out to Stephen Guy at Lowlands, 13 Haymans Green, West Derby,
Liverpool L12 7JG.
group of friends loved their local pub in
was the early 1970s and the pals were determined to save their beloved hostelry,
which was built in Edwardian times.
They acquired the ornate building, had the bricks and other bits carefully
numbered and transported the lot to the tramway museum at Crich, near Matlock in
The fabric was piled in a field. Over a 10-year period a volunteer transported
the pub bit by bit in his car to his home where he lovingly cleaned and restored
He returned everything to the field and eventually helped to rebuild the Red
Lion at Crich where it continues to operate as a pub.
the Derby Assembly Rooms were transferred to Crich in1976.
got me musing about how people with vision can achieve almost anything.
not move the whole of