This page records various births, marriages, deaths and other anniversaries that were recorded in the parish of Somercotes, as reported in local newspapers and parish registers. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list, as all details of birth, marriage and death registrations can be found at www.freebmd.org.uk and other similar websites. This page will be updated from time to time.
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From the Derbyshire Times & Chesterfield Herald, published on 18 September 1936:
"Six bridesmaids wearing apple green satin, formed a bridal retinue for Miss Clarice Beet, of Sleetmoor Lane, Somercotes, at her marriage to Mr Frederick Cottam, of The Crescent, Selston on Saturday. The bride is the only daughter of Mr and Mrs George Beet. Her father is the old Derbyshire wicket keeper and present first class umpire and her only brother, Mr G H Beet is a wicket keeper and batsman on the MCC ground staff at headquarters. Her mother is well-known for her interest in the Women’s Own movement at Somercotes Salem Methodist Church, and also in music. The bride is a worker in the Sunday School at the Salem Methodist Church and has been teacher in the primary department for a number of years. She is a contralto vocalist and a member of the choir.
PHOTO: A group photograph taken at the wedding of Mr F Cottam and Miss Clarice Beet. Denis Smith of the Derbyshire County Cricket Team can be seen standing between the bride and groom.
The bridegroom is the only son of Mr and Mrs Frederick Cottam and is well-known in the Selston district.
The Rev. R E Birtwistle (Vicar) conducted the ceremony at Somercotes Parish Church. Mr E Richmond played bridal music and accompanied the hymn “Lead Us Heavenly Father”.
Given away by her father, the bride wore a gown of cream satin beaute with a long veil held in place by a halo of orange blossom and lilies, and had satin shoes. She carried a bouquet of cream roses, and wore a silver pendant with pearls, the gift of the bridegroom.
The bridesmaids were Misses Cynthia Goodwin, Riddings, Nora and Mary Cottam, Selston, sisters of the bridegroom, Miriam Beet, Marjorie Steeples and Sybil Holmes, Somercotes (cousins of the bride). They wore dresses of apple green satin trimmed with silver sequins and had headdresses of silver leaves and pink rose buds, and silver shoes. Each carried a bouquet of pink carnations and fern.
Mr Jack Doleman, Jacksdale was the best man, and Messrs E J Bainbridge, South Normanton and Sydney Beet, Somercotes (cousins of the bride) were ushers. Alen Steeples, Somercotes, made a presentation to the bride at the church door.
Rose petals were strewn in the path of the bride and bridegroom by the primary scholars of Somercotes Salem Methodist Sunday School and Master John Clark, son of Councillor J Clark, Leabrooks, presented the bride with a silver horse-shoe.
The bride’s mpther was attired in a floral dress of georgette and had a beige hat, and the bridegroom’s mother chose floral marocain with hat to match.
Ninety five guests, including Mr Denis Smith, the Somercotes member of the Derbyshire cricket team, and a number of local cricketers attended a reception at the Somercotes Salem Methodist schoolroom. Following the ceremony, Mr and Mrs Cottam left for their honeymoon, which is being spent at Blackpool. An oak fruit stand and enamel companion set were presented to the bride by colleagues employed at Messrs Geo. Edwards and Son, Ltd., hosiery works, Somercotes."
From the Derbyshire Times & Chesyerfield Herald published on 18 October 1930.
"GOLDEN WEDDING – MR & MRS JOHN BURTON – SOMERCOTES
Pear Tree Farm, Somercotes was the scene of a happy family gathering on Sunday, when Mr and Mrs John Burton celebrated their golden wedding. Mr Burton is the well-known local cab proprietor and farmer, and the marriage took place at Swanwick Baptist Chapel on October 12th 1880, the ceremony being performed by the late Mr J Simpson (father of the present registrar). Mrs Burton was the daughter of Matthew Hayes, formerly under-manager at Shady Pit, Birchwood, a famous Derbyshire preacher, widely known as “The Colliers Spurgeon”. Her brother, Mr Matthew Hayes, Birchwood, and a sister were present at Sunday’s reunion.
Mr Burton has lived in Somercotes district all his life. He commenced work at the Alfreton Lane brickyard, (known as the “Goss”) at 8 years of age and earned 6d per day, which consisted of 12 hours. Thirteen years at Shady Colliery followed, and in 1870 he moved into Pear Tree Farm, where both his father and grandmother had been born. He commenced business as a cab proprietor in 1880, his father having previously been in business as a carter. For years before motor buses were thought of, Mr Burton ran a bus service from Somercotes to Pye Bridge Station. At 21 years of age, Mr Burton was appointed organist of Salem UM Church, Somercotes, a position he resigned nine years ago after playing
at 45 consecutive Sunday School anniversaries.. The Salem Church marked their appreciation of his musical ability by the presentation of a clock on the completion of 35 years’ service as an organist.
Mr and Mrs Burton have a family of two sons and one daughter. Both of been associated with Nonconformity all their lives, and the sitting room at Pear Tree Farm was the first meeting house of any religious organisation at Somercotes. Mr Burton states that his father and mother attended Sunday School in the days when it was held in the Royal Tiger Inn clubroom at Somercotes. Their long association with the district and integrity of character have combined to make Mr and Mrs Burton two of the most popular and highly respected residents of Somercotes.
The hearty congratulations of many friends and business associates have been extended to them on this auspicious occasion."
From the Derbyshire Times & Chesterfield Herald, published on 5 July 1930
"SOMERCOTES RESIDENT’S DEATH
A well-known Somercotes family is bereaved by the passing at 34, Coupland Place, of Mr John Henry Taylor, aged 39. The late Mr Taylor became suddenly ill and was removed to Derby Royal Infirmary where he underwent three operations and died a fortnight after admission. He leaves a widow and five children,to whom sympathy is extended in their bereavement.The internment took place on Sunday at Leabrooks, Mr S riley of the UM Salem Church, officiating. Four cousins, Messrs Samuel Taylor, Percy Taylor, Joseph Taylor and Ernest Taylor carried the coffin.
There followed in the report a long list of mourners and those who sent flowers."
From the Derbyshire Times & Chesterfield Herald, published on 02 August 1935:
"Mr Reginald Thomas Joseph Ward, only son of Mr Hy. Ward, Victoria House, Somercotes and the late Mrs. Ward, and Miss Phyllis M. Bowley, elder daughter of Mrs. G W Bowley, Myrtle Cottage, New Higham and the late Mr. Bowley, were married at Birchwood Methodist Church on Wednesday. [31 July 1935].
The bride is a member of the Clay Cross Education Office staff, and was a former organist at New Higham Methodist Church. The bridegroom’s family has associations with Birchwood Methodist Church.
The Rev. J Hooley conducted the ceremony and Mr H Warren, Sheffield, played bridal music. The hymn was “The Voice that Breathed over Eden”. Given away by her uncle, Mr J Carlin, the bride wore a dress of Richelieu lace and net over taffeta and her train of lace was trimmed with pearls. A tiara of orange blossom surmounted a hand embroidered net veil. She carried a bouquet of white roses. There were four bridesmaids – Miss Edith Bowley (sister), Miss Winifred Haslam (cousin of the bride), Miss Dorothy Humphries (cousin of the bridegroom) and Miss Joan Wilber. The two former attendants were attired in white georgette trimmed with pink roses and forget-me-nots over taffeta. Their large net hats were trimmed with wind-blown roses. The junior maids were attired in white net dresses over taffeta, trimmed with pink rosebuds. They also wore pink rosebuds in their hair. All the bridesmaids had bouquets of pink roses and forget-me-nots. Roy Banks (Chesterfield), the Page, wore a pink satin suit.
Mr T H Wall, Long Eaton was best man, and Messrs J K Bowley (brother of the bride) and G V Bradley groomsmen.
Forty guests were entertained at a reception at Victoria House, Somercotes. The bridegroom gave the bride a fur coat, and the bride’s gift to the bridegroom was a gold watch. Each bridesmaid received a bangle and silver serviette rings.
The teachers of the combined Clay Cross and District Schools gave the bride an inscribed electric clock and the bridegroom was given a cheque by his colleagues on the staff of Messrs R Granger and Sons Ltd, lace manufacturers, Long Eaton, where he is a draughtsman. The staff of the dye works gave him a cut glass bowl. The honeymoon is being spent touring Devon."
From the Derbyshire Times & Chesterfield Herald published on 2 August 1924
"A WORTHY SOMERCOTES COUPLE
GOLDEN WEDDING OF MR and MRS GEO. WILDE
Tomorrow (Sunday) Mr and Mrs George Wilde of High Street, Somercotes, celebrate their golden wedding, having been married at the Baptist Chapel, Swanwick on August 3rd 1874. Mrs Wilde was a Miss Jane Bunting. Mr Wilde was 86 yesterday (Friday), and his wife will 69 on September 9th.
Even at his advanced age Mr Wilde still attends his work as a “dataller” at the Birchwood Colliery. He has been employed by the Babbington Coal Co. for the long period of 56 years, and for over 30 years was a deputy. All this time has been spent at two collieries – the old Cotes Park mine, and since that has been closed down, at Birchwood. Like most men who have spent a lifetime underground, Mr Wilde has not escaped accident, having had both legs broken on different occasions. He has always been keenly interested in sport and in his early days played cricket with the old Swanwick Colliery club. Other members of the team in those days were John Parker and “Jamie” Bullock.
Nowadays, Mr Wilde’s favourite pastime is a quiet game of dominoes at the Somercotes Club, and he can still play quite a respectable game of billiards. Mr and Mrs Wilde have had six children, of whom three survive, whilst they have eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The worthy couple happily still enjoy remarkable good health and are able to take an intelligent interest in life. Their many friends will congratulate them and wish them once more ”long life and happiness”.