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Findern
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Parish Description
(extracted from Bagshaw's 1846 Trade Directory)

Findern Township chapelry and village, 5 miles S.W. by S. from Derby, extends round a green of about 2 acres.  The parishioners are lords of the manor, and attend a court leet at Litchurch held by the crown.  It contains 1,622A. 2R. 22P. of land, 92 houses, and 416 inhabitants.  Rateable value, £3,457 10s.  Rev. F.W. Spilsbury, Robert Erpe, John Drury, Thomas Milnes, Rev. J. Hare, are owners.  The Trent and Mersey canal, and the Birmingham and Derby railway, pass through the township.  The chapel, dedicated to All Saints, is an ancient structure, with a wooden turret and two bells.  It was new-pewed in 1796.  It is a chapel of ease to Mickleover.  The Rev. John Henry Stokes is the curate.  Here 67 acres of glebe, belongs to the vicar.  The Methodists have a neat chapel, erected in 1835, and the Unitarians an ancient brick chapel, with pointed gables.  It is said traditionally that this place belonged to Lord Findern, in the time of Richard III, and was confiscated after the Battle of Bosworth Field.  There are 22 velvet and silk looms here.  Feast, Sunday after November 5th.


1811 Census

"An Account of the Population of the Township of Findern, taken by personal survey of the Vicar Churchwarden & overseer of the Poor  May 29 1811."  This was inserted in the registers of All Saints church, a chapelry within Mickleover parish by the then vicar, John Ward.
 

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Trade Directories

Glover's 1827-1829 Trade Directory
Bagshaw's 1846 Trade Directory
Harrison's 1860 Trade Directory


Recent Photographs

The following recent images of Findern village were sent in by Shelly Botham, a very competent photographer and, at the age of 9, our youngest contributer yet.  Captions were provided by Maria Botham.  Thank you very much to both of you.  Please click on the thumbnails to view full size versions and other views.
 
The Old Forge.  The old village smithy, which is now a Day Nursery. (5 images)
No. 7 The Green, originally Hillside Farm, part of the Harpur-Crewe estate, and a working farm until 1952.  The kitchen and bedroom are 17th century, the other parts have been added over the years.
Willow Farm on Doles Lane.  It is an elegant 19th century building which was a working farm until 1990.
Views from Doles Lane up towards the Post Office.  Next door to the Post Office was a thriving pub known as the Bull's Head up until 1914. [3 images]
The village pump was used until 1931 when mains water came into the village.
Somerville House.  A gentleman's residence built in the mid-18th century with a fine high gateway to allow carriages to enter.  The porch, wall and railings at the front were added in the 19th century.
Tower House was originally a windmill, built in 1715.  From there, 22 churches can be seen on a fine day, including Lichfield Cathedral.  By 1914 it had been converted into a dwelling.  Edwina Currie lived here when she was an MP for South Derbyshire in the 1980s.
Mill Farm was where a couple of the Yeomans sons worked.


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