Just a coincidence?

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#2890 Just a coincidence?

Post by R. Stephenson-Smythe » Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:06 pm

I am indebted to Gritch for the following information:


Jimmy Phillips, one of the Whaley Bridge men, who as one the Three Spartans will begin a circus career at Belle Vue, Manchester at Christmas is an Iron Fighter and is, at present, employed on the girderwork at Beswick’s Lime Works, Buxton.

My Mum and Uncle Bill were also in the Three Spartans so sometimes there were more than three.

Beswick’s Limeworks indeed.

Well how’s that for a coincidence?

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#2891 Re: Just a coincidence?

Post by Gnatalee » Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:45 pm

What did The Three Spartans do, or is that a daft question?


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#2913 Re: Photos that may not have been on here before.

Post by R. Stephenson-Smythe » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:44 pm

Once again I am indebted to Gail for the following article about my Great Grandmother.

It is from the Derbyshire (Times?) dated 11th May 1907:


Mrs Martha Fox, Birch Farm, Bugsworth was summoned for being drunk whilst in charge of two young children, apparently under the age of seven years, in Spring Gardens, Buxton on April 16th.
Defendant pleaded guilty. Sergeant Morley stated that at 4.30 pm on the 16th inst he was on duty in Spring Gardens, Buxton, in company with Constable Allen, when a certain tradesman made a complaint in respect of the defendant. Shortly afterwards they saw her in Spring Gardens, carrying a baby, about 1 year and seven months old and having with her a little boy about four years of age. She was drunk, and they had numerous complaints about her from various people.
Eventually Constable Allen saw her drop the baby and they then took her into custody. They had to get a cab to take her to the police station, where she was detained, but allowed out on bail the same night in order to catch the nine o-clock train to Bugsworth. In answer to the Chairman the Clerk said the costs in the case amounted to 8s. Sergeant Porter said there was nothing known previously against the defendant. The Chairman said the magistrates had taken a very lenient view of the case, although it was a very serious thing to be drunk in charge of children. She did not know what injury she might have inflicted on through dropping it in consequence of being drunk. As that, however, was her first offence she would only have to pay 10s, including costs, and the Bench hoped it would be a warning to her.

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