, Saint. Wystan d. 849 (circa) Roman Catholic Saint. Believed to have been born the son Wigmund of Mercia and Princess Aelflaed, daughter of Ceolwulf I of Mercia. He may have held the position of ealdorman among the Wiccia people. Apparently he was either in his minority being served by a regent or had resigned the Mercian throne to Bertulph who may have been his godfather. According to some sources, Bertulph planned a marriage to the widowed Aelflaed, which Wystan was said to oppose. Bertulph was said to have then ordered...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cause of death: Murdered St Wystan Churchyard, Repton, South Derbyshire District, Derbyshire, England Plot: Buried in the ancient Saxon crypt.
Arkwright, Richard b. December 23, 1732 d. August 3, 1792 Inventor. He was credited as being instumental in revolutionizing the production of cotton, as instigating a catalyst for the Industrial Revolution. Originally a Preston barber, he began experiments with cotton-spinning machines. He developed in 1769, the spinning frame, which after transition to water power in 1771, was renamed, the water frame, so called because it was driven by water for spinning cotton. His neighbours referred to it as the "Devil's bagpipes" - a reference to the large...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) St Mary Churchyard, Cromford, Derbyshire Dales District, Derbyshire, England Plot: Family vault inside church.
Bagshaw, Harry d. January 31, 1927 Professional Cricket Player. Born in Foolow, England, on September 1, 1859, he was an English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Derbyshire between 1887 and 1902. He was a left-handed batsman, played 218 innings in 125 first class matches with an average of 26.10 and a top score of 127 not out. He scored 7 centuries in making over 5000 runs, was a right-arm medium-pace bowler, took 73 first class wickets at an average of 29.02 and a best performance of 5 for 18. After retiring as a...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) St Lawrence Churchyard, Eyam, Derbyshire Dales District, Derbyshire, England
Bates, Alan b. February 17, 1934 d. December 27, 2003 Actor. Sir Alan Bates, versatile and good looking, shot to fame in 1956 in John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger," a groundbreaking play reflecting the social and class turmoils of 1950s England. Bates went on to play classical leads on the stage in "Hamlet," "Richard III" and "Antony and Cleopatra." On the big screen, he starred in films such as "Zorba the Greek," "Far From The Madding Crowd" and "Women in Love," in which he famously grappled naked with Oliver Reed. More recently, in 2001, he...[Read More] (Bio by: Noni) All Saints Churchyard, Bradbourne, Derbyshire Dales District, Derbyshire, England
Cavendish, Georgiana b. June 7, 1757 d. March 30, 1806 First wife of 5th Duke of Devonshire. Born Lady Georgiana Spencer (at Althorpe), a fashion innovator, woman of letters, and patroness of virtually every distinguished performing artist and rising liberal politician of her time. She was entertained by Richard Sheridan, Samuel Johnson, and others who commented on her grace, charm, and wit. She was reputed to be the model for one of the characters in Sheridan’s play "A School for Scandal." Famous for her ability to set fashion, Georgiana was also...[Read More] (Bio by: K F) Derby Cathedral, Derby, Derby Unitary Authority, Derbyshire, England Plot: Cavendish Vault
Cavendish, Spencer Compton b. July 23, 1833 d. March 24, 1908 8th Duke of Devonshire KG, GCVO, PC, PC (Ire), British statesman, previously known (1858–1891), while heir to the Dukedom, as Marquess of Hartington - a courtesy title - as this was not a peerage in its own right he was free to sit in the House of Commons, as was not uncommon for the sons of peers at the time. He has the distinction of having served as leader of three political parties (in succession- as Leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Commons, 1875–1880; of the Liberal Unionist...[Read More] (Bio by: julia&keld) St Peter Churchyard, Edensor, Derbyshire Dales District, Derbyshire, England
Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury b. 1527 d. February 13, 1607 English Aristocracy. Popularly known as Bess of Hardwicke, she was born the daughter of John Hardwicke of Derbyshire. In 1543, she contracted to a marriage with Robert Barley, son of Arthur Barley. He died young leaving her a widow's portion which she then apparently parlayed into a marriage with the Right Honorable Sir William Cavendish, Gentleman-Usher to Cardinal Wolsey; and Treasurer of the Chamber to King Henry VIII, in 1547. With him she had six surviving children. In 1552 they started...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Derby Cathedral, Derby, Derby Unitary Authority, Derbyshire, England
Fry, Charles Burgess 'Almighty' b. April 25, 1872 d. September 7, 1956 Legendary English sportsman and all-round athlete. Represented England at football (soccer) vs Ireland in 1901. He played for Oxford University, Old Reptonians, Southampton, Portsmouth and Corinthians, winning the F.A.Cup with Southampton in 1902. His finest acheivements came in cricket. He played 26 Tests for England, captaining the side in 6, making his Test debut in 1896 against Australia. He played for Sussex, London County and Hampshire, scoring almost 31,000 runs. In the 1920's C.B. Fry...[Read More] (Bio by: Kieran Smith) St Wystan Churchyard, Repton, South Derbyshire District, Derbyshire, England Plot: Ashes buried adjacent to church.
Greaves, Fred b. May 16, 1890 d. June 11, 1973 World War I British Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Corporal in the 9th Battalion of The Sherwood Foresters. On October 4, 1917, his platoon was on patrol at Ypres Belgium, when they were held up by German machine-gun fire from a concrete stronghold. Corporal Greaves rushed forward, reached the rear of the building killing the occupants and capturing the gun garrison. Later in the battle, during a heavy counter attack, all the officers of the company became casualties. Corporal...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Chesterfield and District Crematorium, Chesterfield, Chesterfield Borough, Derbyshire, England Plot: Ashes scattered in the gardens over Plot 8
Gregg, William b. January 27, 1890 d. August 9, 1969 World War I British Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Sergeant in the 13th Battalion of the Royal Rifle Brigade. On May 6, 1918, when all the officers his company had been hit during an attack on a German outpost at Bucquoy, France, Sergeant Gregg took command of the unit. Rushing two enemy posts, he killed the first gun team, taking prisoners and capturing the second machine-gun. He then started to consolidate his position until driven back by a counter attack, but as...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Heanor Crematorium, Heanor, Amber Valley Borough, Derbyshire, England
Gresley, Sir. Nigel (Herbert) b. 1876 d. 1941 Civil Engineer, Inventor. A highly skillful mechanical engineer, he was the innovator of ideas such as articulated carriage sets and derived valve motion for 3-cylinder steam locomotives. It was his locomotives which would secure his place in history, these included The A1 / A3 "Flying Scotsman" class 4-6-2, one of which (Papyrus) once held the world speed record for steam locomotives at 108 mph and the fastest steam locomotive in the world, the A4 "Mallard" 4-6-2 (125/126 mph). Gresley served...[Read More] (Bio by: Kieran Smith) St Peter Churchyard, Netherseal, South Derbyshire District, Derbyshire, England Plot: Churchyard extension