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From: "Becky Horne" <>
Subject: Birthday Reading - HARTLEY, Part II
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 00:47:24 +0200
The Nottinghamshire folk of the Bathurst Inn.
by Doreen Battiss
Continued from Part I.
The famous old market-town, dating back to the 13th Century, Mansfield,
Nottinghamshire was the HARTLEYs home which was in Leeming Lane, on an
ancient Roman Road. In the Municipal records the house belong to one,
Benjamin - maybe a brother. In medieval times Mansfield was regarded as
the most important town of the Sherwood Forest, and is still the
Mansfield still has its unique Rock Houses, which were fully occupied
Clumber, the village near Bathurst, East Cape was named after "Clumber
House", a mansion in the district of Mansfield; Mansfield River,
district Bathurst, Cape, had on its kright bank the HARTLEY farm,
"Summerhill Park", and at Port Alfred there is the Mansfield Dam.
A famous mansion known by the HARTLEYs is "Newstead Abby" only 3 miles
south, the home of Lord Byron, deep-set in the forests with the statue
of his beloved dog in the foreground.
Thomas HARTLEY and three of the eleven children were born in
Cuckney-Norton, a village tacked into the Duke of Portlands' Mansion.
"Welbeck Abby", now used as a military:college for young men. St.
Mary's, the 700 year-old Church, has the records of the births, and of
the marriage of Thomas. This little family moved to Mansfield about 1802
when the weaving industry did. It is here that the first Viyella Mill is
to be found with the double-storey stone house for the apprentices still
The village is also well known for the 300 year old "Greendale Oak Inn".
The proprietor, Mr. PARR made Doreen BATTISS most welcome in 1971 and
assured her that the Inn had not been structurally altered.
Record Office, High Pavement, Nottingham.
Newspapers of the last half of 1819,
SOURCE: Looking Back, April 1984
More to follow.