Agnes (1859-1919)

Thomas and Jemima’s eldest daughter, Agnes, was born in Loughborough on 21st June 1859. She married Douglas Rickard (1856-1901), a successful Derby-based silk manufacturer, at the Registrar’s Office, Loughborough, on 4th July 1882. Once married, Agnes moved to Derby, living in Friar Gate House, Friar Gate. They had four children – two boys Edward Douglas (1886-1958) and Harold William (1889-1902), and two girls, Mabel (1885-1950) and Elsie (1892-1976).

Friar Gate House, Friar Gate, Derby

Douglas Rickard, born in Derby in 1856, was the son of William Rickard (c.1828-1898) and Mary Anne Perrins (1832-1900). He had four siblings, Emily (1855-), Percy (1859-1893), Alice (1861-) and Arthur (1862-1890).

William Rickard and his brother John (c.1826-1898) were silk, elastic web, ribbon, lace and gimp manufacturers. They set-up the company of Messrs. J. and W. Rickard in 1857 with their principal mills being the Ashbourne Road Mill in Chandos Pole Street and one in Agard Street, both in Derby. By 1881, Douglas was managing the business, with John Rickard and family moving to Lambeth, London, sometime after 1881, whilst his father, William remained in Derby.

Ashbourne Road Mill and houses- 1883 Town Plan

Douglas Rickard died on 14th April 1901, aged 44, from a heart attack whilst walking along Macklin Street, Derby[1], on his way to open the proceedings at St. Peter’s Boys’ Sunday School[2]. At the inquest, held at Derby Town Hall on the evening of Monday, 15th April, Dr. George Davis Moon L.R.C.P.[3], who lived in Uttoxeter New Road Derby[4], gave an account of the tragic incident “…he was in Macklin-street when the deceased waked passed him. They exchanged the time of day, and deceased appeared to be in good health. Witness was following the deceased and when about 20 yards away he fell on his back. Witness ran to his assistance, thinking that it might have been a fit, but an examination proved that the heart had ceased beating and life was already extinct[5]. The funeral service was held on 18th April at St. Peter’s Church, St. Peter’s Churchyard, Derby and he was buried in the family grave at Uttoxeter New Road Cemetery, Derby. Douglas Rickard was a regular at St. Peter’s Church for the previous three years, latterly becoming a sidesman. The previous year he had offered to bear the expense of installing electric lights into the Church[6], as part of the restoration taking place at the time. He was also a superintendent of the Sunday School and a member of the Church Council[7]. He left an estate valued at £38,718 0s. 5d. In his will[8], he left all his property to his Agnes and expressed a wish that his subscriptions to St. Peter’s Church and other charitable institutions, should wherever possible, be kept up by his wife, during her lifetime. He also wished that his promise to install electric lighting at St. Peter’s Church be carried out.

At the time of his death his business was reportedly flourishing, employing about 200 workers and had just introduced a new process for covering wire with silk[9]. Following Douglas Rickard’s death, Messrs Edward, Rushton Son and Kenyon[10], property valuers, undertook an inventory and valuation of the late Douglas Rickard’s properties in Chandos Pole Street area. This not only included the mill but also 2 brick cottages on Payne Street and 14 on Chandos Pole Street. The total valuation (as a going concern) amounted to £11,722 18s. 7d.

Agnes continued to live at Friar Gate House for a period; however, by 1904[11] the family had moved to The Lindens, No. 130, Uttoxeter New Road, opposite the cemetery where her husband and son (see below), Harold,  were buried. In August 1902[12], the property had been advertised to let, at midsummer, being described as possessing “dining-room, drawing-room, seven bedrooms, bathroom, etc.; cellar kitchens and pantries”. At the time it was probably owned by William Abell, of the Brook Street Ironworks, who lived directly across the road at No. 111.

Nos. 130-132, Uttoxeter New Road, Derby

Here in 1911[13], Agnes was living her daughter Mabel, son Edward and two servants (cook and housemaid). The property, which is still extant, forms part of a small terrace, comprising of four houses (Nos. 128-132), built in the early 1880s when it was advertised to let at 10 guineas per quarter[14]. The 4 houses were slotted into the space between two sets of smaller semi-detached houses (Nos. 134 and 136 to the west and Nos. 122 and 124 to the east), which were built before 1883[15]. The terrace is substantial looking, comprising of four 3-storey houses each with a basement, standing just a little back from the road. In 2011, the whole terrace was boarded up and for sale, awaiting redevelopment. By this time, No. 130, had already been split up into rented accommodation, consisting of seven letting rooms. The asking price was £125,000, with 96 of a 99 year lease remaining.

Following the marriage of her son, Edward,  in July 1912, it appears that Agnes and, her daughter, Elsie, moved to Reddeholme, No. 128, Duffield Road, Derby. The property was offered to let in September 1912[16], advertised as containing “three reception rooms, kitchen, scullery, three bedrooms, dressing room, bath, w.c., two attics, detached”. The property is still extant and appears relatively unaltered, lying on the southeast side,;it is well elevated above the road and sits well back, with access from the rear, off Chevin Road. It is an imposing three-storey brick built residence, with a ground floor bay window and a balcony at first floor level. The roofs are covered in plain tiles with hipped and gable construction.

Reddeholme, No. 128, Duffield Road, Derby

Agnes died, on 15th August 1919, aged 60, whilst living at Reddeholme, leaving an estate valued at £25,176 17s. 2d. In her will[17], dated 1916, Agnes bequeathed her household furniture and effects to her daughter, Elsie, if still a spinster. The rest of the estate was divided between the three children; with Elise’s share being held in trust for as long as she remained a spinster. The intention that this investment should provide a minimum of £200 income per year before income tax. In the event that such a sum was not realised in any single year, it was the responsibility of the trustees (initially Edward Rickard and Mabel Hayes) to make up the difference.

The first part of the funeral was held in St. Peter’s Church; mourners included her three children and two grand children. Agnes was buried at Uttoxeter New Road Cemetery, Derby, joining her husband, son Harold and other members of the Rickard family.

In early October, some of the household items were auctioned and eighteen months later, Reddeholme was offered for sale, with immediate possession, being described as a “detached residence, containing three reception rooms, four bedrooms, dressing–room, attic, bathroom, w.c., electric light, cellar, small but pleasant garden[18].


Harold William (1889-1902)

Their eldest son Harold William (1889-1902), died, aged 13, on 12th September 1902, in tragic circumstances whilst on holiday at Sutton-on-Sea, Lincolnshire. Harold was playing with his brother and two sisters on one of the sand-hills near the promenade and he tried to build a tunnel through the sand-hill. At a depth of about 6 feet, the sand gave way and buried the boy. It was about twenty minutes before the boy was uncovered, by which time he was dead. The body was returned to Derby and the funeral held at the Uttoxeter New Road Cemetery, where he was buried[19].


Edward Douglas (1886-1958)

Their youngest son Edward Douglas (1886-1958) was in 1911[20] a branch manager in the family business and living at home in Uttoxeter New Road. He married Kathleen Eaton (1888-1962), the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Eaton, a Derby-based architect and brother of George Morley, also a local architect and, at one time, president of the Nottingham and Derby Architectural Society. The couple married at St. Chad’s Church[21], St Chad’s Road, Derby, on 19th July 1912[22].

In 1940, Edward was living at Pine Tops, Western Avenue, Bournemouth[23]. In the late 1950s Edward and Kathleen were living at Byeways, Sandy Lane Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham[24].


Mabel (1885-1950)

Mabel (1885-1950) married the Revd. James Gordon Hayes (1877-1936) at St. Peter’s Church, Derby, on 10th June 1913[25].

James Hayes, the only son of James and Clara Hayes, was born on 12th April 1877 in Worcester. He graduated from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and was curate at St. Alkmund’s Church, Derby from 1909 until 1912. At the time of his wedding he was living in West Didsbury, Manchester. In 1916, he became vicar of St. Andrew’s Church, Radcliffe (then seven miles N.N.W. of Manchester), living in the vicarage. He went on to become vicar of St John the Evangelist, Storridge, Herefordshire from 1923 until his death on 23rd November 1936, aged 59. He is buried in the churchyard, together with other members of his family, including his father[26]. Before entering the church in 1909 he was a civil engineer[27]. He is best known as an author of polar exploration[28], writing four books on the subject[29], as well as one on Christianity[30]. He also has a peak in Antarctica named after him, known as Hayes Peak[31], which was discovered and named in February 1931 by the British Australian New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE).


  1. The Derby Daily Telegraph, 16th April 1901.
  2. The Derby Mercury, 14th April 1901.
  3. Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians.
  4. Kelly’s Directory of Derbyshire 1899.
  5. The Derby Daily Telegraph, 16th April 1901.
  6. The Derby Mercury, 25th April 1900.
  7. The Derby Mercury, 14th April 1901.
  8. The Derby Evening Telegraph, 31st August 1901.
  9. The Derby Mercury, 14th April 1901.
  10. of No. 13, Norfolk Street, Manchester.
  11. Kelly’s Directory of Derbyshire 1904.
  12. The Derby Daily Telegraph, 12th February 1902.
  13. Census.
  14. The Derby Mercury, 19th March 1884.
  15. 1883 Town Plan.
  16. The Derby Evening Post, 24th September 1912.
  17. Derbyshire Record Office.
  18. The Derby Evening Telegraph, 22nd March 1921.
  19. The Derbyshire Advertiser 19th September 1902.
  20. 1911 Census.
  21. Now demolished.
  22. The Derbyshire Advertiser, 26th July 1912.
  23. The Derby Evening Telegraph, 13th July 1940.
  24. Cheltenham Borough, Electoral List – 1958.
  25. The Derbyshire Advertiser, 13th June 1913.
  26. St John the Evangelist churchyard, site of grave of J. Gordon Hayes
  27. The Derby Evening Telegraph, 27th November 1936.
  28. Nature, 138 – 19th December 1936, pg. 1044.
  29. Antarctica – A Treatise on the Southern Continent; Robert Edwin Peary – a Record of His Explorations 1886-1909; The Conquest of the South Pole – Antarctic exploration 1906-1931; The Conquest of the North Pole.
  30. Institutional Christianity in England.
  31. Hayes Peak is a conical peak, 340 m, rising through the ice slopes 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) south of Cape Bruce and Oom Bay.