Some Ashover Wheatcrofts

Henry WHEATCROFT

|    John WHEATCROFT

|      bd. 1580, Derbyshire

|    |    Leonard WHEATCROFT

|    |      bd. 1608, North Wingfield, Derbyshire

|    |      dd. 28 11 1648, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    Ann(e) WHEATCROFT

|    |    |      bd. 20 12 1629, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    Mary WHEATCROFT

|    |    |      bd. 11 4 1637, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    Sarah WHEATCROFT

|    |    |      bd. 2 6 1646, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    Ralph WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    Rowland WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    Leonard WHEATCROFT

|    |    |      bd. 1 5 1627, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |      dd. 1 1 1707, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |    Leonard WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |      bd. 30 5 1659, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |    Anna WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |      bd. 5 7 1661, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |      dd. 13 10 1699

|    |    |    |    Esther WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |      bd. 16 11 1663, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |      dd. 1751, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |    John WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |      bd. 1666, Bolsover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |      dd. 14 2 1699

|    |    |    |    David WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |      bd. 30 3 1668, Bolsover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |      dd. 15 10 1688, Bolsover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |    Elizabeth WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |      bd. 25 6 1670, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |      dd. 3 10 1751, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |    Solomon WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |      bd. 3 5 1673, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |    Sarah WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |      bd. 12 10 1675, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |      dd. 1716

|    |    |    |    Titus WHEATCROFT*

|    |    |    |      bd. 4 7 1679, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |      dd. 2 12 1762, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |    |    Hannah WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |    |      bd. 29 6 1709

|    |    |    |    |    Martha WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |    |      bd. 4 3 1713

|    |    |    |    Titus WHEATCROFT*

|    |    |    |      bd. 4 7 1679, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |      dd. 2 12 1762, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |    |    Titus WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |    |      bd. 1718, Ashover, Derbyshire

|    |    |    |    |    |    William WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |    |    |      bd. 1743, Ashover

|    |    |    |    |    |    |    William WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |    |    |    |      bd. 1767, Ashover

|    |    |    |    |    |    |      occ. Labourer

|    |    |    |    |    |    |    Fanny Frances WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |    |    |    |      bd. 1773

|    |    |    |    |    |    |    Mary WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |    |    |    |    Sarah WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |    |    |    |    William WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    |    |    |    |      bd. 1765

|    |    |    John WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    William WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    James WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    Matthew WHEATCROFT

|    |    |    Samuel WHEATCROFT

|    |    Frances WHEATCROFT







Leonard Wheatcroft

1627-1706



Ashovers famous Poet, parish clerk and tailor.





 THE CLERK'S ORDERS, 1683



You noble ringers that at randum run

Observe your orders, and your forfits shun.

If here you enter, and intend to ring

Be sure you do observe here everything.

First doff your gloves, your spurs and hat,

Else twopence due to th' clerke for that.

Next, be you wise, and strive not to excell;

There's twopence due if you throw o'er a bell.

Also in setting, if you miss, then I

Will have one farthing, if I do stand by.

When you ring changes, for each fault you make,

One farthing more you shall unto the stake.

Again I say, he that doth break a rope or wheel

Shall pay his stake, and I will mend it well.

And if he will by force enter my steeple

He shall be lasht in sight of all the people.

And if you leave your ropes upon the ground,

Or wet or dirt on them, you shall be bound.

If in the Church you do Tobacko take,

You shall for every pipe, one penny stake:

It is against the Commons of this nation;

Besides, it is a very ugly fashion.

If any in our company sit down

He shall pay part, or else I'll call him 'clown';

Tis all our mindes to give him one glass

To which he's welcome, and so let him pass.

Each Monday night, I'd have the' old ringers ring,

And every Thursday, the young ones have their swing.

There's one thing more you Ringers must remember

That to our landlord, yes, we must be kinder;

That's when we've money given us for ringing

They may have parts by turns else needs have flinging.

Three, and a shot-pot is our due to have;

He that saith 'no', the rest will call him knave.

Be all agreed; - assent and consent granting,

And on my part, there shall be nothing wanting.

And to conclude. - I wish you strength - And hope

A store of money; but, beware the rope.



Leonard Wheatcroft



Leonard Wheatcroft's Autobiography in A Seventeenth-Century Scarsdale
Miscellany published by the Derbyshire Record Society in 1993.










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