Samuel Joseph Sheldon, my Gr Gr Uncle, was Barmaster for Crich Liberty from 1892 until his demise in the 1930s. He was also the Deputy Barmaster for The Soke & Wapentake of Wirksworth 1885.
The following is an example of mines which S J Sheldon, along with others (of both my wife's and my family), who were members of The Grand Jury, and had the task of overseeing change of hands when, in the ancient language of The Barmote Court, "For Want of Workmanship" a mine was siezed from one set of partners and given to another.
After due notice and in accordance with the Derbyshire Mining Custom and Mineral Courts Act 1852:
For Want of Workmanship I put George Cooper Drabble and Edward Percy Drabble of Matlock Mineral Merchants share and share alike in possession of an old mineral title called Old End Mine in the Manor of Crich with all viens of lead meers of ground rights and privilages belonging and appropriate thereto
signed S J Sheldon Barmaster with Grand Jurymen Thomas Brookes of Middleton
and James Goodall of Middleton.
For Want of Worksmanship I put George Cooper Drabble and Edward Percy Drabble share and share alike in possession of an old mineral title called Hard Rake sistuated on The Cliffe Side from a post marked on it BP to a fence north of Glory Mine in the Manor of Crich
signed S J Sheldon with Grand Jurymen Thomas Brookes and James Goodall (dated March 1908)
Jan 1910 Butterley Co Quarry, Hilts Quarry
Gave one dish of ore to free a new vein ranging North West and South East of the saif vein about 50 yards south of the Tramway in the Quarry and called B Vein.
Laid out 17 meers of ground in the Northwards direction to the Pingle
Manor of Crich Butterley Co Hilts Quarry P vein
Gave one dish of ore to free a new vein at the Hilts Quarry mining south east and north east and called P veinfounder placed at the top of the quarry, three meers of ground south of Mount Tabor Chapel
Laid out 5 meers of ground south eastwardly to a croft south east of Hilts Cottages
signed S J Sheldon Barmaster with Grand Jurmen J F Doxey, Middleton and John Bacon, Carsington
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