Manor House, Middleton by Youlgreave

Recent Photograph of Manor House (Middleton by Youlgreave)

Middleton-by-Youlgreave - home of Thomas Bateman.
Thomas was a member of the Bateman family of Hartington who became successful as a 19th century ‘cotton magnate’ in Manchester. The Middleton estate came into his possession in the late 18th century, and he retired there in 1820 at the age of 60. Not one to rest on his laurels, he arranged a complete rebuilding of the village, to include the Manor House, though it could easily pass for the genuine (Elizabethan?) article, since he retained the appearance of antiquity in mullioned windows and stout doorways, as can be seen on this photograph. Bateman, as well as being Lord of the Manor, was also High Sherrif of Derbyshire for one year, in 1823, and as a staunch non-conformist, he was also responsible for the building of two Non-Conformist Chapels in the area, though now only one of them survives.

Thomas's wife was Rebekah CLEGG, daughter of Arthur CLEGG, a merchant in Manchester. They were married at Manchester Cathedral on 13 Apr 1786. Their son William was baptised 25 Jul 1787. Thomas Bateman (1821-1861) the antiquarian was the son of William and his wife Mary CROMPTON, and was born at Rowsley on 8 Nov 1821- details from A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, vol 3. John Burke, 1888, with confirmation of dates from IGI.

Speaking of dates - perhaps of note also in this timescale is that the Act of Parliament for ‘inclosing’ Youlgreave and Middleton was in 1815.

(Information provided by Rosemary Lockie)

Magna Britannia, 1817 - ex. British History Online: parishes Thorpe - Youlgreave.
Thomas Bateman - Pioneer Archaeologist.

Image contributed by Pete Howard on 17th April 2005.
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