Alan Gifford, of Willington, secretary of Heage Windmill Society, shares some wonderful pictures and fascinating research into one of Derbyshire’s more interesting historical sites.
I HAVE always been interested in the millers who have operated Heage Windmill since it was first built in 1797.
But I have been particularly keen to find out more about the complex family of Shores, who were owners and millers for more than 60 years up until the windmill ended its working life.
The family name “Shore” is of long standing in the county. Thomas Shore represented the borough of Derby in parliament in the reigns of Richard II (1377-1399) and Henry IV (1399-1413), as did Ralph Shore in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422).
Two other men by the same name, possibly the father and son, were returned by the commissioners in the reign of Henry VI (1422-1461) and are listed among the gentry of the County of Derby.
Later, a John Shore, who purchased the manor of Snitterton, near Matlock, is possibly the first with a clear lineage to the current day.
The first Shore to appear at Heage seems to be a John Shore, who married Hannah Elliot, in Duffield, in July 1785.
Their son Isaac (senior) married Mary Wainwright and they had three sons Enoch, born in 1813, Thomas (1815) and Isaac (junior), who was born in 1819.
Another son, John, was born in 1822 but does not appear to have had any milling connections, although his own son, Thomas, inherited his uncle Thomas’ (b 1815, as above) estate on the latter’s death. Continue reading