Newhall History

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Newhall House and Its Park

The whereabouts of Newhall House is a mystery. Some people think it must have been in the Hill Street area, which is the highest part of the village. However, I have found no evidence to point to this location. It is my opinion that it was situated either at the end of Park Road, (the clue is in the name?) in the area of the Bretby Colliery site, (originally called Newhall Park Colliery) or it was the building also known as Stanton House/Cottage on old maps. The current Stanton Manor House dates to the 1850s, so this is entirely possible. The two have not overlapped on any maps or books I have researched.

John Dethick married a Meynell and settled at Newhall. the Dethicks stayed there for 7 generations. Humphrey Dethick married the co-heiress of Longford, Elizabeth. Their daughter, Katherine, married Alexander Redich.

Alexander was born in 1569 at Reddish, Cheshire and became the queen’s ward in 1581. He married Katherine in 1589 at Derby and they had two daughters, Sarah, 1590 and Grace, 1595.

The earliest mention I have found of Newhall House/Park is in 1601 when, “Alexander Redich, of Newhall, took William Bradshaw into his house, sheltered him and provided a license from the Bishop of Coventry” – (around 1601. Memoirs of the Puritans). In 1602, there was a private chapel in the grounds of Alexander Redich’s house. William Bradshaw preached there to begin with.

Gataker, ‘Life of Bradshaw’, p. 62. This biography, p. 62, supplies more information about Darcy, including that after his marriage to Grace Rediche, ‘a very gracious gentlewoman according to her name, not inferiour to her Husband, either in piety or in sincerity of affection to Master Bradshaw’, he lived with his in-laws at Newhall until the death of his father. He had an extensive library, to which Bradshaw was given free access. He died in 1618. (From The Worlds of Arthur Hildersham (1563-1632) by Lesley Ann Rowe).

Alexander died in 1613 at Newhall. In 1617/18 Katherine Redich sold the manor of Newhall to Sir Robert Darcy, her son-in-law, who had married their daughter, Grace. Robert was in possession of Dartford Priory at this time, but they chose to live in Newhall and had four children:

  • Edward – married Elizabeth Stanhope (daughter of 1st Earl of Chesterfield) he inherited Newhall.
  • Katherine – married Sir Eramus Phillips, MP for Pembrokeshire. Of Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire.
  • Dorothy – married Sir Rokesby
  • Elizabeth – married (1) Thomas Milward and (2) Mr Barnes

1632 - Arthur Hildersham’s will - “A ‘messuage, farm of tenement in Stanton Mead’ in Derbyshire, assigned to Richard Hildersham (brother) and his son Thomas, may also have been a gift from the Rediche family.”

In The Life of Jasper Coligni… by Samuel Clark, 1652, Newhall was a house of note that was heavily encumbered and had a deer park.  (Bradshaw) “preached at first constantly twice every Lord’s day in a chapel of some capacity, belonging to the Gentleman’s house, and situate within the park wherein the house stood” He later preached at Stapenhill, one mile away, for 12 years. He would be entertained at the house of Alexander Buckley, Bailiff or Steward to the Rediche family. Redich had business in London. Christ Church. Bradshaw married and he and his wife moved to Redich’s house in Newhall and given chambers and right of pasture for cows, pigs and poultry. Katherine Redich’s mother, Ferrers, hated Bradshaw and threatened to never set foot in Alexander’s house. Lady Ferrers came to like Bradshaw and had a house built for him and his wife with a parcel of land.

Newhall House was found to have 14 hearths in the 1662 Hearth Tax Assessments. Occupants of that time would have been Sir Edward Darcy and Elizabeth (Stanhope, daughter of the 1st Earl of Chesterfield) [in comparison, Bretby Hall had 68, Calke Abbey and Gresley Old Hall both had 23, Walton Hall had 17]

Sir Aston Cockayne, (1608-1684) a poet, wrote:

To my honoured kinsman, Mr Edward Darcy

Repair your house at Newhall, and hast down

And leave the noise of this expenceful town;

You here deprive you self of many a good

To be enjoyed by Countrey-solitude.

Pretend not want of Compance, for I

Will waite upon you oft, that live thereby.

You may reply you better would; I grant it:

Keep a good house there, and you need not want it.

The last mention of Newhall House is - William Wolley’s History of the County of Derby, 1066-1712 – “formerly was a parke with a good seate in it. Now demolished but of note for a considerable cole delph”.

The name Newhall Park lived on. Old maps are a good resource:

1791 Burdett - shows “Newall Park” on the Stanton colliery side of Park Road and “Hall Field” on the other.

1803 Ordnance Survey - shows “Newall Park” as does an 1836 one.

An 1888 map shows “Newhall Park Colliery” and “Newhall Park Farm” just before the Methodist chapel on Park Road. The farm was in the approximate location of the current Swadlincote Rifle & Pistol Club.