Golden wedding couple

GOLDEN PAIR: Cornelius George Chatfield and his wife Mary Ann on the occasion of their Golden Wedding in 1918
GOLDEN PAIR: Cornelius George Chatfield and his wife Mary Ann on the occasion of their Golden Wedding in 1918
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the Great War was coming to an end – and this Cromford couple celebrated 50 years of marriage.

This picture shows Cornelius George Chatfield and his wife Mary Ann on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary in 1918.

The picture was sent in by David Chatfield, of Ash Ridge Hill Road in Ashover.

The couple are Mr Chatfield’s great grandparents.

He said: “At one time in the 1880s they lived at Cromford and he was a bricklayer at the Masson Mills. I remember my dad taking me to Cromford when I was younger and pointing at a house at the top of a hill and saying, ‘That’s your great grandfather’s old house’.”

Cornelius had a 64 year career, having started work on leaving school at 13 and eventually retiring aged 77.

As well as working at Masson Mills, he also worked at Stanton Ironworks near Nottingham.

Later in life he became a preacher, walking from Ilkeston to Nottingham every Sunday to deliver his sermons. He died in 1939 aged 94.