Help needed with research

Please can anybody help me with my family history research about the Clark family of Bakewell?

My great-grandfather was Leonard Clark (1885-1971), a railway worker, originally from Bakewell, but who lived most of his life in Parliament Street, Derby.

His wife was Mary ‘Polly’ Clark (nee Keeling) and his children included Phyllis Clark, my grandmother, who married my grandfather George Fearn.

Leonard was one of 18 children, born over a 40 year period to Henry Clark and his three wives (the first two wives both died young). Of his siblings, I am unsure about the details of what happened to most of them.

The eldest brother was Walter Clark, who married Jane Agnes Broomhead. They had two surviving daughters. After Walter’s death, Jane married Richard Hannaford. They lived at Granby Croft, Bakewell.

John William Clark ran a draper’s in Bakewell, J W Clark & Son, later taken over by his son Stanley Clark (still trading in the 1960s). John William’s wife was Kate Broomhead, the sister of Walter’s wife. They also lived at Granby Croft, Bakewell.

Herbert Clark was a tailor who lived initally in Bakewell, then Blackrock View, Wilmot Terrace, The Dimple, Matlock. His wife was Agnes Clark (nee Furniss). He died in Bakewell in 1954.

Arthur Clark was a postman who lived in North Church Street, Bakewell, and who committed suicide in 1927. Arthur’s wife Beatrice ‘Beattie’ Clark (nee Gregory) then stayed in Bakewell as a housekeper to Arthur’s widowed cousin Frank Clark. They lived at Catcliff Cottages. Frank had 3 sons called John, Wilfred and Arthur W Clark. Beattie was the sister of Norman Gregory of Lynwood, Hillside, Darley Dale.

Francis Cecil Clark (aka Richard Clark) married Dora Bradwell and they initially lived at Dagnall Terrace, Bakewell. Origianlly in the navy, he and Dora were later live-in caretakers at a doctor’s surgery in Derby at 64 Friargate.

The doctors at the practice were Norman Llewellyn Edwards, Charles Horace Bamford and J.R. Ratcliffe. Francis Cecil re-joined the navy and was killed at sea on Febraury 23, 1941.

At that time he was described as of ‘HMS President III (No. P/J 80303)’. Dora later re-married to a John Clifford Howsley, and possibly moved to Chesterfield. I know that Dora had a sister called Annie Selina Bradwell who married a James William Askey, also from Bakewell.

Louie Clark (1905-1995) married a Charles Ellerington and had one surviving son. I believe that they either lived in North Derbyshire or Sheffield.

The other siblings include two that I cannot find any trace of; Albert Henry Clark (born 1895) was in the Sherwood Forresters 1/6th Battalion and was discharged from the army in Lichfield in 1915, but then seems to disappear; likewise Nellie Millicent Maria Clark (born 1898), who went in to service in 1911 but who also then disappears from view.

I also know that they had some cousins including Lillian Clark (later Holmes), who ran a newsagents in Bakewell; John Reginald Brown, who married Alma Hall; Mabel Eileen Brown who married Harold Adlington; John Frederick Marsden Clark who had a son called Frederick William Clark (died Bakewell, 1985); and also the Newtons of Stanton Lees.

If anyone can help with with my research by providing any information or photographs relating to any of the above, I would be really grateful for any assistance.

Ian Burley

Tamworth