David Parker from Holmfirth possessed a photo of the plaque erected to the memory of Joseph Eyre, a machinist who lived at Hopping Hill and, as the plaque reveals, ‘The beloved Superintendent of this (Ebenezer Chapel?) school’ for 35 years.
In trying to find out what had happened to the plaque, David started an internet search which led him to the Milford & Makeney website. He emailed webmaster Ashley. ‘All I know,’ said David in his email, ‘is that the plaque was removed from a chapel – possibly the Ebenezer chapel at Milford.’
Ashley helped David with his search and eventually came across a Belper News article from 2006 which revealed that four plaques from Milford chapels were being stored at Beresford’s Monumental Masons and, as space there was ‘at a premium,’ they were seeking a home for them.
Although the news story was over seven years old, David contacted Ron Smith, whose phone number was listed in the article. Ron informed him that the plaque was still at Beresford’s, and the plaque has now been collected ‘Thank you very much for your invaluable help,’ said David.
Perhaps we could help David further: do you have any information about Joseph Eyre? If so, please contact the webmaster. All information will be passed on to David.